May 16, 2009 - Msg 72659: Prayers for Deanna, Ro.

Thanks for the prayers!! I am off to the family reunion...see you all on Sunday.


May 16, 2009 - Msg 72660: Did ya'll HAVE to make me sweep before I go?! ;-)


May 16, 2009 - Msg 72661: Mornin' Y'all! See what I mean? Look at all the good old tv shows y'all brought up-why doesn't TVLand play some of THOSE? I loved "Emergency" too,Salty- that Johnny Gage- whoo hoo! Ha!
Yeah,spot- Herman Munster was the Judge in our movie! He was excellent in that role. I miss seeing Fred Gwynne in movies- God Bless him.
Boo,have fun at the reunion and Spot,we wanna hear about the wedding.
Somebody swing by Moriellis when they open up for business and make sure we didn't leave anybody sleeping under a table or something- WILD party,wasn't it?
Happy Birthday to Me-They!
possum under a rock

May 16, 2009 - Msg 72662: good morning everyone! ro- prayers for deeana. Boo- great sweep.. possum under the rock- wild party at moriellis"s and ppapa bear wasn"t there, boo-hoo. since we are going down memory lane what about doing these? 1. how many still have an operating drive- inn movie, as well as any funny stories of your drive- in as a teenager. 2. what was your first car? remember when everyone drove around with drive in speakers in thir car? like a good neighbor evryone would return to the drive in with their speakers in plain sight. try that today. my first car was a 1963 red ford galakie. white leather interior. sold all my calves to buy it. MDC- take it easy in that triple degree temps. in a town near me they are reopening an old 66 icon called the palm grill. black and white tile. stools at the counters with juke boxes, old cars and autographed pictures of celebs who ate there like frankie avelon and several ole rck and roll stars. I hung out there some during its hayday, 19-- . happy birthday to me-they
21 today, eh? well time to cruise on out of here, have a great one. pappa bear

May 16, 2009 - Msg 72663: romeena- checking briefly thru the archives, i thought i would answer your question about my term as mayor. I quess as long as its an unpaid position and my kick backs like roy stoner had doesn"t come to light I"ll win the next election. ha. pappa bear

May 16, 2009 - Msg 72664:
Hey Folks



May 16, 2009 - Msg 72665: Hey gang I will have to read in a bit headed to that wedding I was telling you me some supper...SPOT

May 16, 2009 - Msg 72666: Yay! Pappabear has consented to remain in office as our mayor!!

The first car that I drove with any regularity was my dad's '52 Buick. I learned to drive in it, got my license in it when I was 14, and often drove it to school. I graduated from high school in '56 when I was 16, went to Trinity University in San Antonio for one year and hated it, dropped out. Got a job and when I was 17 my dad co-signed for me and I bought a brand-new, 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible, blue and white and beautiful! Shortly thereafter I met Dale, and we were married eight months later. He often joked that he thought he was marrying a rich girl, and then found out that the car payments were part of the deal! And sure enough they were! We paid that car off, though. I remember that it cost $3,000. Can you imagine?

Well, gotta run. I have to work tonight. Seems I still have car payments to make! Be blessed. --Romeena

May 16, 2009 - Msg 72667:

Ro, I remember when I was a kid, I promised myself that someday I'd own a late-'50s model Fairlane. I loved them so much. (I wanted a black one.) I still haven't done it, but I really ought to get on that. :-) To this day, it's one of the all-time greatest body styles Detroit has ever produced. Don't ya wish you still had it? LOL! Probably worth ten times that now.


May 16, 2009 - Msg 72668: My first car was a 1966 Ford Mustang. With manual transmission,which I hated until I got the hang of it.Of course I am glad that I learned to drive a stick shift-but back then I wasn't too thrilled.Boy,sure wish I still had that car!
Pappa Bear,that sounds like a fun place you used to frequent.I love old Retro diners and places like that.
Somehow I missed the post regarding Deanna.But,I most certainly will pray.When I have time,I will go back and see what I happened to miss. Still praying for your friend Joe,Romeena.
Let me go peek at Laci-I hope she's asleep.She's tired,but sometimes can burn the midnight oil-I know I'm not up for that!
Here's a "You know you're getting old" incident that happened to me today (and don't ask how we got on the subject!): You know you're getting old when the checker at the grocery store nearly falls over when you tell her about pay toilets! That girl had NEVER heard of them-y'all should have seen her face! Then to make matters worse,I mentioned what happened to my daughter,and SHE had never heard of them either!
Anybody remember crawling under the door? ha!
possum under the pay toilet door

May 16, 2009 - Msg 72669: Possum,I sure do remember pay toilets!The ones I remember were a dime and I can remember not having a dime and crawling under the door!That is funny about the girl never hearing about them,butI doubt if any of my kids have heard of them either!Just one of those things we have in out memory,we take for granted other people have also-ky girl

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72670: Oh my goodness! Of course I remember pay toilets, and yes, I've crawled under the door! When you're desperate, there's no end to how low you'll go! (heehee) By the way, you Britcom fans have probably heard Mrs. Slocum on "Are You Being Served", when she says she has to "spend a penny." That's what she's talking about. Apparently the pay potties in the UK cost a penny in their day, and it became a polite way to refer to making a trip to the restroom.

