September 27, 2015 - Msg 102823: My old washer was at least 24 years old but I decided to get a new one. It worked fine, never had a problem, but I figured its days were numbered. Got a new one a couple months ago, a Kenmore, and as of tonight, it ain't working. It won't do anything but fill up, and then drain. I guess I need to call Gomer to come have a look at it.

Billy Ray the Postman

September 27, 2015 - Msg 102824: ....."Call the Man" Billy Ray, just Call the Man!....
10-4 to tired to type any more tonight, I have Mayberry Days jet 💤💤💤💤

September 27, 2015 - Msg 102825: Sounds like a timer to me, Billy Ray. You know them timers are tricky!

I've become partial to Maytag myself, when it comes to washers and dryers. I've got a pair of Maytags, twenty years old, run like a fine watch and have never had a repair call. --Romeena

September 27, 2015 - Msg 102826:
Billy Ray the Postman, I looked online for the Kenmore Washer warranty and discovered something that confuses me:

"FOR ONE YEAR from the date of sale this appliance is warranted against defects in material or workmanship when it is correctly installed, operated and maintained according to all supplied instructions.
WITH PROOF OF SALE, a defective appliance will receive free repair or replacement at option of seller.
This warranty applies for only 90 DAYS from the sale date in the United States, and is void in Canada, if this appliance is ever used for other than private household purposes. "

So you have either a one year warranty or a 90 day warranty. I hope you saved the receipt. Don't delay to contact the seller or manufacturer.

from Poor Horatio

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102827: PH--I THINK it means that within 90 days there is the option of full replacement by the seller;
but after 90 days, then it is just repaired for up to a year. That's my guess.
BILLY Ray - put a broom in you fed's hands, and you actually do sweep! good job.
Anyone see the lunar eclipse tonite. Saw it quite well here in AZ. Not sure of it's significance, but it sure has been played up.
GF--Hope you had a grand time at MD, 'cause your
Browns didnt fair too well. Played Josh today.
SPOT's Falcons, and my Cards won tho!
Anyone following the nascar chase?
Well, the Pope's gone, the Speaker is going, perhaps
things will settle down in DC for a while.
ASA--I never thought too much of Bee's wig either.
One of the color eps that I REALLY dislike.
Have a good week all, Jesus loves you,

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102828: Oh ASA, maybe that mother was heading to a Harper Valley PTA meeting after shopping! haha

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102829: Guess wo got on TV at Mayberry Days? Goob & his Buddy! Check it out, wonder if we will be discovered? Maybe I should get a agent?
PH there is another good video from Fox 8 news but when I posted it the link was too long and I forget how to do the link shrink thing, will you help us??....Thanks!

Possum, now you know a TV celebrity!! Haha don't worry I won't let this fame go to my, Lol, LOL!!

G-F 📺

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102830: Sorry we are on the very start of the video, we play the part of the two goofy guys walking in the rain!...haha

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102831: Whoo-hooo GF. A star is born. Can I get your autograph pu-leeze? Looks like you were having some fun window shopping buddy.

PH, I think that warranty disclaimer may mean a 1 year warranty for residential use, but only 90 days if used commercially. I have found, as I am sure many others, these so called "warranties" are somewhat useless as they have so many little hidden escape clauses in them, it is difficult to get them to honor them. Case in point, last week I had to replace a "door closer" on a heavily used door at work. These are those devices mounted usually near the fop of the door that closes the door automatically. They are a spring loaded device also using hydraulic oil that allows you to control how fast and how hard the door closes. The ones we use are for commercial applications and are heavy duty. Very expensive at over $250.00 each. But they are supposed to have a lifetime warranty. So I took the old one off and hand delivered it to the company that sells them for a new one. Well all of a sudden they need me to provide the original sales receipt, needed to know how often the door is used, and said that they had to knock off so much money for every year old it was. This thing is almost 30 years old, you really think I have the receipt? How am I supposed to know how many times the door is used in a day. It is a very heavily used door I told them, but I don't have the time to sit there and count. And there is no mention in your sales garbage about any pro-rating going on. Y'all proudly claim "LIFETIME GUARENTEE" in your brochure. I have found this practice to be the rule rather than the exception on just about anything I have tried to get "warranty" work done on. And don't even get me started on these so called "extended warranties". What a joke!

