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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Darren McGavin (1922 — 2006) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ [ Beloved Father in evergreen movie: "A Christmas Story" ] ~~~~~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #06b Published November 1, 2006 ~~~
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Quote for the Thanksgiving Month of November:

People united in spirit are always together.
Rudolf Steiner , 20th Century Austrian Philosopher

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1. November's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for November
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Lump Crabmeat in Avocado Salad
6. Poem Selected by BOBBY from Alexander Pope (1688-1744):"An Essay on Man"
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8. Commentary on the World
9. Closing Notes - our mailing list, locating books, unsubscribing to Digest
10. Gratitude

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This month Violet and Joey learn about the Ethics of Being Right.

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Each month we take time to thank two of our good readers of Good Mountain Press Digest, books and reviews. Here's our two worthy Honored Readers for this month. One of their names will be in the TO: address line of your email Digest notification. Our Honored Readers for November are:

Adele Matherne in New Orleans

George Parigian in Massachusetts

Congratulations, Del and George !

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Out Our Way:


On the first day of October while showering in the morning, this thought came to me, "There are no coincidences — only blessings from God." So it was no coincidence that we had a quiet Sunday. At noon I watched the Saints play football at the Panthers on TV. The Saints lost the game because they missed a field goal in the second half. Game ended 21-18 on a last minute TD by the Saints. Before then, the Panthers had been celebrating victory because the game was 21-10 with less than 2 minutes left. The Saints caught them flatfooted and scored a long pass for a TD followed by 2 point conversion, making it 21-18. Missed the onsides kick or they could have tied the game and won it in overtime. Not bad for a new team to be this savvy with their play calling and this skilled with their execution. In the last game of October, the Saints were to lose to the Ravens at home, their only home loss this season, 35-22. And they were driving for another TD when the game ended. This was a game of extraordinarily lucky plays and bounces of the ball for the Ravens. Next time they won't be so lucky. This is a Saints team to be reckoned with and the entire NFL and country will discover that over the course of the remainder of this season. With a record of 5-2 and 9 games to go, watch for some more fun, New Orleans-style, before the season is over in February. Note this fact: November 1 is ALL SAINTS DAY and is a state-holiday for Louisiana. It also represents the birthday of the New Orleans Saints NFL Football Club back in 1966, forty years ago exactly, this November 1, 2006. Note: During the middle of the month the Saints beat two good teams, Tampa Bay and the Philadelphia Eagles.


Our emergency vacation, we called it, began on Monday morning when I returned from PJ's Coffeshop about 10 am with my double latte and cranberry muffin, and called our timeshare company to confirm our reservations for the Smoky Mountains lodge on October 14. This time slot was the one we had scheduled for 2005, but Katrina put the kibosh on that and we had to re-schedule. That date stuck in my mind for two years. Well, I was in for a big surprise. When I re-scheduled Post Katrina the only week timeslot available was for September 30 through October 7. We were due two days earlier on Saturday! I called the Lodge and explained we'd be there the next day. I called Del and found that she had nine appointments she had to change before we could leave; I had only one. We made the decision to leave and she began changing appts and doing her errands and I began packing and securing the premises. Made arrangements with our next door neighbor, Ann, to feed the dogs, Steiner and Ita, while we were gone. By 1 pm or so we had the car packed and we rolled towards Gatlinburg. By 10 pm we had cleared Chattanooga and nestled ourselves into a Wingate Inn for a well-deserved good night's sleep. Then our emergency vacation took on another aura: our neighbor Ann called us on the cell phone to say that Ita (pronounced EEET-A) had been run over by a woman in a car in front of our house. The woman left Ita with her rear legs mangled, wailing on the street. A young man saw what happened and stopped his car to take care of Ita in her dying moments. Ann came out when she saw what happened, called the pound, and called us. By the time she got us, the animal shelter had sent a vehicle to pick Ita up and she was dead. That night Steiner moaned aloud for Ita, his companion for her entire lifetime span of about three years. I called our friend Brian and he came over to check on Steiner and decided to take him to his house till we returned. We are so thankful for the young man who attended Ita in her last moment, for Ann who called us, and for Brian who took Steiner into his home and cared for him till we returned. Steiner is resilient and is doing fine. Got a clean bill of health from his vet, John Wayne in October. We will miss you, Eetie! You were a fine little doggie who brought so much joy and happiness into Steiner's and our lives while you lived. We love you.


Our Wingate suite was so large it seemed to take forever to walk from the bath to the bed in the dark. The breakfast buffet the next morning was also great. They had an automatic waffle maker with prepared batter. Just pour it in and take it out when it beeps. Was delicious and the heart-shaped quadrant were pretty as well.

From Chattanooga we headed north a couple of hours through Townsend into Cade's Cove. On the long drive through the Cove, we met a young man from Iceland, Solvee, who stopped to ask us how to get to Cherokee, N. Carolina. He was so lost that I gave him the $1 map I had just bought from the Smoky's Ranger which would show him how to get out of the Cove and onto the right road. He demurred my offer, but I said, "Take it as an expression of our American hospitality." We drove into the central area of the Cove and I wanted us to hike up the Abram Falls' trail, but Del needed a public convenience more private than a tree, so we passed up the Abram Falls' exit. Will have to wait for next time we go that way. As we visited Cades Cove settlement I noticed a sign with the big letters, "BOB WAS HERE", and since I was here at the time, I had Del take a couple of photos of me with the sign. As she was setting up to take the photos, I read the sign only to find that BOB was a criminal! He had defaced the National Park by writing "Bob was here" on a building or rock and he had been fined $200 for doing so. Well, it was too late for me to stop the photo, but most people only look at photos anyway and will likely only read the large print. Right?

On the way out of the Cove, the traffic came to a standstill for a half hour or so. We eventually learned that three large black bears were in the top of a large tree in the middle of the meadow at left, about 100 feet from the road. I got several photos of the bear at the top from the car. Couldn't stop too easily and there were few places left to park. Later I got a great shot of a deer close the edge of the forest from my window. That one is a gem. Look for photos of the bear at the top of the tree and the deer.

