March 01, 2014 - Msg 96834:
G-F, I've heard of thieves stealing metal gutters, downspouts, and even siding from homes. I wonder what will be next?

MDC, thanks for that information about the three revolutions. I think my service station might be short changing me. The last time I had the service performed, they only rotated the wheels two revolutions.

from Poor Horatio

March 01, 2014 - Msg 96835:
SWOOSH! I knew this place needed a good sweeping.

from Poor Horatio

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96836: Hello front porchers: Can you tell in which episode these names are from? Mrs. Macknife, Mrs. Devereaux, Charlie Devereaux, Cecil Gurnee, Viola Slat. Don Yelton

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96837: I've had a busy day. I took the lights off the remaining two sections of my Christmas tree, and my hands and wrists look like I lost a fight with a wildcat. I've got little scratches and digs all over them, and my right index finger has a slice down the entire length of the palmar side of the finger. That rascal is sore! It's not particularly deep, it bled but not a lot - I just wrapped a tissue around it and kept pulling lights - but it sure is sore. Really hurts to bend my finger. I hung it on a sharp piece of something, it hurt and I yanked my hand back, not knowing that the sharp whatever-it-was was actually stuck in my finger, so it just sliced its way all the way down to the fingertip. It got all three joints of that finger. Now, let's see. How much more can I complain?

Anyway, all the lights are off, packed up and shipped to the LED supplier for recycling. In return, they sent me a coupon for 15% off my entire next purchase from them, which will be the new LED lights for the tree, once I decide which ones to use. So, even though I paid to ship the old ones, I'll still come out ahead. They chop them up into very tiny pieces, then salvage the copper from the wires, and the plastic from the rest of it, and it all gets used. Beats sending to the landfill.

I also loaded up all the boxes that were filling my garage and took them to the mail store at the same time. I order a lot of stuff, mostly from Amazon, rather than making a tiresome trip to the malls for the same stuff. The prices are as good, and usually a little better, and I subscribe to Amazon Prime, so usually don't pay any shipping. All those boxes accumulate though, so I have a deal with the mail store guy. I take him all my good empty boxes and their packing material. He reuses them, and then when I come in to ship something, he doesn't charge me for packing it, just charges for the shipping. Saves me a few bucks. I see no point in smashing perfectly good boxes and putting them out for recycle, so they can be shredded and processed and made into more boxes. That doesn't make sense.

Note to you youngsters - when you get old and retire, you'll have the time to follow up on your notions, too. It's fun!

Blessings - see you all at preachin' in the morning. --Romeena

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96838: Oh, hi, Don. I know in the episode where Floyd's lonely-hearts girlfriend showed up, they used the house of a wealthy neighbor for her to meet Floyd, but it seems to me it was Cliff Devereaux. Not positive about the Cliff part, but I know it wasn't Charlie. Don't remember a Mrs. Macknife. The rest of the names sound familiar, but can't say which episode they're from. --Romeena

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96839: Hello Romeena: I will have to check out the episode with Floyd's girlfriend for another Devereaux. I can't really award you any points here though. Try again. Don Yelton

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96840: Evenin', Porch!

Tis quite the late night session as I listen to the sleet smack our windows. Sounds like people are constantly throwing sand at the house.

Hope you all have a great night!

John Masters

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96841: Charlie Devereaux did have a relative Cliff Devereaux who had the big house for Floyd. Don Yelton

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96842: Ollie and Nora are at the Taylor's. To me they look to old to have kids that young. Don Yelton

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96843: Good morning, porch. Don, I've always thought the same thing. Especially Nora. Ollie could be a father at that age, of course, but Nora is much too old to be their mother. Women do have children in their forties, of course. My daughter did! One, when she was 43. But Nora has a whole passel of them, and she would be in her late fifties, I'm thinkin'. Or maybe that bunch of kids just aged her prematurely!

Well, it was 68 when I went to bed last night, just before midnight. Right now, it's 31 out there. Weird, weird, weird. I'm so glad the sprinklers ran yesterday, everything will stand the freeze much better, being well-watered.

OK - got to get ready for preachin'. Have a wonderful Sabbath, friends. Get some rest! --Romeena

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96844: Good Sabbath porch.

Beautiful day here. Been getting spring like rain with nice temperatures. Very excellent. That 37 degree temperature change you're seeing Romeena is pretty common for us. I think the combination of our high altitude and typically dry air contributes to that.

I guess I had never thought about Ollie and Nora being to old to have younguns. Famlly Visit has to be my favorite non Barney episode. I guess maybe because it has so much realism in it. I really enjoy the scene on the porch when Andy is explaining to Opie about how the Beamon names came to be and the mention of the Beamon overbight. Good stuff in my world.