Possum, hope you are feeling better. Hate to hear about a sick possum under a rock. Even jabbing it with a stick won't move a sick Possum. :)

I watched one of the better color episodes last night. "Dinner at Eight". Poor old Andy got pretty sick of spaghetti and dang tired of hearing about oregano, didn't he?

MDC, Spot, your teams are looking pretty good so far. Congrats. I still think Ariens is a genius coach MDC. He sure seems to get his teams ready to play each week.

Well off to work for me.


September 28, 2015 - Msg 102832: Yep Asa dogs and birds doing great...good morning gang lets all head somewhere for an early lunch at about off today rain he
re ! SPOT

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102833:

Billy Ray the Postman and MDC, I think Asa figured out that confusing wording with the Kenmore warranty. His reasoning makes complete sense to me.
- a one year repair or replace warranty when used in a "private household" situations such as single family residences.
- a 90 day repair or replace warranty when used in other than a "private household" situations such as commercial situations. Laundromats is one example I can think of.

Asa, you brought up a very good point regarding lifetime guarantees. Not too long ago, I learned about small print exceptions and adjustments on the internet regarding lifetime guarantees. I bet that if we surveyed consumers, most would not be aware of these limitations.
In fact, I think this would be a great topic to discuss with a politicians about introducing a law that requires this information to be displayed every time a business advertises "lifetime guarantee". Consumers are being intentionally mislead.

G-F, use to shorten long URL's that can be posted here. Be sure to test the shortened link before posting it.

from Poor Horatio

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102834: Good Mornin' Porch,

It's another rainy cool day here in Atlanta. It's so weird to have this weather in September. Typically, we are still in the 80's with the air conditioner on. At least we are saving some money by having the windows open. I just love when we get fresh air. It's a little warm at night for the boys, but I sleep just fine. :)

GF, How exciting! I'm glad you got to go and can't wait to see some photos. Are you on Facebook?
Billy Ray the Postman, we bought our Kenmore set in 2000 and it still works real well. I hope you can get it figured out. I'd certainly call whomever you purchased it from, assuming it is Sears since they manufacture Kenmore. In the last year our washing machine and refrigerator have gone out, but since we rent they brought in new ones.
Poor Horatio, have you upgraded to Windows 10? I'm not a fan. I've lost my ability to right click to copy and paste. I need to read up on how to do that. It's so annoying. I'll do things like this on my laptop, but have to save it if something needs to use the right click and do it on my desktop. My desktop is a redneck standing desk (meaning my husband bought a small coffee table and put it on top of our regular desk, so it does not go up and down like a regular standing desk) and complete the task. My ankle doesn't allow me to stand more than 3 hours so that's how I get more accomplished...using both computers. So annoying! I'm American so I want to sit all the live long day! :D
Asa, how exciting! I love babies. I will pray for your daughter to have a safe delivery and a healthy grandbaby.
Sterling, I have my bills emailed to me then as I'm checking emails I automatically pull up my bank app/website and set up the bill for payment. I do not do auto-pay for any bills as I do not want companies to know my bank account in their systems. It's probably silly, and they probably find out when I transfer, but I do not want it stored. Did you at least go to a hotel with a swimming pool? The kids would love that.
Romeena, I like your story about your picture and do not blame you one bit about having Toye Starr's photo with you! I think it was smart thinking on your part.
Spot, I like Castaway. It is not my favorite Tom Hanks movie but it is not bad. How are your children doing? Has Andy graduated from high school?
MDC, my husband and I took Dave Ramsey class in the spring and got so much out of it. Had we not taken it and saved most of my paychecks, we would be up a creek after I lost my job and he lost some accounts.

Last night I was watching some episodes in season 4. Now do y'all think that was really Gomer singing in the episode when he got a solo from Barney? I just don't know. It was awfully good.

What episode did Aunt Bea get a wig?

Well, I suppose I need to get back to finding freelance work. Y'all have a great day and remember the Golden Rule.

Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102835: Oops, I meant our dishwasher, not washing machine have gone out.

