October 16, 2010 - Msg 81388:
Thanks MD. I took a gander. mdc

October 16, 2010 - Msg 81389:
Hope the TAGS car sweeps tomorrow as well as I did the porch! ha Maybe Gilly will be driving, after all
all he knows is SPEED, SPEED, SPEED! (:

October 17, 2010 - Msg 81390: RIP "June Cleaver"

possum under a rock

October 17, 2010 - Msg 81391: Good Sabbath morning everyone. Hope and pray you are all fine and dandy.

So we have a singing possum taking off on Tom Jones huh? Who'd a thunk such a thing?

Sad to read that about Mrs. Cleaver. She lived a long life. Ward passed away many years ago, didn't he?

Thanks for the welcome back Boo. You are always so kind and thoughtful. I hope your ordeal with rhe neighbors dogs is over.

Mayberry Deputy, thats interesting about the Mayberry car. Thanks for posting it.

So next week I am teaching a class in Church on the topic of Baptism. I'd be interested in any ideas or thoughts you might have on it. I have noticed a wide difference of opinions and ideas on the subject. Any thoughts or comments?

Well better go see what the talking heads on tv are spewing today. Maybe I'll go read a good book instead.


October 17, 2010 - Msg 81392: Asa - I am all for dunking! Not a sprinkling but a dunking! I believe you have to know what Jesus has done for you and be able to verbally express that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the LIving God.


October 17, 2010 - Msg 81393: Thank you HM. Exactly the type of responses I'm looking for.


October 17, 2010 - Msg 81394:
Asa, I look at Baptism as a symbolic cleansing of the body using water that has been blessed. How better to start a new Christian life than after a cleansing?
Yes it was shocking to learn that Barbara Billingsley (the mother on Leave It To Beaver) has passed away at ag 94. I read an interesting fact about how she got hired for the "Leave It To Beaver" show. Apparently, a few months before the auditions, her second husband passed away very suddenly. To help her get on with life as she mourned his death, some friends (the writers of Leave It To Beaver) suggested that she try out for the part as the mother "June Cleaver". After two previous television show failures, her third television attempt was her best and most popular performance of her career.
Also, her television husband (Hugh Beaumont) passed away in 1982 at age 73.

from Poor Horatio

October 17, 2010 - Msg 81395: Love the photo of the Mayberry Car. Hope he does good in the race.
Finally got a little rain this afternoon, we sure need it out here. You all have a good weekend.

October 17, 2010 - Msg 81396: Well gang just been flat dog gone busy...the Eagles concert was Great....best ever...hey Frankie,possum,Asa and all....well let me get some stuff finished up outside before dark then I will read.....any leftovers?....SPOT

October 17, 2010 - Msg 81397: Asa, you're right, there do seem to be several different opinions on the subject of Baptism. Back in the day when I was "searching", I found it kind of confusing. Depending on who you talked to, theirs was the "correct" opinion. I did it both ways, just to be on the safe side... :) It is kind of like the subject of the Trinity, as far as it depends on which Christian religion you attend, as to what they think the Bible says, or doesn't say regarding that.
So, I guess my opinion on Baptism would be, to quote Barney, No Opinion!

I was watching "The Bed Jacket" today, and wanted to comment on an inconsistency. In the beginning of the episode, when Andy and Opie are fishing, and Andy wants to hurry Opie along, but Opie wants to stay and fish. Andy says "... well, there's the cake to get." And Opie says "Cake? Yeah, I guess we better scoot." (They were talking about Aunt Bees birthday).
So anyway, in the epilogue, at the very end, and they are eating birthday cake, Aunt Bee commented on making the cake - she said to Opie "well, I didn't know if I should make a white one or a pink one or a chocolate, and I remembered that you liked chocolate so I made that." So that doesn't jive with the beginning when Andy and Opie were buying her a cake, because she made the cake herself.
- Hazel

"You've heard the expression, one hand washes the other?"

October 17, 2010 - Msg 81398: "I just came in for some foot powder"


October 17, 2010 - Msg 81399:
Hazel- So THAT's why they dont put the epilogues on the TV versions of the reruns!! haha Interesting observation. I also recall in the opening of one ep that Andy moves the checker piece two times in a row, skipping Barney's turn, and it apparantly aired that way.
ASA- regarding baptism. Jesus himself was baptized and he told his apostles to "Go teach all nations, BAPTIZING in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," so he placed importance on it, tho, like the thief on the cross, one can still be saved without it, through what I have heard called, the baptism of DESIRE, so I'll hold to "Rev. P.H.'s" opin above. (:
nite all.

October 18, 2010 - Msg 81400: I think of baptism as an outward symbol of an inward change...you're born again, then you get baptized. You know, it symbolizes being buried with Christ and then raised to new life.

I never noticed that cake thing, Hazel...I will have to watch it again.

Gonna be a long day...lots too do and not really feeling up to doing it. I have had one of those week long headaches that I get sometimes.


October 18, 2010 - Msg 81401: Morning all. Wow, thank you all for your comments about the subject at hand. I appreciate them all. Thanks again.

