January 25, 2009 - Msg 69685: Oh, Possum, if we are going to Morelli's, I'm THERE. Who's driving? Maybe we could check out the movie in Mt. Pilot after...I think it's a Glenn Ford movie.


January 25, 2009 - Msg 69686: Im riding with you and possum Boo...I will buy the gas and oil...stop by wallys...water and air are free....SPOT

January 25, 2009 - Msg 69687: Well I'll drive, so I'll sit up front.
Possum, you'll sit by me, and Boo, you'll sit by Possum.
Now that'll take care of the front. Spot, you'll sit in the back, and Romeena and Hazel will sit on either side of you. That way we got a balanced load.
OK, everybody ready?


January 25, 2009 - Msg 69688: I smell gas.
- Hazel

January 25, 2009 - Msg 69689: "Of course you smell gas. What do ya think this thing runs on?...Coal?!"


January 25, 2009 - Msg 69690: I'm not too sure I like that "load" comment - how about you, Hazel?

Just had an email from homemaker - she says she's got computer issues, and they're not in their house yet, but she wanted everyone to know she's still alive and well. Prayers for her and that slowpoke house.

Well, I gotta get moving. I have to work tonight (yuck) so had better get little Toye Starr fed and get my monkey suit on. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

January 25, 2009 - Msg 69691: Tell HM we are thinking about her...Hope you have a good night at work Ro..Asa ya dont want to over load the springs..."creak-pop-creak-pop"...Opie Mr Johnson might even let ya milk a cow!.....SPOT

January 25, 2009 - Msg 69692: LOL @ "the load" comment! Ooh,Asa,Ro & Hazel are gonna get ya! Bet when we get to Morelli's there will be more than a salt shaker cap that's loose- perhaps some teeth?! Hee Hee! And don't you try to hide behind Spot either!
Nah,that story didn't come from me,Boo. Good one though-what a rascally old man!
Thanks for the homemaker update,Ro.Been wondering what was going on. Sounds like she's got the Monroe Brothers from "Green Acres" building her house! Remember how long it took them to remodel the Douglas' bedroom? And they never did enclose that closet!
Let me go "slick down" so I'll be fittin' to take to Morelli's-see y'all there!
possum under a rock

January 25, 2009 - Msg 69693: Never mind trying to hide behind Spot cause now he's in trouble with ya,Asa!
Start singing, Spot: "Time for me to shut my mouth,or give up and leave the South!" Ha!
We ain't gonna protect 'em,are we Boo?!
Ooh,ooh! I feel for y'all! Ha Ha ha
possum again

January 25, 2009 - Msg 69694: Ya'll are cracking me up! With the car ride quotes one of my favorite line is when Gomer says he's sick as a dog but having the time of his life. Love it!! I hope Spot and Asa make it back in one piece from Morelli's it was not sounding too good from the ladies. Well I got groceries to put up, I'll do one more trouble check before calling it a night-Salty Dog

January 25, 2009 - Msg 69695: My ept is ON....SPOT

January 25, 2009 - Msg 69696: Hey Salty, we can squeeze you in the back. Not a problem. (Spot, we may need to stop at Wally's and get some of that free air for them rear tires)
But we all better watch what we eat or we might not get back. Hope it ain't uphill. :)


January 25, 2009 - Msg 69697: You know, the seven of us in that car never has worked out!

January 25, 2009 - Msg 69698: Gosh Salty, I just read my post. I should be more presice. We can squeeze you in the backSEAT OF THE CAR. Don't wanna get Possum going with any new rumours. hee hee hee (nervous laugh)


January 25, 2009 - Msg 69699: Oh man, ASA, you made me laugh with that last post!

I have a new TAGS quote that I heard tonight: Andy (about Warren): "...He shot a station wagon!".

Gotta hit the hay, big day tomorrow.


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69700: Ha Ha Ha, Asa, you are just too funny tonight. We may have to get somebody to push us back home with that many people in the car. Salty Dog

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69701: Have to go get "oriented" tomorrow for the job. I am hoping it doesn't last all day. It is a waste of time in my opinion; all the harrassment stuff they think you don't know.

Asa, thanks for the laugh! I needed that!

-Sterling Holobyte

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69702: good evening. it has been quite some time since i've visited these parts. i'm glad to see people still around, and i hope all is well in mayberry.


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69703:
Just had to stop by for a quick Mayberry quote.

Attorney Neil Bentley to Otis Campbell: "That is so typical of a knee injury: numbness where you've got multiple contusion, torn cartilages and probably already forming calcium deposits!"

There. I feel better already!