We drove back to Townsend and into Pigeon Forge where we looked for the entrance and crossover to the Westgate Condos. It was called Little Smoky Rd. My map was helpful, but it didn't name the crossover. We checked in at 301-13 about dusk. Del complained bitterly about the room's location because of the heavy construction out our back door. It did no good. We were late and got the last open unit. We drove to Gatlinburg for supper and a view of the town. Looks newer now than it did back in the 1960s when I went there so often. Ate at a mediocre Seafood Restaurant, which cured us of eating in town thereafter. Not bad, just not good. We found a pancake place just inside Gatlinburg the next morning, and ate at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Pigeon Forge the rest of eating out times. We hiked the next two days and brought along sandwiches with us to eat along the trails.


On Wednesday, we decided to do the Smokies high elevations where the fall colors were in near full bloom. Drove to Clingman's Dome and took lots of photos of the area which is getting restored from the devastation which decimated the large fir trees along the parking area. There were lots of trees with large bright bunches of red berries on them. The clumps of red resembled large Christmas tree ornaments and gave a festive air to the entrance to the path to the tower.

We stopped on the way down from Clingman's Dome to photo the color at Newfound Gap. Then we drove to the trail head for our hike to Laurel Falls. Along the way we jumped a wild turkey on the side of the road. It looked like a tall heron to me at first, but when I realized it was a turkey, we did a U-turn to look for it again. We found that it had crossed the road with a turkey friend and was eating off the bushes just past the shoulder. I was able to get a couple of photos of them without spooking them away first. In over forty years of visiting the Smoky Mtns, this was the first time that I'd ever seen a wild turkey.

We enjoyed our trip to Laurel Falls. The colors were vibrant and there were lots of places to sit and relax as well as take photos. On the way down from the Falls, Del was taken by the prospect of the forest glade down the side of the trail and called my attention to it. I turned my glance to the right and turn my ankle at the same time. It was a sprain, but I was able to walk unassisted. It hurt only a bit and I made it back to the car with no further problems. The ankle hurt enough to make the twice as long hike to Alum Cave Bluffs the next day seem unlikely.


When I woke up, the heavy construction directly below the condo was going on again and that nurtured our resolve to be away from the condo during the daylight hours while they worked on completing the Splash Arena for indoor swimming, sliding, and other forms of water-based gaiety by residents of the large array of faux log-cabin condo units. We knew those were faux logs because we could see the half logs being applied to the concrete sides of the building. Plus, I realized that my two ankles felt equally good, so I told Del, "Let's hike to Alum Cave Bluffs." I had never been on that trail on any of my many other hiking trips to the Smoky Mtns and this seemed the right time to do it. It's about 2.5 miles up a rise of 1,340 feet or about 400 meters. Since 400 seemed so much lower than 1,340, we decided to hike it in meters instead of feet. Our feet were just as sore when we were done nonetheless.

We packed some water and peanut butter sandwiches and drove up to the parking area for the head of the Alum Cave Bluffs trail. The trail followed a wonderful stream for the first mile or so and then diverged from the stream to head up the ridge trail to the bluffs area. We had just begun hiking up the trail when we met a hiker at the beginning of the trail who introduced himself as George "Buzz" Kiefer, a retired judge from New Orleans. He had a large Nikon digital camera and tripod and he was taking a photo of the creek flowing past the trail. It looked like such a good shot that I took one of the same scene. (See photo of Buzz at right and photo that he had lined up at left.)

About halfway up, we climbed stairs cut into the rock and held onto a cable in the walls of a natural Archway. It was dark and wet, but one needed to transverse the Archway to get to the Cave up above. We encountered mushrooms and snails on the forest floor alongside the trail. We hiked along a high ridge with an excellent view of the surrounding mountain ridges on all sides of us. The fall color was on display everywhere. Since most of the hike took place above 3,000 feet we were in the midst of color that would not be prominent at the lower elevations for a week or so after we had left the Smokies.

Along the trail we met many hikers with full backpacks who were headed up to the lodge on the peak of Mt. LeConte. It was a trip I had made once when I was 22 and one that I would like to do again someday. There is a fairly level hike, albeit 8 miles long that goes from Newfound Gap to Mt. LeConte. I'll check over the elevation difference and we might do a one-way hike to the Lodge and then come down the Rainbow Falls trail to Cherokee Orchard outside Gatlingburg. That trail goes mostly all down and down makes for a much easier hike than up. As we found out when we later retraced our steps down from Alum Cave Bluffs.

At the top we had a couple of treacherous places to traverse, but these had cables anchored in the side of the mountain so there was no danger so long as we didn't clown around and we used common sense. The area for sitting at the base of Alum Cave Bluffs was all taken and Del was exhausted, we sat down at the base of the cave a bit lower where we had an excellent view to take photos. Not as excellent as some photos I've seen on postcards, but I now know that those distant views had to be taken from an airplane or helicopter, because the trail gave no such wide-angle prospects of the cave.

The hike down was delightful and my ankle held up very well for the entire hike. We arrived back at the condo exhausted. Took a jacuzzi in the tub and then headed to Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Pigeon Forge for some home cooking.


Woke up rested in our own bed and got ready for Les Aimes du CODOFIL Rive Ouest monthly breakfast at LeBlanc's Restaurant on Lafayette Street a few miles from Timberlane. Another bon temps for all present. Lots of French-speaking and Cajun songs to sing as we recalled our Cajun-french speaking heritage together with some scrambled eggs, grits, pain perdu, sausage, fried boudin balls, hogshead cheese, cracklins and hot café au lait steaming in mugs. Laiche pas la potat, Cher!

Away from Tiger Stadium, LSU fumbled away opportunity after opportunity to beat a team which they outmatched at every position except quarterback. They are looking more and more like the Brooks-led Saints while the Saints are looking more like the Saban-toothed Tigers. QB Russell continues to get flustered when playing against a good team and the entire LSU squad falls apart. Losses to Auburn and Florida in two imminently winnable games are the only ones of this season. Hope Matt Flynn gets the call next year or at least that Ryan Perriloux won't be learning all of Russell's moves. The next day the New Orleans Saints came from behind to beat a good Tampa Bay team.