Sorry you got a headache Boo. Why do you want foot powder? Ain't gonna help your headache none. :) Get better quick.

Hazel, I have never noticed that. Maybe Andy didn't have any money left over after getting her the canning jars and the bed jacket. So he told her, you wanna cake your gonna have to make it Aunt Bee. Besides that, you've given me enough grief over this stupid bed jacket I don't wanna hear about birthday presents again for a good loooong time! (it's always fun to speculate hee hee hee)

Well better get going. Got lots to do getting ready for winter. And the feller who usually helps me is going to be off for an extended period while tending to his ailing Father.

Hope you all have a blessed day, and thanks again for the responses. All of them are good and respectful.


October 18, 2010 - Msg 81402: Morning porch, good to see everyone today.

Back to work and hopefully it will be a busy one. We took a trip to Asheville NC yesterday. It is only about a 90 minute drive. A beautiful fall day for our travels. Had a nice family day, looking at the fall colors, visted the Mast General Store, did a little shopping, had dinner and the home about 7pm.

Better get some breakfast ready: waffles with maple syrup, sausage, bacon, eggs, coffee, tea, juice, chocolate milk. someone please bring the paper.

Better get things ready! Prayers and blessings for all.

Big Maude

October 18, 2010 - Msg 81403: Good morning everyone. Thought I'd say hello.

So sad about Barbara Billingsley. She was a class act, and one of the last of the classic tv stars. I wish I was half the parent as Ward and June. Hugh Beaumont was a class act, too. I saw a "Biography" of him a few years ago. He was a Theology graduate and an ordained Methodist minister. He was devout, was a conscientious objector during WWII, and an active lay minister throughout his acting career. After he got the part of Ward, his family was traveling to California to join him and had a car accident in which his mother and young child were killed. He said that first year of the show was very difficlut for him.

Regarding baptism, it's very important no matter the means. I think the heart and the intent are the crux of it, not whether sprinkled or dunked. I think if the Lord wanted us to do it a certain way, he wouldn't have left it so open to interpretation.

AUH2O: Republicans, Democrats, Tea Partiers--a pox on all their houses. How does a Congress made up of people of different minds govern if not by compromise? If people think we have gridlock now, just wait until after this when we see a whole lot of lines in the sand and nobody walking.

Anyway, hope all are doing well. have a great fall!


October 18, 2010 - Msg 81404: Drive by sighting of M-T. . . .good to see you.

Boo - how are the ears??


October 18, 2010 - Msg 81405: How All.
M-T do not stat away so line.
Hope ROMEE is having a good time on her crous?


October 18, 2010 - Msg 81406:
ASA- You made me LOL here at work. The guy next to me looked over the wall of my cubicle!! ha Darn you! (: That was a great comment about Andy's possible thoughts!
Get the snow blower tuned up, and the storm windows
put on Asa!! ha it is finally suppose to dip below 90 here this week!
Hey to Tom.
ME-THEY! you aimin' to start one of then thar moulages? ha Good to see ya.
Maude- have you been to the Billy Graham library? Just curious.
Prayers for all.

October 18, 2010 - Msg 81407:
Oh Hazel, here's another strange one: I was watching the ep about the gold truck last night.
Andy tells barney about the truck and tells him to keep it secret, yet the first thing Andy does is to strap on a sidearm! Dont ya think this MIGHT just get peoples' curiosity up?? ha

October 18, 2010 - Msg 81408:
MDC, I just viewed that episode at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK8ugV9iQvI just to refresh my memory. I agree with you. Even though Andy is going out to check the road between "here and the county line", the gold truck does not arrive until the next day. He's checked out plenty of areas unarmed before.
Also, I noticed something unusual in this episode. It was the first time that I remember seeing Ron Howard, his biological father (the T man), and biological brother (Leon) all appear in the same episode. It this the only TAGS episode when this occurs?

from Poor Horatio

October 18, 2010 - Msg 81409:
"And thanks to you Barn, you, me, Gomer, and LORalee Hobbs will all be waitin' for it when it comes thru tomorrow." ha

October 18, 2010 - Msg 81410: Just to let you know that the Waltons will be on everynite on the Inspiration network. A reunion show is on now that is current.


October 18, 2010 - Msg 81411:
Me-They It is great to see ya buddy! I mean that. But, I gotta disagree with your gridlock statement. I think gridlock is what people are looking for, to have the brakes firmly put on this runaway train of an Administration. People of "different minds" have always run the country however most of those people actually loved the country and understood it's greatness and potential. Community organizers are finger pointers not leaders. That's what populism gets you, an angry man running the show, usually the guy with the rope or guillotine .


October 18, 2010 - Msg 81412: I will have to see if I get the inspiration channel, hm, I love the Waltons. I already have 3 seasons of it on dvd.