Thomas A. Moody

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69704: Welcome back Ollie. Don't be such a stranger!

Forgive me Sterling, but I have forgotten what you will be doing on the new job? Harrassment is kinda like sin; you can't hear too much about it...(well, according to Barney) :)

Where we going for breakfast and who's driving? (oh no, here we go again)...


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69705: Good morning everyone. I've only caught up on posts from this page so far, but from what I've already read I've come to one conclusion: you people are nuts.


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69706: good morning everyone. ky girl- isn"t the postal service great? yesterday I recieved my christmas card from you. seiously I want to thank you for it. here is the weather report from illinois; it"s winter here in illinois' and the gentle breezes blow. seventy miles an hour. at thrity-five below. oh how i love illinois. when the snow's up to the seat of your pants. you take a breath of winter. and your nose gets frozen shut. yes the weather here is wonderful. so i guess i'll hang around. i could leave illinois but i slipped and fell and i am frozen to the ground. i hope you liked thid one. sterling- good luck on your new job, they are lucky to have you. good morning me- they.hi boo, thomas moody, ollie glad your back in town. salty dog- i'll get gomer in his tow truck to push you home safley. hi to asa, spot, romeena, possum,and everyone that's getting up. pappa bear

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69707: Thanks M-They, we feel the same about you. ;)

Morning, Pappa B.

I trotted off to town to go to my dr's appointment (takes me 40 minutes to drive there), and they told me I didn't have an appointment! Oh well, at least I got to come back home. I was up really early and had a restless night last night. Be back later..


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69708: Hey Porch!
Hope everyone is well. I haven't had a chance to read the archives recently, except for this page. I second Me-They's comment! It's funny though because I'm picturing all of this, thanks to Ro's album!
Sterling- Good luck on the job. I'm so glad you found one! You're still in my prayers.
Romeena- How's your son doing? I don't remember getting an update recently. Please tell Homemaker that we are thinking of her.
Papabear- I'm so glad you checked in. Stay warm!
Boo- What a mess driving there for nothing. At least the gas is a bit cheaper than a year ago.
Ollie- Hope you are well! Take care now and pull up a rocker more often.
Well, I need to get back to cleaning. Y'all take care!
P.S. If y'all think about it, please pray for me on Wednesday. I'm going to court for my ankle. For a year now my attorney and I have been trying to get Worker's Comp to approve the prescribed Cat Scan. Now they want a mediation to get me to settle without paying for the cat scan nor the surgery recommended. I want them to pay for the test, then the surgery, then I will consider settling. We need to see if arthritis has set in before I will consider settling. Thanks!

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69709:
Hey gang. Hope all is well.
Boo- my wife had her waffle iron test on Friday!
Had a busy weekend. Glad to get back to work
so i can rest!! ha.
hey to pappabear and all.

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69710:
MT- He's a NUT!

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69711: Go Cards!

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69712:
Butch Wax
Dry Look...

and nowadays...

Just for Men
Grecian Formula

and today...



January 26, 2009 - Msg 69713: Hey Y'all! I'm back.Back from where,you may be asking? Well,after those wisecracks last night about Ro & Hazel,we had a little "mishap" over at Morelli's. All I'm saying is boy oh boy, Ro & Hazel can really swing those breadsticks! Poor Asa & Spot! I drove them over to the taxidermist to have their heads sewn up. They are good to go now,and I have the feeling they will both think twice before uttering the word "LOAD" again! Ha!
possum under a rock

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69714: Good Monday everybody!! I see Asa and Spot hasn't checked in yet, kinda worried about them. But they were out with a bunch of wild women last night. Hopefully they survived. Anyone up for lunch at the diner? The special looked pretty good earlier. Ya'll have a good day--Salty Dog

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69715: Hey Salty- Read my post right above. They survived- barely! They are holed up in Spot's doghouse nursing their wounds.
I'll meet ya at the Diner.Reckon we can get a couple of take out plates for those fellers? I feel kinda sorry for 'em!
possum again

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69716: You guys are always going over to Morelli's and leaving me behind standing in some line somewhere with Mr. Schwamp and bunch of slumped-over teenage boys.

Prayers, LUCY.

Good to meet you, OLLIE. How do you stand on teh gold standard?

STERLING: Hope the new job goes better than expected. About your s*xual harassment class, if your instructor is a woman you can get on her good side by calling her "honey" a lot.

BOO, ROMEENA, POSSUM, HAZEL, et al.: In the words of Barney: when you're dealing with a female you're dealing with a treacherous commodity.


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69717: Hey there Lucy. Good to hear from you. Prayer for your court situation.