Well I best get myself ready for preaching. I'm going to the later sermon so maybe I'll bump into the Beamons. If so I'll tell them hey for you.


March 02, 2014 - Msg 96845: MDC.. Never make charge for air & water.. Always wondered if you get better MPG with new air? Sorta makes sence, that old air would get heavy after awhile I suppose.
I better get out and shovel this events accumulation... More to fall again later.

Poor Horatio...I bet I know what comes next...Stealin' incandescent light bulbs! Now that they are illegal to make, the thieves will be running rampant stealing them..."BULB SNATCHERS"!!

TOM you make it thru ok?


March 02, 2014 - Msg 96846: Asa, Tell Plain Claude Goob say's Hey!.......

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96847: How come plain Claude Beamon was not named Claude Beamon lll ? The third. Also, who is Viola Slatt? Don Yelton.

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96848: Hi All.
Just starting to go a little nut from being
staying in door.
G F the storm will be coming some time tonight and all day Monday!


March 02, 2014 - Msg 96849:
Don Yelton, regarding the first character you asked about in Msg 96836, I'm not sure if she is Mrs. MacKnight or Mrs MacKnife. She is mentioned in Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army. Listen to the first minute of

from Poor Horatio

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96850:
Don Yelton, additional information about my previous post. If you listen to the first three minutes of that episode, not only does Andy and Barney talk about Mrs. MacKnight or MacKnife, along as well as Charlie and Mrs. Devereaux, Cecil Gurnee and Viola Slatt.

from Poor Horatio

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96851: Poor Horatio: You are a winner. You are entitled to the grand prize of a trip for two to Aunt Nora's and Uncle Ollie's place. Don Yelton

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96852:
Don Yelton, I can accept that prize only if it is an all expense paid ROUND trip for me and an all expense paid ONE WAY trip for my wife.

from Poor Horatio

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96853:
Don Yelton, regarding your question in Msg 96847 about plain Claude Beaman, Andy and Aunt Bee talk about him in the Family Visit episode. Listen to the first three minutes of
Aunt Bee sees four generations of the Beamer family goind to church, she refers to them as Claude Senior, Cluade Junior, plain old Claude, and Claudette. Aunt Bee believes plain Claude Beaman is referred to as plain because he is so homely. Aunt Bee and Andy even mention an "Uncle Todd" (Andy's second cousin) to Opie.
From what I understand, you use I, II and III when the first, middle and last names are all the same, and you use senior and junior when the middle names are not the same. So I assume that plain old Claude does not have the same middle name as senior (his grandfather) or junior (his father).

from Poor Horatio

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96854:
Hmmmm, I just finished watching the Family Visit episode and noticed something unusual. When Ollie starts to interfere in the Sheriff's office, Andy politely suggests that Ollie would be better off fishing at Harry's Trout Pond. Ollie agrees and ends up taking the squad car before Andy could stop him. When Andy returns to the office to use the telephone, Nora is making a personal call. Eventually Andy telephones Harry's Trout Pond and asks them to send Ollie back with the squad car. My question is why didn't Andy use the police radio? That way he would not have to wait for Ollie to arrive at the pond before turning back.

from Poor Horatio

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96855: Well, this day has just gone from bad to worse, weather-wise. It was 31 when I left for church this morning, and on the way home, light sleet was falling. It's now 21 out there. Asa, that's not all that unusual for us either. Texas weather is notoriously capricious. I just wish it would settle down, though. My daffodils are up, hyacinths blooming, tulips poking their blunt little noses out of the ground. All of this is going to get frozen back, if it hasn't already. It all got watered well on Saturday, which will help, but still - 21 isn't just cold, it's dang cold! Not sure all these blooming and budding things will withstand it. Too bad the cottonwood trees haven't budded yet. I remember one year when they had, their little blooms had just set, and we got a hard freeze. It froze those buds, they fell off, and while the trees leafed out normally and were lovely, the buds that would have become cotton puffs were frozen off and there wasn't a bit of cotton that year.

I know, everyone wonders why I don't have the cottonwoods taken down. I'll tell you why. First of all, they're pretty, they provide lovely shade, and the wind blowing through them is like a choir singing. Second, and by no means least - $$$. It would run about $2-3k per tree to take them down, and there are three that bear cotton. Two more out front, but they're males and don't make cotton. So, every spring I call Rumaldo, the tree man, and he sends his crew over to climb the three trees in back and literally snip all the cotton buds out of them! Can you imagine? I never knew that could be done until my friend at church, a retired tree-trimmer, told me. It costs around $400, but I save for it through the year, and it works. No cotton to smother my flowerbeds, sprout into millions of little trees, and clog everyone's a/c within a hundred yards. And - I still have my trees!

