Archive for May 3rd, 2006

Worth A Thousand Words

Almost a month later and the affects of April 7 are still all over my community and will be for awhile. I think, for a lot of those who were displaced, reality is probably beginning to set in somewhat and they’re making decisions as to what to do next.

My daughter showed me this picture just a few minutes ago. It was taken in the front of my youngest son’s (aka #2) elementary school, which is just on the Hendersonville/Gallatin line. About the time this was snapped, I’d say the tornado was pretty close, if not at Saundersville Rd., close to the Golden’s home and to Station Camp High School and Knox Doss Middle School, where #1 and my girl were.

Still unbelievable.


Wednesday’s Useless History Lesson

What do Diahann Carroll and Bonnie and Clyde have in common?

Absolutely nothing other than the fact that being knee deep in nicotine withdrawal, and could not sleep last night, I watched Diahann’s Biography and a “Notorious” on the famous Barrow Gang.

Things I learned about Diahann:
Her given name was Carol Diahann Johnson.
She was born to a fairly well-to-do family in the Bronx.
Her first husband was Jewish and her father refused to attend the wedding.
After she divorced her first husband, Diahann got involved with Sidney Poitier and they were together for 9 years. Sidney never left his wife, but, Diahann thought he would. (Hello, Diahann..this is Reality calling)
She almost married David Frost. (What!?!?!)
Her daughter Suzanne Kay is a news/media personality.
She is a breast cancer survivor.
I love how she spells “Diahann.”
At almost 70, Diahann’s still quite the hottie.

As for Bonnie & Clyde, their story is just plain fascinating. Even though they were robbers and murderers, something about them is just interesting. I think they killed something like 13 people in their crime spree, that lasted about two years, covering Missouri, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. I think if Bonnie & Clyde were around now, they’d be on the cover of People magazine and would be as photographed as Brad & Angelina. They’d probably have their own reality show.

Interesting B & C facts:
Bonnie was 4’10 and didn’t weigh 100 lbs.
Bonnie had a tattoo on her leg with her husband’s name (She was married to a convict named Roy that she was still married to and wearing his wedding ring when she was killed)
Bonnie was very creative.
Clyde’s first arrests were for not returning a rented car and stealing turkeys.
Although he was known for robbing banks, Clyde’s preferred robbing smaller outfits like grocery stores and gas stations.
Clyde’s big goal in life was not to be famous for robbing banks, but, to get back at the Texas prison system for abuses he went through while serving time.
Clyde’s maniac driving skills were probably what kept the gang from getting caught.
After the famous ambush in May of 1934, people came by the thousands to see the bodies still inside the car. Souvenir seekers even tried to cut Clyde’s ear off. (eww)

My grandfather was one of those curiosity seekers that went to Bienvielle Parish, Louisiana, however, by the time he got there, the bodies had been removed, so, thank goodness my Paw Paw didn’t try to take him home some Ear of Barrow.

I know you’ll want to put the annual Bonnie and Clyde Festival, held every year in May on the anniversary of the shootout on your “to do” list. Still a few weeks to make plans to attend. If you can’t do that, you can commemorate by watching the movie. Great movie with some amazing performances.

A Pledge For Summer

The following message was paid for by all of us grossed out by icky, yucky feet in the summer. Now, I hate to fool with them myself, but, it’s a necessity for the upcoming summer season. Go to your nearest nail salon and get you a pedicure. Even the Hendersonville Super Wal Mart has a nail place….this is not an option. I did not create this but believe in its message wholeheartedly.

The Open Toed Shoe Pledge
As a member of the Cute Girl Sisterhood, I pledge to follow the Rules
when wear sandals and other open-toe shoes:
I promise to always wear sandals that fit. My toes will not hang over
and touch the ground, nor will my heels spill over the backs. And the sides
and tops of my feet will not pudge out between the straps.
I will go polish-free or vow to keep the polish fresh, intact and chip-free.
I will not cheat and just touch up my big toe.
I will sand down any mounds of skin before they turn hard and yellow.
I will shave the hairs off my big toe.
I won’t wear pantyhose even if my misinformed girlfriend, coworker,
mother, sister tells me the toe seam really will stay under my toes if I tuck it there.
If a strap breaks, I won’t duct-tape, pin, glue or tuck it back into
place hoping it will stay put. I will get my shoe fixed or toss it.
I will not live in corn denial; rather I will lean on my good friend Dr.
Scholl’s if my feet need him.
I will resist the urge to buy jelly shoes at Payless for the low, low
price of $4.99 even if my feet are small enough to fit into the kids’ sizes. This
is out of concern for my safety, and the safety of others. No one can walk
properly when standing in a pool of sweat and I would hate to take someone down
with me as I fall and break my ankle.
I will take my toe ring off toward the end of the day if my toes swell
and begin to look like Vienna sausages.
I will be brutally honest with my girlfriend/sister/coworker when she
asks me if her feet are too ugly to wear sandals. Someone has to tell her that
her toes are as long as my fingers and no sandal makes creepy feet look
I will promise if I wear flip flops that I will ensure that they actually flip
and flop, making the correct noise while walking and I will swear NOT
to slide or drag my feet while wearing them.
I will promise to go my local nail salon at least once per season and
have a real pedicure (they are about $20 and worth EVERY penny).
I will promise to throw away any white/off-white sandals that show signs
of wear… nothing is tackier than dirty white sandals.
Don’t keep this to yourself – pass it on to other sisters.