~Distracted Lucy

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102836: Yep,that's Goober- Fife! I can vouch for that,having seen him with my own eyes at the Mayberry Meet & Greet!

Now I know another Mayberry Star- LOL You're right up there with Betty Lyn!

Thanks,Asa & everyone who has sent me get well wishes. I am finally shaking this thing off & am feeling lots better.

Hey Lucy- It was one of the color episodes in which Aunt Bee got a wig. She wanted to impress the visiting preacher,but I'm not sure of the name of the episode. Betcha P-H can give you all the info on it,though!

Y'all take care now,friends.

possum u.a.r.

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102837: Question: Any of you Facebookers having trouble with the site today?
I have been away from the computer all day, and just tried to access FB,but something comes up saying they are working on "fixing" some problem. Wondering if it is widespread or just me?

possum again

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102838: Well,it must have been me. I ran a scan & cleaned my computer up a bit,and can now access FB with no problem. Thanks anyway!

possum once more

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102839: Good afternoon, folks. Today has been a bit long, but at least it was not terribly hot. It's just 88 right now, at 3:45. Sure beats 103! Joe was here, and we had a "weeding day." Gonna do it again tomorrow, and Eddie is planning to come and join us. After that, there shouldn't be any more weeds in the flowerbeds. Then we're going to put in a layer of compost to raise the level of the beds a bit, and top it off with a deep layer of hardwood mulch. That should take care of the weeds. Of course, a good layer of organic-friendly Preen will keep the seeds we shook loose during the weeding from germinating later. Weeds! I just hate them!

Hi, Lucy! Good to see you. To answer your question, that was definitely Gomer (Jim Nabors) singing in that episode. That boy had a set of pipes for sure! I have his Christmas album from years ago, and it's beautiful. He sang again in an episode of Gomer Pyle USMC. His buddies entered him in a talent show, or something like that, and everyone was just shocked when he began to sing.

OK, time to go scrub off a few layers of dirt and get ready for a quiet evening. I do so love to work in my yard - just wish I had the stamina I used to have. I wear out too quick, doggone it! Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102840: I'm not the point man's daughter on the phone girl from a long while back. I was here quite often around 2002 when I had back surgery. Not sure if many remember me but when I had back surgery my husban when I had back surgery my husband fungit came and gave you all updates on my progress.

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102841: I'm not the point man's daughter on the phone girl from a long while back. I was here quite often around 2002 when I had back surgery. Not sure if many remember me but when I had back surgery my husban when I had back surgery my husband fungit came and gave you all updates on my progress.

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102842: I was the fun girl who was particularly fun of Brisco darling mulberry squeezins

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102843: Here you go, Lucy.


September 28, 2015 - Msg 102844: Possum, Facebook was down for few hours this afternoon, as was Instagram (owned by Facebook). It seems to be running now.

Romeena, oh wow! It has been awhile since I have seen the color episodes. Does Jim sing more? I am surprised that they do not see him sing more often, but again, I'm only in season 4.

Fungirl, welcome back! I hope you are well!


September 28, 2015 - Msg 102845: Ok, thanks,Lucy. Must have been coincidental that I was able to go on right after I ran the scan on my computer.

Where are my a-men-a-nees?? I forgot to welcome fungirl back! Hey Fungirl! I remember you well & have wondered how you've been.So good to have you rockin' with us again!

possum under a rock

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102846:
Lucy, the TAGS episode where Aunt Bee wears a wig is "Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory" from season 7 and can be viewed at
Regarding your question about Windows 10, I have Windows 7 on one computer and Windows Vista on another. I don't plan on upgrading for three reasons:
- I'm using older computers since they fulfill my needs.
- upgrading Windows may cause my applications to stop working and would require upgrading them and maybe the computer memory as well.
- one of Murphy's Law states don't fix it if it ain't broken.

G-F, regarding that video link you posted in Msg 102829, was that you asking for a handout in the first few seconds of that video?
Also, did you see the video link I posted in Msg 102816? It included a short interview with Barbara Eden and Clint Howard at Mayberry Days.