MDC, are you looking forward to Sunday evening and the Superbowl? Good for Cecile..the waffle iron is worth it if it saves her life one day....that's what I keep telling myself anyway. It seems like a year goes by so fast and it's time to go again. Something about getting a dose of radiation every year just doesn't set right with me. I know they say it's a small amount, but it's still radiation and it is certainly no fun getting squashed.

Well, I must have had to much wine at Morelli's because I don't remember any of that. Was I sitting around somewhere with a lamp shade on my head or something?


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69718: Good one, Me-T (about Sterling and the female instructor). Well, next time they go to Morelli's, maybe we can go somewheres else. Maybe dinner at the diner (as long as it's not the special) and then a movie. I'll pay.


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69719: Item from the Mayberry Gazette (The Mayberry After Midnight Column)

"What Mayberry-ette was spotted over at Morelli's last night sitting around with a lampshade on her head and is of this writing making plans to run with "M-T"-offering to treat him to dinner and a movie?"

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69720: Hee Hee- Betcha didn't know I work part time over at the paper!

possum again

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69721: SNOOP! SNOOP!


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69722: It look like the guys in the white coat may have luck up this crazy nut porch for a line time .


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69723: Wouldn't ya just know it, one night out and we wind up in the mayberry after midnight column. Possum, you ratted us out? I figured it was that moody gypsy who talked, since Spot only tipped him a quarter. Guess we better be careful from now on--Salty Dog

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69724:

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69725:
He buttered her up, and she egged him on..

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69726:
HEY to TOM. Them's is fightin' words! ha
I already got in a tustle with KY girl, now
I gotta deal with you too?? haha
Mr (Kurt) Darlin's Cuz

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69727:
uuh? Did someone say Gold Standard?


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69728: WEDEFYTHEMAFIA!


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69729: Hey guys, check this out: http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/yankeetest.html. It's pretty neat. It's a test that gives you a percentage of how "Yankee" you talk. I got a score of 65% below the Mason-Dixon.


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69730: Tried it Me-They! That was fun! Guess what? I talk like you-got the exact score of 65% below the M-D line.Who would've thought a possum & a Me-They talked the same?!
Thanks for sharing that link. I'm sending it to some Yankees & Rebels I know!
possum under a rock

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69731:
Citizen's arrest

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69732:
"Aren't ya kind, lettin' me work it off
on the never/never."
"A real bobbie dazzler"

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69733: M-T I just took that test and it told me I was 100% Dixie and asked if General Lee was my grandfather LOL. That was pretty cool! Thanks-Salty Dog

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69734: Hey Salty-There's an advanced test too.I upped my score to 97% Dixie on that one- if you scored 100% on the regular test,you'll probably blow off the charts on the advanced one!
Now,are you "fixin" to take that test or not?!

possum again

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69735: Call me 86% Dixie...it asked me if I used confederate money! hahaha Thanks, Me-They. I loved it!


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69736: Hahaha! I took the test, and am also 100% Dixie (surprise, surprise). That was fun. I thought about some very subtle differences, too. For instance, I would say "I found it down at the creek." My Michigan MIL would say, "I found it down to the crick." The creek/crick difference is well known, but the at/to difference is more subtle.

Worked last night, very long night, and came home and slept all day! I meant to sleep until about noon and get up, but I didn't even hear the phone ring when Eloise called me about 12:30. Drat! She wanted to go to the drug store and get a hamburger, and that would have been good. Well, maybe we can go tomorrow.

We have a very old drug store in old downtown Irving, Big State Drugs. They have an old-fashioned soda fountain, make wonderful malts - the kind in the metal can and they pour it into a soda glass, then give you the can too, which has at least as much in it as the glass. They have a counter, and about six booths, and some old-timey soda-fountain tables and chairs, the kind made of scrolled metal. Charming! The big thing though is their burgers. They're gooood!! They toast the bun on the grill, put plenty of 'mater and pickle and onion and lettuce on them. Their onion rings and fries are pretty delish, too. We manage to eat there at least once a month.

They have a lot of old memorabilia stuff in there, too. Does anyone remember the "Hoffman Easy-Vision Television"? Big wooden cabinet, small screen (about 15") and the screen was tinted green, because it was supposed to be easier on your eyes. Everyone looked like they had eaten a bad mushroom or something.

Well, guess I'll go feed Toye Starr, and myself. Got the TV playing (TAGS is on) and I'll just rewind when I'm ready to watch, and then I can zip through the commercials. Love that DVR!

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69737:
I got a 30% Dixie. It said I'm a dandy Yankee Doodle.