I worked last night, came home and showered and washed my hair, dressed and went to church. Not sure I'll do that again. Staying awake was a real battle, and one that I lost a couple of times. Very embarrassing. I even stayed for SS, but bailed on my friends when they suggested going to lunch. I came home! I'm one pooped pup.

Yep, I'd love to have that blue and white beauty back again. It was blue on the bottom, white on the top, if you remember the design of the '57 Fairlane. The convertible top was blue. It was really a pretty car, very graceful lines, automatic transmission, power brakes, but as I remember, it had crank windows. Not sure about that. It has been over 50 years, after all.

Well, I'm off to eat a little bit, then hit the bed for a couple of hours at least. I'm reeaaallly tired! Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72671: Oh them wonderful cars of our youth.
My first car was a 1985 S.S. Malibu. Bucket seats, automatic tranny on the floor. Little 283 motor with a big old holly 4 barrel carborater on it. Gas was between 25 cents to 31 cents a ding, so my foot was mashing that pedal a tad back then.
Next car was a 1969 Plymouth GTX. 440 Magnum with a 6 pack on it. Oh mercy, could that car move.
As Archie and Edith Bunker would sing, "those were the days".
Happy birthday Me They.


May 17, 2009 - Msg 72672: Romeena and Asa,those cars sound nice!I thought of you when I went to an antique car show today.They has some nice ones,but,but,none like you all had.Wonder how Boo is doing at the family reunion and Spot at the wedding?Can't wait to hear from those two.Hope everyone is having a nice Mayberry type of sabbath-ky girl

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72673: sorry about the two "buts" up there!-ky girl

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72674: Hey yall..the wedding was great NO rain! buddy (father of bride) was NOT in good shape before the wedding but during he was fine!...well yall let me get the barn shut down and will be back..hey Boo,possum,Ro,my buddy Asa,my good friend miss T(ky);)...gona go check my mail...back in a bit porch....SPOT

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72675: And by the way Asa the plymouth GTX 440 Mags were FAST cars!...girl I knew had a Gold one 4 speed....SPOT

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72676: Ok whos talking next?....SPOT

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72677: I still have not shut the barn down...just got off the phone with Miss Sherry she has to work at 6 in the morning so she has gone to bed...Mavis I miss you and ky"s mails...well let me put Otis up....Romeena Im gona send ya some pics tommorow of the garden...Miss Sherry and I are Trying to get camp site booked at the last minuite for M day this weekend....I took off Friday so we may just ride bikes...May the 30th there is gona be a big cancer drive ride that we are gona be in...gona be so col...back in a bit...ruff ruff...SPOT

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72678: Hey, Spot. OK, did you and Miss Sherry discuss the cruise? I sure hope so - it would be so much fun if you two could be along. You would really enjoy getting to meet Floyd! I'm glad the wedding went well, good that you had nice weather.

Well, I think I'm about ready to turn in and watch some Britcoms. I got a little nap this afternoon, but it wasn't nearly enough, considering how tired I was, and still am. Later, taters. --Romeena

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72679: Ya know what Ro....dont count us out....possum You in here?..............mail me...SPOT

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72680: Well, I am back from the family reunion and am happy to say that I have a wonderful time! Thanks for your prayers. It was great seeing relatives I had not seen in so many years. We all met at one of my cousin's houses and it was a perfect setting. Just a beautiful place out in the country. It started out pretty warm, but around mid-day, it began to get very dark in the North and then the dark clouds rolled over us bringing cool wind. It was just wonderful! No rain, just the perfect temperature. My favorite kind of weather really and the place was just a little piece of heaven. I took some pictures that I will try to send to Ro. We also took a drive in the coutry and ended up in this little town called, Round Top. It was the most adorable little historic town! I just couldn't believe that I had never even heard of it. If you can imagine restored historic homes surrounded Longhorn Cattle in verdant pastures, and wildflowers. It was absolutely like a piece of Mayberry on earth. Are you familiar with Round Top or La Grange, Romeena? I hear they have market days in September and October in Round Top. Just wondered if you had ever been there? I could move there tomorrow if I could make a living! ;-)

Well, I had better get to bed so I can get up early to get Erin to school..see ya in the morning with my coffee.