Fungirl, I don't remember you from way back in 2002. That was probably during one of my long absences. I do remember two other newcomers who wanted to use Fungirl as their posting name but chose something else when we informed them that the name Fungirl was taken by another (probably you). Welcome back.

from Poor Horatio

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102847:
Lucy, I forgot to post one more thing for you. To learn how to copy and paste in Windows 10, check out

from Poor Horatio

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102848: I'll just bet one of those newcomers was ME, P-H! When I first came onto the Porch I chose the name "fungirl" and posted at least once using that name,until I noticed another fungirl on the Porch.So, I put a bucket on my head like Gomer,took a long think under it,and came up with "possum under a rock". You could probably find my "fungirl" post-it would have been around 2002, I'm thinking. Maybe 2003. If I saw it,I'd know soon enough if it was my post.

possum u.a.r.

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102849: ....Yep, Possums that are under rocks can be fun
PH, That is not to far off, we were pretty low on funds after getting autographs. We needed gas money to get home!
I think the Facebook problem came about because everyone was trying to post their M/D's pictures and such and it crashed!
I'm just saying... BTW Lucy, I'm not on FB....


September 28, 2015 - Msg 102850: Good Evenin',

I wanted to be Miss Ellie, but it had been taken, though not used for several years. I wish I had taken it. The reason I chose Lucy Matthews is because she was young and so was I when I joined the group.

Poor Horatio, thank you for the info. I appreciate you taking the time to help. The standing desk with the desktop is Windows 7 and it works well. I don't mind learning 10, but I don't know why it had to be so different. Now I loved XP and Vista.

G-F, I don't blame you for not being on FB. I've considered going off as I use Twitter much more. My family doesn't, and that is the only reason I've kept it active.

Y'all take care now.

September 28, 2015 - Msg 102851: Good evening, porch. And welcome home to Fungirl. I remember you from "way back then" and am glad you have returned. We have several folks on our "missing persons" list, and I wish they'd all come back. Life goes on, I guess.

I've got Windows 7 on my computer, and Windows is trying very hard to get me to upgrade to Windows 10. This little blue box keeps popping up on my screen, asking me to download it. I don't, and I won't. I asked Bruce, my computer guru out in Florida about it. He has built five computers for me over the years, and I abide by his advice. He advised me to stay with 7. He says 10 doesn't always interface well with 7 when you try to upgrade, and 7 is working well, so as PH said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Also, Bruce said from his point of view as a "geek" - systems integrator, repair person, etc., - he's not sold on 10. He says there are glitches in it, that it needs more de-bugging, should have been vetted a bit more before they released it.

Well, I think I'll turn in. It's early for me, not even quite 11 pm, but I'm tired. Good night, porch, and sweet dreams. --Romeena

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102852: I noticed you right away, G-F! I remember seeing you in the pictures on the Mayberry get together episode of Two Chairs No Waiting. Too bad they didn't interview you, I would have liked to have seen that.

No pool at the hotel, Lucy. Or at least, if they did have one, they kept it hidden from view.

Well, the wife is gone to Vegas until Thursday, so I get to help Kai with her Algebra. Yikes!
She actually didn't need it to much today, but I brought up that Khan Academy site just in case. That really is a thorough site. Thanks again for mentioning that site, Poor Horatio.

-Sterling Holobyte

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102853: Fun girl, I do remember you, but the other one I first thought of was "Mayberry Girl." She was Pipeman's daughter, and was here when I first stepped on the porch back in aught 3.
We also had a Ky Girl, and I think an OK Girl for
a while too.
GF--I heard or read that Barbara Eden charged 30 dollars for MD fans to see her. Is that correct? If so, that puts a little damper on my thoughts of the whole thing. I guess she has to make a living, but that just seems a bit weird to charge like that. Maybe I shouldn't just "come out and say it like that."
But it looks like it was a great time from all the FB photos! I saw your nanosecond of fame on the video. Did Big Maude make it?
ASA--I agree about Arians, he has coached a lot of teams, and has really fired up the Cards, plus they are using Fitz a lot more this year knowing that
he is "getting up there."
RO--you're not a spring chicken anymore" :) Take it easy dear.
Prayers for all,

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102854: Hi sterling, you sneaked in there. mdc

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102855: Hey MDC! Now don't go starting a rumor that I am sneaky. :-)

Boy, I hope Kai doesn't ask me to help her with her English homework, especially after my previous post. A comma where there should be a period, a "to" that should have been a "too", and too many "sites".