I called Wayne at AAA Appliances and asked him about the water leaking from fridge. He said check if ice has formed at bottom of freezer. It had. That's due to drain hole being clogged by ice. Most frequent repair he's had to make since Katrina, he added. I removed the three screws which holds the dam in place and cleared away the ice. Then unplugged hole and added some bleach to clean it up and keep it that way. Seems to have worked.

Then I got the pruner and chopped the downed bamboo in half at the curbside for pickup by the trash men. Got the ladder and pole chainsaw to cut a large oak limb down the rest of the way. I had cut it days earlier halfway through, and again I cut till I was tired and got down. A minute or so later the limb gently set itself down, leaving our trellised arch untouched and the avocado tree still in good shape. I began to prune everything I could from the fallen limb and waited for Del to come home to begin pulling the pieces of pruned limbs out to the street . While she was doing that I continued to cut away the larger limbs with the chainsaw. I was tossing them behind me while she was gone, so when she got in back of me, I didn't know she was there. I continued throwing the limbs behind and one of them hit her in the head well over her left eyebrow near her hairline. She was in intense pain and quickly put an ice pack on it. The pain went down and she slept peacefully. It only hurts when she laughs she said on Tuesday morning as I typed this. I cleared away all but the large trunk and will crank up the Farm Boss to take that away later today. Darn pull-cord on the Stihl broke and I had to take it to Theriot's to be repaired.

After supper a few days later, it was a tad cool and I took the chance to finish the oak tree trimming. I wanted to remove the last long limbs which were blocking the sun from the purple bougainvillea vine. I sat on the edge of the roof and used the pole saw. Used the cut-as-far-as-I-can then waited for the tree limb to fall. Same process worked on two other large limbs. I then pruned the small limbs and then removed the big trunk. Later I sawed the big trunks and hauled them out the street before it got too dark. Del helped me by hauling out the small pieces. Had outside lights on at the end, but we were completely done with the oak tree trimming for another year. Katrina did the major trimming for free for us last year.

One additional work we had done was getting the chimney swept and the flashing on the chimney where it abuts the bricks re-caulked. Once that was once, I was able later to replace some boards under the overhang which had gotten a tad warped from the minor leak.


Del has begun doing Nei-Kung exercises with me. These are internal Tai-Chi exercises. Twelve yin and twelve yang ones which are designed to promote longevity and strengthen the ligaments in one's joints. My recent experience with a turned ankle which healed over night during our Smoky Mtn trip confirmed for us the efficacy of the Nei-Kung exercises which I have been doing more or less regularly for almost thirty years. I've been doing by rote, but with Del joining me, I thought it was a good time for me to type up the exercises and get some figures ready to show the positions for each move. The descriptions are ready to post on the Internet, but the figure diagrams need some more work. I did some Google searches of the Internet and found lots of sites talking about Nei-Kung and offering classes in it, but none that contained simple descriptions of how to do the exercises. Apparently the school is now closed which published in the early 1970s the materials I was using that had been re-xeroxed many times over and was almost indecipherable, so making the exercises available over the Internet would be useful.

Del has been recovering quite well from all of her shoulder and back problems thanks to the work and advice of a competent chiropractor, a massage therapist, and a Feldenkrais worker. The daily Nei-Kung exercises will help to prevent any future problems with her knees, shoulder joints, elbows, ankles and wrists, plus help keep her immune system active and stimulating her lymph nodes.


Friday the 13th found us heading to a CODOFIL Fund-Raising Event in downtown New Orleans. The Soirée en Ville was in the ballroom on the fourth floor of an elegant building fronting on Lafayette Square. I had on my new tuxedo black tie outfit and got at least one compliment on "looking sharp". My Hahnville High School classmate, Rose Ann Loupe was there and we had a nice talk. She helped fellow classmate and CODOFIL VP Anna Keller out a whole bunch to get the event together. Neither of us could believe it'll be 50 years in two short years that we will have graduated from HHS in 1958. A class of 75 Seniors who made up in quality what we lacked in quantity.

Met Pauline Bujold from Nova Scotia, a cousin or second cousin of the actress, Geneviève Bujold, Pauline is a great artist and brought down from Canada a large wall-sized painting called "Passage" which depicts the treacherous passage of the Acadians who were deported from Acadia by sea voyage. The tumultuous sea is tossing high and in the upper portions you can see in the wave forms the spirits of our ancestors who didn't survive the voyage hovering above the rising waves. She gave me a long description of the painting and its symbolism.

The other highlight of the event was a presentation to Jimmy C. Newman of the Prie de Louisiane award, a glass plaque of Louisiana engraved with his name. He was on the radio during the 1950s doing Cajun, Pop, Rock, and other songs. Most famous for doing the original version of "Laiche pas la potat". He was also presented with a portrait of himself by artist Sandra Keller.

Best of the food items was Paul Prudhomme's shitake mushroom and leeks soup. I'll use the shitake mushrooms in my next leeks-mushroom soup to see what that does for the flavor.


After this event, we drove to Metairie where our oldest grandson became street legal — able to drink liquor in barrooms or on the street legally. Chris was given a surprise 21st birthday party by his girl friend Carrie at the Daquiries-n-Creams on Green Acres and Vets at 8 pm. We got there about 9 pm after the surprise, but all three of our adult Bayhi grandkids were there. Chris and Carrie, Tiffany and John, Anthony and Jennifer. Tiffany looked radiant and beautiful. Definitely a late-blooming Bayhi lady. Must be because she is really happy right now in her life. Our oldest daughter Maureen also looked radiant and definitely in control of her life. The music was too loud to talk comfortably so we didn't stay long, but I got some great photos of the gang and Chris's birthday cake with "Papa Smurf" and a blue pickup truck on it. I asked him why the name and he said, "I'm always late and I drive a blue truck." Must be a Smurf joke I'm not familiar with. Made me and Del both feel proud to be their grandparents. I told Del when we got into the car to leave, "I wouldn't have raised those kids as Maureen did, but she sure did a bang-up job doing it her way."


