Sunday, July 27, 2014


By Gilbert Shelton.

(click to enlarge so you can read the balloons!)


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday Night at the Square

Cotton in Window at Visitors' Center

Atherton Park

Friday, July 25, 2014


A few years ago while driving on Barrett Parkway I saw a weathered l woman driving a big motorcycle.  She reminded me of what Tug  Boat Annie might have looked like.  As rugged as she looked, in a little pouch or something, she had a cuddly little lap dog riding with her.  The  miniature dog had on riding goggles, just like its master's.  It was one of those moments I wished I had my camera handy.
The other day at the dog park I head the loud roar of a muffler of a motorcycle.   Then I saw a blond lady take her two small dogs in the "Small Dogs" area. 
I left shortly after that and  noticed  the only motorcycle there was a pink Harley.

A day or two later at the dog park, as I was arriving a blond lady with two small dogs were leaving.  She was walking towards the pink Harley I saw the other day.  I couldn't help myself.  I hurriedly rushed over to her and asked if I could take her picture with her Harley.  "Sure!", she said.
Do you want me on the bike? 
Do you want the dogs in their position. 
That would be great!
She put them down to prepare them in straps and as soon as they touched the ground both of them starting barking wildly at me.  I was messing up their routine.
She scolded them and they quit barking at me.  She put the straps on them. 
Do you want for them to wear their goggles?


Thank you!  

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mark Anthony Cooper

Cooper Furance

This huge stone structure is on the side of the Etowah River, just below the Allatoona Dam.   Back in my teenage years I climbed that thing.  It has protruding rocks and stones so it was fairly easily to scale like a roach might, although it did take my breath away.  I think two of us did it.  After we reached the top we realized that we also had to climb down, which seemed it might be harder.  But, we took it slowly and made it without losing our grips or foot hold.

What I didn't realize until recently, that the big stone thing is the only remaining ruin of what was a complex iron and mill works owned by Mark Anthony Cooper (1800 - 1885).  The Cooper - Stroup manufacturing complex had hundreds of men working.   Now, the rest of the complex is under the waters of the Etowah River and Allatoona Lake. 

I just read an article about Mark Anthony Cooper in the book A NORTH GEORGIA JOURNAL OF HISTORY, Volume 1.  article THE STORY OF A COMMUNITY ONCED CALLED ETOWAH by Robert Scott Davis, Jr.

Mr. Cooper was a very enterprising man, he owned many companies, bought companies, improved them and sold them.  He owned several railway companies and one of his companies, the article said, built one of the locomotives involved in THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE.  Unfortunately, it didn't say if it was THE GENERAL or THE TEXAS.

Cooper made a lot of money and seemed to have lost all his money in one swoop but actually it was because of a series of unrelated things that went wrong.

Broke, he spent his remaining days in Murray County, Georgia.

Mark Anthony Cooper


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

James Garner and Bret Maverick

James Garner (Bret Maverick) and Jack Kelley (brother Bart Maverick)

James Garner, 86,  has died and it seems everybody has a positive word to say about him.  I will too.  I have heard he was graceful;  a man's man; a gentleman; cool; calm; generous; and witty.  I will amen most of that.  I don't know about his generosity, that falls outside my  knowledge field.

I think most today will remember James for his movie and his adventure TV series "THE ROCKFORD FILES".   I only have seen THE ROCKFORD FILES once or twice.

HOWEVER, I was a big fan of his earlier TV series MAVERICK.  

The MAVERICK series ran from 1957 to 1962.  It was about two brothers, both professional gamblers traveling the west and the Mississippi River boats.   Most of the time each episode would be about one brother or the other, not both.  Only on rare occasions would they join forces.  The other brother was Bart Maverick, played by Jack Kelly.  And when James quit the series because of a contract dispute he was replaced by Roger Moore, which played Beau Maverick, a cousin.

What I liked about MAVERICK was the "As my Pappy said" or "My Pappy always said" quotes.  Usually when James Garner would quote his pappy you would expect something  profound but always ended up with a greedy and self-serving quote.  I loved it!

Here are some of Pappy's quotes pulled off the blog spot INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE QUOTES.

Bret Maverick: As my old pappy used to say, work is fine for killin' time, but it's a shaky way to make a living.
Bret Maverick: Never cry over spilt milk. It could've been whiskey.

Bret Maverick: As my old pappy used to say, "Son, stay clear of weddings because one of them is liable to be your own."

Bret Maverick: As my old pappy used to say, you can be a gentleman and still not forget all you know about self-defense.

Bret Maverick: As my old pappy used to say, a man does what he has to do - if he can't get out of it.
Bret: My Pappy always said, "A coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero dies but one." A thousand to one is pretty good odds.

Bret Maverick: As my old pappy used to say, if at first you don't succeed, try something else.

Pappy Maverick: A man does what he has to do - if he can't get out of it.

Pappy Maverick: Son, hard work never hurt anyone - who didn't do it.

Monday, July 21, 2014


SUNDAY FUNNIES is MONDAY FUNNIES this week.  Due to timing and juggling we decided to preempt  Sunday Funnies yesterday and run today.  You don't like it?  Complain to the boss.

This is a MAD story written by editor Harvey Kurtzman and illustrated by Jack David is lampooning a popular movie of the mid 50s THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA starring Humphry Bogart and Ava Gardner.  Take it away, Jack and Harvey!
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