I don't care what anyone says, it's called pop. hehe


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69738:
I took the advanced one any got 25% Dixie. A dandy Yankee Doodle.

I guess, I yam what I yam.


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69739: Im here!..and gosh possum you ladys were a hoot the other night!...been barn working...will read in just a bit...has Rev checked in?...SPOT

January 26, 2009 - Msg 69740: Took the advanced test and still scored the same...guess I'm 85% southern. I guess the northern 15% came from my mom and her family from Michigan. I do NOT, however, use the word "pop" when referring to carbonated beverages. Everything is a "Coke" in Texas....even Dr. Pepper, which is "da bomb"!


January 26, 2009 - Msg 69741: Well I took the advanced test and got the same thing again. I guess ya just cant take the Dixie outta the girl lol. I laughed at one point, I actually have heard people call a bag a poke before. And around here, a drink is a Coke no matter what kind it is. Ya'll have a good night, I'm off to the ironing board. Somebody check on Mavis too she's not been here in awhile--Salty Dog

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69742: Boo, I am working at a casino. Actually, the same one my wife works at, don't know if I mentioned that before. Pretty much just data entry work. My supervisor is pretty nice. She is letting me come in a little later so that we don't have to drop off Kai at my parent's house and have them drive her to school every morning.
Though I will still be looking for a job I actually would like should the opportunity present itself. Hopefully it will be before I die of exposure to the second-hand smoke around there. There is a lot of smoking going on in a casino, and I think it comes through the walls. You smell it on everything.

I'm touched, pappa bear, by your comment. Thank you. It means a lot coming from our Mayor.

Thanks Lucy. I can always use them. Prayers for your situation as well.

I tried your suggestion with the s#xual harrasment instructor(yes, she was female), Me-They.
Now, when they slap you, does that mean you are on their good side? ;) If that is the case, then I think she is crazy about me, because she slapped me silly.

-Sterling Holobyte

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69743: Yes, where is Mavis? APB for Mavis!

Well, Sterling, glad you are settling in to the new job and that you have an understanding supervisor (that goes a long way). Too bad you have to deal with the smell of smoke. That is hard for us non-smokers to get used to. Take your vitamins!

Had parent=teacher open house last night at Erin's school. It was nice..Erin's class sang a song called, "The Crayon Song" and when they got to the "blue" part she got to hold up a big, blue crayon. She was so excited about it and so proud. The pricipal of the school gave a message out of I John, chapter one and it was really good. He talked about how he had sat in a Baptist church for years and even made fun of his wife for her beliefs, but he had never really met Christ on a personal level. One night, he actually "got it" and repented and asked Christ to save him. He said that he went home a different man that night and went on to be a missionary, then came back to the states to pastor. I thought it was very touching the way he described the change that took place, but also disturbing to think that there are people in church who really haven't experienced what it is to know Jesus and be born again. I grew up in a church like that, so I know it happens. It was very formal and the gospel was not given. When I was born again, I didn't even know what happened to me until I read the story of Jesus and Nicodemus in the gospels! I know that the great grace and mercy of Christ reaches to all and that He said that if anyone would come to Him, he would in "nowise cast him out". I pray that many more who consider themselves Christians the same way they consider themselved "Republican" or American, will desire a relationship with Christ, and not "religion" because there is no comparison, is there? I think I have said this before and I use it when I speak to the girls at rehab, to me, religion is man trying to build a ladder to reach God, but Christianity in it's true form, is God building a ladder (through Christ), reaching down to man. Man's efforts to be good enough will never work, but what we couldn't do, God did for us by sending his Son. Thank God for it! I never get tired of hearing about it and there is nothing I would rather hear from a pulpit than the gospel.

Well, better get a move-on. I will be at Susan's house today while she is at work. I will be taking care of my parents and baby Emily...have mercy! My poor sister is having a tough time. She is the secretary at her church and is having a hard time getting along with the pastor. He is the one I mentioned before, who had a cardiac arrythmia, actually died and was brought back, then had a pacemaker inserted (all at about age 38). Since then, he has been a different man. I don't know if his brain suffered because of a lack of oxygen or what, but he is not the same. She has a hard time hearing what he says from the pulpit and then when they are alone, he says terrible things about people in the church. I think she needs to find another job and get out of that situation. I am praying for her.

Didn't mean to write such a novel, sorry.


January 27, 2009 - Msg 69744: WOW, that WAS long!


January 27, 2009 - Msg 69745: Let me add one more thing...I wanted to say, concerning Susan's pastor, that I care very much about him and he is a great guy. I expect that the change in him is due to the health issues I mentioned.