Night, Porch!

-Sterling Holobyte

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102856: Good morning porch.

Lucy, thank you for the well wishes for my Daughter and her baby Charlotte. We eagerly await her arrival.

MDC, I agree, If that is true what you heard about Barbara Eden charging 30 bucks for fans to see her, she shouldn't ought to do that. I hope it is false. Have you heard anything about that GF?

Better get moving. Still plenty to do.


September 29, 2015 - Msg 102857: MDC, Yep, what you heard IS true! A autographed picture was $30 and a picture taken WITH her was $20. So yes, her visit took a big chunk out of my Mayberry Days budget!.. Clint charged $20 for a autographed picture, but did not charge for a picture WITH him. He was a very, very nice guy, and very appreciative of his fans. On a better note, Dixie Griffith (Andy Griffith's Daughter) was there and all the money she received signing autographs she donated to the Mt. Airy Police,Fire,EMS service departments.... Yep a class act!!.
As far as the autographs go, I have found out, some of them are under contract and don't control what is charged for autographs. I know Margret Kerry (Helen Scolby/ Bess Muggins) she is under contract with Disney so she has to work out a special deal with Disney to charge less. She told this to me personally!.... Same goes for Peggy McKay (Sharon DeSpain) she is under contract with the soap opera she is on Days of Our Lives. She too had to work out a deal agreement.
Some of them don't like charging at all, but they do since everyone else is. All in all it is usually $10-$20 normally.
Mainly because so many people have their items on E-bay the next day, so I guess they feel it's a cheap price to pay for something of worth in the collectors world. I always have them personalized so they feel it is not going to be "sold"...
I do hope what I said is the case for Miss Eden, and not being greedy, but I believe it is the case.... But it is a sore subject with the fans, they saw very little of her other than at the autograph sessions, but at 84 she is entitled to do what she feels can do... Some people just like to stir up drama, as for me, I appreciated she decided to attend.
But trust me they are ALL amazed by the love of all the Mayberry fans.

As for being on TV, I did not get interviewed, but a few years age I got interviewed by the local paper, and I was on the Front Page of the Saturday paper. So I had my 15 mins. of fame, even tho the interview took only 5 mins. Lol... So I suppose the video of us walking the streets accounted for the remaining 10 minutes of fame...haha

All in All a good time was had by everyone. It is such a blessing to watch folks enjoying the Mayberry life if only for a short time....

Sorry for rambling about the autograph issue, but folks need to know there are two sides to all stories... Things are not all that they seem to be at times.. (but sometimes they really are!)


September 29, 2015 - Msg 102858: .....But I do have a funny story about meeting Howie Morris (Ernesr T. Bass) the first time. I guy in front of me was complaining, about him charging for autographs, he said: "With all his money he should do it for free!".... WhoooHooo he pulled a full blown ET Bass on him!...Howie went off! On a colorful tirade of words, called him a cheap SOB and told him to get the *** out of his line!!... I was next in line my response was...."No problem here Mr. Morris" I'm honored to pay for my autograph! But when I asked to take his pic he said ok and stuck his toughest out at me!... Wasn't sure how to take it at the time, but latter after he passed away I met his Son David, and told him the story, he told me when he reacted to the man he was being "Howie" but when he stuck out his tongue out at me he was just being silly Ernest T Bass.....

Great memories I have....G-F part 2

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102859: .......Tongue that is

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102860: ....I think those words are still floating over Lake Michigan to this day....aka A Christmas

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102861: After hearing that,I'll take Betty Lyn over Miss Eden any ol' day- she only asks $10 per autograph, photos are no charge, and she blows kisses for free! Yep, she called my name as I was walking away & I turned around to see Thelma Lou blowing ME a kiss. Priceless!

