Nobody asked me, but --
. . .It's so nice -- J.M. joins me in my sentiments about "The Very Thought of You," sung by the great and inimitable Billie Holliday, a terribly tragic girl.
. . .I cannot remember when I could not read. As I read over the years and would encounter a word that was unfamiliar I did not blame the writer. I went to the dictionary and looked the word up -- and the one after it and the one preceding it. Verbum sapienti satis est.
. . .It appears the opening gun in Largo's mayoral race next March may have been fired. A former commission member, rumored to relish the mayor's seat, had a scurrilous letter published in the Big Paper. Nasty stuff, ugh!
. . .The word is that the mayor of a former local village who made headlines over an election brouhaha some years ago is in line for a Circuit Court judgeship. Great connections, it is said, is the key.
. . .What's wrong with this picture? -- Sen. Chuck Hagel (Nebraska), who served in Vietnam combat, wants to stop getting our guys in Iraq killed; Sen. George Allen (Virginia), who never served in the Armed Forces, wants to keep sending your kids there to get killed and maimed.
. . .Anyone here know the nickname of my old pal Bobby Bragan who was a big leaguer back in the ‘40s and ‘50s? Bragan recently became the oldest guy to manage a ball team (a minor league outfit in Texas).
. . .Some of the things I never cared about -- diving board antics, skiing, basketball.
. . .Annulment for Catholics -- dubbed a "Vatican divorce" -- in most instances makes a liar out of the parties and a mockery of marriage.
. . .Pathetically laughable -- Hugh Hefner, a guy pushing 80, and looking every moment of it, posing with some delectables who wouldn't go near him if it weren't for the money and fame. Puck had it right -- "What fools these mortals be."
. . .I love Good and Plenty and once in a while go on a binge.
. . .No getting around it -- some people feel a stigma by having a Largo address. There are Largo residents who have, by the operation of the crazy post office, a Clearwater address, and they proclaim themselves to be exceedingly grateful for such.
. . .Speaking of the post office, the Largo branch continues to be a disaster area. At 10:30 a.m. recently, you could count the folks standing under the sign that says "Box Mail Available by 10 a.m."
. . .It's terribly unfair, but the image of Largo to those who refuse to believe otherwise is that it is a "trailer trash" town. Not true. It is a dynamic, exciting city that has grown by leaps and bounds and has progressed under the direction of City Manager Steve Stanton.
. . .Kudos to Fred Thomas (and his son, John) who hung in to pursue a good fight -- and prevail -- in their quest to be part of the Super Block on the southeast corner of East Bay and U.S. 19. Pinch-A-Penny will stay and that is better than a good thing.
. . .It took Shelby Foote 20 years to write his Civil War narrative. Sometimes it seems like it is going to take me 20 years to read it. Interrupted to read my old colleague Pat Furgurson's excellent work on the slaughter at Cold Harbor. The casualty figures were appalling.
. . .And, doggone it, why can't we sing Dixie anymore or fly that battle flag? ‘T'aint fair.
. . .Why is Congress involving itself in the sports and steroid subject? Where does all the interference end? Frankly, I don't care whether athletes use steroids or not. Unlike other illegal drugs, users of steroids don't bang folks over the head to get money to buy the junk.
. . .I get sickened by Motormouth Mathews' crocodile tears over the busted up kids from Iraq. When he had his chance in the Vietnam time he was found wanting. Like the sissy he is, he ducked into the Peace Corps.
. . .Organized baseball (read Bud Selig & Co.) should have nothing to say about the Hall of Fame. The Baseball Writers of America do the voting. Why does baseball interfere? Yes, Pete Rose should in the Hall. Furthermore, what is wrong with betting on your own team (except for the fact that baseball has a fetish against gambling per se)?
. . .I have long advocated getting rid of the jury system. It is corrupt and reduces a trial to persuading 12 not so brights instead of adducing cold, hard fact. The latest on the Michael Jackson jury revelations and, of course, the OJ debacle greatly bolster my argument.
. . .Lucky us -- we "dodged the bullet" (as one local expert puts it) with hurricanes named Irene, Jose and Katrina, none of which came within a day's drive of here.
. . .The damage done by Katrina is on the order of an artillery barrage and intense bombing. The worst ever in this country. For all the chicken littles around here -- that is what a hurricane looks like; not some wind, some rain and a few branches down.
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