May 17, 2009 - Msg 72681: Fantastic Boo....SPOT

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72682: Good Sunday evening porch, glad to have Spot and Boo back safe and sound. Another rainy Sunday here, thank goodness no storms, just rainy enough to make for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Been watching Andy and Mash tonight. And they kept playing that blasted commercial about the Married with Children marathon Thursday night. Ugghh I wish they'd stop already, I'd rather watch a marathon of the Weather Channel than that excuse for a tv show. Hope ya'll have a good night, whats left of it anyways. Love ya'll--Salty Dog

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72683: ok whos talking next ;)-.SPOT

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72684: snuck in on me girl..(Salty)...SPOT

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72685: Still rain here in Ga...SPOT

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72686: It's just a few showers here in NC, hopefully they will move on out overnight--SD

May 17, 2009 - Msg 72687:
Just a quick check in. Had a great day at church with my family. Kinda messy day but was a good day just chilly out together.

Well gonna go to bed now so you all have a good night sleep and remember to give Jesus a "big hug" in your prayers.
Praying for all the porch family!

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72688: Rev BIG HUG for Jesus.....Sleep good Brother...SPOT

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72689: Hi everybody,hope everyone is having a good day so far.Hey Spot,glad to hear the wedding went well.Boo,glad to hear that the family reunion was so nice.As I said,I went to the car show yesterday with one of my older sons,plus we looked around at a festival we have nearby called Pike Days,celebrating the old national pike that runs through alot of little towns.So I was exhausted last night.Didn't realize how much walking we did.Well,gotta get myself some caffeine and try to get awake so I can get the kids off to school.Talk to you all in a little bit-ky girl

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72690: Get up yall...........SPOT

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72691: Mornin' Y'all! Boy,we have had HEAVY rain since yesterday afternoon-just non- stop. Well,at least no T-storms. Glad the wedding didn't get rained out Spot.
Boo,welcome back- happy to hear that the reunion went well.
I think I'm still half asleep! All this rain makes it hard to get going-just want to snooze the day away! Better get going around here. Y'all have a good day!
Spot,you cooking breakfast?
possum under a rock

Ramona/Romeena: "It rained last week."
Ernest T. Bass: " I know.I was right there in it."

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72692: Good morning, friends. I had a good night's sleep and I am ready to face the last week of the school year!

I like that quote, Possum. This weekend, after we left the reunion, Bruce and I went for a drive in the country and it started raining..just a gentle rain and we had not seen rain in so long, we were both excited about it. Bruce said, "I think it's gonna rain, Romeena!"...his quote was a little off, but he remembered that Earnest T and Romeena had talked about rain in their episode. As I said last week, it's funny how often TAGS comes up in our everyday life. We even watched a couple of episodes of TAGS that night in the motel with the kids. If TAGS is on somewhere, Erin will find it!

Got a call from an old friend I had not spoken to in about 8 years last night. Guess it's a weekend for reunions. It was rather sad hearing about her life, in a way. She is my age and was married once, but only for a couple of years and never seriously dated anyone else. Now she is looking back at dreams she and wishing things had been different. She is a wonderful person, talented, beautiful and I am surprised she never found anyone to share her life with. I hope she will. She could always adopt children, I suppose. It makes you thankful for the family you have, even when times are tough.

Well, I had better get Erin up and ready for school.


May 18, 2009 - Msg 72693: Get up everbody, breakfast is ready! Scrambled eggs, toast, jelly, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit,
english muffins, apple butter, pancakes with maple syrup. coffee, juice, tea.

another busy week end but have returned to work today and a busy week ahead here (hopefully). My only niece (no nephews at all) is graduating high school Friday night and then Patrick graduates Saturday morning the 23rd. Graduation will be at 10 am est, and all of you are invited to attend! we will go to Red Lobster afterwards to celebrate. A virtual porch party and celebration will be fun.

Our church Childrens Choir had the Spring Musi-Cal Program last night. John Masters and Mrs. Poltice would have been proud. The kids did a great job.They sang all ole time gospel songs I'll fly away, Do Lord, Jesus Loves Me, Amazing
Grace, and about 10 others. The kids are ages 3- 12 and did a wonderful job. It was good to hear younger ones knowing about the great old times hymns.

Well, I have ran on enough for now, take care and prayers and blessings to you all.

Big Maude

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72694: Good morning, all. I slept late this morning, guess I was even more tired than I knew. Forget breakfast, I'm heading straight into lunch! Got a few bills paid, tidied up the mess I had left in the kitchen last night, and spent a little time playing with Toye Starr. Now I'm ready to face the rest of the day, and it's a beauty. Bright sun, soft breeze, 70 degrees. I can see my roses perking up in the sunshine - they've been looking so forlorn. I have lamb's ears in several places in the flowerbeds, and it all looks just awful. It has practically melted with all the rain and no sun, just sodden and rotted. I need to go cut it waaaay back, practically to the ground and get rid of all the decaying stuff. It will be back in about two weeks, all soft and sage/gray and so pretty. It just doesn't like too much water.