January 27, 2009 - Msg 69746: HI
Will MDC rooting for the undog!
Because pitt is going to run thim down

TOM hehe

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69747: Happy Birthday to one of the porch's all-time greats, Andelina!

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69748: I wanted to pass on something that I believe is worth hearing and seeing. It is a speech given by Gianna Jessen, who is an abortion surviver and pro-life activist (I'm sure you have heard her, MDC). She a very convicting and pure testimony that everyone should hear, in my opinion. I tried to post the link but it didn't work. To watch the video, go to www.godtube.com and click on Gianna Jessen.

Gotta run...


January 27, 2009 - Msg 69749: Good morning everyone. We are getting some snow today. It may amount to four inches by the time it's done. Unfortuanetly, they also are calling for freezing rain this evening. Good thing we stocked up on tp, milk, and bread ;).

Glad you all enjoyed the quiz. AUH2O: Always suspected you were a dandy.

Prayers for your sister, BOO. That must be difficult.

Good to hear from you, TOM. Long time, no see.

I'll try and stop back later.


January 27, 2009 - Msg 69750: STERLING: There are few worse smells than stale cigarette smoke. Sorry, buddy. Hope all works out.


January 27, 2009 - Msg 69751:
I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy...
Prayers that you will get home safe and sound MeThey.
Boo- yes, have heard her, GREAT! Also, many people
don't know that the lady "Jane Roe" (whose real name is Norma McCorvey) never even had an abortion, and is today very pro-life, and has even done a commercial saying such. You can see it at
BOO- Also, what you are describing is often called "The 4 spiritual laws." You can google it. I bet the rehab girls would get a lot out of seeing it laid out. God bless you.
Prayers for Sterling. Hang in there my friend.
TOM- Very funny buddy!! You're a real "card." (:
Have a good day all.

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69752: Rev?Tom?...hey gang its my last off day for awhile...been busy...lets eat at Longhorn steak house tonight ya want to?...hey Ro,Boo,Mavis,Possum,asa,auh2o,M-T and all...SPOT

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69753: Hi All .cold , snow all day and night rain come (rat).


January 27, 2009 - Msg 69754: Hello to everyone on the Porch! The weather is really rough here on this end of the porch; ice last night and today followed by snow and cold tomorrow. Been very busy at work without much time to post here but been trying to keep up by reading all your post which are better than anything I could put here.
Prayers for Sterling in your new job; remember God is in control.
Again I really enjoy your post Boo and Ro good stuff.
I am sorry I missed Morelli's or maybe it was better I missed it with all the carrin' on that happened...LOL
I have to pull for the Cards in the Super Bowl after the story about Kurt Warner...shared that with my connect group at Church and they loved it.
I took the Yankee/Rebel test and I am happy to report I am 100% Dixie including the advance test.

Prayers for everyone here!
Longhorn sounds good SPOT you buyin'? LOL
Well better go before I get laid off but If I do I guess I can go down to the Pickle Factory they are always looking for brine taster! LOL

I appreciate it and Good Night!

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69755:
Barn: Lord knows the job itself is reward enough.

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69756:
TOM-The Cards were underdogs in all the playoff.
So now we have to see if they can keep it up,
tho the Steelers are good! We shall see.. heehee

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69757: Howdy, porch. Well, I took the advanced test, and I'm still 100% Dixie. And proud of it, I might add. (heehee)

Cold and wet here today. It's 32 and drizzly. No ice, just cold and nasty. It's supposed to get colder tonight, though, so I suppose I'll be driving on ice coming home from work in the morning. Yuck.

Sterling, I'm sorry you have to deal with that second-hand smoke. Do people actually smoke in the area in which you work, or is it just what permeates the building?

I suppose hospitals everywhere are totally non-smoking now, but I remember when they weren't. When I first went to work for my hospital 30 years ago, anyone and everyone could smoke there. Patients, visitors, and staff - everyone. I remember doctors smoking at the desk, and there were even ashtrays! Nurses were not allowed to smoke at the desk, but believe me, walking into the breakroom was a choking experience. Now, no smoking is allowed anywhere on the campus, not even outdoors. Not even in the parking lots or the garage. People who take smoke breaks must step off the property and literally stand in the street next to the curb to smoke! That's quite a sight every evening when I'm coming in to work. There stands a pitiful little huddle of people, standing by the curb, puffing away. I think the embarrassment of it all would make me quit.