Well, guess I'll go eat the other half of my lunch. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96856: Poor Horatio, maybe Andy didn't want Ollie messing with the radio while driving. He didn't know enough about it to be able to multi-task, and would probably have run the squad car up a tree! Also, I don't think I remember any instances of office-to-squad car communication. Did they have that capability?

Just re-read my post above, and realized that the second time I mentioned our 21 temp, it could look like -21. That's not a minus sign, it's just a dash. I tend to throw in a lot of dashes, which I should stop doing. It's not proper punctuation, it's just a lazy shortcut, and can be confusing. Sorry! --Romeena

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96857: Hello Romeena: Didn't Andy go back and forth to the courthouse using the two-way in the episode where he 10-4'd the state police? Don Yelton

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96858: Romeena, I guess that's what is referred to as "High Cotton"....

PH, I pictured Plain Claude as someone who just dressed in a plain white shirt for preachin'...

MDC, Good race today @ Phoenix on to Vegas next week.. (I miss rooting for Mark Martin). I'm thinking I'll follow Carl Edwards, but not sure yet.. Keep an eye on spring training, Indians are at Goodyear Park is that close to your digs?


March 02, 2014 - Msg 96859:
There were a few times that the radio was used car to base.
One was Manhunt, when Barney drives up about something BIG. During that same ep, Andy ten-fours the state police guy who was in the courthouse.
The only other time I recall it used was when Big Maude escaped from the state pen, and Andy in Convicts at Large, Andy was listening to the description and Ralph Henderson,
on the courthouse police radio.
RO--so you have your trees "fixed?" haha
I heard that it will be down to about 17 in Dallas tonight.
TOM--I know it's tough not being able to venture out, but try to find God's beauty in it all, and how it will add to the water table besides. Baton down the hatches.
RO-- a good lesson for your next class---hyphens and dashes---! LOL
During the closing ceremony of the Olympics last Sunday I told my wife that by this Sunday I bet Putin would be in Ukraine, and sure enough...!
Prayers friends,

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96860:
G-F--you sneaked in there from the back porch. Yup, a good one, tho it was Strange how D. Patrick's crew didnt realize the back tire was rubbing!
Goodyear is about 30 miles from me, but the new Cubs park is about three miles from me. mdc

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96861: And what happened to Mark martin?

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96862: He retired I suppose, or did not pick up a ride for this year.... Patrick's crew figured she'd crash anyway.. She still has more dues to pay as a driver, but I also think she will be a good driver if she is patient in the process... Rome was not built in a day....G-F again...

March 02, 2014 - Msg 96863:
Romeena, you offered a good reason why Andy did not want Ollie to use the radio. As for having the capability, in the Manhunt episode, at 15:45 of , Andy uses the radio in his squad car to call his Sheriff's office. And at 19:40, Andy uses his squad car radio to call his office again.

from Poor Horatio

March 03, 2014 - Msg 96864: Hello front porchers: In the episode with the guy Sam who is Patty Dukes father, you will see Andy and Barney in the squad car. Barney seems to think this guy is growing marijuana. Now I can't for the life of me recall anyone on the show even saying the word beer or whiskey. Let alone the word marijuana. How did this get by the writers? Don Yelton

March 03, 2014 - Msg 96865:
Don--Andy ordered a beer when he took Miss Peggy to Raleigh for dinner. I guess it wasnt a dry county there! ha Whiskey was actually mentioned a moonshine! ha From Ben Weaver imbibing the evidence,to the mayor, to Otis, to Aunt Bee, to Barn, to even a chicken, all got a little tiddley. :)
As for the marijuana thing, I think it was added as one of Barney's "over-reaction" moments.
PH--good stuff.

March 03, 2014 - Msg 96866:
PH-- in looking again, that base radio is not the one by the file cabinet, which then begs the question if the state police set that one up.

March 03, 2014 - Msg 96867: PH and MDC: You guys know TAGS trivia very well. Must be a compellsion. Anyway, can I ask you this? Was there a outdoor and indoor "set" or "stage" that shows from the courthouse to floyds?

March 03, 2014 - Msg 96868:
My comments below refer to the Manhunt episode at

To whomever posted Msg 96866, I agree with you. At 6:15 when the ten state police troopers first arrive and enter the sheriff's office, the first nine are carrying nothing. However, the tenth trooper is carrying the map poster and a business suitcase. So none of them brought a radio. Now it is possible they could have done so later. But I believe that since this was the second episode of the series, they needed something quick that looked like a radio. So the director placed the best they could find on the sheriff's desk because of the shot angles that were required. For later episodes, they obtained a more realistic looking police radio and put it in the corner since it was not being used most of the time.

