June 21, 2015 - Msg 101672:
Happy Father's Day to all the dad's. Unfortunately, today is a sad day for me. Because my father passed away over 35 years ago, I realize that I have lived longer without my dad than with my dad. Since I'm in the states right now, at least I will have a chance to visit the cemetery.

MDC, you have brought up a very interesting point about identifying churches by the race of a majority of its worshipers. In this era of political correctness, why is this not considered to be racist?

possum u.a.r., I am surprised to learn that the stars and bars is being flown on the South Carolina State House grounds. To me, it represents a time when the United States was not united. I believe that because it is part our past history, restrict it for museums, not for flag poles out in public.

from Poor Horatio

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101673: OK, nobody asked about my "Dale and the drunk guy" story, but I'm going to tell it anyway, because it's funny.

One night we had a group of church friends over, and had just finished eating. The guys were in the living room, and we girls were clearing off the tables so we could play dominoes. At that time, what is now my sunroom was a screened-in patio. The door to the outside was just a screen, and didn't lock. The door from the kitchen onto the patio was a regular "back door", was closed and I had just locked it.

Suddenly, someone started knocking on that door, very hard. Thinking I had locked someone out, I started to unlock it but could see through the glass panels that it wasn't anyone I knew. It was a man, and he was yelling that he wanted to see "Harry." I called Dale, who was already on his way, having heard the man's voice. He opened the door and the man tried to push past him. Well, at 6'4" and 285 lbs, Dale could block a door pretty well. He stepped out on the porch, and told me to lock the door. The man kept yelling about "Harry" and Dale told him there was no one here by that name, and to please leave. The man got a little belligerent, and Dale just turned him around, escorted him out the screen door, and again quietly told him to leave. Meantime, I'm dialing 911.

Well, the demands to see Harry and Dale's polite requests for him to leave continued, with Dale steering him toward the side gate all the time. By now, naturally I've ignored Dale's request that I remain in the house, and am tagging along, with a big stick in my hand. The man made frequent attempts to get past Dale and return to the house, which Dale blocked, of course.

Finally, they reached the gate in the fence at the side of the house. Dale very quietly said, "Sir, I'm asking you one more time to leave my property quietly. Will you do that?" "No, I have to talk to Harry!" and he tried once more to push past Dale. He shouldn't have done it. Dale turned him around so he was facing the gate, got a handful of his collar at the back of his neck with his left hand, and with his right he grabbed his belt and part of the seat of his pants. He lifted him off his feet, swung him forward in a short arc, then backward in a longer arc, then with a mighty heave he swung him forward and up and literally sailed him right over that 6' gate. All I saw was flailing arms, and heard a short scream, then a big thud as he hit the ground on the other side of the gate. A few seconds of quiet, then a big gasp as his breath returned, followed by the sound of running feet.

At that moment, two police officers emerged from the house and came to where we stood. When they asked Dale where the man was, he just quietly said, "Oh, I convinced him that he didn't want to be here." They asked if Dale had let him leave by the gate. He said, "No, sir. I gave him that option, but he refused, so I threw him over it. He tried to fly, but it didn't work." The two officers just looked at him a minute, then started laughing until they nearly choked. "You actually threw him OVER the gate? That's six feet!" Dale just grinned, and said, "Yep, that's about what it is." The officers left by the gate, to try to find the man, but they were still laughing as they left. Meantime, Dale just sauntered back to the house, as if it was all in an evening's work. No big deal.