Great story about Howard Morris, G-F! What a thrill that must have been to meet him!

possum under a rock

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102862: Possum, Betty Lynn is the Mayberry Rock Star, yes she is the cat's, always was, always will be!...G-F

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102863: Agreed, G-F!

possum again

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102864:
MDC, I have something to add regarding Barbara Eden's appearance at Mayberry Days that I learned directly from our Front Porch host Allan during his Monday night podcast yesterday. As G-F has confirmed here, Barbara did charge $30 for an autograph. Even our host Allan had to pay $30 to get Barbara Eden's autograph. Then something happened involving the people who accompanied Barbara Eden to Mayberry Days (I assume they were her either her staff or her security). When they noticed that Allan was dressed in his Floyd the barber costume, they asked him to pose with Barbara for their own photographs. Do you think they offered to pay Allan for posing? Nope. Do you think they offered to refund his $30 for posing? Nope.

from Poor Horatio

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102865:
Sterling Holobyte, although Khan Academy is quite thorough teaching math, unfortunately, it may not help if you have something specific to ask about. I will be standing by if you need me.

from Poor Horatio

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102866: Thanks PH. I really appreciate that!
Right now, Kai is working on finding total prices on items with taxes and discounts. And sometimes both. I "think" we are getting it, after looking online and refreshing both of our memories on percentages and stuff.
But you're right. I was looking specifically for some of the questions she had, but couldn't find them on Khan. But then again, I didn't find them on a general online search either. But I did find similar problems, luckily.

Thanks again for your offers of help.

-Sterling Holobyte

September 29, 2015 - Msg 102867: Speaking of needing help, I just sent you an email, Poor Horatio. :-)

-Sterling Holobyte

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102868: In case you haven't seen it yet, you should all check out Floyd's "Two Chairs No Waiting" video podcast on Youtube, where another Mayberry fan takes us on a nicely done tour of Andy Griffith's boyhood home.
Here it is in case you want to watch:

-Sterling Holobyte

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102869:
Sterling Holobyte, sorry I did not respond to your email sooner. After my last post here, I went out for the evening and arrived home about 30 minutes ago. I worked out Kai's math problem and emailed it to you.

from Poor Horatio

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102870: RO--did you get my email with Pappabear's new address? I forgot to tell you all that I got a letter recently. His health has deteriorated more,
he asks for prayer but also says hello to all.
As you all know, Spring Training is a big deal in this neck o the woods, and I have many an autograph of big leaguers from Willie Mays to todays players, and they have all been for free.
If they ever start sending their agents out to the fence first to collect a fee, then I'm done with MLB!! Just had to get that off my chest.
As for the MD sig fees, I guess they do have to go along with their contracts, but it still frosts me a bit. As I think of the lot of them, I would want Thelma Lou's the most.
PH--too bad Allan didnt have a quick comeback when they
first asked him to pose, like "That will be 30 dollars please." haha
STERLING-has she worn out any paper with erasers yet, as per Opie? :)
As for English homework help...I'm rightcheer!
nite all,

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102871: Romeena, could you send me Papa Bears new address? I kinda like to send him a card....G-F

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102872: Good morning, porch. Yes, MDC, I did get that address, and thank you for reminding me. I meant to ask you (and forgot) - are you sure of the spelling of the street? Usually, it's spelled "Vermillion." G-F, as soon as that's confirmed, I'll send it to you.

Also, as usual, I'll send the Christmas list out to anyone who requests it. If anyone would prefer that their name be removed from the list, now's the time to say so. Otherwise, I'll send it as it is, like last year.

Well, got to run. This is Wednesday, and I'll have eight or ten Spanish-speakers sitting there in my classroom at the church, expecting me to teach them to speak English! Nice folks, and so eager to learn. We do have a good time. --Romeena

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102873: Oh - one more thing - if anyone is NOT on the Christmas list, and would like to be, let me know and I'll add you to it. --Romeena

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102874: ROMEENA--yes, he spelled it both in the return address area, and in the letter with only one "l" Vermilion.