I noticed something else strange about this episode. Barney is famous for being a deputy who had only one bullet in his gun. However, at 13:15 Andy pulls out a box of bullets from his desk drawer and tells Barney "Put them bullets back in your gun". Then at 13:40, Andy tells Barney "If you need me, fire three shots." Is this the only time Barney had more than one bullet in his gun?

To whomever posted Msg 968867, MDC relies on his memory whereas I rely on searching the internet. So if it is on the internet, I can probably find it.
As for your question about outdoor sets, maybe will provide you with some information. And be sure to click on the VIRTUAL TOUR link at the top of that page.

from Poor Horatio

March 03, 2014 - Msg 96869:
In your search of the 40 acres web site, the link would probably interest you the most. Be sure to scroll down to "Mayberry Sets - The Andy Griffith Show" and left click on the photo there.

from Poor Horatio

March 03, 2014 - Msg 96870: PH: That is a interesting web site. What I was refering to by indoor and outdoor sets was that at the beginning of the episode with Count Istvan Tellekey it looks like Andy walks on a indoor set from the courthouse to floyd saying hello to Minnie Pearl. Don Yelton

March 03, 2014 - Msg 96871: Also PH: Did you notice on the home page of Retroweb you can see Walkers drugstore right in the middle of the street. Don Yelton

March 03, 2014 - Msg 96872:
Don Yelton, judging by the lighting and shadows, they do seem artificial in the opening scene of Three Wishes for Opie as you described in Msg 96870. As a result, I also believe this scene was filmed indoors.
According to , "While the outdoor filming was produced at Desilu Studio's '40 Acres' backlot, many of the interior shots were filmed at Desilu's Cahuenga Studios, now Ren-Mar Studios, at 846 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.". We would need access to Desilu Production schedule reports to learn exactly which scenes in which episodes were filmed indoors. Although I did find one of those reports on the internet, unfortunately it listed other television shows and not TAGS.

from Poor Horatio

March 03, 2014 - Msg 96873: Thank you PH for the information. It is always interesting reading for me to learn things about TAGS I didn't know. Don Yelton

March 04, 2014 - Msg 96874:
PH--That was me in 96866.
ALL: Here is a quote from the retrosite:
"The small-town feeling cited by Andy Griffith wouldn't last long once one stepped through one of Mayberry's that was real that is. As with nearly all of the structures in 40 Acres, the buildings and homes that served as the town of "Mayberry" (for example) were for the most part mere facades, and were almost never used for filming of interior scenes. With rare exceptions, there were only prop walls behind doors and windows, which gave the illusion of an actual interior. Instead, interior scenes were filmed in the Desilu Cahuenga studio facilities about six miles away in Hollywood. Conversely, even some "outdoor" scenes were filmed in the studio, on partial sets constructed to match the exterior facades in 40 Acres. For example, many of the scenes which took place on the sidewalk in front of the Mayberry Courthouse and Floyd's Barbershop were shot in the studio on a duplicate set. The lighting is usually a giveaway on these scenes, which almost always lack the genuine outdoor "feel" of those shot on the actual outdoor set."
Very interesting. BTW, in courthouse scenes that show the open door from the INSIDE looking OUT, if you look really hard, and even pause the dvd, you can tell that the squad car parked outside is just a painting, same with the "buildings across the street." Also, I have seen many photos of the courthouse set inside Desilu studios. Some are from above where you can see the overhead stage lights.
PH and DON--Barney was told by Andy to "load up" in a couple other eps, tho I cant recall which ones at the moment. As for my TAGS memory, I often jot down little things as I watch an ep, so I do use a little "outside" help! ha

March 04, 2014 - Msg 96875:
When you look at Andy's shadow on Floyd's Barber Shop wall, one can tell that it is from studio lights showing a double shadow. Good catch DON!


March 04, 2014 - Msg 96876:
Of course, if I'm getting married, I'd like to be asked first! haha

March 04, 2014 - Msg 96877: Just who do you think you are? Mayberry's answer to Cary Grant. What does a police auction have to do with... Ralph Kramden would have sent Helen to the moon if she said that to him. Don Yelton

March 04, 2014 - Msg 96878:
To whomever posted Msg 96876, that reminds me of why I dislike Helen Crump. In the opening scene from Three Wishes for Opie, when she heard the marriage rumor, she was quick to assume before getting all the facts. Then after Andy gets the chance to explain what really happened, she never apologizes for error in judgment. Andy even mentions that this is the third time she got mad at him because of Barney. All she had to do was ask Andy in each situation and saved everyone some grief.
And just like Don Yelton posted in Msg 96877,

from Poor Horatio

March 04, 2014 - Msg 96879:
I learned something interesting that The Andy Griffith Show and the Honeymooners have in common. The stars of both shows (Andy Griffith and Jackie Gleason) never won an Emmy for those two shows. However, their sidekicks (Don Knotts and Art Carney) both won five Emmy's each for those two shows. How ironic.

from Poor Horatio

March 04, 2014 - Msg 96880: PH... I guess there has to be non-giraffe stars in every show. Andy always said how it worked better for the show that he be the straight man and Don be the funny one. In my opinion Andy was just as funny being the straight man as to how he acted when Barney got his "crazy" on... They truly were a great team...