Does anybody else have oak-leaf hydrangeas? Joe insisted on planting some around here a few years ago, and since I wasn't familiar with them I was a little skeptical, but I'm sure glad he did. They're gorgeous! The foliage does resemble an oak leaf in shape, though much larger. The flowers are similar to regular hydrangeas in that they're composed of many tiny flowers, held in a close group. The difference with oak-leaf is that the flowers aren't held in a round ball, they're elongated, getting up to a foot long or more. The most interesting thing, though, is their color. They start out snow white, and they remain on the bush all summer. They gradually turn pale pink - that's where mine are right now - and then shade into a deep rusty rose color, and finally in the fall, they turn a leather-brown shade. They don't fall off, but remain on the bush until deep into the winter, in that pretty, rich brown shade. Always something of interest on those bushes! I've got two big ones, one in the back and one out front, and people are always asking what they are.

Well, I need to call and see how Joe is doing this morning. Later, friends. --Romeena

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72695: Hey Spot - how far are you away from Monroe? I'll be at a goat show there in June. Well - the whole family will be. We are probably going to hit Stone Mountain just to see the carving before we head there.

Just another day in paradise and thankful the rain has ended for this week.


May 18, 2009 - Msg 72696:
Hi Big Maude- That Musi-CAL sounded neat.
I love "I'll Fly Away."
My first car was a '65 Ford Falcon. Cool and fast! ha
DES- Did you get yours from Mrs. Lesh? ha
RO- So Dale thought your daddy owned the grain
elevators in Railegh? (:
pappa,We'll have to get a rumor started about Myra Koontz and me at the Drive-In! teehee
We still have 2 working drive-ins here in the
Phoenix area! At one time there were 55 drive-ins
here. Some even had dollar-a-carload nights!
My mom would make a big paper bag full of popcorn,
and we'd have pop in bottles!
Pappabear(mayor by default)(ha), I saw some drive in speakers in an antique store here recently!
Woo-hoo- a local over the air channel here is startong up with TAGS twice a day this week!
Ky-girl- glad school is going well. What's your
grade point these days? Did you learn ICD-9 codes yet? ha
Rev, Spot- was there a race yesterday? Did i miss it?
Prayers for all

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72697:
PS- Braves/D-backs good series except for the
rain out.

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72698:

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72699:
Hey Folks

Anyone else wanna play?
1st car: 1967 Plymouth Fury
1st record: "Rockin' Robin"
1st job: A chef a one of the worlds biggest
restaurants: Pizza Hut

1st theater movie: "That Darn Cat"
1st drive-in movie: "Yours Mine and Ours"

Can anyone think of some other categories?


May 18, 2009 - Msg 72700: MDC the allstar race was sat night.Tony Stewart won it...a million first car 1969 VW,first record gentle on my mind,first job Six Flags,first girlfriend Kay..hey Romeena,Maude and all...possum no I did not cook today but will get supper in just a bit..let me get settled in here at all night...SPOT

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72701: and oh yea ky got the pic now I know who im posting to! need to get pics to Romeena for the album..old and new..SPOT

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72702: I'll play, AUH2O~~

1st car: '69 Oldsmobile, Delta 98...white with white leather interior.
1st record: The Monkees first album
1st job: RN in small local hospital
1st theater movie (the first that I remember): Dr Zivago (did I spell that right?)
1st drive-in movie that I remember: Rosemary's Baby (my mother was strange).

1st boyfriend/girlfriend: John, age 6


May 18, 2009 - Msg 72703:
Hey Asa, how about "first drive-in movie that
you really didn't see because the windows
were all fogged up!!" haha
Silly MDC

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72704: What if I can't recall some of the questions in the game- can I still play?!
I really can't recall my first record or movies I saw-guess that's my 2nd reminder this week ( the pay toilet thing was the 1st)that I am getting OLD!
Here's my contribution:
1st car:'66 Ford Mustang
1st job: Concession stand at the local picture show
1st boyfriend:Kenny
Oh,and I can remember the 1st tooth I lost: biting into a caramel apple at my grandma's house.
Rev,did you ever go to the "Picture Show" in Newberry when you were a kid? My aunt used to take us to watch all of the Elvis movies. Maybe we sat next to each other as kids and didn't know it!
possum again

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72705: Wow possum a 1966 stang!...behave MDC!..ha ha.. supper menu:Grilled ribeye steaks your doneness,little brazed red taters,mac-n-cheese,salad..Boo tea...texas toast....SPOT

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72706: Good afternoon everyone. STILL having internet trouble.

1st car: Dodge Dart Sport (whoopie)
1st movie (that I remember): Disney's Robin Hood
1st record (that I bought myself): Wings "Band on the Run"
1st job: local mom-and-pop hardware store

Boy, do I sound lame!


May 18, 2009 - Msg 72707:
OK, possum, I'll show my age too.
1st Job: Drug Store Prescription Delivery Boy
a la "It's a Wonderful Life" only I got to drive
a restored Model A Ford with the drugstore name painted on the door! True. It was mid-60's, just got
my license,and then got to double clutch that 1930 "A."
People would stop and ask me about it at stoplights etc.
That small neighborhood drugstere owner really had
some marketing smarts. I worked there part-time
for two years. Very cool! In fact, I'll send a pic to RO of that coupe.

