March 25, 2009 - Msg 71217: I will keep my ears open Rev..Boo come on by the dog house and bring a thermos of coffee for us (big one)..I will make some ham and bisquits...well heavey rain coming thru here today till Sunday..lakes need back here at 2pm today ...will holler then...have a mayberry day!....SPOT

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71218: check that out...the Ga rain cleaned the porch!..SPOT

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71219: (Knock knock...) You up, SPOT? I brought the coffee. I smell ham...

Boy, I sure wish it would rain here.


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71220: Mornin' Y'all! Hey Boo,I have a Tommy James story for you. I used to "run with" (ha!) a guy that was from the same hometown as Tommy James- a town outside of Chicago.His sister used to date Tommy.Anyway,the entire town thought Tommy James hung the moon,kinda like Mayberry & Jim Lindsay.They were so proud of him.Then it happened... he appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and made some snide remark about the "hick town" he was from. That didn't set too well with those townspeople! Every year they had a celebration called the Apple Festival. Tommy James rode in the Apple Festival parade as Grand Marshall that year and everyone threw tomatoes at him! Whenever I see Tommy James on an oldies commercial,I always think of him getting bombed with tomatoes!
Let me go have a peek at vintage Romeena and I'll be back later today.
I'll dig up a vintage possum pic-I ain't skeered,spot!
possum under a rock

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71221: Ha! That's a great story, Possum. Poor Tommy...if I got hit with a tomato every time I referred to my hometown as a hick town, I would have been hit by alot of tomatos. Sure must have looked funny seeing him clobbered with tomatos...

All I could find last night was my high school graduation picture so I guess i will send that..not very groovy, though.


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71222:
Morning Friends

It is so sunny here today, very nice.

In my best Robert Duvall, I love the smell of ham in the morning.

As for the vintage picture topic, I have never owned a pair of bell bottoms in my life, not there's anything wrong with that, as Jerry would say. I was more into "The Clash" and "Talking Heads" than the "Bee Gees" or "Styx." Skinny ties and narrow collars. But, we all had the groovy hair.

I can't wait for Baseball season to start, I need a distraction. Why is it, that every twenty years or so, we need to readdress the merits of Socialism? Forced equality will never trump freedom. Maybe B.O. never read "Animal Farm."

Mavis-Love your blog.

Boo-I still enjoy "Crimson and Clover."


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71223:
Oh Hey, possum-That is a good Tommy James story.


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71224: I like the name "Vintage Porchsters" Romeena and that picture of you is great, what a beauty! I'll see what I can dig up and scan as far as pictures of me, not promising a whole lot, all those types of pictures are at my mother's house and I since my sister is in there now, any shot I had at getting any photos or such out of there are pretty slim. I'll see if I have any though. Rev that's the one, I asked Mr. Neff what the name of it was, it used to be Carolina Pottery, it's still some sort of pottery barn. That's about 15 miles from my house. Spot I'll just have a couple butter biscuits with molasses if you don't mind, thanks for the coffee Boo. Now, I'm off to pick up a dog to bring back here and groom.
Later taters,

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71225: Morning auh2o yer pretty sneaky of the mornings, didn't see you there.

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71226: Good morning everyone. I'm all straightened out today.

BOO: Of course they had color pictures back when ROMEENA was a young lady. After the bird carved the picture in a flat rock (ala "Flintstones"), the monkey would color them with his tale. Don't you know anything? (Just kidding!)

I'll have to check ROMEENA's picture out. I'd send one, but all you'd get is a picture of a geeky looking kid. I was 13 in 1979.

My name is Me-They, and I like ABBA. And the occasional Bee Gees or "Grease" song. Sorry. In my defense, I was in fourth grade when "Dancing Queen" came out and in sixth when the Bee Gees and "Grease" hit. They were never my favorites, but at that age I was still a little young for really heavy rock (Foghat anyone?) plus it was quite sternly rebuked in my house. (My dad was more a Johnny Cash kinda guy.) So they got burned into my tween brain, as things do, and now when I hear them they remind me of my childhood.

I liked Wings, too. Don't judge me!

It's nice that RAFE, his beloved CHARLENE, ROMEENA, and DAPHNE can get together. I still think a big ole porch party at BOO's house would be keen. How's about that for inviting myself?

Well, back to work!

"Paw, what can you do with a woman?"

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71227: I just went to YouTube and watched some Tommy, it was so much fun. Now why I remember why I loved him! I watched a video made in 2005 of him doing Crimson and Clover and he is still cool...even still has lamb chop sideburns and long hair...pretty cute for his age, too, and sounds exactly the same.

Well, Auh2o, rustle us up a picture of you with a skinny tie and groovy hair...


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71228: Morning all. Been gone a few days.
First off, Welcome home Rafe. I figured you done got tetnus and left us buddy. Either that or Charlene said something about you gettin run over by a taxi in Charlotsville. Makes no never mind. Glad you're back.