Asa, I still have questions on baptism myself. I go to a Baptist church now, and the pastor is always talking about how baptism by immersion is the only correct way, and never on infants or little kids. And while I can see the rationale for that, I also question it. Like, when the disciples were going around "baptizing whole households"; you mean to tell me that no one had little kids or babies in those days? And that everyone had a tub, or a stream nearby to be immersed? A lot of these places were desert areas.
The Bible doesn't say they were all baptized, "except the babies and kids."
This might go against the grain of quite a few opinions here, but when I think about my life and my childhood now, and how I always had this sometimes overwhelming-and sometimes frustrating-sense of right and wrong, and how many times I was restrained in some areas, and comforted in bad times and in ways I did not understand at the time, that maybe I did indeed receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, poured into my life to guide me, when I was but a child.
Anyway, those are my thoughts on the matter. I don't think it matters how you were baptized, ...it is what you do with it.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 19, 2010 - Msg 81413: Morning porch family, hope all is well today.just stopping by from work for a minute.

Sterling, I agree with you, doesn't matter how you are baptized it is what you do with it. The process is mot as important as the purpose.

Hope Romeena is having a grand time.
Wonder where SPOT is today!

lunch will be: vegetable beef soup, grilled cheese sandwhiches, chips, pickles, iced oatmeal cookies for dessert.
tea, kool aid to drink.

have a great day. Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

October 19, 2010 - Msg 81414: Good morning everyone.
AUH2O: I agree that populism can be bad (sometime very bad). But there's populism of the Teddy Roosevelt variety as well as the Robespierre variety. And, when it comes down to it, if people like Sarah Palin aren't "populists" of a (very) different stripe, I don't know what she is. And the Tea Party movement is very much a populist, though conservative, movement. Tomato/tomata. And as far as angry, I see a lot of seething people on all sides of this issue. To them I say, take a chill pill ;-). Good jawing politics with you.


October 19, 2010 - Msg 81415:
Me-They I must have just missed ya. I went to grab a sandwich. Yes, I love jawing. TR already had a long distinguished record of service before his election, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Governor Of New York, and then Vice-President before assuming the office. What we have in there now is an angry guy, who hung out with terrorists and feels that he has been cheated by the man. He rode a very large wave of hate, right into the White House. Palin is very much a populist, absolutely. I don't care for her either or O'Donnell or Paladino. While the Tea Party is popular it does have a core of beliefs, besides "HOPE & CHANGE." However, I am hoping for a change.

Sterling-I loved what you had to say about baptism.


October 19, 2010 - Msg 81416:
Barney: "Well you better phone the men or the President or somebody and tell
'em to stop that truck!"
Andy: "They can't stop it. It already left. ...Somewhere between here and
Denver there's seven million dollars headed for Mayberry ...and you and me
and Gomer and Laura Lee Hobbs -WE'RE gonna be here to receive it!"

October 19, 2010 - Msg 81417:
Goood Morning Taylor Porch!
Hope you all have a wonderful day in the Lord.
Prayers for Rev whilst on his traveling salvation show. (just funnin' with ya Rev.)
God bless,

October 19, 2010 - Msg 81418: When the nation is in grid-lock, the stock market seems to do better. People know what to expect so there is safety. With what is happening now, there is uncertainity everywhere. Something that I can't take too much more of.


October 19, 2010 - Msg 81419: My goodness, just look at all the fellers on the Porch lately! Even Me-They popped in! (HEY, Me-They!) Maudie, thanks for wading through all the testosterone to bring us lunch! LOL
And there's hm, too. Maybe we could balance out the hormones if another gal shows up! Where ya at, Boo??
Y'all have a lovely day!
possum under a rock

October 19, 2010 - Msg 81420: RIP Tom Bosley AKA Howard Cunningham (the dad) on "Happy Days".

We're losing all of the good ones, y'all- makes me kinda sad.

possum again

October 19, 2010 - Msg 81421: HAHAHA...great comment about the bed jacket, ASA.

MDC, I read recently that 60% of American's polled thought the Sermon on the Mount was given by Billy Graham...no kidding!

HM, Rapsberry's ears are doing great. One is kind of curling up and turning into goat jerky but no infection...kinda wishing she was a boy so we could change her name to "Slim Jim" (get it?...jerky?). Thanks for asking, she is starting to get her old personality back but I have to run her down to do anything to her ears.

Great to see you on the porch, Me-They!! That is so sad about Hugh Beuamont losing a child that first year on LITB.

Here's another thing about that gold truck episode that bugs me...what happened to all the gasoline Gomer pumped into the truck and all over Barney?...It evaporated in about 10 seconds.

I hear you, HM, about uncertainty. I just found out from the church secretary that our church is 9,000 dollars in the hole. There goes my budget for the girls at the rehab. I think I have 300.00 I can spend and will spend that on some warmer clothes for them, along with taking up an offering in my sunday school class. The secretary said tithes have been way down but folks just keep spending money that isn't there. people are hurting financially and it is going to mean tightening up on the spending everywhere.