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72708:
oh and first record: Meet the Beatles

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72709: Well M-T I would have took the Dodge dart sport over my VW!..and now as far as that first job I was on top of the world working at Six Flags! started out(and still have a 1976 pay stub)at $1.80 an hour!...steaks will be read at 6 or so...SPOT

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72710: Who was the Drug Store Delivery Boy up there in Msg 72707- MDC??
Spot,yeah I learned to drive in a '66 Mustang. I just e-mailed you more about it. Yes,I can remember my car,just not records or movies! Ha!
possum again

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72711: Belly up to the table steaks are coming off the grill....SPOT

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72712:
Oops!! Yes, that was me!

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72713:
Opie: Miss Farley had her face in a pan of milk?

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72714:
Barney: Not Miss Farley, her CAT.

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72715: Old Man Kelsey's Crick!

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72716: Old Man Kelsey's ocean!

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72717: Wow, Possum...I'll trade my '69 Oldsmobile for your 66 Mustang! Lucky girl...Uh, Me-They, you can keep the Dodge Dart (hehe). By the way, you didn't sound lame to me, especially since you mentioned "Wings". Love that group!

Very neat about the drug store job, MDC. Would love to see that picture.

Almost forgot to tell ya'll something neat that I learned at my family reunion..I have an uncle who has been tracing the family tree and he only got back as far as the early 1800's and guess where my oldest known relative was from? North Carolina! I was very surprised and pleased about that.

Well, the weather here has been outstanding today! We had a little front come through on Sunday and it lowered the humidity and cooled things off. I spent hours outside today. I am a little behind on the laundry, but it was worth it! I also spent some time in the nursery section of the local home improvement store. I was trying to find a plant or flowers for St. Susan's birthday tomorrow (she turns 51). It was so nice just looking through all the lovely flowers. It was a really good day for a Monday.

Think I will turn in and get some sleep. See ya'll in the morning with my coffee.


May 18, 2009 - Msg 72718: I'm loving these Andy Eps on tvland tonight!! Gun Blue!! LOL Hey Boo, we might be kin we'll have to deduce our relatives and see. Been a good day today, spent the day doin housework then went fishing with my hubby this evening. Back to work tomorrow though. Hope ya'll have a good night--Salty Dog

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72719: Salth yall catch anything?..I just love fishing..gona get the boat ready for next a cool spell going on here down in the low 50"s at noght for the next few days..blackberry winter I guess..hey Boo see ya in the morning I will have breakfast ready..yall save those steak scraps for Otis ok..well Romeena Im gona shoot you some new Otis pics if I get around to it tonight...Possum another good movie on tonight I have seen it tons of times,got it on DVD..Stand By Me...ok let me get this report ran for the day....SPOT

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72720: "Salth"?...Salty..oh my my fat paws...SPOT

May 18, 2009 - Msg 72721: Hey, Spot. I wouldn't dream of "counting you out" - I'm still hoping you and Miss Sherry will make the cruise. However, if you want Sharon, the travel agent, to "count you in" you'd better get in touch with her. I don't when the deadline is for making reservations, but I suspect it's coming up soon. Check out the website (the ad comes up on the Mayberry homepage), and get Sharon's phone number there. Call her and have a chat. She's nice, real nice, and you'll like her. Tell her you're from Floyd's Front Porch (Allan Newsome) and she'll fix you right up.

Well, guess I'll go rewind the DVR and watch the last ep and a half of TAGS that ran while I was on the computer. Love that DVR! Handy as the pocket on a shirt, that thing. Lets you zip through commercials, too! --Romeena

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72722:
Hello porch family.....Pray you all had a great day today.

Salty.....when we gonna have a fish fry?

Spot.....the steaks were just right brother. Still smacking my lips. bet I went to the Newberry picture show many many times. The Ritz Theater is the name of it. It's still there but used for plays now not movies. Newbery is where I grew up. Went through school there. And yep we may have sit beside each other.....why didn't you speak to me....hehe

MDC.....the All Star race was a wild one all the way to the very end.

Ro....will be praying "overtime" Wednesday morning. Keep us posted please.

Bo....I just knew you had some Carolina blood in you.

OK here's a list of my first:
First birthday...I was one year old...just kidding :O
First car....1974 Ford Pinto (dark green)
First Motorcycle....1973 125cc Honda dirt bike
First job....paperboy then started working at a gas station at age 12.
First Movie....I have no idea but maybe the "Love Bug" (at the Newberry Theater possum)
First Record.....probably Hermans Hermits (sp?)
First Girlfriend....Gwen in the 1st grade but she didn't know that she was my girlfriend...hehe

Well gang I'm going to turn in for the night. Prayers for all the porch family.