Ro, so wonderful to hear about your friend at Church and her doing so well. It sounds like maybe the Lord still has some things for her to do yet here in mortality.

Boy, all this 70's talk is a hoot. I don't mind admiting to a fondness for both the Bee Gee's and Abba. Sorry if that diminishes my standing with anyone. If any of you ever listen to Rush Limbaugh's show, whenever he does a segment about Barney Frank he starts it off with a gimick song by Paul Shankel who does all off the skit songs. In it he is sounding like Barney Frank singing Dancing Queen, although he's changed it to "Banking Queen", because of Franks involvement with all this housing mess. Anyway, it is a hoot.

Tommy James, huh Possum. I liked him too.
"Draging the line" was a fun one. Crimson and Clover over and oooovvvveeerrrr was good. (I loved the echo thing he did with it.

Thank you all for your prayers concerning my back. I went to my M.D. on Monday and told him what was going on. I didn't realize it but as well as being an M.D. he also does manipulation. After feeling me up (strictly medical mind you) he felt that my problem was not a spine issue but rather a tilted or rotated pelvis. Anyway, he twisted and turned me and had me kissing my own kneecaps while he pressed them into my face for a bit, but by golly, he got me feeling a lot better. He has me scheduled for P.T. cause he said it will slip back out pretty easy if I don't get some strenght in my pelvis muscles. Anyway, hopefully it's not a disc issue. Thanks for all the prayers.
Well off to work for me. Gotta go to the big city to recertify for my boom lift certificate. Like Ro, I have to be certified on many things, and have to recertify every few years.
Y'all have a good day and act like somebody.


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71229: HAHAHAHAHA...just read your post, Me-They!! Go ahead and send the geeky-looking kid picture..I could use a laugh (heehee).

Now Wings, THAT was some good music in the 70's...IMO.


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71230: auh2o thanks for the blog compliment, it's just ramblins mostly. I was like you, never could stand the BeeGees or anything disco for that matter, sorry Boo my tastes ran more along Bill Monroe, Country Gentlemen, and Ralph Stanley. Still does as a matter of fact, nothin lifts my spirits more than some good ol bluegrass music!

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71231: Hey there MAVIS and AUH2O. Didn't see you there.

AUH2O: My high school years were full of Talking Heads and Clash as well. I was a big Elvis Costello fan, too. Of course, I liked more mainstream stuff as well. Weren't we just too cool with our New Wave and punk? I was more country punk, if you can imagine that. Basically, we were into the music and laughed at the way they looked.

Remember Adam Ant?


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71232: And hey there to ASA, too! Glad that you are getting some relief. Man, we are climbing all over each other this morning.

BOO: We'll see.


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71233: My goodness the porch is hoppin this morning, must be ol Peter Cottontail bouncing all around for spring. Hey to you Asa and Me-they I do have to admit, I went through my Foghat period, but it was very short. Asa hope you studied for that there test, and glad the doc fixed yer back.
Now, I'm goin to get ready for work, if anyone else slips in whilst I'm typin, "Hey to ya" and I'll catch ya later.

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71234: Okay,Asa,you KNOW somebody's gonna say it,so it might as well come from your lil' possum friend:
A tilted or rotated pelvis??

Guess you'd better tone down your act over at the Gigolo Club-looky at all the damage you're doing to yourself!

possum again

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71235: You sure that was a doctor you went to ASA...sounds kinda kinky...sorry, couldn't resist. ;)


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71236:
"I think we're alone now, the beating of our hearts is the only sou-ound."
Tommy: Why'd Barney throw that tamata at me?
ASA- Is that like Opie having to get his bicycle license renewed? ha A boom lift, huh? What do u do?
ME-They- I thought you meant the TV show Wings. ha
Boo-I'll send RO a few tintypes of me-- made just AFTER the flintstones era! ha
Vintage eh? Sounds like were all fine wine!
We need rain here also! Will keep you in my prayers. How did rehab go this week?
Possum- Ok , no Dancing Queen, how about Air Supply? (:
Remember the 70s burnt orange color? Maybe that's why all my 70s photos turned that same color! ha
Prayers for all.

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71237:
Asa- Elvis made a killin' with HIS tilted pelvis! ha

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71238: Hi All.
Raining here all day and cold calling for tis off and on


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71239: Hey to the Porch! Romeena, I too was struck by the depth of the Porch folks' compassion when I read the archives around the time of your Sugarplum's passing. We've got some mighty fine folks here, and I'm proud to be amongst you all. I only hope I can be a friend to some of you when the time and situation calls for it. About our planned meeting at Babe's Chicken Dinner House, just reading about it makes me all he't up about going there again! I'm sittin' by the phone, Romeena, anytime you're ready.

Hey Boo, I really like the idea about us all posting a picture of ourselves from days gone by. I've got the perfect picture in mind to post; I'll just have to find it so I can upload it for the album. I send the pic to Romeena, right?