I watched my first LSU football game broadcast live in streaming video on the left-side Gateway monitor on my PC while doing work on the right side. I even uploaded photos to while the game was playing with no degradation of performance. Cost to me was only $10 since I already belonged to the Geaux Zone, and only $15 to others. It was only available in Louisiana and Kentucky, the two teams' home states. LSU was leading 28 to 0 at half time. I hoped Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux would get some time with the first string in the second half. They did. Russell came in and LSU took a 35-0 lead. Matt Flynn took over, followed by Perrilloux. Final was 49-0 with UK playing against LSU subs most of the rest of the game and still unable to score.

Jim and Gina, the newlyweds, came in at the beginning of the second half of the LSU-UK game. Our son, Jim, was able to watch it along with me. He said that he'd have come earlier if he'd known I had the game on. His great love in sports is Baseball and LSU football. Gina, his new bride, was radiant. Never saw her so happy in all the six or more years we've known her. She is using her maiden name LeBeouf at work since she didn't want to be a Human Relations Manager named "Hatchett". Having a name like Hatchett causes some interesting reactions. We couldn't get a guy at Disneyland to believe we had a son named Stoney Hatchett back around 1982 or so when Stoney got separated from us in the amusement park. "Come on, lady, you're kidding," he told Del, but eventually made the call and we found Stoney at the Lost and Found area enjoying an ice cream cone.

The next morning was Sunday and I made Jim and Gina some Pain Perdu (pahn-per-doo) or French Toast from French bread and the recipe and photos will be in an upcoming Digest. Look for it. The main reason I made it was because one breakfast in a Gatlinburg restaurant I ordered French Toast and I could still taste the eggs in it! Obviously made from someone who never tasted good French Toast in their life! After the newlyweds left for home with goodies from our excess furniture annex (the garage), we dressed for the Saints-Eagles gang. Our good friends Gail and Jim Webb joined J. B. Borel and Del and me for the game. Stoney and family gave us their three tickets. It was a great game and we yelled ourselves silly until the Saints won. At 5-1, we're thinking playoff game in the works.


On Monday after the busy Saints game day, Del and I got the house and guest room ready for Beverly's visit and talk to the CODOFIL meeting. I processed my photos from the busy weekend till she showed up about 4 pm. Riley Boudreaux, and his wife, Emily Matherne Boudreaux, showed up with Beverly. Emily and Riley live in Lutcher, but eat out five nights a week, often in New Orleans. Del set a beautiful table in the dining room and I fixed a mandala salad to accompany the crawfish eggplant dressing. Then we drove to Rosie's where she and Lou were waiting for us. She cut us each a piece of her delicious pound cake, which we enjoyed out on her patio in the twilight as the egrets, herons, and ibises began arriving in droves and landing in Rosie's tree across the canal. For some 20 years the birds have been coming, but it was only after Katrina that the screen of trees she had planted to block the construction of a church was completely blown down and she was able to enjoy the sight of the birds in the huge live oak tree. Everyone was enthralled by the majestic sight of the large white birds coasting in, sometimes as many as 24 or more at one time. It was a thrill which came over and over again in waves of new arrivals.

We got to the CODOFIL Meeting a few minutes ahead of time. President JB had pulled the podium out and the amplifier lost its speaker wires. I found the broken speaker wires and re-connected them to the 16 ohm speaker connections where they had been previously. Beverly talked about her writing in Cajun French and she did several blues songs in Cajun from her Le Blues Braillant (The Blues Crying) album. She did "Rosa Parks" and "Tobacco Man" (who smoked Picayunes — cigarettes with perique tobacco in them — and drank Jax Beer). I told her later in the morning that on the CD it sounded like "Jazz" instead of Jax. The "x" sound did not come out very well and sounded like an "S". She did the "Selling my Snow-blowing Machine" and then she searched for another one. I suggested the "Maman marchon comme le vent dance" (Mama walk like the wind dance), and she did that one, too, in English and then in French.

She brought photos of her month long stay in France in a village near where Cadillac was born and raised, the French explorer who discovered Detroit. "Funny," I told her later, "I thought it was Detroit who created the Cadillac, not Cadillac who created Detroit." Pontiac, she said, was an Indian who had some French in him and as a Chief took the French name Pontiac, also from the same Armagnac region as Cadillac. Brignac, and any -ac names come from that region.

Rosie won the 50-50 drawing. I met Randy Theriot, Gary's younger brother. He was born in 1951, so he would have been a baby or a small boy when I last saw him before we moved away from Westwego in 1955. I told my dad, Buster, about Randy and asked him how he knew Gary and Randy's father. He said that they worked together at Autin Packing Co in Houma back around 1940. The company was not paying them properly and they filed suit and won a judgment from the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) and with Buster's money he moved to Westwego, got a new job at Publiker Alcohol Co at its Nine Mile Point Plant and used the money from the suit, all $300 of it to buy land and build a brand new house for his burgeoning family. My sister Marie was his firstborn in the summer of 1939 but died after about 24 hours, and I was the second born, in the summer of 1940. Within a year or so, I was living in a brand new house at 566 Avenue F. I took a photo of it recently when I passed by to check how it fared through Katrina and Rita. Still looks great, only seems much smaller than I recall from my preteen years.


Seems each month brings more work at Timberlane. This month brought the first rain in a long time and I heard a little pitty-pat on the suspended ceiling in the kitchen. I went into attic and found the leak, fashioned a funnel and placed it over a gallon jug to catch the drip. The next day I went up on the roof and found that the roofing company, Matise Roofing, had left a large gap above the kitchen's oven vent as it went through the roof. The water pooled in a heavy rain and flowed under the roofing tiles into the kitchen. A liberal seal of roofing cement took care of the problem much faster than waiting for a roofer to come out.

While I was at the hardware store on Lapalco getting some roofing cement, cement caulk, and Plumber's Goop for repairs, I asked the clerk if she knew anyone who could fix chain saw. I got this look and this non-responsive response, "It'll take 6 weeks." I explained that she did not answer my question, and she simply repeated her non-response. I'll never go to that store again.

I drove down to Paul's Outdoor Equipment repair shop and the clerk there gave me instructions to Theriot's in Westwego on Westwood, a block to river from Expwy. I drove there and they are a Snapper and Stihl dealer and repair center. Saw a nice new Snapper like mine for $1199, manual with no hopper. I paid $999 for mine, but the hopper adds about three hundred dollars more. The electric starter is $1400, and it is the smallest model riding mower made with electric starter.

