Thursday, November 4, 2010
Close to Nowhere
• I misread a name the other day here at work — I got Pearl Bailey, instead of Pearl Something Else.
Not to my surprise, hardly anyone up here remembered Pearl Bailey.
Of course, Kris, my son, did. He’s used to me talking about the “oldies.” He may not enjoy it any more than my granddaughters, but at least he endures politely. The granddaughters don’t!
Pearl Bailey was one of those fascinating vaudeville era singers and actresses. Perhaps her most memorable song is “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey.” Ironically, her brother was named Bill Bailey.
• “Say goodnight, Gracie.” Remember George Burns? At the end of his television show, he’d always end by telling his wife, Gracie Allen, to “Say goodnight, Gracie.” She did not reply “Goodnight Gracie,” as legend has it — just “Goodnight.”
• We were at the TWW Ranch last weekend for Mere’s friend Grace’s birthday party (she is officially 15 now!). Grace cantored up to the round pen rail on her horse Apollo and said that he was tired, so she was going to put him up. I said, “Say goodnight, Gracie.” She looked at me with that look that teenagers have when the very old adult says something that confirms their brain has turned to mush.
None of the teenagers standing around or sitting on horses nearby had a clue as to what I was talking about either — I asked them!
Worse, not a single, solitary one of them knew who George Burns was. How sad.
• I hope you voted Tuesday. I’m guessing that some of us were pleased at the results and some of us weren’t.
My one single vote may not count for a whole lot. But, added with yours, we elected Mississippi politicians and we’ll hope they will do what is best, not only for Marshall County and Mississippi but for for the United States as a whole.
I am extremely glad this campaign is over though. I wonder what it’s going to take to convince politicians that throwing mud on the competition hurts everyone. And is really, really annoying! One more political phone call was going to drive me over the edge!
• We got a sad email press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a Bay Springs salamander.
The species was found only in a single spring in Jasper County. Despite several searches, the species has not been seen since 1964. So, the Bay Springs salamander is no longer on the endangered species list — it has moved to the extinct list. How sad...
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