Hey REV, thanks for the welcome back. I ran across your web site in the archives ( and I look forward to getting home tonight and listening to some of your music.

Hey to auh2o! I really liked your Robert Duvall impression. He's one of my favorite actors. Have you ever seen The Great Santini or Tender Mercies? Both EXCELLENT movies and performances by Robert Duvall.

I gotta admit, following in the footsteps of Me-They, that I too like ABBA and the Bee Gees. I also am a big fan of Chicago, ELO, Styx, Journey, Boston, and yes, Foghat! As for the Grease soundtrack, I've got mixed emotions. I liked a lot of it when it first came out, but I worked at Six Flags during the waning days of the disco era, and at their "Rock Island Disco" they played a Grease song mix over and over and OVER again, so much that I got sick of it!

Hey to my old bud Asa, and welcome back yourself! It's good to see you, and I'm glad to be back. Speaking of backs, I'm glad yours is feeling better. Sounds like that M.D. you went to ain't no quack. But if it was ME he was trying to do that manipulatin' on, it'd have to be somebody ELSE'S kneecaps I'd be kissing. My gut won't let me bend that much in the middle, if you know what I mean.

Hey to SPOT and possum under a rock and *Mavis and MDC and TOM and all the silent rockers out there on the Porch today. You all have a blessed, Mayberry day.

I'll see ya.
Rafe Hollister

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71240:
Rafe- I give a "hear,hear" to Second-hand Lions
as well for a good performance by RD.

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71241:
Oh Boo- I forgot, regarding your earlier comments,
I think I saw The Skipper flexing his muscles at ya! ha

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71242: Huh, I don't get it? What does the skipper have to do with anything?

Anything Robert Duvall does is good and I think I have seen most all of them.

I am getting ready to go to see the cardiologist with Bruce this afternoon. We will be discussing further testing...CT scan of the heart or heart cath...prayers, please. Thanks!


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71243:
Remember the ep where Alan Hale was lifting all the gals?
Prayers for you and Bruce.

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71244: Sorry, don't remember that episode, MDC. It has been a LOOONG time since I saw any Gilligan's Island. They don't show it on reruns anymore.

Thanks for those prayers!


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71245: Hey gang I will read in a bit...let me get settled in at work..Romeena checked out the vintage porch were a movie star in 1956! the word dish!...ha ha..will round up my pics tomorrow.(off day0 and get them to ya..hey Rafe,Mavis,Rev,afd,asa,my friend Boo and possum...ok..back in a bit...any lunch leftovers?...SPOT

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71246: BOO: Prayers going up for Bruce, and you, too.

As you know, one of my favorite books and movie is "To Kill a Mockingbird," one of Robert Duvall's first (if not first) films. Of course, he didn't have to learn much dialog for that one.

Speaking of favorite RD roles, how can we leave out "Lonesome Dove?" I tell you what (do I sound like Hank Hill today?), a finer piece of acting I have rarely seen. It was his outstanding performance that actually got me to read that 500+ page book (which was excellent even though it didn't have pop-up pages or pictures). I can hontesly say it is one of the few movies and performances that lived up to how it was initially written. (As an aside, how could the writer who wrote "Lonesome Dove" turn around and write "Brokeback Mountain"?)

RAFE: Ah, memory lane! Those groups you mentioned were some of my favorites. Add Steve Miller Band, Little River Band (sorry, BOO), Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac...

I liked Olivia Newton-John, too, but you have to remember that I was 13 when she really hit big, if you know what I mean. Now, not so much.

Bet "Physical" is stuck in your head now, BOO. If it is, I'm sorry. That's just plain torture.

MDC: Wings was the group Paul McCartney decided to ruin his career with after the Beatles. Naw, I actually really like his post-Beatles stuff.

"That's the actor of the man."

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71247: Did anyone ever check out Steve Martin's new "bluegrassy" banjo stuff?


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71248: And what was the character's name in To Kill a Mockingbird, played by Robert Duvall? It's on the tip of my tongue... Hmmm...

I'll see ya.
Rafe Hollister

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71249:
Boo- he was in a TAGS ep where he comes to town to
look for a wife, and goes to the street corner
and picks up the ladies as walk by.
Does that jar your whataburgered brain cells? ha

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71250:
OK, I didn't mean anything (too) disparaging about "The Bee Gees." Just funnying with ya'll.

M-T You are correct sir, we were too cool for school. Although, as you have stated numerous times, I am a tad older than you. Johnny Cash has always been big around here also.

Rafe-I'm a huge Bobby D fan myself. I could watch him read the phone book.

"This ain't no party.
This ain't no disco.
This ain't no following around."


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71251: MDC: I believe one should never go to the street corner when looking for a wife. You may find they're not the "marrying kind."

Okay, I'm outta here...