I left the Stihl with a deposit for $15 and asked them to fix the pull starter and sharpen the chain saw. They said it would be about 3 weeks. In the afternoon Del came home and we drove to Meyer the Hatter at 120 St. Charles, where Del bought me a crushable felt fedora for only $47. Looks great on me. When I stopped by A&P to buy shrimp for the stuffed eggplant dish and fresh flowers for Timberlane, my favorite flower lady Etta raved about how great I looked and wanted to know where I was going. "Buying flowers for your girl-friend?" She asked. "Yes, Del," I replied.


Our grand-daughter Tiffany had called me and invited me to her six-year-old son Ben's football game. She said, "Granpa, you gotta see them play. They look like midgets crawling over the field. When one of them falls down with all the pads and helmet on, sometimes they can't get up on their feet again!" So on one Tuesday, Del and I drove to Harahan and found the only playground with lights on along Hickory Road and Ben was on the field. Our grandson Gabe saw us while I was calling Tiffany's cell to say we were looking for them. When we got to where everybody was, we met Teva, John's mom and also his sister. Then I saw Carl Huber and went over and got a hug from him. Who's the big guy next to him, I thought. I asked him his name. It was Nick, Ben's father! He had grown up into a man from the boy he was when I last saw him only three years or so ago. When I told him that, he was nonplused, said people often tell him that. He seemed comfortable in his skin and amazingly adult. Works in the contracting section of Home Depot with the home builders. Good responsible job and serenely happy, maybe for the first time in his life. Enjoyed watching his son Ben playing football. Told Carl to give Laura our love. Del worked with Laura many years ago in a healthcare company.

John, Tiffany's husband, came to field from work and soon Maureen and Steve showed up. Was a great family gathering. As big as any kid's football gathering we've been to. Got to take photos of both Ben and Aven my two great-grandsons. Nobody was too interested in the game nor did anybody know exactly what the score was, except maybe Nick, whose son was on the field. We all just talked and enjoyed each other's company. My first great-grandson playing football, another FIRST!


When LSU has an afternoon game, I often sit in the Screening Room and put all the TV games on the six different screens while waiting for the LSU game to start. Sometimes, I will watch the endings of the other games that are still going when the LSU game is over. But what to do when LSU plays Open Date? After all that game is never televised. Lack of interest, I suppose.

So I did all the pending work on my backlog of "To Be Done Whenever the Weather is Great and LSU has Open Date" List. First I cleaned out eaves vents, especially AC drip vent which wasn't rusted through after all. Took another one off and hosed it out and decided to simply hose the rest to open up the vents to air while they were still on the eaves. Only a small amount of water spray gets into the attic and will dry up immediately. Also fixed and caulked the board under the South Portico overhang where the chimney's flashing on the roof leaked before it was caulked a week ago by the chimney man. Took off the corner molding and the 54 X 5 inch piece and cut two matching pieces from the white plywood. Used double thickness to match the piece I took off. Looks great and with the caulking, it doesn't need any paint job! While the white caulking can was open, I used it to seal a couple of places in my bathroom around the tub.

After that I began mulching the left center garden after yard men finished the shoveling. Took a break while one of them cleaned out the tiller so I could finish up the job. With the Plumber's Goop, I re-attached the molding to the lower side of Del's car and re-sealed the passenger door gasket which kept coming loose, up until now. Plumbers Goop to the rescue again. It was quite a fixit day for the Maintenance Man today. Finished up the day by cutting the East and West Portico lawns after the yardman had done a great job on the edging.


Okay, the Saints lost a second game. This time to the Ravens in a game where everything went the Ravens way. The bounces of the ball, the tipping of passes in Raven's hands, fumbles, and interceptions for easy TD's. In spite of a commanding lead facing them, the Saints were on the way to victory when the game ended and closed it to a respectable 35-22. Our friends and Katrina evacuees, Annette and George Dorko, are visiting in town from their new home outside of Hot Springs, Arkansas. We have some plants in buckets for them to take back with.

It's been another busy month out our way and hope all's well out your way. Till next month when, God willing, we meet in these pages, may the Good Lord Bless and Keep You.


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    Movies we watched this past month:

    Notes about our movies: Many of the movies we watch are foreign movies with subtitles. After years of watching movies in foreign languages, Arabic, French, Swedish, German, British English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages, sometimes two or three languages in the same movie, the subtitles have disappeared for us. If the movie is dubbed in English we go for the subtitles instead because we enjoy the live action and sounds of the real voices so much more than the dubbed. If you wonder where we get all these foreign movies from, the answer is simple: NetFlix. For a fixed price a month they mail us DVD movies from our on-line Queue, we watch them, pop them into a pre-paid mailer, and the postman effectively replaces all our gas-consuming and time-consuming trips to Blockbuster. To sign up for NetFlix, simply go to and start adding all your requests for movies into your personal queue. If you've seen some in these movie blurbs, simply copy the name, click open your queue, and paste the name in the Search box on NetFlix and Select Add. Buy some popcorn and you're ready to Go to the Movies, 21st Century Style. You get to see your movies as the Director created them — NOT-edited for TV, in full-screen width, your own choice of subtitles, and all of the original dialogue.
    P. S. Look for HD/DVD format movies which are now available from NetFlix.
    Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise ignore.):
    “Art School Confidential” (2006) This is an amazing look inside the activities of an art college with no holds barred. A little murder mystery and surprise ending slapped over the Gesso.
    “Donny Darko” (2001) (2nd Viewing) A dark movie of a troubled high school boy who spends his nights sleeping on roads, golf courses, etc. He encounters a book on Time Travel and uses it to save the whole world from ending by creating a Tangent Universe. When he succeeds, there is a surprise waiting. Liked it better the second time around. (See also Digest26)
    “Take the Lead” (2006) Banderas in an amazing portrayal of Pierre Dulaine who brought ballroom dancing to school systems beginning with the incorrigibles in the detention hall. A Don’t Miss Hit!
    “Rabbit-proof Fence” (2002) runs the length of Australia to keep rabbits from farmlands and it was also a homing beacon for Molly, Daisy, and Gracie when they decided to walk 1200 miles back home to Jigalong from a concentration camp for half-castes run by do-gooder Aussies trying to help half-caste aborigines turn white in three generations. An amazing story of fortitude by three subteen girls who befuddled the authorities and lived to tell us their story.
    “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) This adaptation of Ken Kesey’s classic is terrific, even after 31 years. Kesey’s book changed forever the way psychiatry is done. No more shock treatments or lobotomies just to make patients easy for domineering staff to handle. A Don’t Miss Hit!
    “Man on the Moon” (2000) Jim Carrey portrays the life of Andy Kaufman in as zany a way as Andy lived it. Danny DeVito plays Andy’s agent and is missing from the scenes of shooting “Taxi”. Resurrection Scene on stage at Carnegie Hall is not to be missed, as is this whole movie. Hallelujah! A Don’t Miss Hit.
    “Secretary” (2002) A woman who mutilates herself is released from a mental hospital and returns home to her so-called sane family who soon drive her to mutilating herself again. It is her only safety valve from the imitation sanity of her home. Until she meets a guy who is as crazy as she is and soon she no longer needs to mutilate herself. A sharp, hard look at what masquerades as sanity and crazy in the real wurld. “Oops, I misspelled a word. Are you going to spank me?” A Hit on the Fanny!
    “Water” (2005) An 8-yr-old girl Chuyia becomes a widow without ever meeting her husband and is doomed to live in a widow’s enclave among decrepit women who were languishing there. It is a story of how one widow broke free from the life imprisonment and found love and happiness again for a short time.
    “The Gift” (2000) (2nd Viewing) Cate Blanchett has clairvoyant visions and shares them to help others and support her children after her husband’s death at the local factory after she warned him not to go to work. She has to endure abuse from the abusive husband of a woman she helped and her life is threatened by a murder case she helps to solve. Great look at one of Cate’s first Hollywood movies with lots of recognizable faces and, er, bodies.
    “Sound of Music” (1965) Another watch of this story set in Salzburg is recommended for travelers to Austria. Enjoyed it as much as my last full viewing of it at the Union Theater in North Attleboro with my full set of kids.

