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Record 1.... Jim Oglesby, 6-02-2000
Okay, Janice, here goes: Do you remember Daffy dogs at the
Record 2.... Grace Westerman, 6-08-2000 Hi everyone, I have been reading and reading and reading
Record 3.... Alan Forrester, 6-09-2000 I have been keeping up with all the wonderful memories that
Record 4.... Randall, 6-09-2000 Alan, knew you had it in you, a great post. Thank you for the
Record 5.... Randall, 6-11-2000 Church should be ending by now and I hope the preacher said
Record 6.... Randall, 6-17-2000 WOW! Never let it be said that it never rains in Bwood! How about
Record 7.... Jim Oglesby, 6-21-2000 Shades of yesteryear! You know you have 'arrived' when Riney
Record 8.... randall, 6-22-2000 Jim, I believe that song, the intro to Riney's show was MAD LAD.
Record 9.... Jim Oglesby, 6-23-2000 Randall, your memory is about as good as mine. It seems to me
Name: Jim Oglesby
Name: Grace Westerman
Name: Alan Forrester
Good evening dear friends:
Alan, knew you had it in you, a great post. Thank you for the memories awakened in me. Yes Grace, I remember you...well, this is not the time to lie. I remember you now. (sigh) A lot of great recall from your post as well. Jimmy, great, wonderful, as I expected. Janice, I expected nothing less from you. So much lost with time old friends, so much beauty blanketed by time and pressures of growing old. Yes, I'm feeling down. Been there for a couple of weeks. Why? Have no idea. My wife and I ran into James and Mary in Wal Mart last weekend. (I have a hilarious story about Mary's boy Chris to tell, but probably not here. Ask me at the reunion.) Anyway James asked why I had not written anything lately. See above please. He was asking me about a couple of streets behind East Ward...Galaxy and another unremembered one, but along the same line? Anyone remember weird street names in Bwood?
Elvis has a gentle song titled "Memories." Perhaps it should be our reunion theme song?
I too remember the pond in Coggin Park. Mom always complained my brother and I always managed to "fall in." This seemed to occur everytime we were close to water. I remember Dad planting a small Pecan tree in our front yard. Now it is huge. This section of Southside Drive was at one time a field. My uncle remembers hauling hay from it. At one time there were no, or darn few trees here. Now it is thick with growth, traffic.
Who can forget Willis Creek? We used to fish there and caught perch and small bass. Now it's a snooty area filled with ego pleasing homes for the rich and infamous. Probably not many fish either. Don, I guess it's the northie in me!
I remember sitting in the garage next door to our house and reading National Geographic magazines. They belonged to Dr. and Ms. Cravens who stored them in their garage. Ms. Cravens taught my children in South Ward only a few years ago. My love of the written word and adventure started then.
I remember one old, huge oak tree in Coggin Park and how we used to sit way up in it as teenagers at night and talk. About what Randall? Teenage boy talk, girls, Friday night and God knows what else?
I remember Dad stopping at a one room Bar-B-Que stand on the highway and buying supper as we returned from the lake. Now it's an immense place...Underwoods.
I remember the traffic circle and how the Tx Dot engineer who designed it fought for it's life several years ago...in vain. It was replaced by a common T intersection. Progress can be BS.
I remember the old library in town, the huge stone steps, huge columns of stone. The lady in charge, Ms. Dix used to let a young pimpled face boy explore the second floor as the urge to read devoured him. It was a grand place, dusty tomes of adventure and mystery, restricted to most, but she sensed the need in me. When I returned from the Navy, it was gone. Progress (see above for definition)
Memories? Good memories? Bad memories? Bet your buns! Memories are the regret of old men and the dreams of young men. Enough said on that.
Yesterday morning Tommy Freeland walked through the front door of NAPA. Knew him instantly, even after 35 years. More memories. Good to see you Tommy.
Goodnight Blue, where ever you are. I remember Sputnik and how he died.
I'm outta here.
Well, good day to everyone
Church should be ending by now and I hope the preacher said nothing offensive about you, your lifestyle or the necessity of purchasing fire retardant supplies. And...hopefully he didn't use me as a yardstick as how not to live ones life. :-) Just wanted to get that out of the way.