2 whole days with-out snow WOW!! You come thru Ok TOM? Ready for this Winter to be over... Amen?

Shout out for SPOT, Possum, Maude, Auh20, and all the other who have been hunkered down....


March 04, 2014 - Msg 96881: Here's one to get everyone in the mood....

March 04, 2014 - Msg 96882: Isn't that the one that has Andy's wife and Ralph Henderson as Elanora Poultice in it? Don Yelton

March 04, 2014 - Msg 96883:
Yes Don, Andy's real-life wife is on the far left.
Where's ROMENNA and BOO today??
In fact where are most of you??
I sure hope the weather isn't the issue.
Prayers for all,

March 05, 2014 - Msg 96884: BOO and ROMENNA may be out no power because of a ice storm

March 05, 2014 - Msg 96885: I'm here! Just been lazy, I guess. We had a little spell of cold weather, started Sunday. Low temps, down in the 20s for a few days, a little very light sleet on Sunday but it didn't even glaze the roads. Nothing to be concerned about. Today it's warming up, and should be fairly pleasant for the rest of the week.

I'm hoping for next week to be very nice. My daughter is coming up from Fredericksburg in the middle of the week, with her husband and my little grandson. I hope the weather is nice so we can do some fun things with Trip. He's such a great little kid, very appreciative and fun to be around. He enjoys anything he does! I'm thinking about catching the DART train and going out to the Dallas Zoo. That would give him a train ride and a zoo trip all in one. We'll see. Depends on what else is going on.

Well, I've got to get to my ESL class. Thanks for the check-up, Tom. Nice to have folks concerned about you. Blessings, all! --Romeena

March 05, 2014 - Msg 96886: It seems like Warren Ferguson locked up the entire front porch for disorderly conduct or something. Don Yelton

March 05, 2014 - Msg 96887: Maybe he caught us pitching pennies. --Romeena

March 05, 2014 - Msg 96888:
Or maybe barney locked up everyone!
RO--Phoenix got some light rail/"rapid" transit
about 4 years ago, and believe it or not they were
going to go by the acnonym PHART, but that din't go over too well! ha
Ash Wed today to all porch Episcopalians, Methodists, lutherans, and catholics. Jesus' 40 day fast before
he started his ministry is remembered. Thank you Jesus.
Have a good evening porchsters,

March 05, 2014 - Msg 96889: Yeah, huh, yeah, huh, yeah, huh.

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96890: Hello Romeena: Which is correct English? Are we porchsters or porchers? Don Yelton

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96891: FISH on FRIDAYS for the next ( 7 )FRIDAYS
No meat to EASTER that the old way that Catholics go.

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96892: I forget what the Catholic rule is for kid's. Is it fourteen? Don Yelton

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96893: I think most of us are in the "porchsters" camp, Don, though I'm sure either would be understood.

MDC, Andy told Barney to "load up" in the ep is watched yesterday, where Barney accidentally nabs the convict named Brooke, and the man tells him "I'll get you for this, Deputy." The state police haul him off, but he escapes and heads back to Mayberry. When they learn he's back in the area, Andy tosses a box of ammo on the desk and tells Barney to load up. That ep is also one of the few where Andy is seen wearing a sidearm.

I'll be glad when this weather settles down. I just checked on my roses, and all the fresh new growth that was coming out on them is now withered, brown, and hanging in little tatters from the stubby canes, where they were pruned so deeply. I had daffodils and hyacinths blooming as well, and they're all frost-bitten. Doggone it!

MDC, you're right, I think Phoenix had better think of something else to call their light rail system. Bless their hearts!

Well, got to get busy. I've got to start getting this house in order, before my daughter and company arrive next week. The whole front part of the house, where they'll stay, is gated off so Starr can't get in there, and is only used when there's company. Therefore, it's not cluttered or especially dirty, but it's not fresh. Got to clean that bathroom, and change the bed linens, dust and vacuum. I'll do it in short increments, and I can handle it. Any activity, sustained over too long a time, sets my back to protesting. If I vacuum a room, I have to quit and go back later to do another one. Annoying, but do-able. I'm just grateful I can do it at all. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96894: Romeena, Sorry to hear about your posies, I will be glad just to see the ground with no snow on it for a change...Maybe Friday, they claim it may reach 50! Woooh! Be sure to educate the GrandKidders at the Zoo about giraffes if you see any...