As I said, classic Dale. Good memories. --Romeena

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101674: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL OUR PORCH DAD'S!!!
I was watching preacher Fred Price today, who,IMHO, says it like it is! His talks are not "pie in the sky" gobbley gook, but totally "down to earth"; and today's message even brought up some of what RO said. Get up off your butt and improve your own life! God is there to help you, but you need to start things going.
And possum, yes I agree too. It was funny on the Dukes car, but times are very different these days.
OK, another topic...our Phx weather continues to be 110 or higher. I has been the past 7 days, and it looks like at least 7 more in a row. Please pray with us for some life-giving rain.
Thanks. Good Sabbath,

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101675: PH, that's a very good question, and I have another one. Since any woman who wishes to can enter the Miss America Pageant, why is there a Miss Black America Pageant, open only to black women? Most cities of any size have a Chamber of Commerce, and anyone can be a member, so why is there often a Black Chamber of Commerce also? Sounds racist to me. Why is that only white people can be called racist? I'm sorry, but in my opinion Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are the poster boys for "racist" in this country. There, I've said it and I ain't takin' it back! Those two race-baiting pot-stirrers, and some of Dear Leader's little acid-tipped barbs in his speeches, are at the bottom of a whole lot of the racial trouble in America today. --Romeena

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101676: RO--very good story! I could sure picture it all in my mind's eye!!

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101677: MDC, that's so true. The Bible says in 2 Thess. 3:10, that "if a man will not work, neither shall he eat." That sounds harsh, and seems to contradict other scriptures that tell us to feed the poor, help the needy, care for the widows and orphans, etc. Then you analyze it a bit, and the key is in the phrase "if a man WILL NOT

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101678: Great story Roneena, you sure they didn't call your Dale "Duke"? Sounds like something he would do.." Now Pilgrim, I thought I asked ya politely to leave!".....


June 21, 2015 - Msg 101679: Drat. I hate when that happens. To continue -- "if a man WILL NOT work." It doesn't say is unable to work (sick, disabled, elderly, no work to be found) it says WILL not. This implies a choice made. It does not say if a man prefers to hang out with his buddies, lay up on the couch and watch TV all day, spends his money on piercings and tattoos, and booze and drugs and cigarettes, and then says he's hungry - well, he just doesn't get much sympathy from me. Proverbs 6:6-8 says, "Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." Seems to me the Bible is pretty clear on the subject. Take care of the truly needy, and the able-bodied should be taking care of themselves, and helping to care for the ones who can't. Unfortunately, half of this nation just hasn't grasped the concept yet. We still have too many who think if we just throw more money at the problem, the "needy" will somehow just rise up and say, OK, now I'm ready to take care of myself. A few will, but they are very few. --Romeena

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101680: OK, I'll pipe up again for a sec. RO, imagine a 'white caucus' in Congress, or an NAAWP, or the UWCF, etc, etc. It also goes other ways, like various hispanic only groups. It seems to me that the PC crowd should have had no problem with a 'white' lady heading up the Spokane chapter, yet she was shown the door mighty quickly. Yet, as I said, my neighbor and i have never brought up the R card at all! Ever. We have helped each other with everything from jump starts to plumbing, to borrowing tools, etc, just two americans living side by side all these years. OK, that's it.
SPOT-- you guys got a dback! Hope Arroyo works out for ya.

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101681: Well, I guess I'm on a roll. May as well finish it. About that "no work to be found" thing. That's a two-pronged issue. In order to find work, a person has to make some effort to make themselves at least somewhat qualified. Let's say you own a business, and need to hire an employee. No special education or degree is required. Two applicants show up. One is shaggy, has his pants hanging below the great divide, has an attitude, and you can't understand him when he speaks. The other is clean cut, dressed respectably, is reasonably easy to understand when he speaks, and his attitude is pleasant. Which one would you hire? I didn't hear Fred Price's sermon, but I would imagine it was along those lines. Certainly the implication is there. Well, I really need to get off this soapbox, but it seems to me we're all pretty much on the same page. Mayberry folks tend to think alike. --Romeena

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101682: For GF....

Enjoy Pilgrim. ha

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101683: And here's a good one for what RO has been saying...(and Andy!!! be sombody!) :)


June 21, 2015 - Msg 101684: Thanks MDC, That's Alota Pilgrims! Ha!...G-F

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101685: :)

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101686: Here, here, Romeena! I'm glad I'm not in the minority (bad pun!) regarding the removal of the flag. Don't even get me started on Reverend Al-ugh!