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72723: I'm gettin'ON went with Barn' at 11:00 to do a doorknob check. So here's my list
First car....1953 Chevy coupe. Had a bad starter so I had to push it to get it started
First Job...Baling hay for Mr. Peabody
First movie...Saga Of Death Valley Roy Rogers & Gabby Hayes
First record...Fool #1 By Brenda Lee
First girlfriend..Linda Leuwellen in 1st grade
but I think I pulled an 'Opie' later and fell in love with my teacher Miss Mack
I've been on all the TAGS sites tonight. Love 'em
Got my tickets for Mayberry Days 2009 in the mail
Golllleeee SHAZAM!!! Would you look at that
Bert Miller

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72724: Well hello there Bert...wake up call Boo...breakfast menu:3 eggs any way you like them,over med,over light,scrambled,boiled,hard fried,hashbrowns,bacon,country ham,sausage,bisquits and good white milk gravy,grits,toast with mixed fruit jelly,oj,coffee,water,milk...ok.. will cook to order as yall get up...prayers and a mayberry day for all...SPOT

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72725: Good morning porch,Spot breakfast sounds good.Would you all please remember my youngest daughter,Jamie,in your prayers?She is in the hospital,has been since yesterday and the doc says she will probably have to stay another day.Her asthma is giving her trouble,she is very congested and wheezing.I just left the hospital which is a couple of blocks from the house.She is eating breakfast and watching T.v. so I ran home to get my youngest son to school,he is staying with his dad while Jamie is in the hospital.Also,please remember my mother in your prayers,she has what ever has been going around.I hope I can get her to the doc today sometime.O.k.,since we are doing firsts,here goes mine:
first boyfriend:Eric-kindergarten
first record-Wait a minute Mr.Postman-can't remember the name of the artist or the actual name of the song
first car-a staton wagon-can't remember the exact make of it
first job-waitress at the local truck stop
first drive in movie-"The Big Bus",don't even remember what it was about,it was my first "date movie" too,so I didn't really care what the movie was,I was just excited to go on a date!
Talk to you all later-ky girl

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72726: Mornin' SPOT. Thanks for breakfast. How'd ya sleep. I slept like a log...didn't even hear the neighbor's dog barking. I did hear him barking his head off before I went to bed, though. Just about drove me crazy. My sister said I should wrap some cheese around a Tylenol PM and give to him! LOL Tylenol PM is her answer to just about everything. Anyway, the neighbor's dog is getting to be a real stressor for a number of reasons. The poor thing is now chained in the front yard by a heavy chain and the last two days, he has been without water, unless we give it to him. I gave him water twice yesterday and he was very thirsty...drank for a long time. I don't think they are bothering to feed him as they should, either. I feel so sorry for the poor thing. I have tried contacting his owner, via a note on the door, to talk to her about the situation, but she never called me. It;s very hard to catch someone at home over there. So, for now, I am making sure he has water and something to eat. I am tempted to turn him loose, but the last time he was loose, he stayed right there in the front yard! I am tempted to ask them to give him to me when we move, although I don't know if he would drive me crazy with the barking (I swear he's the loudest dog I ever heard).

Better get Erin back later.

Welcome to Bert Miller...don't be a stranger.


May 19, 2009 - Msg 72727: Hey there KY Girl...of course we will pray for your daugther, mom AND for you. Hang in there!


May 19, 2009 - Msg 72728: MDC,just realized that you asked me about school.It's going good,thank God I still have the 4.0 average,hoping I can keep it that way.Starting on the ICD-9's this week.Thanks Boo and everyone for the prayers.Spot,I just saw your post about the pic,sorry I had to send it snail mail,I just haven't figured out how to send any via email yet.O.k.,gotta get moving,so much to do today,not enough hours to do it in!-ky girl

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72729: 1st car - 1970 Chevy Impala
1st movie - What's Up Doc
1st boyfriend - Roy (kindergarten)
1st album - Barry Manilow!! :) or was is Donny Osmond :) and all of my brothers and sisters albums Glenn Campbell and Bobby Goldsboro and Santana. . .
1st job - Hardees


May 19, 2009 - Msg 72730: Mornin' Y'all! Prayers for your daughter & mom,ky girl.Boo's right- you take care of yourself too!
Boo,I have been in situations like that with neighbors and their dogs.Had neighbors once who would go off for the weekend & leave the dog in the pen-no food,water,etc.Right in the blazing sun-no shade! We'd go over & tend to him.Don't even get me started on the various barking dogs!
Oh,and Boo- We have t- shirts down here with the saying " Carolina Girls- Best in the World". I'll have to get ya one since you've got Carolina blood in you!
Yeah Rev, the RITZ! I remember seeing "Love Bug" there too- maybe we DID sit next to each other. Sorry I didn't speak to you- ha! And there was a news stand/bookstore place across the street that my aunt would take us after the movie.We'd buy comic books and magazines. Do you know the place I'm talking about? Maybe we bumped into each other over the Archie comic books!
Welcome to Bert Miller. Don't go ringing too many doorbells now!
Well,I have been summoned to Jury Duty later today,so I need to go find something besides t shirt and jeans to wear. Y'all have a good day-love to all!
possum under a rock

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72731: Good morning everyone. Hopefully, my internet woes are history--at least for now. Man, when that Al Gore invents something, he should at least get the kinks worked out.