Last night i took a bunch of chicken and dumplings to the rehab (one of the girls had requested it...she has been there for a year). You would have thought it was Christmas! I don't think I have ever seen them as excited about anything and they finished off two gallons of the stuff within 20 minutes (and that was only one group of about 8 girls). I am seeing some very good things happening in that particular group of girls. Thanks again for your prayers. The girl I mentioned who's mother had overdosed was there last night and I got ready to go, she said, "Wait, I want to give you something"..she went to her room and came back with a dried-up pink rose, wrapped in tape. She said, "We don't have much to give here but I want you to have this". Wow, she has no idea what it meant to me. I just love those kids so much.

Better go put the clothes in the dryer and start another load.


October 19, 2010 - Msg 81422:
"Mister C" has passed away? Wow! My wife and i saw him in a play a couple years ago. May he rest in peace!
Boo- I hear ya! I also read that 70% of professing Christians could not recite the 10 Commandments. Stop right now and try to do it!
Also, you're making it hard for me to see the keyboard again!! Prayers continue for those dear ones!

October 19, 2010 - Msg 81423: Sorry, MDC. :-)


October 19, 2010 - Msg 81424:
Speaking of knowing the Ten Commandments, there is a video that claims to teach us how to memorize them, then recite them in less than 20 seconds. Check it out at: http://www.tenandwin.com/learn.html
Disregard the $20,000 contest since that ended in 2009.

from Poor Horatio

October 19, 2010 - Msg 81425: Yes, PH, I think that was the only episode where all three of the Howards were in the same one. (referring to your comment back up there). And I agree, Boo, it always seemed so dumb that all that gas was poured all over Barneys feet, and seems to disappear very quickly. Also, if I remember correctly, it seems like I read someplace where Rance Howard wasn't originally in that episode, someone else played the part, and had to leave or something, so they used Rance to replace him, and it's one of the "bloopers" from the series. I wish I could remember where I read that.
- Hazel

October 20, 2010 - Msg 81426:
Hello porch family....man I'm whipped but just wanted to check in real quick. Had a concert today in Monroe, La then drove all the way to Austin,Tx. Just got here so I'm ready for some rest. Got a concert here tomorrow night then head to Ro's church for a thursday concert.

Hadn't been able to check in much but you're all in my thoughts and prayers each day.
Love you folks!

October 20, 2010 - Msg 81427:
Yes, speaking of the gas, Gomer pumped quite a bit in there, there would have been quite a fume build-up in that confined space, and.. Bluey.
Would have had the same effect if they just showed the nozzle in the gun port, but no gas being dispensed. Besides, it adds up at 30 cents a ding! haha
g'nite all,

October 20, 2010 - Msg 81428: Mornin! No time to chat this morning but will be back later on my break.


October 20, 2010 - Msg 81429:
Hey Folks

Morning Boo.
A bit of snow in the air this morning but it is sunny-sunny!

PH-Thanks for the link. How cute was that little girl.

M-T What did you think about O'Donnell and Coons spat over "Separation of Church and State"? I thought O'Donnell looked way... way out of her depth but that she was actually correct. She let herself get bullied into thinking she was wrong.

Wow, Mrs Clever and then Mr C. that's sad.


October 20, 2010 - Msg 81430: Good morning all.

Auh2o, snow already? Mercy sakes. We have really been enjoying a nice fall here in the Rockies. 70's in day, low 40's at night. It's perfect is what it is. Here it's getting into late October and I still have tomaters growing in the garden. Usually by now they are long frozen over.

Thank you all for your comments about my question concerning baptism. I hope my lesson goes well.

Good to see you Me They. Hope you and yours are well.

PH, I have also always thought that Andy running around with his gun strapped on before the truck showed up was a dead give away to the towns folk something big was about to happen. I mean Andy just didn't cotten to wearing a gun unless he had to.

Well better get going.
Prayers for all.


October 20, 2010 - Msg 81431:
Gee Asa, you start talking about tomatoes and the Porch clears. Please be more considerate in the future.


October 20, 2010 - Msg 81432:
Auh20- I heard the audio clip on the radio, and yes, she actually was right, but if she had just been a BIT more knowledgeable on the actual situation, wording, etc, she could have turned the whole thing around.
Prayers for all,

October 20, 2010 - Msg 81433:
"Andy, why'd Barney throw a tomata at me?"
"Barney, why'd you throw that tomata at Otis? (:

October 20, 2010 - Msg 81434: Well hello gang!...busy,busy,busy...hey Possum,MDC,Romeena,auh20,Boo,MT,HM,Big Maude you cooked supper yet?...Rev motor safe and look fot the UPS truck....here at work till 6am...supper menu: southern fried pork chops,cream taters,cream corn,fried okra,field peas,tea,rolls,and a slice of sweet onion...ueee weee gona be Gooood.......SPOT

October 21, 2010 - Msg 81435: A big Hello to the porch.

October 21, 2010 - Msg 81436: Good morning Porch. Hey to Frankie Flint. Hey to Spot. Hey to MDC and Auh2o. Looks like it was quiet here yesterday. Gosh Auh2o, I hope it twernt my tomater talk that scared everyone off. :) Who knows though. Curious, curious, currrrious!