Loved the story about Dale & the drunk guy! Well,he never saw Harry,but I'll bet he saw stars-LOL

Sorry that today holds sadness for you, P-H.It holds a little for me too,as I can't even recall a Father's Day spent with my daddy. He died when I was 6 years old.I take comfort in knowing I'll see him again.May you find that same comfort.

Y'all have a nice evening! Stay cool!

possum again

June 21, 2015 - Msg 101687: Cool 😎

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101688: Its late but still wanted say happy father's day to the porch dads. Hope you all had a blessed day. Bruce seemed to have a good day and got to take a long nap.

That story if Dale throwing that guy over the fence is one funny mental image! Thanks for sharing.

Not much news here. Life and work. This is the first day it hasn't rained here in awhile.

Hope you all have a great week.


June 22, 2015 - Msg 101689: Andy was on the Mod Squad today!! mdc

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101690: Hello Front Porch: I decided to stay a few days here. Very interesting reading here on the porch. Have a good day.

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101691: Good Monday morning all.

Message 101690, welcome. Pick yourself a name and join in with us. The porch is a great place to hang out and chat. As you can see, we discuss a lot of different topics here. Everything from cooking tips to world events.

Good to see you Boo. I hope you are doing ok. You just seem so down to me. You have worried.

Loved your Dale story Romeena. I look forward to meeting him someday. I still need to go buy me one of them pans you were talking about.

I had a great Fathers Day. Went to dinner at my youngest Daughters house. Played with all the Grand kids. What a delight they are. But they are growing up way yonder to fast. I wonder what causes that?

Well better get off to work. Really getting hot here, so I know all I am going to hear is bellyaching about a/c's not working good enough. All of the offices have refrigerated a/c's, but the shops have evap. coolers. They have their limits, and there isn't much I can do about that. But that doesn't seem to matter. Folks get testy. The best you can expect if conditions are ideal (low humidity) is about a 20 degree drop. So if you have a 100 degree day, with a very low relative humidity, the best you can expect is around 80 degree's in the shop. We typically have low humidity here, so they do pretty good most of the time. But they still whine about it. I'm sure GF knows all about it, 10-4 good buddy?

Y'all have a blessed day and act like ya got some smarts.


June 22, 2015 - Msg 101692: Yep Asa, I feel for you. It's difficult to try to keep folks happy, it's nice to only have to (try) to keep one person happy. Even tho Mrs. G-F can be a long day at times she is only one..haha
One good thing is after 18 yrs ya kinda know what you have to do to keep a happy life....A happy wife as "they" say...lol
Now I went and did it. Better get moving and go to the grocery store, she's getting low on grape juice! I think she has that stuff running thru her veins.. I should have stock in Welches (she accepts NO imitations)....lol. And Asa, get you one of those pans, and we can call you the "Galloping Gormet"...haha


June 22, 2015 - Msg 101693: Speaking of the Galloping Gormet here ya go http://youtu.be/4mY4Qi7J4ag
G-F again

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101694: Hello Front Porch: I recognize Romeena and Asa as characters from the show. But gf possum and boo I am not sure about. Were they characters? I would be Andy Clyde's characacter. He plays George McMichael on The Real McCoys. He was in the episode of the Andy Griffith show where he owe's the bank money and he made hats with berries or something like that.

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101695: With yesterday being Father's Day, one of the cable channels here broadcast a Father Knows Best marathon. Although they did deal with some serious subjects, it was very refreshing to watch a program deal with these issues wholesomely.

from Poor Horatio

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101696:
Welcome to newcomer George. Although my permanent home is near Toronto in Canada, I was born and raised near Chicago. I have been posting here, intermittently, since about 1997.
And in case you are wonderin' how my name is related to TAGS (The Andy Griffith Show), watch the following short video from the Opie's Charity episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGrL5C4uS1s

from Poor Horatio

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101697: Good Afternoon Porch!