It's another beautiful day here. Sunny and in the 60s. We had a frost warning last night! Gore can't even get that global warming thing right.

REV: You made me remember that my first job as a kid actually was selling "The Grit" newspaper. Anybody remember it?

And though I didn't mention it, I did get married to a girl named Susan on the bus when I was in first grade. Not sure it was legal, though.

SPOT: I had a VW bug ('68) when I was in high school. I had an accident with it, had to use replacement parts for the front end, and never got it repainted. I rode around with a dark blue wheel cover, a red wheel cover, and an orange hood on my baby blue bug for nearly a year before I got ride of it.

I still think I would have prefered it to the Dodge Dart, which came with the decoration that just about every Dart or Duster came with: massive rust on the quarter panels and doors. Of course, being in the South maybe you didn't have that problem. The salt here in the winter really played havok with those all metal cars. Good thing they make 'em out of plastic now ;-).

BOO: Guess we'll both be doing the dipsy doodle.

If anyone recently requested me to friend them on Facebook, please try again. I "lost" (translation: accidently deleted your request). I've gotten a ton in the last few days, though, and I know they all aren't from the porch. Not sure why. And one young woman, well, let's just say she looks like a fun girl.

Kindergarten graduation this evening.

Prayers for all!

See y'all at lunch.


May 19, 2009 - Msg 72732: Oh, and thanks for all the birthday well wishes. Boy, 29 doesn't feel so bad.


May 19, 2009 - Msg 72733: Here's question that's bugging me: last night I watched an episode on TV Land where Thelma Lou made reference to "having to get back to the office." (It was the episode where the four of them get into arguments with each other; "some third party made a remark" etc.) Anyway, does anyone know what Thelma Lou did for a living? I can't remember any other episodes that deal with the issue. Didn't know if any of you knew or not.

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72734: It's one of the age-old mysteries. Like her last name, or the actor who played Mr. Schwamp.


May 19, 2009 - Msg 72735: Stay away from those fungirls, don't need that kind of trouble at YOUR age...(and I say that in the nicest possible way!). Funny comment about the dipsy doodle!

M-T, I think Thelma was an editor for "The Grit"... ;-)

Back to work! (or the couch, which ever comes first).


May 19, 2009 - Msg 72736:
First Job: Selling "Miracle Salve" door-to-door
with Trey and Arnold! haha
Actually REV and Me-they- I forgot that I was also
a paperboy at around age 11 !
Prayers for KY girl and family and all who need em.
Hey to Bert- ya got any of this and that? ha

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72737: Good morning, porch! Bert Miller, it's nice to see you. Hope you stick around, we enjoy making new friends.

Firsts, huh? Well, you already know my first car (that I actually owned) was a '57 Ford Fairlane convertible. As for the rest:

First boyfriend - Donovan (wouldn't you know his name would be Don?) - and we were eight years old.

First movie - how on earth can you people remember back that far? I'm sure I was about five or six, it had to be either a western or a Flash Gordon, and I'm sure I saw it at the Highland Theater in San Antonio. My cousin lived around the corner, our parents would give us each a quarter and we would walk across a tiny parking lot and down a very narrow and very dark passage between the theater and the drug store on the corner. We were safe though, watched by Shorty, the Asa Breeney of the time, who guarded the lot and the backs of the theater and drug store. With our quarter, we bought a ticket (9 cents), and three purchases of coke and popcorn, in the combination of our choice. With the last penny, we got a piece of candy, and we were good to go for the day. The ticket let us stay until we had seen the feature at least twice, all the serials, shorts, newsreels and cartoons as well, and when we were too bleary-eyed to see the screen, we'd head for home. No one ever bothered us in the theater, and I had been instructed by my parents that if anyone ever did, I was to stand on the seat and yell very loudly "I need an usher!" Parents didn't have to be too concerned in those days, but my parents were no dummies, either.

My first job - worked in my dad's office one summer, but that hardly counts. First real hard-core job was in the communications center at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. I was in the routing room, and patrolled banks of machines like ticker-tape. When one would start spitting out tape, my job was to pull the tape off, read the routing code and take it to the appropriate machine and feed it in, to send it on its way. If it was high-priority, a bell would ring, and we were to drop whatever else we were doing and tend to that message first. It was a busy, fast-paced job, and interesting. When I left there, I had gained top-secret security clearance and was training in the crypto room, learning about coded messages. I was barely 18.

First record - no idea, but probably something by Elvis Presley.

Hmmm. Not much information there. I don't know how y'all remember those things! Good grief, for me that has been about sixty years ago, and I've slept a few times since then.

