Got Hitched

February 23, 2009

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of sharing in my cousin’s wedding.  It was a trek to get there – but it was well worth the effort.  I stayed busy ushing (or whatever ushers/groomsmen do).  As a result – I didn’t get many photos of the event.  I suppose that’s why they pay the professionals to capture the day.  Here’s my cousin (Will) relaxing with my grandmother post-service.

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Here’s my grandmother again – along with my sister.  Not sure how she manages a rich tan this time of year.  Oh wait – I know – but she’s tired of hearing my thoughts on tanning beds.  She teaches Special Ed in Hickory, North Carolina.  I don’t get to see her often enough. 

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Rhonda and Chester didn’t make the trip.  I came home to discover one of Chester’s little tricks.

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I’m uncertain as to how Chester’s toy got to the rooftop of our garage.  But I can say this – Rhonda needs to supervise our dog more closely.   

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WORTH THE WAIT?

February 18, 2009

For Valentine’s Day – Rhonda and I (along with some friends) headed to the greater metropolitan area of Fly, TN. When you live in Dickson (pop. 12,244 according to the 2000 census) – you probably shouldn’t take cheap shots at “small towns.”  However, after some extensive research – I’ve discovered that Fly doesn’t have a population.  Again – according to 2000 records – the smallest town recorded was Silerton with a population of 60.  Shall we assume that Fly has fewer than 60 people in its vicinity?  My in-laws have that many people over for Christmas dinner.  Anyhow – we made the trek to Fly because of the outstanding reputation of Papa Boudreax.  Deep into the highlands of Fly – you’ll find a yellow cinder block building that houses Papa Boudreax’s Cajun Catering & Cafe.  We arrived at 5:30.  The projected wait for a table – “at least an hour.”  Given the distance we had traveled and the fact that I didn’t have a Plan B other than Sonic – we determined that we could handle the wait.  The projected wait provided ample time to travel to Columbia to search out an ATM.  You see – Papa Boudreax doesn’t take plastic.  Though his prices could lead one to think otherwise.  The wait turned out to be more like 2 hours and 15 minutes – but who’s counting.  Once we ordered, the food arrived quickly and was quite tasty.  And we enjoyed the company of our friends and the sweet tunes of the gentleman sitting on a stool with a guitar and a completely unnecessary PA system.  The place seats 30 and is made of block.  The speakers were a little much (those of you who think that the music at Cross Point is too loud will identify with this sentiment).  Overall it was a pleasant experience.  What’s the longest you’ve ever waited for a meal?  And was it worth it?   

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February 10, 2009

I’m not an economist.  I get the basic concept of supply and demand.  That’s about the extent of my understanding.  I listened last night to a portion of the presidential press conference.  A lot was said about the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (which I think is the same as a stimulus package – not sure why they went and changed the name).  Anyhow – I was struck but Chuck Todd’s question following the scripted briefing.  

“In your opening remarks, you talked about that if your plan works the way you want it to work, it’s going to increase consumer spending. But isn’t consumer spending, or over-spending, how we got into this mess (emphasis mine)?  And if people get money back into their pockets, do you not want them saving it or paying down debt first, before they start spending money into the economy?”

I can’t quite articulate why I like this question so much.  It just seems like a legitimate question to ponder.  Sure – lending institutions took absurd risks and unprecedented advantage of individuals.  Yet – what about personal responsibility and sound judgment (or lack thereof)?  I’m really not going to go any further with this – just wanted to revisit the question.

Speaking of finances…

On Saturday, February 21st – Casey Graham of ReThink Money will be leading an event in Dickson.  If you’d like to participate in this short-term financial experience – just let me know and I’ll get you the details.