Dreams: Curse or blessing?
Dreams have followed me through life from day one I suppose. One related to the class of 1965 goes this way. I'm setting in a sun drenched classroom...and slowly become aware I've forgotten to put my pants on! (Yeah, I know what this one means.) AND, even more upsetting word is spreading throughout the class and the giggles begin. I usually wake up about then, grab the wine bottle, march to the bathroom and pour it out. Just kidding! I would never waste Ripple Red like that!
My last post mentioned an Elvis song Memories.
Last night it replayed in my dreams over and over. Perhaps, a momentary pause as I made my hourly trip to the BR. And the darn song would begin again. Drat! It's hard enough getting any sleep with a bladder the size of a thimble and now this darn song!!!
So I searched the web and found the lyrics. Something is lost as there is no music, but the words say a lot. About us and the time gone by.
Good afternoon friends
Happy Saturday everyone!
WOW! Never let it be said that it never rains in Bwood! How about that rain Wed night Bwood residents? For those away from Bwood, we receiver 8 to 9 inches of rain...in about four hours. Honest! A thunderstorm settled in over us about 2:30PM and, as Dad always said, "The bottom fell out!" It never moved off of the city and hammered (hammered?)us with thunder, lightning and buckets of rain till dawn!
Willis Creek flooded, forcing Southside Apartments to be evacuated. The Vicksburg, a retirement complex had a foot of water in all apartments. Fourth Street was a river draining more water into an area that did not need anymore water.
The Adams Branch, behind the Red Wagon Cafe also flooded causing several hours of detour among early morning commuters. The City of Bwood was closing streets left and right and dorkie drivers would slip past the barricades just as fast.
Both Vine and Austin Avenue underpasses flooded and were closed for a day or so. Made everyone aware of what will be the norm as the new AA overpass job kicks off. Bumper to bumper traffic on Third street.
It is so wet here that if 2 cows urinate at the same time on the Jim Ned watershed we may flood. Local radio DJ's handled the emergency with typical Bwood kool. Panic, bordering on hysteria. Advising everyone to stay home. "Your boss will certaintly understand." Yeah right! That'll work! "Please stay off the streets as driving is very dangerous." Gimme a break! There were VW's getting through town and since nearly every vehicle in Bwood is a pickup...what's the big deal? The Brown County Courthouse closed? Why? At 10:00 the sun was out and the water going down! But I understand, younger persons may not have experienced this kind of an event. To us, ah, oh, well, mature (?) adults, no big deal.
Wal Mart was difficult to get too, but a shopper is a shopper is a shopper. I know people who would parachute onto the roof for early morning shopping forays.
We have a pair of nesting Killdee's on our back lot. (No I don't know the Latin name for the species.) You know, the long-legged birds who lay their eggs in the middle of a parking lot? We have a pair sitting on an egg or two. I don't know how many, because I don't wish to disturd them. Next morning, both birds were still there, taking turns sitting on the nest. Did one sit on the eggs all night? Was the mate standing by, relieving every hour or so? 8" of rain in 4 hours is a lot of falling water! Would you do that for your mate?
Gotta go. Water heater problems
Randall "Web Toes" Henderson
Name: Jim Oglesby
Jim, I believe that song, the intro to Riney's show was MAD LAD. Right? At least that comes to mind. I also remember the "friction" between KEAN's Riney and Dallas Houston at KBWD.
My memory is a little fuzzy, but it seems both radio stations published a Top 40 list? And, someone, would destroy the other stations lists? Ring any bells?
Palace Drug has been mentioned. I remember walking with James Ray from Junior High every day for a chicken sandwhich and cherry lime soda. I don't believe I have had as good a meal since!
Speaking of Mr. Corvette...James Ray probably had the only '62 Chevy in Bwood, at the time capable of a "wheelie." There were at one time a picture or two of the event but they were lost. Might have been only an inch or so, but a wheelie is a wheelie is a wheelie. I remember one night at the Maid as a bunch of us listened as James Ray drove quite rapidly through South Bwood....well better get permission before I write the rest of this story!!! That's the bad thing about growing up and living in Bwood, the stories, my, my...that could be told!