Amazingly, there are still people - patients and visitors - who think they can go in their bathroom and smoke and no one will know. Can you imagine? In a no-smoking facility, where the air is completely devoid of smoke, one cigarette stinks to high heaven. You can smell them at the desk, from a room at the end of the hall! It's really so funny. That happened one night, and I went to the room where I had reason to suspect it might be happening. I knocked, of course, then entered the room. Smoke was still in the air, and the patient and two visitors were staring at me like spotlighted jackrabbits. I asked if someone had been smoking, and of course, they said no. Since I believe it's best whenever possible to leave someone a way out, I said, "Well, then it must have been another visitor, someone who just left, because their cigarette butt is still floating in the toilet. If they come back, please tell them that smoking is not allowed in the hospital, and violators are subject to a $200 fine, based on Fire Department regulations." Much eye-shifting and "yes, ma'am-ing" and that was the end of it. Too funny!

On other occasions, I've told them that there are extremely sensitive smoke detectors in use on the unit, and then told them the $200 fine thing - which is true, by the way. The smoke detectors, of course, are the nurses' noses, but I don't tell them that.

Well, time for a nap before going in to work. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69758: I remember those days of smoking in hospitals, Romeena, in fact, when I first started working as a nurse, in 1983, the little hospital I worked in had a small 6 bed ICU that I worked days in. The doctors would open the door, extinguish their cigarettes and then wash their hands at a little sink near the door. There was one doctor, that weighed about 350 lbs and smoked like crazy (he died of a heart attack). He would carry in his cigarette and place it (still lighted) on the edge of the sink so he could pick it up again on his way out. At least they didn't stand over the patient's bed with all the oxygen going! When I started working L&D in a large hospital in 1985, EVERYONE smoked, EVERYWHERE! Nurses smoked at the desk, too. It wasn't allowed in the OR and in the nursery, otherwise, it didn't matter. Hard to believe that now. After so many years, they started banning smoking inside the hospital, but people could smoke in designated areas outside. Well that meant that throughout the very busy shift, nurses would leave us short-handed to go take smoke breaks. Those of us who didn't smoke didn't get breaks. Thankfully, they finally banned smoking on hospital premises. Things have really changed. There are few public places that people can smoke now. I don't think that most smokers realize how difficult it is to be around smoke when you are a non-smoker (some do, though, and are understanding about it). Baby Emily's dad smokes and it wasn't long (she is one and a half) until she was sticking her finger in her mouth and pretending to smoke! He really needs to quit for his children's sake.

Well, I feel like I am now coming down with Bruce's crud and have been sneezing and feeling achy since about noon. I really don't have time to get sick!

Better go.

By the way, Romeena, I really enjoyed the email...LOVED the pictures...wasn't so crazy about the pan flute music, though. ;)


January 27, 2009 - Msg 69759:
Pan flute music has always gritted on me a bit.
I wonder what causes that?
Prayers for all,

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69760:
Anyone remember the song Harper Valley PTA?
For some reason that just popped into my
otherwise tags-trained head! ha
"no I wouldnt put you because it really did, it happened just this way..."

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69761: Man, folks, the economy situation in my area is bleak. 18 people laid off where I work just today. And more coming. I need my job. I'm pretty stressed about it. You know how sensitive I am! I'll be selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door if I lose my job. And I probably wouldn't be much good at that...
I'm rooting for the Cards on Sunday... Sorry Tom.
Thanks for the pictures, Ro. And thanks for the comments you made on the last page in the archives.

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69762: Lawsa mercy, ya'll quit that hollerin & APB'in everywhere! I'm still here, been reading, but not posting much. Crazy busy here & rainy nasty days to boot. Ya'll have been cracking me up! Hubby looks at me like I'm crazy as I read then bust out laughing, then he'll look at the computer screen, see the gray background & say, "Oh, the Porch" HA too funny. Anyways, I'm still here, hate that I missed all the fun the other night with breadsticks flying around and Boo sitting around with a lampshade on her head. SMH wanted to tell you welcome back & I also wanted to say....OLLIE!! Where you been? Don't stay gone so long! I'm off to watch some tv and then off to the bedroom to sleep. Yep, that's the plan, watch a little tv, then off to the bedroom to nap.
later taters,

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69763: Hey there Hazel you know if you start selling door to door, sooner or later the sound of doorbells will make you crazy. Kinda like bat eggs ya know!

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69764: Hey gang!..just been busy..Romeena dont work to hard tonight..I have 3 doubles in a row starting tomorrow at 2pm..8 of it OT so I dont mind..Rev?..hey hazel hun..Possum I aint got no e-mails from U in a while....guess Asa is getting them all..(ha ha)..well at work (sounds bad to have to catch up at work)I will read all..Maude lets hook this bunch up at Cracker Barrel in the morning....Asa is buying...but this time I want to set next to possum on the way!.love ya porch...Rev?...SPOT

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69765: Hey Mavis..we posted the same time...yall moved in?...tell Mr. R. SPOT says hey!.....me

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69766: Will it look like i'm being out no. here on the sunday game.
Where are all the STEELERS FAN AT?