    Misses (Avoid At All Costs): We attempted to watch these this month, but didn't make it all the way through on most of them. Awhile back when three AAAC horrors hit us in one night, I decided to add a sub-category to "Avoid at All Costs", namely, A DVD STOMPER. These are movies so bad, you don't want anyone else to get stuck watching them, so you want to stomp on the disks. That way, if everyone else who gets burnt by the movie does the same, soon no copies of the awful movie will be extant and the world will be better off.

    Perfume (2001) A Stinker! Host of familiar faces showing their butts. Reaches new heights of shallowness in portraying the advertising and modeling business.
    “Alice in Wonderland” (1951) Disney took an intelligently silly classic and turned it into a abysmally silly musical with little resemblance to the original. A DVD STOMPER!
    “Wonderland” (2003) A docudrama based on the last years of John Holmes as a porn star and coke head in Hollywood. Bloody scenes of carnage, so send the kids to bed. Better yet, send yourselves to bed and avoid this DVD Stomper altogether.

    Your call on these — your taste in movies may differ, but I liked them:

    “Finding Nemo” (2004) A continuous Hollywood message about their so-called evils of fishing. Personified fish with human feelings about splitting up a family portrayed in cartoon fashion. Nemo becomes the Natalie Holloway of the animal kingdom, except he is found and reunited with his father.
    “Lawn Dogs” (1997) is the Lawnmower Man with a heart. is the Lawnmower Man with a heart. Country boy cuts grass at country-club set’s homes, befriends a 10-year-old girl, and betrays upper class hypocrisy. Some thing karmic happens between the two. Be prepared for the worst, but it may not come. Do watch the whole movie.
    “Twelve Chairs” (1970) and one turkey, Mel Brooks. If you think you’ve seen all Mel’s movies, but missed this one, here’s your chance to see Dom Deluise looking older than Frank Langella in this ludicrous romp through the Polish countryside. It’s “Spaceballs” without space, “Blazing Saddles” without saddles, and the “Producers” without Gene Wilder. Mel at his zany worst.
    “Le Divorce” (2003) (2nd Viewing) Worth a second look at the meshing of mores of American girls and French men, also a look inside the French laws of property. The Louvre won’t hang a painting, even if by a famous French painter if it once hung in an American attic. An American girl won’t go back home to America if she has to explain why her French husband left her. This movie doesn’t go any deeper than the sexual organs. YC (See also Digest53)

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    Nonc Boudreaux and Tante Alice [tahn' tah lees'] have been taking their nephew T-Paul with them to the Lafayette Shrimp & Petroleum Fest every year for ten years, ever since he was three. And every time they pass by the "Biplane Rides $10" sign, T-Paul asks to go on it. "Please, Nonc, can I go?" Boudreaux would always look at the sign and says "Mais, non! Dat cost $10, and $10 is $10."

    Finally, this year, the pilot took pity on T-Paul and said, "Tell you what. I'll take you, your aunt, and your uncle up for free. Only thing is this: if you complain, it'll cost you $10. Okay?"

    They all agreed. The pilot pulled all the acrobatic tricks he knew: steep dives, barrel rolls, loops, and spins, etc. After he landed the sturdy biplane, T-Paul got out the plane first, and the pilot said, "Well — I see you didn't complain."

    T-Paul replied, "I almost said something when Tante Alice fell out of the plane during a barrel roll, but $10 is $10."

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    5. RECIPE of the MONTH for November, 2006 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
    (click links to see photo of ingredients, preparation steps)
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    Lump Crabmeat in Avocado Salad

    Background on Lump Crabmeat in Avocado Salad: Quick, easy-to-make, and delicious.


    8 oz Lump Crabmeat
    1 TBSP Wishbone Italian Dressing
    1/4 Lime

    1 ripe avocado
    1 green onion
    Pieces of Purple Cabbage
    1 cucumber
    1 tsp shrimp powder
    1/4 tsp ground Herbs de Provence
    Season with sea salt, Malabar pepper, and a dash of Tony’s Seasoning.

    Chop the green onions and put aside.
    Halve and peel the avocado
    Slice the cucumber as shown. Leave some peeling on and run fork tines over the outside before slicing.
    In a separate bowl, add the crabmeat, Wishbone dressing, sprinkle the shrimp powder and herbs, and mix thoroughly.