MDC.. Be glad you don't live and have to ride rapid transit in FLagstaff..ha!

"Porchsters": Ones who sit on porches for rest, recuperation, and reflection.(Mayberry Dictionary)


March 06, 2014 - Msg 96895: What's a "porcher"? ;)

I don't know what is up with Noah sometimes. He was up at 1am last night(this morning?!). Didn't go back to sleep until 3:30am. He pointed to his mouth when I asked him if anything hurt(after he managed to quit crying for a few seconds). I figured it might be some teeth coming in, so I gave him a little Pediacare and we watched some kids shows on the computer, and he calmed down after a while.
And then, he is up at 7am even though my wife said she would take Kai to school so I wouldn't have to wake Noah up(or me). Usually, it is a challenge to wake him up after 7:30 to take Kai to school. But when we don't have to wake up, especially after a night like that?! Oh well.

On a better note, I am still thinking about the Bible college choir we had at our church this past Sunday. It was truly a blessing. I am glad I went. My wife and Kai decided to just go to the evening service, so I went to the morning service by myself. The choir was good, up at the front of the church. But then for one song they came down and lined the sides of the church - girls near the right wall and guys near the left. I was sitting near the wall on the left, and while I am really no great singer(I can carry a tune though), I could hear quite well, and I was blown away by their absolute perfect pitch and unwavering, solid sound.
Then, at the end of the service, they did the same type of thing, only this time they were lined up boy-girl-boy-girl all along the sides of the church, and they were just as flawless. I swear, with those women's voices added right next to my ear, it was just like hearing angels sing. ...As far as I know, anyway. :)
Even as they were quietly fading out at the end of the song, their voices were unwavering and perfectly in tune, and it was as if the sound was painlessly piercing my head and heart. It was amazing.
I was up last night(bad night to stay up late) trying to record it from the local public access channel that broadcasts the services, only to find that for the rebroadcast a couple of the songs at the beginning were missed and they cut it off before that last song anyway. As expected, it(the rebroadcast) also doesn't begin to capture the sound as you would hear it live.
I came home just telling Kai and my wife that they "should have went".

On a Mayberry note, you know how I follow(and am followed by, still can't believe that) Michael Damian, the actor and singer from the Young and the Restless. Well, did you know that Michael's father-in-law is none other than James Best, who of course played the guitarist Jim Lindsey on TAGS(and/or Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane for you Dukes Of Hazzard fans). I never knew that. Just thought that was pretty cool. And a little weird. Can you imagine when you first start going out with her and you show up at her door, and there stands Roscoe P. Coltrane?! :)

-Sterling Holobyte

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96896: Maybe that "should have went", should have been "should have GONE".
Oh well, I'm tired. :)

-Sterling Holobyte

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96897: Sterling, I had forgotten that about Michael Damian, Mr. Best had told me that, one time at a Mayberry event when we were talking to him. My buddy and I had a long conversation with him as he told us about all the people he worked with over the years. It was a really cool afternoon with him. He later wrote his Bio. "Best in Hollywood" which told a lot of those same stories... And yes, I do have a autographed copy! It's a cool read....


March 06, 2014 - Msg 96898: You actually talked with him, G-F?? Wow! That beats a "Twitter conversation" any day! :) That must be a great memory for you.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96899:
Jim Best, the only guy who could make an acoustic
sound like an electric! ha

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96900: I still am trying to figure out what a sterling holobyte is. Don Yelton

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96901: lol MDC, I asked him if he really played on those episodes, he just grinned and said He learned to play like that from working with Henry Fonda in the cowboy movies... Yes, Sterling that was a great memory, amazing how much work those actors did in their day, and all the people who they had worked with. At Mayberry Days they always have a "lecture" segment where they sit down and interview and have a Q&A session with the actors.
I have learned a lot about their other work that way. Just a F.Y.I Mr. Best is also an artist, he brings and sells some of his work too. Just don't mention the "New" Dukes of Hazzard to him, it is a REALLY sore subject with him....


March 06, 2014 - Msg 96902:
Don Yelton, for an explanation what Sterling Holobyte means, click on the ARCHIVES link at the bottom of this page and look for the file that includes Msg 96742 from February 22, 2014.

from Poor Horatio

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96903: Thank you, Poor Horatio!

G-F, there is a "new" Dukes of Hazzard?? Or are you talking about the movie. I hope you are not talking about a new series coming out. Hollywood ruins enough classic shows by turning them into crappy movies(see:Dukes of Hazzard movie), we don't need them expanding the cr@p into a weekly series.(pardon my french)

-Sterling Holobyte

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96904: So how come I can say "crappy", but not the singular version without the censor getting me?