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69767: Tom Im a steelers fan...for sure! SPOT

January 27, 2009 - Msg 69768: I'm sorry, Hazel. It must be very stressful to be wondering if you will keep your job. Prayers for your job situation.

Good to see you, Mavis, SPOT and TOM.

I'm off to bed, folks. I need a good night's sleep!


January 27, 2009 - Msg 69769: Ro, I work downstairs near the casino itself, and everyone smokes in there, so the smoke goes everywhere. My wife works upstairs and she even gets it. You don't see it so much, but you can sure smell it.
Near where I work they have a non-smoking breakroom, right next to the smoking breakroom. So in essence, it is one big smoking breakroom.

Now don't get me wrong though. Though I am a non-smoker I am not a person who is for forcing businesses to ban smoking. I think every business should have a right to decide whether they want to be non-smoking or smoking(especially bars and restaurants), and the customers can also decide where they want to do business. Now as for working in a place that allows smoking.... ;)

Hazel, you make me ashamed for all my complaining about having a job I don't like while you are so distressed at possibly losing yours. Many prayers for your job situation and that that doesn't happen.

-Sterling Holobyte

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69770:
Popping in for a Mayberry Quote:
Next thing you know they'll be in here with their horn honking and their jaywalking. Welcome to Mayberry folks, Gateway to Crime!"


Thomas A. Moody

P.S. Did the Rev check in?

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69771: Tom, this steelers fan is right here!Yes, I am ready for the big game.Do you have your terrible towel out? Everywhere I go I hear the song"Here we go Steelers, here we go!Yuk,we have nasty weather here too, freezing rain tonight and tomorrow.Boo, I pray you don't have this nasty stuff thats going around, I tell you , you'll need a dimes worth of them blue pills like Emma Brand gets from the drugstore to get better.I went to the doctor yesterday and he gave me z-pack pills, they are helping.Mayor Pappa Bear, I can't blame your card being late on the postal service, it truly was my fault, I forgot to send them out before christmas, so I apoligize.Well, Spot, I hope I get invited to Morelli's next time you all go, I mean, I won't even bring my own bottle or anything.Soon as your head heals from the festivities of the other evening, maybe you'll feel like goin again.MSC, you ready for the super bowl? You ready for another tussel over this?ha-ky girl

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69772: oops, I meant MDC-ky girl

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69773: I think it was kind of nice getting a card after Christmas, KYGirl. Maybe you should do that every year. ;)

No Thomas A., REV has not checked it. I imagine he is out in the sticks somewhere and doesn't have the opportunity to check in, Lord bless him, wherever he is.

Well, Sterling, we don't have casinos in Texas, and there aren't many places you can smoke here. I think it is wonderful. As far as your job, you might get used to it over time. I remember in college, I had a friend that I carpooled with who smoked (in the car) and at first it bothered me but I actually got used to it and didn't notice. We even became roomates later and she smoked all the time in the apartment. I didn't like the smell of old smoke on clothes, etc., but I didn't mind the smoke (go figure). Now I don't give myself the chance to get used to it. I can smell it a block away and it chokes me.

Romeena, I saw something on the news about Dallas yesterday and a neighborhood in which alot of birds died. They were just lying around in yards and in the street. It was so sad. The report said they could have been given poison.

Well, better get a move-on. The coffee is finished. I never did get the full-blown cold that Bruce had..I just had some body aches and felt tired. I still feel pretty run-down this morning so I think I will take it easy today. It is really cold outside this morning (in the 30's), which won't help the aches, will it? I am starting to see why so many elderly folks come south for the winter!


January 28, 2009 - Msg 69774: Good Morning Porch! Nasty bad weather here today rain changing to freezing rain changing to snow with falling temps.
Thanks for the Welcome Mavis!
Prayers for Hazel and her Job situation!
Not much time this morning busy again today.

Do you think spiders under there? If I was spider that's where I would be.


January 28, 2009 - Msg 69775: Hey there, SMH...stay warm and drive carefully when you head home.


VIVA MAYBERRY!....oh, and VIVA VICKS (it's been too long since someone mentioned vicks).