    Place each half avocado in a separate serving dish, decorate with purple cabbage, add half of crabmeat over each avocado. Place cucumbers around as shown in photo and rub a tiny amount of white vinegar over each using thumb. Sprinkle the juice of a quarter lime over the crabmeat right before serving.

    Chop the green onions and put aside.
    Halve and peel the avocado
    Slice the cucumber as shown. Leave some peeling on and run fork tines over the outside before slicing.
    In a separate bowl, add the crabmeat, Wishbone dressing, sprinkle the shrimp powder and herbs, and mix thoroughly.

    Place each half avocado in a separate serving dish, decorate with purple cabbage, add half of crabmeat over each avocado. Place cucumbers around as shown in photo and rub a tiny amount of white vinegar over each using thumb. Sprinkle the juice of a quarter lime over the crabmeat right before serving.

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    6. POETRY Selected by BOBBY from Alexander Pope (1688-1744):
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                             An Essay on Man

    Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
    The proper study of mankind is man.
    Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
    A being darkly wise, and rudely great:
    With too much pride for the skeptic side,
    With too much weakness for the stoic's pride,
    He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest;
    In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast;
    In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
    Born but to die and reasoning but to err;
    Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
    Whether he thinks too little or too much;
    Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
    Still by himself abused, or disabused;
    Created half to rise, and half to fall;
    Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
    Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled;
    The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!

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    7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for November:
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    And for my Good Readers, here’s the new reviews and articles for this month. The ARJ2 ones are new additions to the top of A Reader’s Journal, Volume 2, Chronological List, and the ART ones to A Reader’s Treasury.

    1.) ARJ2: The Soul's Awakening, 4th Mystery Drama by Rudolf Steiner

           This fourth and final play of the four mystery dramas presents the culmination of the events foreshadowed in the earlier three plays, which should be read or reviewed before proceeding with the review of this play. The list of beings (humans, spirits, etc) includes most of those encountered already in the first three plays, but many of the humans are in spiritual form. The time of the events are about one year following the end of The Guardian of the Threshold.       

    At one point in the play, Capezius notices a change in Johannes and confronts him. If one experiences a bleed-through from a previous lifetime, it can happen during times of quiet musing and the conflation of the two lifetimes can lead one into error.

    [page 35] Capezius:
    Johannes, tell me frankly, did you not
    just now when you were lost in quiet musing,
    experience outlived desires of yours
    as if they were your present self?

    [page 35] Johannes:
    My spirit’s own confusion, can it form
    an active life within another soul?
    And can his vision make my error strong,
    that it can find the way to world-becoming?

           In his book Running From Safety, Richard Bach meets Dickie, the spirit of his youth some fifty years prior. Dickie has been kept locked up in a cell and insists on Richard keeping the promise he made with nine-year-old Dickie. Dickie makes it clear to Richard that he would prefer to torch him with a flame thrower rather than talk to him:
    You promised that in fifty years you'd write a book to take back, just for the boy you were, everything you know, what to look out for, how to be happy, knowledge to save your life, things you wish you'd known when you were him.
           In this next passage, the Spirit of Johannes’ Youth warns Johannes of dire consequences if he does not fulfill his youthful promises.
    [page 43] The life of your dreams nourishes my life.
    My breath drinks thirstily your youthful dreams.
    I am alive as long as you refuse
    to enter worlds which I can never find.
    But should you lose me in yourself, I would
    in pain do evil service to grim shadows —
    Preserver of my being, — do not forsake
           Lucifer speaks to the young spirit of Johannes, and the Youth shivers at the sound of the word “Lucifer” in the next passage. As Dickie was kept locked in a cell, so did this Youth lead a sad and spellbound life. The message seems clear both in Bach’s Running From Safety and in this play that one cannot leave one’s promises to onself unkept except at one’s own peril. The part of us to whom we made the promise lives as a spiritual being within us until we fulfill our promises.
    [page 44] Till now he lacks compassion for your pain;
    he lets your sink into the realm of shades
    while lifting up himself to heights of
    And then he can forget that you, his child,
    must lead a woeful, spellbound life.
    But henceforth at your side you will have me
    when you are chilled, as shadow, by his guilt.
    I will exert the right, which Lucifer (Youth quivers)
    holds for himself by law of ancient worlds,
    to capture from Johannes’ depths whatever
    he leaves unguarded in his spirit flight.
           Johannes asks The Other Philia if this Youth is but an image mirrored through himself. The answer that comes is quite clear that the path Johannes must take was the same one Richard Bach had to take.
    [page 46, 47] The Other Philia:
    Yet one that lives and keeps its hold on life
    as long as you preserve within yourself
    a lived-out life which you indeed can numb
    but which, as yet, you cannot overthrow.
    Johannes, your awakening will be delusion
    until you liberate, yourself, the shadow being
    on whom your guilt bestows a spellbound life.
           If you, dear Reader, have had the opinion that these mystery dramas written by Rudolf Steiner about ninety years ago have no meaning for anyone today, I offer as proof the waking dreaming experiences of Richard Bach described in his book published in 1994 only twelve years ago. The next passage sums it up for us:
    [page 46] The Other Philia:
    And wakening dreaming
    reveals to the souls
    the enchanted weaving
    of their own being.
           Felix Balde adds with a flourish this insight which helps us to understand why the inner sight of mystics rarely makes it into the external world.
    [page 54] Felix Balde:
    The fragile being of the inner sight
    you cannot take into the world of action,
    for it will fade as vision when you cross
    the border of this world’s absorbing life.
    In piety, revering spirit-sway,
    with spirit sight reposing in the heart:
    thus mystics should approach the world of deeds.
           Capezius responds with this amen: “And if they otherwise would enter it, effects of error it would show to them, but not the radiant being of true wisdom.” (Page 55)

          At the end of Johannes’ cosmic midnight, the Spirit of his Youth appears and begs him not to imprison him again by forgetting who he is. When we each lose our youthful aspirations in our adult life-considerations, we relegate the Spirit of Our Youth to imprisonment in a dark cell “among the shades.” What youthful dreams did you have which you have neglected? What specifically can you do in your own life right now or as soon as possible to fulfill those youthful aims? What are you waiting for to start? Richard Bach waited fifty years. How long will you wait? Do it right away, Kid!