MDC and Auh2o, I have not really been following Christine O'Donnell all that much, other than to hear all the typical haters bashing on her. That usually tells me a lot about who she is. Ain't that a shame. You can usually know who somebody is (politically speaking) just based on who is dissing them.

O.K. Here is a question for all you trained noticers out there. The street in front of the Taylor's home. Was it paved or not? I really can't tell. You would think so but there are several episodes where you see a car pull up with a huge cloud of dust suggesting otherwise. Maybe it was and they just need to sweep it more. I don't know, but it's been weighing on my mind lately. :)

They are saying today will be the last of the real nice weather for us for a while. It is supposed to start raining tomorrow, with a much colder front coming in on Monday morning with possible snow on the valley floor. You know what that means, don't you? Break out the cheese cause Asa's about to break out the whine. Oh well. Guess you gotta have some cold and snow to really appreciate the sun and warmth. "There must needs be opposition in all things".

Hope y'all have a grand day.


October 21, 2010 - Msg 81437: Mornin' Dears! Mornin' Honeys!

Asa, I think the road in front of the Taylor's house was unpaved. In fact, seems like the whole town had dirt streets. I remember all those dust clouds too! I may be wrong, and somebody here might be more "EPT" on this subject,but I'm saying "UNPAVED".

Can you imagine what the inside of those cars must have looked like with all that dust and no windshields? LOL I'm sure y'all have noticed most of the vehicles in Mayberry had no windshields!

Well, y'all wanna go over to the Diner for breakfast? I'll meet ya there in just a bit. Let me go slick down first!
possum under a rock

October 21, 2010 - Msg 81438:
I recently watched The House Guest, where all the
guys bring their cars to Gomer to be fixed, and there's no dust. So maybe in the EARLIER shows it
wasnt paved, but it did get paved later?
Also on FB there is a neat 1965 aerial photo of the backlot, and everything looks paved.
Also Asa, if that's the only thing weighing on your mind lately, then GOD BLESS YA, and please take me to your world!! haha

October 21, 2010 - Msg 81439: Good Thursday porch. Thought I would stop by for a minute today. We have a beautiful fall day on my end of the porch today. about 70 degrees, sunny and a bit of a breeze. beautiful fall colors as well.

Supper menu will be; spaghetti, garlic/cheese toast, salad. fresh apple cake for dessert. come early and sit a spell.

have a blessed day.
Big Maude

October 21, 2010 - Msg 81440: Hey, porch! I'm home from the cruise, had a perfectly wonderful time. Haven't had time to read, only been home a couple of hours, and got to get cleaned up and head up to the church. REV is in town and will be doing a concert at the church tonight. Wish all of you could come and hear him - and MEET him - he's such a sincerely nice guy! I'll tell you more about the cruise later, and about the one planned for next year, but right now - my shower is calling me! Got to wash the "airplane" off of me. Blessings! --Romeena

October 21, 2010 - Msg 81441: Sorry I have been sparse - there is a big convention in Indianapolis that I am attending and well - I am pretty busy with it! Have ya'll heard of the FFA??


October 21, 2010 - Msg 81442: When I was in High School, FFA meant "Future Farmers of America". Does it stand for something else now, hm?
- Hazel

"I can't tell ya"

October 21, 2010 - Msg 81443: Hazel - they officially changed it to FFA instead of Future Farmers because of all the diversity in agriculture. It's more than corn and hogs now - chemists, genetic engineering, vets, etc. There are about 55,000 attending!


October 21, 2010 - Msg 81444: Welcome home Romeena...thanks for letting us know you were home safe and sound. I look forward to hearing more about your trip.


October 21, 2010 - Msg 81445: Just sitting around and watching the baseball game.
Hey to Asa and the rest of the porch!

October 22, 2010 - Msg 81446: Hey Frankie!..Asa the Giants are trying to pull the upset...im for it..and Go Texas..Maude I still got some of your sketty leftover for lunch today...thanks...glad ya had a good time Romeena!hey Boo-Boo,HM,Mdc,auh20,possum...Rev yall have fun!..well get off here in just about 45 min(6am) back at 2 pm for 8 then Im done ...got 56 hrs in this week..(got one out sick)..hope I can put the extra money up for Christmas...well lets see breakfast menu:2 eggs your way,bisquits and gravy,hand pattyed sausage,grits,hashbrowns,fried apple rings,thick cut bacon(both limp and crisp),oj,milk,foffee,and I will have a few of the local papers to pass out!...SPOT

October 22, 2010 - Msg 81447: Welcome home, Romeena! Give Rev a hug from all of us Porchsters when you see him- lucky you!

Breakfast sounds good,Spot! Bet somebody will even leave ya a quarter tip for your troubles!
Y'all have a great Friday- love to all!
possum under a rock

October 22, 2010 - Msg 81448: Good Friday morning sleepy heads. Time to get up and at em. Spot has cooked us a dandy breakfast and I ain't waiting on the rest of you. I'm going in Spot!

Did you enjoy the game Frankie? Who won?

Hey Romeena, welcome home. Glad you had fun on the cruise. Did you talk to Alan? How about the Rev. I'm sure the concert was good. You've had yourself quite a Mayberry kind of week.