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102875: Thanks, MDC. So noted.
At this moment, I am so angry and upset I could spit nails. I just heard from Brittney that they were at the vet with our sweet Bentley, after a neighbor's dog beat him up. The neighbor's dog has a long history of misbehavior, barks constantly - I do mean constantly - and charges the fence whenever anyone goes in the back yard. A couple of years ago, he killed a smaller dog that also belonged to the family - just grabbed it by the neck and shook it like a toy and killed it. Neighbors complain constantly, including David and Brittney, and it does no good. The woman in the house "loves" the dog, she says. Well, our gentle, lovable old mophead, Bentley had gone outside to potty and that dog broke through the fence and jumped on him. Tore his ear, and put three deep puncture wounds in him - one in his neck and two in his upper back leg. The vet says he's going to be okay, gave him antibiotics and some other shots, and let him go home. David talked to the man of the house, who apologized profusely and offered to pay the vet bill and fix the broken fence, but made no mention of getting rid of the dog. Personally, I think the dog needs to be put down. That's a big statement, coming from me, but suppose that had been a child in the yard, instead of Bentley? As I said, the dog has a history of attacking other dogs, and he growls and snarls at people. I don't know what that woman is thinking. If that was my dog, I would have taken him to the vet and had him humanely euthanized two years ago, when he killed the other dog. Nobody needs a vicious dog. An attack dog on guard duty, with warning signs, is one thing. A vicious dog in the back yard that kills for no reason and breaks out of his yard, that's another story. It just breaks my heart to think of gentle little Bentley being mauled like that. I'd have called the police, but my David is a peacemaker, and he'll handle it in his own way. He'll do it right too, better than I would have. This won't be the end of it. He'll handle it diplomatically, peacefully, and calmly. He's his father's son, through and through.

Well, I need to settle down. I've got a home health call to make, and need to focus on my patient. Bentley's okay, David will see to the neighbor's dog in some way, and I need to mind my own business. It's just hard, because Bentley is such a sweetheart, and didn't deserve to be abused like that. Poor little guy. --Romeena

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102876: I just red back over the above, and maybe I need to make it clear that the dog the neighbor's dog killed belonged to the same people. Their dog killed one of their own dogs, it didn't belong to anyone else. They have too many dogs - four, right now, though the census varies. They have a grown daughter who keeps having kids (not married, different fathers each time) and brings them home and dumps them on her parents, so the parents have their own younger kids, and now a passle of grandkids, and a fluid number of dogs, all in a three-bedroom house. Why on earth that mother/grandmother thinks she needs to keep that vicious dog, I'll never know. She must be nuts. Just wait until it attacks one of the grandkids. --Romeena

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102877: My stars! Make that "I just READ back, etc." --Romeena

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102878:
Poor Romeena is not only having trouble with her spelling, but also with her eyesight.

from Poor Horatio

September 30, 2015 - Msg 102879: Yeowza! "I see RED words... I Think I need Visine! They say it gets the red

October 01, 2015 - Msg 102880: RO-so sorry to hear about bentley. Not sure about TX, but here in AZ, it is OK to use a gun on a dog doing that type of damage to another animal or human. Just saying. I sure hope he heals OK, but having the neighbor pay a bill and fix a fence wont bring bentley's ear back.
It has still continued to be hot here. A ridge of high pressure
has settled in, and it was 107 yesterday and today...dang hot for nearly Oct 1st!
Looks like Putin is stirring up with things in Syria. Man, what times!
Possum, I hope you have shaken the crud. Dont forget the oregano! :)

October 01, 2015 - Msg 102881: I have, MDC-finally kicked that crud to the curb! Now I'm ready to take on Hurricane Joaquin!

Who am I kidding?? I sure don't want that thing to come this way (or hit the US at all) so praying it goes right on up the Atlantic,like a good hurricane should.

Ro, that is terrible about Bentley! I tend to agree with MDC on how to remedy the situation. Maybe not with a gun,but a dog that vicious needs to be put down. I hope & pray a human being never becomes his victim. Keep us posted on things.

Back to cleaning up around my rock-y'all have a good rest of the day. Happy October!

possum u.a.r.