March 06, 2014 - Msg 96905: Oh wait, that is a fish, isn't it?! And they do actually say it on TAGS, don't they?


March 06, 2014 - Msg 96906: Its still a goofy name. Don Yelton

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96907: Hey Y'all-thought I'd better check in before y'all form a posse! I'm ok,just hunkered down under my rock trying to stay warm & dry. Nasty,nasty weather- rain,near freezing temps, wind..yuck!

I think the fish is spelled "crappie" Sterling. (BTW,I like your name! It's different!) That censor is crazy at times. I don't see why it won't allow more than one or two exclamation points- I mean, if we're really excited,why won't that mean ol' censor let us show it?!

That's cool about you meeting Jim Best, G-F! Was he wearing his suit of threads at the time?

Well,guess that's it for now.Y'all take care,Porchsters!

possum under a rock

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96908: Possum, No he was wearing regular clothes, but I DID dig him back tho...ha! I have been fortunate in meeting a lot of the cast members. I had my picture made with all of them and they autographed them too. My favorites are Goober, Thelma Lou, Ernest T Bass, Fun Girl Daphne "Hello Doll", Yes her voice was really that deep! And many others. I TREASURE those memories!
And Don, you will find most of us here are a study, that's why we understand each other... Some of us are more of a study than others ;)


March 06, 2014 - Msg 96909: P.S. Sterling Yes it was the "Dukes" movie I was referring to...G-F

March 06, 2014 - Msg 96910:
OH NO, another bad movie remake??
Possum--good to see ya.
I saw you So. Carolina weather quip on FB. Funny! haha Glad yourn ok.
DON (wouldnt ya know your name would be Don) we're a study
for sure, just not quick studies! :)

March 07, 2014 - Msg 96911: I've been missing some interesting posts. I have been absent from the porch for a few days because I am having some problems with my sciatic nerve...back pain running down my leg, which seems be aggravated by my sitting at the computer. I've been trying to rest it the last couple of days and it is doing much better.

I wanted to share a testimony of answered prayer. Well, whenever Sean goes out in the evening with his two best friends, I say a prayer for them and their safety. Tonight they left to go into Corpus for dinner and, as I typically do, I prayed for their safety and for angels to protect them as they travel. At about 10pm, they were in a wreck on their way home. They were on a divided highway, going 75, when a truck ran a stop sign, coming off one of the side streets. He was going pretty fast, ran the light and hit Sean's car. Sean had just switched to the left lane, farthest from the truck, and the truck only hit the back, right side of Sean's car. Sean almost lost control of the car but managed to stay calm and gain control and pull safely over to the side. One of Sean's friends was in the backseat and saw the truck coming very fast and running the light. She thought she was about to be killed, and with just a split-second's difference, she easily could have been. The truck that hit them sped off, so they weren't able to get a license number or much of a description. The police officer that attended the scene said two or three times, "You are SO lucky!". It could have been so very bad, but God was in control. I am so thankful tonight that they are ok. Poor Sean only had liability insur@nce so the repairs to the car will have to come out of his own pocket, but he is just happy to be alive and well tonight. Thank the Lord.

Think I will hit the ironing board for some adventure sleeping. :) Goodnight, Mayberry.


March 07, 2014 - Msg 96912: Scary incident, Boo. Glad that your prayers were answered and God kept them safe.

Yeah, MDC, they already made it(Dukes movie). It came out a few years ago, I think. I never watched it in its entirety. Just came upon it while clicking through the channels a few times and watched some scenes(no, they weren't all the scenes with Jessica Simpson in them as Daisy ;)) I certainly didn't pay to see it in the theater.

Well, that fits then, Don, because I can be a goofy person! :)

-Sterling Holobyte

March 07, 2014 - Msg 96913: Dude. We get it. Do you have to keep using punctuation to get your point across. :) :( ;) )) Don Yelton.

March 07, 2014 - Msg 96914: I think many, if not most of us often use the punctuation icons to keep the personal touch in what we have said. Speaking for myself, I know that often the printed word doesn't quite express what I'm trying to say. In verbal communication, facial expressions would complete the statement, but in print it might be a bit dry, or even sound harsh. A smile added at the end is indicated. At least, that's how I see it.

Possum, I can't remember the timeline exactly, so it's possible you weren't on the porch when we were invaded by some hecklers, as well as by some spammers. Floyd put in the filters to eliminate those pestilences. The repeating character filter came about when somebody thought it was funny to just lock down a key and fill pages and pages with a repeating symbol. Just taking up space, no message. So, Floyd set the filter to catch anything that repeats more than three times, I think it is. Just another example of morons who entertain themselves by annoying other people. If they'd get a job, they wouldn't have time to do things like that, but why should they, when the government pays them just to exist? But that's another story.