I hope everyone is having as pleasant as possible on a Monday. Did all the dad's have a nice Father's Day yesterday? I hope so. It was strange that my husband was without his children for the first time in 21 years. As y'all know the oldest is in the Army and he's in training now so he couldn't get away. M is in CA and we were not paying for her plane ticket just for a day. Bry is in FL on a church trip. So it was just Bryan and I. He didn't mind at all. I think he enjoyed the quiet and he didn't have to pay to take everyone out to eat, ha! I had a job interview on Friday so fingers crossed!

Welcome to the porch fella in msg 101694. Quick question, what is the name in which you are taking, Andy Clyde, George McMichael, or Frank Myers/Meyers? My name is after Lucy Matthews in the Town Stranger episode.

G-F, though I'm not an encourager of drinking juice at all, I encourage making your wife happy! I hope she does the same for you as well.
Romeena, I love your Dale story!
Boo, glad you're doing okay!
Possum, are you still working at Cracker Barrel?
Asa, I'm glad you got to play with your grandbabies.
PH, my father is till living so I can't relate, but going to the cemetery may help. Welcome back to the States!

I am in season 3, again, and the episodes with Miss Peggy are sweet. She seemed like a sweet person. Now I hate to bring up the whole issue of Andy's girlfriends, BUT I kind of like her. Now, all of y'all know that Miss Ellie is my absolute favorite, but Miss Peggy was cute. Why were there so many nurses though that he dated? Peggy is the third that I can remember.

Also, wouldn't Sarah have heard Barney flirting with Juanita? She could have told Thelma Lou! I don't blame her for marrying someone else!

I hope everyone has a great rest of the day!


June 22, 2015 - Msg 101698: Poor Horatio,

Didn't meant to rock on your toes! I adore Father Knows Best. The boy in the series later said he regrets making the show because it wasn't realistic. But that's sometimes the points of shows...escapism. But, I kind of understand where he is coming from.


June 22, 2015 - Msg 101699: Lucy, so you enjoyed Father Knows Best just like I did. And while I agree with you that it was a form of escapism, especially when compared to today, I experienced many of those same situations growing up.

As for our newcomer, I mistakenly assumed he would choose George as his posting name. But as Lucy pointed out, Frank Myers is the character name of the TAGS character he mentioned. However, that might cause some confusion since the previous host of The Front Porch was also named Frank. What do you folks think?

from Poor Horatio

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101700:
I'm watching the Key Capitol Hill Hearings on CSPAN and heard a very inspiring speech by Dr. Ben Carson about some of his experiences as a pediatric neurosurgeon. And now, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is giving a speech about the confederate flag controversy.

from Poor Horatio

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101701: For those who are interested in hearing Governor Nikki Haley's speech, it will be replayed at 8pm eastern tonight on CSPAN. Basically, she is in favor of removing the confederate flag from the state house. Owners of private property will still be able to fly the confederate flag if they choose.

from Poor Horatio

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101702: Whoo hoo!! Go,Governor Haley! The flag is coming down!

Bursting with SC pride right about now- what an awesome speech she gave!

possum under a rock

P.S. Hey Lucy-no I quit working at Cracker Barrel several years ago. It's not the family oriented wonderful place it's made out to be,believe me. Oh,the stories I (and others) could tell!

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101703: PH, that's good to know! I am from The Cosby Show/Full House generation and discovered FKB on TVLand. I'm glad to know that you can identify with it!
PH & Possum, now that they know that the flag is coming down, I hope they focus on the lives lost than the politicism of the flag. That flag isn't even the flag the Confederate States used but one Gen. Lee used in 1 division (Northern Virginia) of the Confederate States. It shouldn't have been used in the first place to represent the entire South!

Alright, off my soapbox.


