Oh no, it’s one of those "well-this-is-what-it-was-like-when-I-was-a-kid" kind of posts. I’ll try not to sound like a codger. Anyway, back in the 60’s in rural Laurens, there was no such thing as a K-Mart or WallyWorld. The biggest department store we knew of was Sears in Greenville, and we only went there around Christmas shopping … Read More “Down at the Five and Dime” »
Little more speed, little more rope,Little more wind, little more hope,Gotta get this stupid kite to fly! From "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" Today after church we headed up to F.E.N.C.E. for their annual kite festival. Whether we wound up flying kites or not, it was a lovely drive up to the Landrum area. … Read More “Kites” »
Early this evening we went to a workshop for the Greenville County Council regarding flooding issues in the Brushy Creek watershed. There were a few of the council members present, and the usual suspects from our other flood meetings, including Representative Gloria Haskins. Basically, these were the ones who are up for re-election this year. … Read More “The Idiots in Charge” »
We hadn’t noticed. It’s not like we hang out in bars on a regular basis. However, we were early for our dinner appointment at Italian Market, and decided to wait in the bar with a couple of glasses of wine. It took a few minutes for it to sink in – large bottles with pour … Read More “No more minibottles?” »
OK, I’m about sick of this. All week the Greenville Cage Liner has been spewing pages of Garnet and Orange ink for Saturday’s rivalry between Clemson and USC. If that were not bad enough, this morning’s paper sports not only a front page headline, but four, count ’em, four full pages in the sports section … Read More “Coverage Overkill” »
Congratulations to Haywood Beatty, fellow Greenville blogger, for winning The Best of the Beat’s Best Blog category. The Reedy River Review bills itself as A Satirical Look at the Sanctimonious of Upstate, SC and Beyond. His sharp wit is right on target. The honor is well-deserved, my friend. Keep up the good work!
Our illustrious Governor Mark Sanford, who also happens to be a former Furman classmate of mine, has once again found himself on the negative end of the news. Sanford is catching flack for not ordering state flags to half-mast in honor of Rosa Parks. Apparently Parks does not fall within that narrowly defined group of … Read More “Half-Assed Half Mast” »
I wish someone would talk to the Greenville School District about designing their schools. The new Wade Hampton High School looks like a huge, ugly box. The ugliest part faces the main highway. Go figure. And, of course, this will cause even more run-off into our already overloaded watershed.
My favorite weekly freebie, The Beat, was mercilessly run out of business several months ago while in its incarnation as MetroBeat. The culprit, of course, was the megalithic Gannett News Corporation, and it’s local shill, The Greenville News. The Greenville Cage Liner started it’s own weekly rag called, The Link, which went head to head … Read More “The Tyranny of Gannett” »
Last night we attended a writer’s symposium at Furman entitled "Writing Towards Home". The symposium featured Ashley Warlick, Tommy Hayes, Mindy Friddle, and George Singleton, all of whom have novels set in Upstate South Carolina. The symposium was well attended by the literazzi of Greenville – mostly writer wannabees and some eccentrics. It was almost … Read More “Writing Towards Home” »