Oh! Before I go, I was at the book store at lunchtime today (very dangerous for me and my wallet) and purchased "Stuff White People Like." I've visited the website before and read a number of the essays there--very funny stuff. It actually should be titled "Stuff Liberal PC White People Like." Some of my faves include: "Barrack Obama," "Political Prisoners," "Having Gay Friends,"Arts Degrees," "Being the Only White Person in the Room," "Feeling Indignant," and "Religions Their Parents Don't Belong to." This stuff is so true, and so funny.


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71252: Hey there, AUH2O. I'm partial to "Psycho Killer."

I wonder what causes that?


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71253: C'mon, Boo, you remember that one. That's after the skipper moved to Mayberry and became Jeff Pritchard. Opie saw him lifting the girls, and went and told Andy that he saw Jeff on the corner picking up girls, and Andy asked him just what did he know about "picking up girls". They ended up taking Jeff to a party at Thelma Lou's house so he could meet all the single girls at once, and he chose Thelma Lou. Really burned Barney's biscuits with that one! --Romeena

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71254: Oh, and Robert Duvall was Boo Radley in TKAM. --Romeena

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71255: I believe his real first name was Arthur, but all the town kids had named him "Boo" because he was scary. --Romeena

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71256:

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71257:
Another line I really like is when Andy goes over
to the Scobeys and thier girl is missing front teeth and Andy says that she'll have to
"soak her cornbread in buttermilk and gum her cookie." Such cute lines!
me MDC
PS- Also, in the Jeff episode, he calls BARNEY "little buddy."

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71258: SUPPER MENU:Meatloaf,cream taters,little green peas,fried okra,cream white corn,cornbread with real butter,sliced sweet onion,Maude slaw,peach cobbler(made with fresh Ga peaches),Boo tea,water...and a tear from my roll of paper towels!..Milk for the kids..ready at 6:30..Be on time..Asa wear a shirt...Rev say grace...see yall at the supper table...SPOT

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71259:
Spot, do i have to soak the cornbread in buttermilk? ha

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71260: HAHAHAHA! "whataburgered brain cells"...I love it. I happen to be holding a Whataburger cup in my hand right now! I didn't eat there but stopped for a drink on our way from the dr's office....the big whataburger on the bayfront that you have a picture of in your local Whataburger.

Thanks alot, M-They, for reminding me of that awful song. I can't believe Brokback Mountain was written by the same author as Lonesome Dove. That kind of puts a whole new spin on the relationship between Duvall and Treat think?...naw.

The cardiologist said Bruce needs to have either the heart cath or the CT of the heart, depending on what the insur@nce will pay for.

Better go.


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71261: Prayers for Bruce...Romeena,Possum and Mavis check yer mail...SPOT

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71262: Hello Family:
Sorry so long checking in. Came through the shoulder surgery ok, just a lot of healing to do. Hard typing with one hand... Found out I can't take a lot of meds... reactions like never before. Wow. At least it's over and the healing has begun. Better go lay down. I feel the ache coming on...Thanks for the prayers. ~New Neighbor

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71263: Hang in there N.N. Glad you're on the mend.

Boo, Bruce and your family have my prayers. I sure hope the desicion on treatment is based on his welfare and not on what the insu-rance company is willing to pay. Dang, is it that bad already? If we get universal health care though, we are gonna be in a huge mess. Anyway, I digress. I pray Bruce will be ok Boo.

You know what Possum. I just may have to turn it down a bit at the gigilo club. I guess I just ain't no spring chicken anymore.

MDC, That scene with the little Scoby girl is very cute. Darn cute is what is is.

Spot, did your legs grow back? I never noticed that till Boo or Possum pointed it out. WHO STOLE MY GOLDEN LEGS?

Mavis, hows the money pit coming along? I bet they know you by name at The Home Depot. There were a good many years I almost lived in the place. No kidding, I had a customer come ask me a question one day about a price on some lumber. When I told him I didn't work there, he looked funny at me and said "but everytime I'm in here, so are you, and everyone calls you by name". That's when I knew I had a problem. LOL

Well I start P.T. on monday. Stretch, twist, pull, grunt, groan. And that will be just getting my gym clothes on. Then the real work starts.
Oh boy!


March 25, 2009 - Msg 71264: Evenin' Porch,
Y'all are crackin' me up! I was born in the late 70s so I don't have any crazy pictures of then, bummed.
MDC- That episode with Alan Hale was really funny. Poor Thelma Lou kept getting thrown around and poor Barney knowin' he was a little squirt!
Boo- I had a heart cath a little over a year ago and it wasn't a big deal. I hope it all goes well and they get whatever is the problem takin' care of swiftly.
The character of Boo Radley always spooked me in the book and the movie.
Spot- the peach cobbler sounds deevine.
New neighbor- I hope you heal really well. Thank you for stopping by to let us know.
Tom- It's rainin' down here as well. We need it though so I can't complain.
Possum- how's things going with your daughter and Laci?
Me-They- Is the Mrs. pregnancy going well? I'm 12 weeks today and getting the 1st trimester screening done tomorrow. I've never had one of those.
Rafe- I'm glad you've come back. Hope you stay! We do have a great group here.
Mavis- Whatever happened to that lady that kept coming to your property?
Well now y'all I'm gonna hit the ironin' board. Things are still a good bit rough here so if ya have the hankering please say a quick prayer for us. I appreciate it.
Blessings to you and yours,

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71265: Asa- I didn't see ya there. Good luck with P.T. I had it for my back as well. The good thing is that at the end you get a nice back massage!