HM, I was in the FFA when I was in high school. They called all us FFAers Goat Ropers back then. That pre-dated the term "redneck" that is used today I reckon. I'm sure it was said with love. :) How's Casey doing? Well I hope.

Well we have one vote for paved, and one for unpaved. Anyone else wanna chime in on this earth shattering topic? HA! MDC, I wish that was all that was weighing on my mind. Would be nice if that's all we had to worry about. But there is much more. For example next week I plan on asking who was responsible for running the hot water line to the public drinking fountain during the Lawson years. A scandel that has never been fully resolved in my mind at least. Graft and corruption I tell you that was swept under the rug. Well no more!

Hope you all have a great Friday and great weekend. Do something fun and active. Cause if your weekend is spent lollygagging around then your weekend will result in a weak end (if you get my drift)


P.S. Where you at Boo?

October 22, 2010 - Msg 81449: Hi ASA! :-) It's just been a busy day but all is well. Can you believe it is going to get up to almost 90 here this afternoon? Yuck. Did I tell you how nice it has been to have you back on the porch again more often, you old "goat roper" (spoken affectionately, of course:-).

I won't be lollygagging around this weekend so my end should be rather strong by Monday. ;-) I have to help drive some kids from church to the Six Flags in San Antonio tomorrow...PRAY for me!!!

Have an old school friend coming over this afternoon..he is in town for the weekend and wants to see me and my baby goats. I made a homemade chocolate pie (his favorite). Wish you could all join us.

Better get back to the chores.


October 22, 2010 - Msg 81450: I just saw some of the Mayberry Cruise pics that Alan posted at FB,and I see the "real" Romeena was on the cruise-wondering if OUR Romeena got to meet her?! Can't wait to hear all about the cruise!
I'll catch y'all later!
possum again

October 22, 2010 - Msg 81451:
Boo- your friend's name wouldn't be DON would it? The hungry buzzard. ha
Asa- such worries, such worries! lol
Possum- i just looked at em too! good stuff!

October 22, 2010 - Msg 81452:
Welcome back Romeena.
For those folks who would like to see the photos from the most recent Mayberry Days Cruise, visit http://picasaweb.google.com/anewsome/MayberryCruise2010?feat=directlink#.

from Poor Horatio

October 22, 2010 - Msg 81453:
I wonder if that's our Romeena up at the mike with Floyd?

October 22, 2010 - Msg 81454: Thanks for asking about Casey . . .he isn't doing so well with the pain. Since he got the cast, the pain has increased. It is so bad that the vicodin doesn't even touch it. If anyone has any suggestions - I would appreciate. It was so bad he was in tears this morning. It takes a lot to make an almost 14 year old cry.

On to brighter notes - got Baxter Black's autograph.


October 22, 2010 - Msg 81455: Nah, that's the "real" Romeena at the mike with Floyd, MDC. Not that our Romeena ain't real.. good grief,how'd I get tangled up in this? LOL

BTW, thanks for the link to the pictures, PH.

I'm sure sorry that Casey is in such pain, hm. Prayers.
possum under a rock

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81456: Hey Asa and Spot and the rest of the Porch. Way to Go Texas Rangers, its nice to see a team that has never been in the World Series make it.
Sure will be glad when all of these political commercials will be over. You all have a safe and good weekend.

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81457: Hey, folks! Been really busy since getting home, what with REV being here, an unexpected and lovely visit from my daughter and her friend Richard. Richard, by the way, brought with him a replacement ashtray assembly for my car (you'll remember I mentioned that it fell out and the Cadillac house wanted $390 to fix it), and he installed it today - looks like new! Bless his sweet heart! He was driving a beautiful Can Am, which he restored himself - one of (I think) 73 in existence. Beautiful car!

Thanks, Poor Horatio, for posting that link to the cruise pictures. Aren't they good?? I don't know who took them, but they obviously had a very good camera and they definitely know how to use it. Great shots! #129 is Eloise and I at our table in the dining room. I'm on the left, the one with the gray hair. The two pictures before that one, and the two after are the folks who were at our table. Everyone except the younger couple were with us last year too. The youngsters were a fun addition, very nice couple and we enjoyed them. We're all planning to go next year, and have asked Sharon, our cruise planner, to put us together again. Nice folks, good company! You can see from the pictures what fun and nonsense goes on, and believe me, it's well worth the price.

You asked about the real "Romeena" - yes, Jackie Joseph was with us, and she is delightful. Very gracious, down-to-earth, lovely lady. I got a picture of her as "Romeena", which she very kindly signed for me, and also got to visit with her several times. I asked her if she really jumped over that stump with Ernest T, and she said yes, she really did. She said her skirt caught on the stump on the first try, and she fell flat, face down. She said she was a little scraped and bruised, but they cleaned her up, put a little makeup over the spots, and she did the jump again, without mishap the second time. What a trooper! It was a real privilege and a pleasure to meet her. The picture will be framed and added to my "Mayberry wall".