June 22, 2015 - Msg 101704: Rather than wait until 8pm eastern tonight, you can watch and hear Governor Nikki Haley's speech about South Carolina, the church shooting and the confederate flag by visiting http://www.c-span.org/video/?326724-1/governor-nikki-haley-rsc-news-conference
Finally, some good news!

from Poor Horatio

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101705:
Lucy, your previous comments caused me to research the confederate flag. Although there were multiple versions, the version of a red background with the blue and white X and white stars served both as a confederate battle flag and as a confederate navy flag. However, they differed because the battle flag was shaped like a square and the navy flag was shaped like a rectangle. It is the navy version that is used by some southerners today.

from Poor Horatio

June 22, 2015 - Msg 101706: Good afternoon, porch! To the newcomer, we truly hope you'll decide to stick around and become a part of our little Mayberry community. It's a real nice place!

I've probably used up all my "soapbox coupons" already, but I do want to applaud the removal of that flag. There are differing opinions on what the war was about, but the fact remains, it's over and the U.S. won. The newly-minted Confederacy lost. That's fact, that's history. Yes, things were done after the war to further subjugate the south, but that's also history. It's over. The country needs to get over it, and die-hards continuing to fly the Confederate flag in any of its incarnations, does nothing but incite trouble. Whatever the flag was meant to be, whatever it meant back then, what it has evolved to mean today is not a pretty thing. It signifies racial division, even hatred, and we don't need that.

This country is facing some very serious times, and we need to all be together, if we're to survive. Our own government is eating away at our foundation, and Islamist extremists have their sights set on us. Believe me, those two things are threatening us all, black and white alike, and we had better join hands and hearts and be prepared to defend the country we all love. Racial hatred should never have existed, and we need to stop fanning the flames and let it just burn itself out. --Romeena

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101707: Hello all, and welcome to the new guy. Several of our "handles" have become initials. My MDC, for example, is for "Mr. Darling's Cuz." It is not really a character, but more like a Porr Horatio.
G-F is for 'Goober-Fife' as he likes each actor equally. We also have a Big Maude who drops by now and then. Also, Possum is from the Ernest T bass ep about getting an eduacation. Hope that helps.
Also, as ASA said, we discuss a lot of subjects here,
but always try to come back to TAGS in some form,
like Asa being "busier than a cow's tail in fly season" with all those AC units to work on. ha :)
Like Brisco would say, just hop right in.
Well, our weather here will be 110 or better again all this week. Please say a little prayer
for some rain.
PH--I saw some of that FKB marathon on Antenna TV, and after 4 eps I OD'd! (Moved on the the US Open) ha Let's face it, all of those like the Donna Reed Show, LITB, (and tags) were all about the 'moral' involved, and that is what's
missing in today's TV.
Well, off to the ironing board.

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101708: Thank you all for the warm welcome. Very interesting reading here. I hope to stick around awhile. Frank Myers

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101709: Morning porch, happy Tuesday to all.

Welcome to Frank Myers.Once you visit our porch you just have to put your name on a rocker and stay.

Its been hot and humid with afternoon and evening storms here in Northeast Tennessee. usual summer weather.

hope everyone has a great day.
lunch menu will be: cold cut sandwhiches, potato chips, brownies for dessert. tea lemonade to drink.

prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101710: Hey to Frank Myers. I'm sure them berry hats will be back in style soon, then you'll be living high on the hog.

I wish I could feel that removing the flag in question would result in meaningful change. But I suspect not. It's the hatred in some folks hearts that is the motivating factor, and I just don't see removing a flag is going to change that. I fear if anything, it may feel like it is empowering some on one side of the aisle, while making the others even angrier feeling like they have lost something important. Please, don't get me wrong. If I thought it would really make a positive difference, I'm all for it. But the real issue seems to be that hatred that has been planted and nurtured in so many peoples hearts that needs to be changed. Anyway, that's mu opinion on it, and it's not even worth 2 cents. :)

Boy howdy MDC, Yes, we need H20 bad out west here, don't we? June and July are typically our driest months of the year. Towards the end of July we often times will start getting tropical moisture come up from the south and give us afternoon and evening thunder bumpers. I think you get the same thing there. We are not 110, but supposed to be 100 or slightly higher later in the week. But it's a (drum roll please) DRY HEAT! :)

Prayers for all for a great day.