Be blessed. --Romeena

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72738:
72733--I think that may be answered on the
"Mayberry FAQ" page on this site, but my break is over, and I, yes I, gotta get back to work! ha

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72739: Headed to in a hurry....SPOT

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72740:
circa 1971- "Long ago and oh so far away,
I fell in love with you before the second show..."

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72741: Good afternoon ya'll it was 30 on my porch this morning and I was so used to warmer mornings, had to cover up my plants last night. Now it's warmer with a good breeze reminds me of fall.

I have a question too about something I saw in TAGS last night. In one EP and I think it was the same one where they were all fighting. Barney makes a statement to Andy to the effect that he'd known him for over 20 years.Now mind you in the first episode Andy calls him Cousin Barney, Ok if they were cousins, wouldn't they have known each other their whole lives? They obviously went to school together, hence the class reunion episode, maybe I think too much but did anybody else catch on to that one?

Whenever ya'll are ready for a fish fry come on over we'll fix up a mess of Trout, hushpuppies and some Hoppin John I believe it's Ro from here that likes that. Ya'll have a good day I need to do something constructive--Salty Dog

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72742: 72740: I like the Carpenters, too. (Sorry, BOO. I know her voice creeps you out.)



May 19, 2009 - Msg 72743:
Salty Dog- My take on it is this:
They may have been very "distant" cousins
who only found out about each other whilst they
were IN school! How's that sound? ha


May 19, 2009 - Msg 72744: To the person above who was asking about Thelma Lou's job, here is the info from the FAQ page:
Q:What was Thelma Lou's occupation, last name, and where did she live?
A: There are several things about Thelma Lou that are a mystery to this day. The only thing we know about what she did for a living is that she worked in an office in town. Her phone number at work was 596. We also never were told her last name. We don't know exactly what Thel's address was but we do know that her house number was 830 and that the phone number at home was 247. She had one brother and two cousins that we know of, (Karen Moore & Mary Grace Gossage).

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72745: Good afternoon, porch. Salty Dog, I caught that "20 years" thing too, and have always wondered about it. I think maybe has a good answer there. Maybe Barney's side of the family lived somewhere else and only moved to Mayberry when the two boys were about ten years old or so. We do know that Barney's mom was living in or near Mayberry, because Barney stopped her in the roadblock. "But Barney! I'm your mother!"

Got a problem with the pond. The pump filter was already clogged, after I cleared it yesterday. I've lost about five little fish - found 'em floating. Lots of visible floating algae. Talked with my expert at Water Gardens, she thinks we may have overestimated the volume of the pond, and I may have too much algaecide in it. It's safe for fish in the proper dilution, but can be rough on little fish if it's too concentrated. She recommends draining about a quarter of the water off, and refilling with fresh de-chlorinated water. Also, I had to re-measure the various dimensions (hard to do in an irregularly shaped pond) and she'll re-figure the volume. I have the pump in drain mode right now, got about another half hour to go. Got the dimensions, will call her soon. I hope she can help and we can solve the problems. I hate losing fish, even the little ones, but if I lose some of my big two and three-year-olds, I'm not going to be happy. I have one that's over 8 inches long. Started out at about an inch and a half, paid 12 cents for him! He's gorgeous now.

Well, guess I won't get a nap before going to work, but I couldn't stand to leave the fish in a bad situation. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72746: Sorry, that should have been "maybe MDC has a good answer there." Sometimes my codes get boogered up. --Romeena

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72747: Thanks guys, maybe Barn did move to Mayberry later on, but him and Andy did mention their teacher and called her the beast of the second floor or something like that. I like MDC's answer I think I'll go with that one. Salty Dog

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72748:
In one ep Barney and Andy speak of a teacher
who was "the beast of the 4th grade, so that would make them about ten. I don't think there is
any reference of them knowing each other earlier than that!
Barn: Now Andy, I know you looked over all the applicants for deputy to get the best qualified man, and I want to thank you cousin Andy! HA

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72749:
or was it of the 4th floor...hmmm I'm not sure.

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72750: No Carpenters M-T..sorry..Boo and all Idol fans its time..been busy here at work..any supper left?...SPOT

May 19, 2009 - Msg 72751: Hey folks....

I hope it doesn't seem like I'm advertising too much for the Two Chairs No Waiting podcast here as I'm trying to make sure I'm not "pushy." The last thing I want to be is a pushy podcaster. :)

This week, the podcast has a guest host: Floyd Lawson

I was out of town so I asked Floyd to fill in for me coming live from the barber shop there in Mayberry. I hope you enjoy his stories...but not too much...I don't want to be replaced as host. :)

Give it a listen as episode #32 is now on the web.

Two Chairs No Waiting Mayberry Internet Radio Show (Podcast)


May 19, 2009 - Msg 72752: Well SPOT, I think Adam won it, but we'll see how America votes.

Well, there is a problem with Barney's mother because in one episode, he talks about her being thin like him, but the woman who plays his mom in that one episode, is chubby.

Enough with the Carpenter's, please...