October 01, 2015 - Msg 102882: I heard from Brittney today and Bentley is okay. He's stiff and sore, has a couple of stitches, and is reluctant to go outside, but he's going to be okay. David has talked with the neighbor man, and I'm not sure he got anywhere with him. The man is under his wife's thumb, apparently. She rules the house, she likes the dog, and "ain't nobody going to take her dog away from her." So, David is considering filing a complaint with the police, just to have it on record, because sooner or later, that dog is going to kill another dog or attack a human, and it's not going to be pretty. It might be better if she were to "rest her eyes on a badge" right now, and maybe she'll get the message. David feels sorry for the man. He's not in good health, his wife browbeats him, the promiscuous daughter keeps dumping new grandkids on him, and he can't control the ones he has. His own kids are growing up now, but when one of his sons was about five, he climbed up on the fence one day and was throwing sticks at Bentley. David caught him, went out and told him to cut it out and get off the fence. The kid unleashed a string of profanity at David like you can't believe, and told him he didn't have to do anything David or anybody else told him to do. "I'm my own boss", he said. The kids are generally dirty, they're loud and potty-mouthed, as well as disrespectful. In short, they're trashy people. It's a nice neighborhood, kind of a surprise that they're there, but they may be on a Section 8 deal, where the government is paying their rent. So, my kids are sandwiched between some very nice Nigerian people on one side, who are sweet folks, but cook horrible, stinky dried fish soup on a grill in the back yard - you can smell it when you turn down their street. They never mow their grass in the back - it's two feet high - (David mows their front yard), and on the other side he has the crown jewel of trashy white people. Sometimes you just can't win.

Possum, I'm glad you're finally feeling better. Nothing more pitiful than a sick little possum! Po' little thing! You know, I just almost never get a cold anymore. Haven't had one in several years. You know, there are only about 200 cold viruses. I think I've finally gotten old enough that I've about had them all, and am therefore immune. So look at it this way, Possum. You're one more cold down the line to total immunity!

Well, I think I feel a nap coming on. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

October 01, 2015 - Msg 102883: Wow, Romeena, was that dog a former fighter(as in dog fights)? Or just a plain, old ornery pooch?
We had a dog when we were kids that was very protective of the house and of our family, and was known to snap at any stranger who came too near. She certainly wasn't a killer though, and if a strange dog would come into the yard, if it was far enough away, Cougar(our dog) would bark at it viciously like there was no tomorrow. But if the dog came up to her, after some tense moments, they would get along.
I remember when Cougar made the mistake of snapping at my grandpa, who was a no-nonsense farmer.
Let's just say, she never snapped at him again, and after that she would quit barking the second she saw it was him coming through the door to visit.
They actually got along really well after that one incident, and he would even bring her treats when he would come down for a visit.

Hey guys, you want some more drama? I have a question to ask. Does a person have a right to be concerned, or even slightly upset, when their wife(or husband) is in Las Vegas for "business" and stays out until 3 in the morning(their time) at a nightclub, although she says(in text messages) how she is "beat" and complains first about how she doesn't know when her coworker will want to leave and she doesn't have any paper money for a cab, then later about how her coworker just met up with some friends she met at another convention in another state and so she is "stuck" hanging out while they talk and dance.
So I try to give her some suggestions, like she can use her credit card for the cab, or she should "hint" to the girl that it's getting late and she should go. But she never addressed those texts, and always seemed to have an excuse on why she "couldn't leave". Like then a guy who she works with and is friends with her wife, and who she knows I wouldn't be bothered by, came in and she was "stuck" talking to him while her coworker(and travelmate) spent time with her friends.

I was fine with all the other "business" parties she went to this week, one because she was pretty much forthright about them and also because she got in at a decent hour(usually around 10:30 ish - their time).
But this one seemed different, and while I understand she probably wanted to "let loose" and dance and have good time, and she probably was. I accept that. But it was the "protesting too much" as MDC referred to in another post on another subject but seemingly not wanting to do anything about it that started bothering me. It was always, "Hopefully we'll be leaving soon." That and the fact that she never went to any of these after-convention parties on her other trips, even to Vegas. Never seemed interested.

I don't know. Am I making a mountain out of a molehill, again? Or am I justified in my concern?
I don't know that it matters either way now.
I just don't think that a wife, or husband, should be out partying, especially in a place like Vegas, all hours of the night. And especially without their spouse. I thought she felt the same way. At least, that's how I thought the "new person" felt. The old wife wasn't a stranger to nightclubs. As I wasn't either. But now I don't want to step foot in one. And I know I especially wouldn't do it, that late, without my wife. But maybe that's just me.

-A tired Sterling Holobyte