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

March 07, 2014 - Msg 96915:
Boo, it did seem strange here the past few days without your postings. I hope your nerve problems get better.
And good to hear that Sean and his passenger survived a harrowing experience. Just too bad he now has a financial problem to deal with.

Romeena, I don't remember the repeating character postings you mentioned. Apparently, that must have occurred during one of my absences. Do you remember if involved a specific character? I ask that because I notice in possum's posting, she was able to post a string of 19 asterisks.

Don Yelton, does those punctuations (also known as emoticons) really bother you or are you just kidding?

from Poor Horatio

March 07, 2014 - Msg 96916: Hello Poor Horatio: Just kidding. Don Yelton

March 07, 2014 - Msg 96917: Good Friday morning all.

Sure been busy on my end. Missed y'all.

Boo, I sure am glad Sean and his friends were not hurt in that accident. Greatful for answered prayers. And sorry your back is acting up. Them back problems are no fun for sure. Hope it gets feeling better soon. Is your Mom still doing ok?

Wow GF. That is cool all the folks you have gotten to meet over the years. Would love to hear some of your stories. All these characters seem like family to me after watching all the episodes so many times over the years.

Hey Romeena, I hear what you're saying about pacing yourself with the gimpy back. You are always a breath of fresh air. Rather than complain about what your limited in doing anymore, you express gratitude for the things you can do. By golly, I need to be more like that. I have always taken pride in health and vigor. Been blessed with good health over the years. And still am, but as I am aging I am finding it harder to do what I used to do. The tank runs out pretty quick anymore. And with the back issues and gout issues I have had the last couple of years, well, I've been pretty grouchy. Thank you for setting a good example. That dad gum glass is half full, not half empty! :)

Better get. Lot's to do.
Don't forget to "spring forward" this weekend.


March 07, 2014 - Msg 96918: Good morning, porch! PH, I don't recall what character or characters were repeated, and you won't find it in the archives, because Floyd deleted those entries. We had a little spell there where he had to delete quite a bit. Some juveniles with nothing better to do found us and were pretty annoying, but he finally just blocked them. Also, the spammers were active for a while, with ads for insur@ance and such. Floyd is watchful, and takes good care of us.

Boo, I'm so sorry about Sean's accident, and just so very grateful that nothing was hurt but the car. Cars can be replaced. Kids can't. I guess the chances are slim that the truck guy might be found. Too bad. It's not fair that people can do harm to others and go on their merry way, but it happens all the time. Of course, we were never promised that life would be fair. The only dependable fairness comes at the end.

Asa, you're very kind. I look at you and your situation and wonder how on earth you manage to keep your good humor, but you do. You've always been an inspiration to me! When I lost my Dale, I thought my world had ended, and couldn't understand, for a long time. Then I watch others, and see what they deal with every day, and I'm ashamed of myself. I have no room to complain. I have my limitations, but I understand them, and have developed some work-arounds for most of them. Also, if something doesn't get done today, there's always tomorrow! If tomorrow doesn't come, that will be okay too, because I'll be in a much better place, and Dale will be there too.

Ted is here today, and we're building a really pretty net arrangement over the pond, and it will be quite effective as well. I had the original idea, told Ted about it, he suggested some modifications that improved it greatly, and now we're building it. I thank God for Ted. He's become almost like a son to me. When my David is traveling, and not available, I can always call Ted. I know he charges me more lightly than he does other people, but we go back a long way, and I try to send him business. He pays me back. I would trust him with anything I own.

Well, got to get back out there. I just came in to make a phone call, checked the porch, and I'm still here! Later, taters. --Romeena

March 07, 2014 - Msg 96919: Boo, Sounds like Sean had a Co-Pilot for sure!
.--. -.. .-- ... --. ... -.-. That Otis tapping out: "Barney's in Jail" ha!


March 07, 2014 - Msg 96920: Good morning,Porchsters! Wow,Boo.. thank the good Lord for keeping Sean & his passengers safe-how scary! I'm so glad they weren't harmed.

Oh yeah,Ro,I was here during all of that mess. The drug ads,the insur@nce ads,the" lock one key & fill up the entire Porch" stuff- just sort of forgot about Floyd's reasons for not letting us get too "excited" around here!

Wow, PH-you counted my 'rocks'-19,huh?!

Well, there's some laundry to be done around here,so best get to it. Y'all have a happy Friday & hope that sciatica eases up on you,Boo. Al wants to go dancing this weekend-LOL

possum under a rock