    [page 95] Spirit of Johannes' Youth:
    I feed with living substance your desires.
    My breath will pour into your youthful aims
    illumining strength when worlds begin to tempt
    whereto I joyfully can be your guide.
    But should you lose me in yourself, I must
    fall victim to the shades, bereft of being.
    O blossom of my life . . . do not forsake me.
           The dictum over Apollo’s Temple in Greece said, “Know Thyself.” We cannot know ourselves until we recognize that we are taught in school to call the world is an illusion. What we call the world is but the garments covering reality and we err greatly if we confusion the clothing of a person with the person. Our schools are so powerful in their teaching methods that we often see things which aren’t and act as if they were real. This process of everyday hallucination by the masses is amply illustrated in the story of “The King’s New Clothes.” It took a child, someone who has not been “carefully taught” to see the reality that the King had no clothes on. Since we are taught to take the clothes of the world for the world itself, if we are asked what happens if we remove the clothes (i.e. we die), then we must in conformation with our schooling say, “We cease to exist.” Those who err in such dramatic fashion, and one may presume that the majority of many cultures do so, are those who need most the advice of the creed of Apollo. Know Thyself is know yourself as a full human being of body, soul, and spirit who lives in a spirit world between death and a new birth and lives through lifetimes on Earth perfecting oneself as a spiritual being.

          To learn more about the play and therefore more about yourself as a full human being read the full review or study the four Mystery Dramas.

    2.) ARJ2: Lost in a Good Book by Jason Fforde

           Thursday Next is now a celebrity after her successful trip inside the novel “Jane Eyre” to rescue and re-insert the heroine back into her own novel and change the ending to a more satisfying one to most of the readers. As a Jane Bond-type heroine of the Literary Spook business, Thursday continues her work in this novel which adds several novel ideas, a whole spate of them rather, to the idea of what constitutes a novel or any sort of writing for that matter. Below is a brief sample of what awaits you in my review or, if you ignore all warnings, the entire novel.

           The ladies on the Skyrail are helping each other work crossword puzzles and the answers to the clues come up, Meddlesome, Thursday, Goodbye. That plus the fact the seven women are all named Irma Cohen gives Thursday a pause. Plus her picnic gets rudely interrupted by a vintage Hispano-Suiza falling out of the sky on her blanket a few seconds after she runs from the area! When Thursday tries to explain to Victor at the LiteraTec office that she punched a neanderthal because she thought he had a gun on him, Victor objects that it would be ridiculous for a neanderthal to have gun. Thursday tries to explain that coincidences are mounting and that is also a waste of time.

           The world is going to end and nobody will listen to Thursday. The world actually ended at the beginning of Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” because the space was needed for a new freeway and Earth was in the way. But in this novel the entire Earth is being turned into a pink Jello Pudding or some British equivalent called Dream pudding. Thursday duly reports her conclusions about the world ending on some day in December, but Victor will have nothing of it.

    [page 69] He dumped my arrest report in his out tray and sat down.
          “Thursday,” he said quietly, staring at me soberly. “I’ve been in law enforcement for most of my life and I will tell you right now there is no such offense as ‘attempted murder by coincidence in an alternative future by person or persons unknown.’ ”
          I sighed and rubbed my face with my hands. He was right, of course.
          Thursday does not lead a dull life. For example, note this report of her day to husband Landen. Cardenio is a previously unknown play by Shakespeare.
    [page 76] “Did you have a good day?” he asked at last.
           “Well,” I began, “we found Cardenio, I was shot dead by an SO-14 marksman, became a vanishing hitchhiker, saw Yorrick Kaine, suffered a few too many coincidences and knocked a neanderthal unconscious.”
          After the Eyre thing, women everywhere started to dress like Thursday who thought the whole chinos and a shirt fad was ridiculous. She asked the wife of a colleague dressed that way:
    [page 79] “If Bonzo the Wonder Hound had rescued Jane Eyre, would you all be wearing studded collars and smelling each other’s bottoms?”
           Thursday’s brother Joff was a minister in the Church of the Global Standard Deity and reported to her with some chagrin that the church had split in two for the third time in one week.
    [page 81] “No!” I said with as much surprise and concern in my voice as I could muster.
           “I’m afraid so. The new Global Standard Clockwise Deity have broken away due to unresolvable differences over the direction in which the collection plate is passed around.”
          Try reading this novel from the last page back to the front or reading each page forward but upside down. It won’t make any difference. Anyway you read this book, it is colorful, imaginative, literary, funny, mind-stretching, and mind-bending. Combine JK Rowling with Douglas Adams and mix in a little Doug Hofstadter, and you’ve got Jason Fforde. You have a Dickens of a time in store for you. This is a Ffunny Booke! Tie up your pet dodo so you won’t be disturbed in the middle of a good laugh and read on . . .

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      I was just looking at your website. I LOVE the picture of Aven and Grandma!!! He is getting so big! He is a good baby, both of them are good. John has been working, he likes his job. I now have a part time job at Ace Medical. I make my own hours and I don't have to answer the phone. Benjamin is playing football at Harahan Playground. You should come to one of his games. They look so funny, it looks like a bunch of midgets playing football. And when they fall some of them can't get up!!
            So if you would like to come his next game is Tuesday Oct. 17th at 6:00 they play against the Colts. All of the games are at Harahan and they are always on Tuesday either at 6:00 or 7:00. On the 24th his game is at 7:00 against the Texans.
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    If you feel you must vote, then Vote. But don't expect that you are voting for anything but more coercion by a federal bureaucracy which reports to no one, often not even to the President himself. Every time one votes, one is voting for the IRS, the ICC, the CIA, the NSA, the DOD, the ATF, and FBI, just to name a few of the more prominent coercive bodies which compose the Federal bureaucracy. It will tax your purchases, your earnings, and then grab what you have left when you die. For your money you will be contributing to every folly that the human mind can engineer to spend your money: FEMA, NEA, $2000 toilet seats, and bridges to nowhere, just to name a few.

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