June 23, 2015 - Msg 101711: Morning Folks, I have to agree with Asa, (because he IS one of my kind) on the flag issue. I know being from the North I may see things different, but I realize Southerners are proud of their heritage which is spot on. Yes they do act like somebody because that is what they were taught. But as children we were also exposed to negative things too. Those this are not "geographical" there's stupid idiots all over the country.

Basically I'm saying, be proud of who you are and your heritage, you've earned it! But at the end of the day we are: "ONE Nation under God with Liberty and Justice for ALL" not just for some.... So the flag should come down, but I do realize that will just fuel the fire of the idiots, but again as Forrest Gumpp said: "Stupid is as Stupid Does!"...

As Romeena said I think I used up all my "soap box coupons" but sometimes it just has to be said...

On a lighter note Welcome Frank Myers, all we ask is that you "Act like Somebody" as Andy would say. We have had interlopers in the past who tried to disrupt the "Spirit of Mayberry" here. So that is the only rule here at the Rock(ers)..... We have a Sgt. at Arms... His name is TOM he will put you in inarculation if you act up....lol
Anyhow.... Welcome, there are great folks here....

G-F. (Goober Fife)

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101712: Strike the "this" and the end of my first paragraph...

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101713: HI ALL.
just pop in to say thing ok there and I o k .


June 23, 2015 - Msg 101714: Mr. Fife
MayBerry S C.

You just add up some more time for the jail.
I will give you one more shot of freem for now, but I have the spy out on you.


June 23, 2015 - Msg 101715: Good to hear you're doing Ok TOM, I was just telling our new porchster that you are on duty... As he can see you ARE on the ball! I will try to behave. As long as Asa doesn't make me slip up and get into trouble. I've been trying hard to be good so you don't send me to the "Rock"......G-F

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101716: RIP Dick Van Patten ....8 was never enough for fans great show...100 degrees here today SPOT



June 23, 2015 - Msg 101718: Tom, you are a card! :)

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101719: Romeena, your story(or the beginning thereof) in Msg 101665 about the drunk guy walking in your house reminded me of the time my mom woke up in the morning to someone snoring(and it wasn't my dad). She went out on the porch, and there was some drunk guy passed out on the couch she kept there. And this was a closed-in porch, not an open one, so the guy had to open the door to get in. Surprised he was able to do that.
Well, my mom, being an old farm girl with five brothers, kindly told the guy he was in the wrong house and to "git". She said the guy was pretty apologetic and she almost felt sorry for him. I think it was a scarier situation for me than it was for her. I told her to lock her doors from now on. At least the main door to the house, which she also kept unlocked. They do lock up that door now, but they still keep the outer door to the porch unlocked. She did get rid of the couch, though.

As for this flag business, I think as a country we should be under one flag anyway, the American Flag. But while I feel the confederate flag shouldn't be flown on government property, if a citizen wants it on their own property or person, they should have that right. That's freedom, and that's what we're all about.
I still remember a box for the model car of the General Lee from The Dukes Of Hazard that I saw in a store once. On the picture of the car on the box, you could see they removed the confederate flag from the top of the car. Don't know if they included the flag in the box, but I remember thinking that was kind of stupid that they did that. If you are going to buy a model of the General Lee, you are going to want the WHOLE car as it was on the show.

Welcome to the new porch-sitter.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101720: Asa,G-F, and Sterling,this South Carolinian agrees with your points of view. There is heritage behind that flag,along with hatred. I feel if there is a symbol representing our state that is causing pain to any of our citizens,it needs to be removed. That doesn't for one minute strip it of its place in history,whether you see it as good or bad. It might not even change things,but change is needed.It does belong on our state house grounds any longer. That's my two cents,anyway.

Did Dick Van Patten pass away? He was a good actor-RIP.

Welcome to Frank Myers! I am relieved that you decided to go with that name rather than "George." Some of y'all will recall we had a George on the porch some years ago who didn't play nice and thought he was the Grammar Police or something! Nope, I for one don't care to have another George,but I wholeheartedly welcome you, Frank Myers! Hope you enjoy spending time with us.