March 25, 2009 - Msg 71266: Hi friends, Ihave my internet back, finally!Gotta go, night everyone-ky girl

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71267: Well there you are KYGirl...good to have you back.

Good to see you, too, Lucy. Prayers for you continue.

Asa, YOU are hilarious, my friend. Thanks for the laughs (Who stole my golden legs!). Thank you for your prayers for Bruce. The insur@nce thing isn't as bad as it sounds. Either choice is perfectly acceptable, but the CT scan of the heart is less invasive than the heart cath. The heart cath has some very serious potential risks but they are pretty rare. The CT scan gives a rather hefty dose of radiation, though (about 600 times more than a chest xray, actually). It doesn't matter so much for men but it does raise questions when given to women because of the risk of breast cancer. I am pretty sure that the insur@nce will cover the heart cath but not the CT scan of the heart, so it will probably be the heart cath. I have a friend whose wife had a heart cath several years ago and hours later, she choked on a cracker, started coughing, and ruptured the incision in her groin. She nearly bled to death. Strange things can happen with just about any procedure but I think he will be fine either way. You know, Bruce's doctor is 51 and was telling me that he had the heart CT recently and they found no blockage and low calcium levels, which is a good indicator of future heart attacks. He said, "So, my chances of ever having a heart attack are very low, but unfortunately they discovered that I had an aortic aneurysm."....poor about the old "I've got good news...and bad news". I hope he is ok. He is a very sweet, Christian man.

Better get to bed.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71268:
Hello porch family....I pray you all had a great day today.

Had a visit today from an aunt that I haven't seen in a long time. She stopped by as she was passing through SC. Had lunch together and a good long chat before she had to leave.

Today I was in my back yard watching some little bluebirds going in and out of the bluebird houses getting ready for the spring. They are so cute. I just love to watch them. I have about 4 or 5 houses and they are always full every year. It's so neat to watch the male and female working together caring for the little ones.

Well it's starting to rain here. Gonna be a couple of messy days here in SC.

Prayers for all the needs posted. Of course you all are in my prayers everyday.
Everyone have a good night and wake up in the morning ready to serve another day in God's army.
Blessings and love to you all!

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71269: Hey Brother Rev!..well Im setting here at work eating a fried spam sandwich with the catv out!..thank goodness for internet!..crew in changing a broke pole out that a car hit..Hey Ky girl..missed ya..Boo Asa IS a hoot..golden legs;)..he just aint seen these old bird legs in shorts!..Local Lucy looks like we are n for some rain for a few days..NN good to hear from you...well catv is back...watching some movie called Swordfish..John Travolta..well the crew just went out the gate to change that pole out..spam sandwich gone..gona sip on this here fruit punch drink and kick back...SPOT

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71270: Get up GANG!..Rain (heavy) here all day in Ga...Good Old Waffle House on Rev and I this morning..Boo bring a news paper ok...Asa you drive and go by and pick up ky girl and possum...see yall there...SPOT

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71271: Mornin' y'all! Spot,I'm gonna have to eat fast over at the Waffle House because I've got to head out for an eye appt. But,I'm not gonna turn down a free breakfast,so Asa,stop by & pick me up,ok?
Prayers for Bruce & New Neighbor.I'll see y'all later.
possum under a rock

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71272:
Morning Porch

Spot-I'm there, breakfast sounds great.

Boo-First off, prayers for Bruce and you. And, I'll have to look around for one of my groovy pictures. I guess if everyone else will jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, I will too.

Rev-Sounds like you had nice visit.

Ro-I can't seem to find the sub folder with the vintage pictures. I must be doing it wrong.

"When a man named Al Capone
Tried to make that town his own
And he called his gang to war
With the forces of the law

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be"


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71273: Wow, haven't heard that song in a long time, Auh2o. Thanks for the memory (and for your prayers!).

Hope you made it through the night without cable TV, SPOT.

REV, did I ever tell you how much I love your posts in the evening? "You beat ever-thang, you know that?"

Thank you for your prayers, Possum. Hope all goes well at the eye appointment.

Better get Erin up for school...this is one of those mornings that I would like to just crawl back into bed and sleep for awhile. Since that's not gonna happen, might as well wake up Erin.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71274: Good morning Porch! Hope you got your power problems fixed Spot I'll meet ya'll at Cracker Barrel, since that's where Jake works, we can use his family discount, we'll need it especially if Asa shows up, we'll need it! auh2o you have to go to the last page of Romeena's albums it's down at the bottom, look for the Movie Star on the front. possum have fun at the eye doctor. Reminds me of Goober askin Helen to look at his eyes You a teacher always cracked me up. Boo sorry you can't go back to bed, I hate days like that. Well, it's raining here today too, so I'm hurting all over like a toothache. This weather is not kind to us "summer/fall chickens"
Later taters,

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71275: "Since that's not gonna happen, I might as well wake Erin up." Misery lioves company, right?