REV's concert last night went very well. He's so good! Everyone really enjoyed it, and he will definitely be asked back, if he can squeeze us in. Eloise and I had lunch with him today, before he had to leave for his concert in Mansfield tonight. He's such good company, has so many interesting stories to tell, and is such a kind and pleasant man, a real gentleman. I feel so blessed, with this "Mayberry connection", which has given me the opportunity to meet and get to know so many great folks. Oh, and yes, Asa, I visited with our own Floyd several times. He and his lovely Jan are great company, fun to be with, and always a pleasure. There's something about those Mayberry men - they all seem to be such gentlemen. God is good.

Well, this is becoming a book, so guess I'll wind it up. See you all tomorrow! --Romeena

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81458: Oh, hm, I'm sure you're already on top of this, but I have to ask - has the doctor checked Casey's cast since it was put on? I don't like the fact that his pain has increased. Sometimes a cast can be too tight, or just putting pressure on one point. If you haven't notified the doctor, please do, but I'm sure you have. Just wondering... --Romeena

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81459: One more thing - I tried to post a link, but the censor sees it as a too-long word and won't let it go through, so here's a work-around. Just use Google and search for "Can Am Car". If it brings up the same choices that I found, the top one should be three pictures of cars. The one on the right, with a big red hill as a background, looks identical to the car that Richard has restored. It's exactly like the one he's driving, original color, decals, red leather interior, etc. Beautiful thing. --Romeena

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81460:
Thanks for the report RO. Sounds like you had a great time! I'll look for your pic and also the car. Love old cars.
Prayers for Casey.

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81461:
Romeena is this the Can Am Car you are referring to? http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2886/3101/32214050039_large.jpg
I just right clicked on the photo and copied the URL address to post here.
Next time you need to post a long URL, use http://tinyurl.com/ to shorten it.

from Poor Horatio

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81462:
Romeena, speaking as an old Navy man, I'd like to learn more about your cruise ship. Is it true that the ship has it's own golf course and palm trees onboard? And did you have calm seas?

from Poor Horatio

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81463:
And now for a brief but entertaining political commentary.

from Poor horatio

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81464: Mornin' y'all- Thanks for sharing a bit about th Mayberry cruise with us,Ro. Wow- so you did meet the "real" Romeena! That's a great story about her & Ernest T. I'll bet all of us will think of her going *splat* from now on whenever we see the tree-trunk jumping scene!
Sounds like you Rev had a great time as well!

I thought I spotted you in one of the cruise pics- #129, you say? I'll have to look again.

Well, how about breakfast at the Waffle House? Spot,you swing by & pick everyone up. See y'all later.
Continued prayers for Casey.
possum under a rock

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81465: Boy, I think I need to re-do that post- lots of left out letters and stuff! Think y'all can figure it out,though!

possum again

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81466: Wow, you and Eloise really looked sharp in that cruise picture, Ro...you really looked so pretty...I like the way you have let your hair grow out some and you have the lovliest eyes. It has been so long since I saw you that I had forgotten about your pretty eyes. BTW, so glad you got to see an hear REV again. He is such a blessing as a friend and as a minister. Gotta love our REV.

I feel really sorry for Casey and feel like Ro does, that maybe something isn't right with the cast. Hope his doctor can solve the problem for him.

Possum, if you would lay off the squeezins on Friday nights, you would leave out less "letter and stuff". ;-)

Better go get my shower, pack a lunch and get ready for six flags...groan..yes, its official...I'm a big stick in the mud...maybe more like a branch in the mud.


October 23, 2010 - Msg 81467: How funny...when I was telling you to lay off the squeezins, I left out a letter, Possum! haha...I love early-morning irony. :-)


October 23, 2010 - Msg 81468: Good afternoon, porch. Awww, Boo, you're too kind. Thanks for the sweet comments - you make me feel so good! At my age, it's nice to hear that any feature, however small, is still holding up when everything else is showing the effects of the years. Yes, I've let my hair get a little longer. It will never be "long" (I grew it out once, and you can't imagine how scary-looking that is) but it is easier to handle if it's not too short. At the length it is now, I can just wash it, apply a bit of gel or something, comb it into place and let it dry. Once in a while, it needs a curling iron in a couple of spots, but mostly it just does its own thing. As for color, I don't plan to go there. Too much trouble, and very hard to stop.

Yes, the time spent with REV was really great. He's one of the easiest people to be around that you'll ever meet. Genuine, unpretentious, kind and funny, and really loves the Lord. A real pleasure.

PH, that is indeed the car. Thank you! It's identical to the one Richard has restored. Really beautiful. Now, how does that "tinyurl" thing work? How do you apply it to the URL you're wanting to paste?