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69776: Mornin' Y'all! My computer has been acting up for about a week now- not wanting to boot up.It freezes & I have to turn it off & restart it,which usually does the trick. This morning though,a black box came up with this:"C:Windows/System32/command.com" And it says: "File not suitable for running MS-DOS & Microsoft Windows applications.Choose 'Close' to terminate the application. I did manage to get online though- thankfully!
Anybody "EPT" enough to tell me what's going on? Where's Poor Horatio when you need a half a boy?!
I am afraid it's gonna crash for good.Don't have the funds to put it in shop,so I'm thinking about running the QuickRestore CD which will reformat the hard drive & should bring computer back to original state. I'd lose lots of stuff (don't know how to save & all that jazz) but my main concern is being cut off from the Porch & my friends. I'd go crazy! Worse than having bats lay eggs in my hair,I'm telling ya! Anyway,I may have to run the Quick Restore & start from scratch. I don't have the original Windows XP CD- my nephew in Atlanta worked on my computer a few years back when it crashed,so don't know what he did.
Well, if anyone has a thought about this,please let me know. I most likely will have to start from scratch again.Thanks,and if I'm not around,y'all will at least know what happened.
Hazel & Sterling-y'all hang in there on the job front. Prayers.
Spot,I'll send ya an e-mail!No,I haven't been e-mailing Asa (well,maybe just once!Ha! But HE e-mailed me first!) Now,don't get no rumors going- he sent me some pretty pictures was all.
Boo,hope you feel better. Y'all wish me luck in keeping my computer going!
Love to all!
possum under a rock

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69777:
HAZEL- Prayers for you regarding your job.
I guess there is a "snowball" effect happening
and we have to stop that snowball in it's tracks!!

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69778:
Boo- did you take oregano? haha

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69779:
Possum- before you run that CD, copy all your files to discs or to a memoery stick if your computer can accept those. Then you will have them and can re-load them to the hard drive later.

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69780:
"Ice cream delivery from murphy's house of the 9 flavors"

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69781: Well, MDC, there will be oregano in the spaghetti I am making for dinner.

Thanks Possum, I am feeling much better today. Good luck with the computer.


January 28, 2009 - Msg 69782: Good morning everyone. Nasty weather today.

BOO: Glad that you're feelin better today. Um, are we having meatballs with that spagetti?

HAZEL: Prayers for your situation. Many are in your situation and I hope that Obama, Congress, Wall Street, and all the other major players can put their pride aside, pull together, and steer a direction out of this mess.

TOM and KY GIRL: My son Chad inherits a lot his clothes from friends of ours who have three boys. They are from PA and are die-hard Steelers fans. So Chad has Steelers winter coats, shirts, and such. He was a Steelers fan before he knew what football was from people coming up to him and commenting on it. We are planning on watching the Superbowl with those friends this Sunday, so I'm sure there will be a lot of black and gold flying around.

Funny thing is, Chad mostly likes them because he thinks they are a bunch of criminals or something ("stealers"). You should have seen his face light up when I told him the Pittsburgh baseball team was the Pirates. "REAL pirates?!" Poor boy will have to learn the hard way how pathetic that team is ;).

Pan flute? Remember those album commercials in the 70s: "An artist who has sold more records than Elvis and the Beatles...Zamfir, master of the pan flute!"

See y'all at lunch.

"This is becoming a regular Sin Town!"

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69783: POSSUM: I can't help much beyong MDC's suggestion. Computers are one of those electronal marvels I just use and done't particularly understand. Maybe bigger wires?


January 28, 2009 - Msg 69784: Hmmm. I kinda like the pan flute. Wonder what that says about me? Of course, sometimes I like to see a bat, too, so maybe it's not surprising. --Romeena

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69785: Well,I did some checking around and found an antivirus program that I had installed some time back that believe it or not,actually HAD a virus or some type of problem associated with it.I removed it,cleaned up a few other things and when I started computer a few minutes ago, it booted up fine. Hope my luck holds out and this solved things.It runs fine once I get online,so apparently something (this antivirus thing,I think)was causing me troubles at startup.Sure hope that's all. Thanks for the tip,MDC.I just don't know anything about saving stuff or fixing a computer once it crashes.
Pan Flutes? Oh boy.Now I'm gonna have to run over to YouTube and see if I can find old Zamfir. Where do y'all get these notions? Just a few weeks ago it was "Convoy"! I'm scared of what's coming next! Ha!
Cute about Chad & the "stealers",Me-They!
I made a meatloaf yesterday-still some left. I said MEATLOAF,spot!Y'all come over & we'll have some sammiches. Maude bring the slaw,ok?
possum again

January 28, 2009 - Msg 69786: Bigger wires,Me-They? Think jumper cables might work?!

possum again