Good morning everyone. It's rainy but fairly warm today. I guess spring really has sprung.

KY GIRL: Nice to ahve you back!

NEW NEIGHBOR: Prayers for a quick recovery for you. Stop in when you can.

LUCY: The Mrs. is feeling fine. She's had a little back pain off and on, but nothing major. With a few of the others she had some kidney pain, and thankfully hasn't had any of that this time. Thanks for asking. I'm glad things are going well for you, too. You continue to be in my prayers. Keep us posted!

BOO: You and Bruce also have my continued prayers. What happened to your friend happened to my dad, too. The procedure had just been completed, though, so he was still in the hospital with health care workers right there. It was messy, but not in terrible danger. We still tease him about the (very effeminite) male nurse who was clutching at his groin. (Hey, after years of teasing us about ex-girlfriends and such, it's nice to turn the tables and see a little red on his cheeks.)

MDC: Truth be told, the episode with the Skipper is one of my least favorites. There's only maybe a handful of episodes I'll search for something else to watch when TAGS comes on, and that's one of 'em.

Hey, the questio of the day will be, what's your least favorite Andy epsiode? (I would have said favorite, but that's way too hard!)

Well, I'll be back in a bit. Funny thing, they actually expect me to work here.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71276: Hey there, MAVIS. You snuck in on me. Must be wearing your slippers (but you better be wearing shoes!).


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71277: Good morning, porch. Auh2o andMavis, I'm a little confused. Unless your computer displays the album differently than mine does, (through Firefox) you should find the sub-album on the very first page, last album cover on the second row. There's an untitled sub-album, with no cover picture, at the very end of the last page, waiting for someone to get ten or more pictures in so they can be a sub-album all their own. Spot emailed me a bunch of pictures for the Vintage album, and Tom mailed a group of family pictures for his sub-album, so I'll be getting those in soon. This morning, however, I'm beat to the socks and going to bed.

New Neighbor, it's good to see you back. I know it's going to be a long recovery, but it will be worth it. Prayers for you, friend.

Hey, has anybody seen Hazel? I always enjoy her wit, and miss her when she doesn't come around. I hope she's okay.

Rafe, we'll get that Babe's Chicken deal going pretty soon. Is your email still the same?

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71278: Good morning to the Porch. Romeena, I believe the name you're gropin' for, the name of the corner girl picker-upper is Jeff Pruitt, not Jeff Pritchard. And you're right as rain about Boo Radley in TKAM. Yes, my email address is the same as it's been. Just ask Sarah to put your call through to and I'll be there.

Hey to my bud Me-They. You got a right to your opinion, but I gotta say I like the character of Jeff Pruitt and the storyline itself. Jeff's a mountain of a man, and he could have easily pulverized Barney if he wanted to fight for Thelma Lou, but he didn't. I love the way, in the opening scene when Jeff is saying hello to Andy and Barney in the courthouse, Andy acts like his hand is hurting after shaking Jeff's hand. But in the Taylor kitchen scene later, Jeff knows how to mind his manners and speak gently when in the presence of Aunt Bee. Jeff Pruitt is somebody I wouldn't mind calling a friend. As for my least favorite episode, that's a tough one. I guess one of my least favorites is The Jinx. The way Henry Bennett was treated by most of the men in town (including, shamefully, Barney) was hard to watch. It breaks my heart everytime I see that kind, gentle man telling Andy and Barney that he's leaving town because he doesn't want prople to blame him whenever something goes wrong. It just plumb breaks my heart in two.

Hey to ~New Neighbor and ~Lucy and ky girl and everybody else! My goodness don't the Porch seem nice and full today!

I'll see ya.
Rafe Hollister

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71279: Actually, RAFE, I'm not sure why I don't like that episode. Some others that ain't my faves I can put my finger on why I don't enjoy them as much. This one I can't. Maybe I need to go to one of them head-shrikers or something.

ROMEENA: Sweet dreams.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71280: I know what you mean about "The Jinx", Rafe. It is sad. One of my least favorite B&W episodes is "Citizen's Arrest". I think it starts out funny and I love the scene with Barney and Gomer but I hate the way Barney gets so ugly with Andy in that episode. It just seems way out of character. I love nearly all of the B&W eps, but there are many of the later, color eps that I really don't care for and don't watch...especially the Warren episodes. Sorry, but the guy bores me. There is one color episode that I think is really good, and very different from the usual TAGS eps and that is the "Wanna buy a ship in a bottle?..." ep with Howard. I get a kick out of that one.