Y'all take care and stay cool!

possum u.a.r.

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101721: OOPS- I meant it DOES NOT belong on our state house grounds!! Good grief-I sure messed that up!

possum again

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101722: Good morning, porch! Possum, don't you just hate when that happens? I've always thought there is a little imp living in my keyboard, who steals a word now and then, to totally change the meaning of what I was trying to say. I must say though, when I saw that "It does belong" in your original post, I mentally added the "not" because I knew very well that was what you meant.

Asa, G-F, Sterling and Possum, your points are well taken. That flag IS part of history, and we should not try to erase it entirely. Being the imperfect humans that we are, there are naturally a lot of things in our history that don't reflect well on us, and that flag represents a time in our history that was less than admirable. However, many families in the south have ancestors who demonstrated remarkable bravery and courage to defend their homeland, right or wrong. I was thinking this morning - if my father and my husband had lived during that time, neither would have been slaveholders, but I'm pretty sure both would have enlisted and fought what was essentially an invasion of their home. So, I think you're right. That flag represents more than just racism, to many people, and people should have the personal right to display it, as individuals. They just should not be surprised when it brings a negative response from many people, and it will. Unfortunately, it has been picked up and claimed by idiots such as the Charleston shooter, and used by them as a banner to proclaim their hatred. Possum is right, it should NOT be displayed by any government entity, just as a matter of good taste and consideration for a large portion of the populati

Oh, dear! That "George" we had a few years back was a piece of work, wasn't he? I recall that I got into a rather, ahem, heated exchange with him and that's when he got all bent out of shape, and Floyd had to delete his comments. So, Frank Myers, we welcome you and will just be right proud to put your name on a rocker here on the porch. I'm glad your name isn't George.

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101723: Now, see there?? That imp stole my "on." up there. I would never have left that off of "population." Wonder what he plans to do with it? --Romeena



June 23, 2015 - Msg 101725: Aw,Tom,don't make us go to summer school! It's too dang hot!!

possum under a rock

June 23, 2015 - Msg 101726: Hey, porch. I was just wondering - does anyone else here enjoy jigsaw puzzles as much as I do? I've always liked them a lot, but they can be a problem, because they totally take over a tabletop, and we can't always spare one. Well, there's a really neat solution! Online puzzles! Go to http://thejigsawpuzzles.com/ and you'll find a whole world of puzzles that you can do through your keyboard. You can select the picture you want, and then you can select what kind of cut you want - traditional, squares, spirals, whatever. You can also select how many pieces you want it to have. After you've made your selections, you can click a button in the lower right hand corner, and it will make it full screen. From there, go to lower left hand corner and click to separate out just the edge pieces, if you wish. My daughter thinks that's "cheating", but I do it anyway. Once you get the border together, the other pieces reappear.

I entertain myself for hours with that silly puzzle site, and really enjoy it. Doesn't accomplish much, but it keeps me off the streets! Enjoy! --Romeena



June 23, 2015 - Msg 101728: Yep TOM, some puzzles can be a "mountainous" task...lol Don't put in jail for that bad joke... I did get a band saw and belt sander from s friend today, so I can teach woodworking at the "Rock". I'll even show some things to Possum if you inarculate her. Women do jail time too these days. So Possum you better "Get Right" cuz it's no fun when that iron door slams shut!


June 23, 2015 - Msg 101729: SORRY NO POWER TOOLTE


June 23, 2015 - Msg 101730: Tom. I baked this cake for GF. Can he have it?

Romeena, my Wife will love that web site I believe. She used to love jigsaw puzzles. Thanks for the link.


