Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Larry & Joe
Larry Bradford and Joe L Jenkins Sr, April 2015, at Mayes Ward Funeral Home, during visitation of Anna's mother Marie. Larry and Joe know each other from childhood living in the same neighborhood. I have known Larry since we the 9th grade and for the next three years it was one anarchist-style- Marx Brothers-laugh, one after another for the rest of high school. Although I and Joe did not formerly introduced ourselves to each other until just a few years ago we had the same friends in the same small town of Marietta. It is strange, we just didn't. I suppose we went through our years zigging and zagging avoiding each other and not realizing it. We met at the dog park after our hair turned gray.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
We are in the Town Center area fairly often. Often enough to look forward seeing a certain entertainer on the street almost on every trip. The guy spins a sign that says something like “PUPPIES FOF SALE!” He can spin his sign, throw it up and catch it in unique ways; sometimes dances with it, and other attention getters. Today he was gracefully dancing around handling that “PUPPIES FOR SALE” sign like it was a sword. His fancy moves would impress The Three Musketeers.
The ice Storm of Ice Storms
Another ice/snow memory that bubbles to the surface of my brain from time to time that I would prefer it didn't, is one time when I was a timekeeper/Date Collection clerk at the Atlanta Postal Office in the Federal Annex on Spring and Forsyth Streets, right next door to old Rich's. A big snow storm came in essentially paralyzing Atlanta. But the mail must get through. The time keepers had to be there to see that those that came in get paid. I put a blanket in the car in case I got stuck or something and dodged stranded cars all the way to Atlanta. My reporting time was midnight. Then, it took about 10 clerks per shift to run the time timekeepers office, but more in the daytime, so there were 35 timekeeper positions. We were time timekeepers for about 5000 postal employees. When I reported to work there was only one guy , his name is Salmen, was there on the evening tour, doing the work of 10 men. I jumped in and started helping. I was the only one that showed up for my shift. Salmen stayed and helped me. We worked all night long hard, without breaks, lunch, or anything. The morning shift only one person could make it in. So, Salmen and I stayed and helped him. No other clerks showed up for two days. Three of us worked doing our jobs at a high paced level for over two days without sleep or breaks, so that people would be paid right. Did anybody get any kind of recognition or monetarily awards for our dedication? Of course they did. REM, the Department Head of Finance got public recognition from the District Manager and also because of people under him saved the day he got a quality step increase, which would be a bonus when his retirement was figured. Not bad, for a person, who said he couldn't get out of his driveway to come to work. By the way, almost 20 years later when I was a window clerk in Marietta a lady I was waiting on proudly told me her father was retired from the Postal Service. When she told me her dad was REM I told her what I thought of us doing all the hard work and he got the monetarily award for our work. She looked stunned and probably avoid coming to my window on her next visits.
Monday, March 20, 2023
Isaac & Adeline St. John Wright
Sunday, March 19, 2023
SUNDAY FUNNIES!! MAD 18's ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Script by editor Harvey Kurtzman; Art by Jack Davis; click on page you are reading to enlarge it so it will or won't make more sense.
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Here Lies Baby Fox
Friday, March 17, 2023
We are reading the book by Celeste Headlee LETS TALK. Ms Headlee is an announcer on NPR. I have heard her do the news, interviews and reviews. LETS TALK is saying everybody need to improve their talking ability for everybody’s sake. Not only do you say things that your listener can comprehend, the listener must also learn to his or her part of the equation, and that is to listen. She said billions of dollars are lost annually because of a lack of communications. She gives several examples of two way conversations of her own that could have went better. She refers to a lot of statistics. One statistic said if you are average about 50% of your Facebook friend are not friends at all. Another fact that the mere presence of a cell-phone is change the conversation. Before the cell phone was present it was a lively conversation and then when a cell-phone became present the conversation died. I think before Celeste Headlee wrote LETS TALK she was on the air near here at a NPR radio station in Atlanta. She used to bring her two dogs to Sweat Mountain Dog Park. I had the pleasure of TALKING to her once (my claim to fame).
Thursday, March 16, 2023
Adeline Bagley, Roswell Mill Worker
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