Thank you for your prayers, Me-They. I really appreciate it. Your poor dad! That must have been really uncomfortable in more ways than one, but at least something good came from it (a good laugh) ;)

Morning, Romeena. Hope you get some good sleep...wish I could...BIG YAWN. I just ate a really good potato, egg, and cheese taquito and now I could fall on the couch for a snooze (I wish).

Check out this video on YouTube and tell us what kind of BBQ you like: It's called The BBQ Song... www/ (I hope that works...if not, just go to You tube and search for BBQ SONG). It's really cute.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71281: Oh, and my least-favorite episode is "Mayberry RFD," the episode where Sam Jone's Italian friend's family comes to Mayberry. It just doesn't seem like a TAGS episode (which I guess it kinda wasn't). A close second is "Cousin Virgil." That actor who plays Virgil just creeps me out.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71282: Hey there, BOO.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71283: Howdy Porch. Got 6 inches of a wet heavy snow during the night. But it will melt fast, and the nearly two feet we got in the higher elevations will be great for our watershed.

Glad I could make you laugh Boo. I guess I'm in-ept. What is a CT? Is it a procedure to repair or reduce a blockage? I thought it was just a scan. Anyway, you seem calm about it all si I guess all is well. When will you find out what your gonna do?

Sorry I missed Spot's breakfast Possum. Was moving snow around. Will get you next time.

Well the talk about least favorite's, you all have mentioned several of mine.
The Jinx, as Rafe so well mentioned was just not that good. I like at the end how the town folk stepped up and made things right, but still.
And Citizens Arrest, as Boo mentioned really bugged me. I think it was the only episode where we really see some strain between Andy and Barney. I didn't like that at all. I guess it shows how even the best of friends can get mad at each other, and then patch it up, but still...
And the other one Boo mentioned about Howard's adventure. Just weird as all get out. And yet, I have a love hate feeling for this episode. The ending was terrific as we see Howard having a pop with his friends there at the garage, and he has a look of peace and serenity that competes with the look we saw on Mr. Tuckers face at the end of that episode. You know, where he's asleep with his almost peeled apple in his hand. That to me epitomizes the town of Mayberry.

Well gotta get. Work to do.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71284: Asa, is a scan, but a very high-tech one which can tell us alot. Only problem is, insr@nce companies don't want to pay for it sometimes. They have to put in an IV and inject dye, and also give the patient a medication to slow down the heart during the procedure, which sounds scary but if there is a problem, they have meds available right there to take care of it. I do feel calm about everything. Maybe due to all the prayers.

I don't like that Mayberry RFD episode, either Asa. I get bored with Cousin Virgil but he doesn't creep me out. I think what I like about the Howard/paradise episode was I found humor in Howard's wardrobe, first of all, then the scenes in the little island store are funny! I just love the "Wanna buy a fish in a bottle?" line and the way those guys look.

I wish I was asleep right now with a peeled apple hanging from my hand.... :)


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71285: That is supposed to read, "Asa, it IS a scan...", not "Asa IS a scan"!!


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71286: I thought Asa was a "Pip"! Although I could come up with some other names for him,after he forgot to swing by & take me to breakfast! Ha!
Well,eyes didn't change that much-no coke bottle lenses yet! Hee hee- Reminds me of the lady witness in "My Cousin Vinny"-remember how thick her glasses were & she STILL couldn't see? Doctor did tell me to change the position of my monitor,so now I'm looking down on all of y'all.But,hey,I ain't no stuck up possum,so don't go making out that I'm uppity!! Oh,the eye doctor looked like Billy Joel!
I miss Hazel too.I recently sent her an e-card to let her know we're thinking of her.Haven't heard from her though.
Me-They,I don't like the Jeff Pruitt episode either.Or the one where they try to sell that man a cannon.I think that would be my least favorite of the black & whites.
I like the island ep with Howard-it's quirky!
Well,better scoot for now.
possum under a rock

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71287: Wait a minute, though, isn't the Jeff Pruitt episode when Barney says something like, "Andy, if you threw a bird through this room, every woman in it would point"? that is a funny line. I agree, Possum, the cannon ep is boring.

HAZEL, where are you??!!


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71288:
ASA- very funny about getting into your "gym clothes." One, because of what you said, and two, who says "gym clothes" anymore?? haha
Oh, I forgot to tell you that the chiropractor also has me doing some "back muscle" exercises, which are helping as well.
For Lucy and Mrs M-T:
Barney: Andy, you can't deliver a BABY!!
MT-One of my least favs is the return of the fun girls. I think "once was enuf" when it comes to
Bernie and Hi Doll! haha But I gotta agree with ya about cousin weird dude!
RO- I've done several APB's for Hazel, sure hope all is OK with her.
Boo- I think it is ship in a bottle, not fish. ha
prayers continue for Bruce to get some smarts
regarding his ticker.

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71289:
Nope, Asa just HAS the pip! ha

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71290:
What do ya all think of "Ellie saves a female"
where she brings all the make up to Frankie Flint?