June 23, 2015 - Msg 101731: Oh good, Asa! I really hope she enjoys it. Tell her to just explore the site, because there are all sorts of interesting things there. First of all, the library of puzzles is immense, many hundreds of them. All the little thumbnail pictures down the left side of the home page are actually categories for different themes. People, flowers, animals, scenery, whatever. Also, if your wife has a file ot photos on the computer, the puzzle site will link to it and access the photos, and you can select some to turn into puzzles. You select the cut, the numbr of pieces, etc. I've done several of my pictures from the back yard, of Sugarplum, a family photo, they're all fun. It would make me so happy if she has fun with this. Please let me know how she likes it. Oh, tell her to be sure to register with the site. She doesn't have to, she can still do puzzles, but registering opens up more versatility. For example, I use the "squares" cut a lot, and without signing in, I can choose up to 150 pieces. If I want it cut into more than 150, I have to be signed in. There's no charge for anything. --Romeena

June 24, 2015 - Msg 101732: One more thing, Asa. Please tell your wife that just about anything she wishes the site would do, it probably does. Just poke around in it and whatever she's looking for is probably there.

For example: Yes, you can save a puzzle if you don't finish it in one sitting. If she has any questions, and I can be of any help, I'd be very happy to answer her. --Romeena

June 24, 2015 - Msg 101733: At lease our new porchster didn't choose DON! ha
Nite and prayers,

June 24, 2015 - Msg 101734: Lease?? now I'm doing it!! :) mdc

June 24, 2015 - Msg 101735:
To the new Frank Myers, how about introducing yourself with a little background information something like I posted in Msg 101696.
You don't have to reveal anything specific, just some basic information like your approximate location and how you found us and why you are here. Don't be shy. We don't bite.

from Poor Horatio

June 24, 2015 - Msg 101736: Good morning porch. I have noticed so far on The Real McCoys a few of Mayberrys fine citizens. Mayor Pike, Floyd, and the choir director/ hotel clerk. Even noticed a few writers. Definitely a interesting connection. Frank Myers

June 24, 2015 - Msg 101737: Thanks for those tips Ro. She got on it last night, and as I predicted, she loved it. I told her this morning about registering and everything. This will be a great blessing for her to pass the time away. She does a lot of genealogy work on her laptop now, but needs to take a break from it now and then, and this will be a perfect thing for her. Thanks again.


June 24, 2015 - Msg 101738: Well, Romeena, how did I miss that you DID finish your story about the drunk guy trying to get into your house?! I just saw it today. I was sure it wasn't there before. I've got to work on my "noticing" skills.

Frank Myers, you are a pretty good noticer yourself if you picked out some of the writers from TAGS on other shows. I usually only notice the actors.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 24, 2015 - Msg 101739: Good morning, porch. Asa, that makes me very happy, that your wife is enjoying the puzzle site. It's fun to make puzzles from some of your own pictures, as I mentioned earlier, and it's easy to do, as long as the pictures are stored on your computer. The puzzle program will find them and all you have to do is select the one you want, and how you want it cut. Really neat.

Well, better get dressed. Eloise and I are going to get some lunch somewhere, then stop by the hospital to check out the volunteer auxiliary's semi-annual costume jewelry sale. Nothing over $5, and they have some really nice stuff! I love costume watches, and have a bunch of them, in colors to match nearly everything I wear. It costs as much to put a new battery in an old watch, even with the "family discount" my brother gives me at his jewelry store. I still do it, though, because I like the watches, wouldn't have bought them if I didn't. So, $5 for a new watch or $5 to revive an old favorite. Either way, it's a deal!

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

June 24, 2015 - Msg 101740: does anyone know where to watch TAGS since tvland has discontinued it.

June 24, 2015 - Msg 101741: MeTV has it on twice a day in my neck of the woods, if you get that channel. As far as TVLand don't get me started, they have more important trash to show now-a-days... As for me, I bought the disc set so I can watch it any time on my schedule.

Thanks Romeena & Asa, for the puzzle site I'll have to tell Mrs. G-F that it comes HIGHLY recommended by the top puzzlers in their field.... Gee I wonder if TOM will install the electronal version in the Big House!... Better be thankful for what we got, and stay on his good side..haha

Stay Cool...G-F 😎