Regarding the cruise ship, it has a small miniature golf course on board, not regular golf. I think for real golf, many a ball would hit the ocean, and that's quite a water hazard. There are palm trees, but they're not real, they're artificial. Pretty, though. We did have some bad weather, though it never got very rough. We were supposed to have a day at an island called Half Moon Cay, which is owned by Carnival, and is run solely to entertain the guests. Beautiful sugar-sand beach, gorgeous water, clamshell sunshades with lounge chairs, and tanned kids who patrol the area delivering sodas and other drinks. Lunch is served in a beautiful pavilion, set back in the shade of the palms and other flora on the island. We visited the island on the first cruise we went on in 2008, but our stop there was rained out this year. It was pouring, and while the rough water wasn't bad enough to bother the big old ship, it would have been dangerous to transport guests from the ship to the island on the tenders, so the stop was canceled. They routed us to Freeport instead, and it was quite nice. Pretty little island, friendly people, heavy Christian influence that is felt even in conversation with shopkeepers. Refreshing. I didn't buy much, but did get a very lovely conch shell for just $3 - big one, with gorgeous deep-rose coloring inside. I managed to get it home without breaking it, and it will join my other shells that are displayed in my guest bathroom. Pretty thing.

Well, guess I'll go scout up some lunch. Or not, since it's so late. Maybe I'll just skip it, and think toward dinner tonight. I ate so much on the cruise that it won't hurt me one bit to miss a few meals for the next few days. I gained three pounds, and I definitely didn't need to do that. Got to work on losing about forty! Yuck.

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81469: Hey, PH. Never mind my question about "tinyurl". I clicked the link to it, and there it all is, simple as can be. I think I can just about handle it! --Romeena

October 23, 2010 - Msg 81470: Hello to the porch, you all have a good weekend.

October 24, 2010 - Msg 81471:
TinyUrl, what a hoot! Here I am looking at 5 more years of work, and some youngster probably
came up with the tiny site and is resting on his laurels! haha
Hope you are all having a good weekend. God bless you!

October 24, 2010 - Msg 81472: the porch seems kind of empty today. Hey to Frankie and everybody else.
- Hazel

October 24, 2010 - Msg 81473:
Hey NASCAR fans, I'm watching the program Undercover Boss on CBS. They have the Chief Marketing Officer for NASCAR working undercover in various jobs at the Daytona racetrack.

Yes Hazel, the porch does appear to be a lonely place today.

from Poor Horatio

October 24, 2010 - Msg 81474: Glad you are back safe and sound, Romeena. And jealous that you got to meet and talk with "Romeena". That cruise sounds like fun and good fellowship!

Asa, how did your lesson on baptism go?

Well, I just popped in to see what was happening. Have a funeral to go to tomorrow so I'd better go get my stuff together. The person who passed was my godmother, and she was the sweetest, most God-fearing person you could meet. Her son is exactly the same way and is now a deacon at their church. Anyway, he asked me to be a pall-bearer, which I have never been before, so this will be a new thing for me. Hopefully this rain we have been having will clear up for tomorrow and will be a pleasant, or as pleasant as a funeral can be, day for all.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 25, 2010 - Msg 81475: And a big Hey to Hazel.
Just sitting around and playing on the computer tonight. Hey to all

October 25, 2010 - Msg 81476: Quite an honor to be a pallbearer for a woman like that, Sterling. :-)

You are welcome, Ro...and I think you are wise not to color your hair. I wish I never started with mine~!

It was a busy weekend so didn't get the chance to come by the porch often. Hopefully things will slow down some later in the week. I survived Six Flags and surprisingly, while some of the other adults practically had to be carried from the park at the end of the evening, I didn't have so much as a sore foot. I guess I am in better shape than I thought from all the chores I have to do around here. I am used to being on my feet alot but I think what really helped was that I was wearing these Nike flip=flops that have this great cushiony sole. Love the things.

Better get going and get Erin up for school. Lots of catching up to do after the busy weekend and have drug rehab with the girls tonight. Be back later on my coffee break. :-)


October 25, 2010 - Msg 81477: Good Monday morning y'all. Boy it does indeed look to have been a quiet weekend on the Porch Hazel.

Sterling, the lesson went well, thanks for asking. I got a lot of feedback from the class, lot's of responses and interaction. So I did more facilitating than teaching I reckon. Sorry to read about the loss of your Godmother, but as Boo said, what an honor to be a pall bearer for her. Prayers for good weather and a spirit of joy for a life well lived and a celebration of a reunion at the service.

Glad you survived 6 flags Boo. I felt the same way a couple of weeks ago when we went to Disneyland. The Grandkids had fun, but dang that place is a money hole! Anyway, hope things calm down for you so you can visit more. We miss you when you're not here. That goes for all you infrequent posters (Hazel). :)

Hey Frankie, you excited for the series to begin? It's nice to see some new teams in there (well at least the Rangers)

PH, was that a good episode? I keep wanting to watch that show but aleways forget when it's on.

Nice picture Romenna. You do look lovely, as does Eloise. Glad you had fun on the trip and a nice visit with the Rev when you got home. He sounds like a fine fellow.

Well we are seeing the first bit of snow flurries on my porch this morning. I don't think it will amount to much down here on the valley floor, but the mountains are expecyed to get 2 feet of snow by Tuesday morning. All the skiers are happy. I ain't! Oh well.

Hope you all have a wonderful day. Show the world you've got some smarts. And remember who you are and what you stand for.