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71291: Hey Boo, I love that quote too, but "Andy, if you flew a quail through this room, every woman in it would point" is from My Fair Ernest T. Bass.

I'll see ya.
Rafe Hollister

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71292: Another interesting thing I have noticed watchig back-to-back TAGS episodes it the way the writers approached women. In the very first season, we have Ellie running for council When Andy hooks up with Helen the first time in season three Andy tells Barney that women don't quite their jobs when they get married anymore, it's the 20th century (Barney: "I know what century it is!"). There are dozens of little examples like this in the first five or so seasons.

However, in the last few seasons we have Helen telling her niece to let Opie beat her at sports because he's a boy, Flora quitting her job for Goober (even though she was better at it), and Aunt Bee ends up a shallow candidate to Howard in the city council race. I can't even count the number of times Andy makes little remarks. I always wondered what happened.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71293: Boy do I need an editor! Here's that post again with corrections...

Another interesting thing I have noticed watching back-to-back TAGS episodes is the way the writers approached women. In the very first season, we have Ellie running for council. When Andy hooks up with Helen for the first time in season three, Andy tells Barney that women don't quit their jobs when they get married anymore, it's the 20th century (Barney: "I know what century it is!"). There are dozens of little examples like this in the first five or so seasons.

However, in the last few seasons we have Helen telling her niece to let Opie beat her at sports because he's a boy, Flora quitting her job for Goober (even though she was better at it), and Aunt Bee ends up a shallow candidate to Howard in the city council race. I can't even count the number of times Andy makes little remarks. I always wondered what happened.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71294:
But Howard DID know more! ha

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71295:
Well, I DO know that Nate Pike says that a
penny hit by lighting is worth 6 cents!

And besides, the busiest man in the world
has got five minutes to pass the time of day.

(Both in "Quiet Sam.")

In fact, what ever happened to our Quiet Sam?

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71296: If you put a horsehair in stagnate water, it'll turn into a snake. Johnny Paul Jason says so.


March 26, 2009 - Msg 71297:

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71298:
Oops, dont know what happened.

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71299: RIP Dan Seals AKA England Dan
" I'm not talking about moving in..
and I don't wanna change your life.
But there's a warm wind blowing the stars around
and I'd really love to see you tonight"
Remember England Dan and John Ford Coley any of you 70's folk?

possum again

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71300:
Was he the Seals in Seals and Croft?

March 26, 2009 - Msg 71301: Good afternoon, porch! I got a good nap, and now feel like a member of the human race again. Rafe, you're absolutely right - it was Jeff Pruitt, not Pritchard. Wonder where I got that?

Cousin Virgil was played by Michael J. Pollard, and if you think he was weird on TAGS, you should catch his appearance on an old "Star Trek" episode. That one took weirdness to a new level! I'll bet we all have a nephew, cousin (or a son) who is a bit quirky. Virgil wasn't bad, he was just a geeky kid who hadn't quite found his niche in life yet.

I guess I can't really think of a TAGS episode I don't like. I like some a little better than others, but I think every one has something to offer. Andy and Barney did get a little testy now and then - who doesn't? Barney did have a way of flying off the handle and acting out, and while Andy was usually tolerant and made allowances for him, even covered for him, for once he just got enough and decided to let Barney feel the heat from his behavior. That's real life.

The town folks were a little mean in "The Jinx", but people can be that way. Things get started and everyone follows along, and someone gets hurt. That's what the writers were trying to tell us - the fact that many of us didn't care for that episode simply indicates that the message was received. We don't like to think of our Mayberry icons as behaving like that, but it's true to life.

Some of us are bored by Warren - we were supposed to be! Warren was an annoying, boring person, and Jack Burns did a great job of projecting that personality. Still, he had his endearing qualities as well. Sound like anyone you might know in your real life?

I'll admit there are a couple of episodes that I skip over when I'm watching DVDs, but I'll never tell you which ones they are. I won't tell, because my discomfort with them might say more about me than it does about the episode. (heehee)

Well, anyway - Mayberry was about life in a small town. Real people, real situations, cast in a comedic light and social commentary offered in as pleasant a manner as the writers could muster. We saw Andy as a great dad, but he made mistakes. We respect him as an honest man, a bastion of law and truth, but he got carried away and told a big old lie about the cannon, and tried to hide the structural problems with his house. Barney was an insecure, sometimes swaggering little guy who pushed all of Andy's buttons at times, and even turned on Andy occasionally, but stayed true when it really counted (The Cow Thief). Helen, as Andy's ultimate choice for a lady friend, might not have been our favorite, but then some of us might have made choices not approved of by our family and friends at some time in our life. Clara was a bit of a busybody, but her heart was in the right place.

Barney made a comment about "Mayberry - Gateway to Danger!" That could be paraphrased as "Mayberry - Gateway to Life!" Be blessed, friends. --Romeena