Born male, in 1940 in North Carolina with the “love of sports” gene, son of a a Baptist minister who graduated from “old Wake Forest” ,  I was a Demon Deacon.

“WE” beat  Everett Case and the dominant Wolfpack twice by one point (71-70 and 51-50),  with my Dad and I listening to Ray Reeves on the Atwater Kent radio.  No TV yet.  Dickie Hemric, Lowell “Lefty”Davis, Coach Murray Greason, with Bones as assistant.

Bad news, good news from Raleigh’s News and Disturber:  1. BAD–The N&O has forgotten that WFU is part of the “big four”.  Coverage, current and historical, neglects Winston Salem as part of the state.   2.  GOOD:  Larry Silverberg, a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering was published today (March 3, 2018) with an article entitled MATH REVEALS THE PERFECT FREE THROW.

Malcolm Gladwell concluded Michael Jordan missed baseball “clunkering” and thus couldn’t hit at the major league level.*  Having watched the “ball bounce”  a lot of times, I was pleased with Professor Silverberg’s conclusions.  Some I wrote about on this blog in 2011.  Check blog 13 on GOLF PUTTING AND FREE SHOW SHOOTING.

What a week in Atlantic Coast Conference.  Duke vs Carolina tonight  after FSU over Duke, Miami over Carolina, and Georgia Tech over State in three of the most exciting games of the year.  The “new ACC guys” upped the ante this week.

Want to know who is gonna win the final four.?   The ones who make the free throws at the end.   Clunk.

My  eleven year old grandson plays his season finale today for the BOULDER BUFFALOES.  His dad is a sub coach.  The regular coach has three young kids.  One, almost always wears his spiderman suit.  Sometimes to bed,  Coach says.  In a community center with six courts he runs the “side game”.   These are games of little brothers and sisters with their own rules and games.  This kid RUNS the side game.   Our last trip to Boulder included the eleven year old brother’s b-ball game.   Lennox is our other grandson.  He’d just turned two, but was sick.  When our family, en mass, walked in the gym, Spiderman asked abruptly,  “Where’s Lennox?”  My Son commented,  “Lennox can hang.  Spiderman likes him as backup.”   Made me proud.

*CLUNKERING”:  Gladwell say Michael missed those years baseball people put in watching the nuances of the game, or clunkering. (Spin on the ball, pitcher’s mannerisms and “tells”, etc.).         “Shop time, baby!”—Coach Mickey Brown.





“Ninety percent of the time I got in real trouble, my Uncle Si was involved.”)  Jase Robertson of DUCK DYNASTY.

Went to dinner with Margaret’s friend last week.  Nicest place in our neighborhood.   The friend  asked about my non-wine meal?  I have explained this to others, several times.  And wrote a blog article on the same topic (CHATEAU LOW RENT- blog 74).  See

We were all about the same age, and Margaret reminded us of “brown bagging” in the South.  And on to other funny drinking tales.   Today’s  newspaper has a feature on a new bar in Durham highlighting AX THROWING AND BEER DRINKING.  I immediately thought of Pete Craig (“…damn- forty five years ago Pete and I would have been there for opening night, and opening night closing!”)

I began to think of a host of friends.  “Country” Boykin was either head of the class, or it didn’t take long to call the roll.  He concluded “,,,a friend would come get you out of jail, but a true friend would be in the cell with you, saying what a great time that was.”)

Being a minister’s son cramped my earlier childhood, but even at age four I found Billy Fulton who could get me, but more often Tuddy Webster, in deep doo.  And throughout my life, I have loved the funny ones.  Bruno and Dude Brown of teen age.  Creative!   College roommate,  John Eskew, highly qualified, and combined with Dick Knox–lethal.  Jack Boyd was a new level.

Even graduate school.  Took me a semester to find Dick Blackmon.  NCAA wrestling runner-up, who thought PBR and fighting were both blessings.   Full time employment slows most down.  Joe Robinson and living with a liquor salesman did not compute with “slow down”.

Marriage you say?  Newly wed at OLDE TOWNE apartments even showed me trouble, like kudzu, was everywhere.  Gerald “Scope” Wallace and Bob Johnson both in the same apartment  development?  What are the odds.  While most of my other friends were truly afraid of these two,  they were too  much fun.  Rest in peace, you two.

I had these final thoughts:

  1.  When guns were involved, I left.
  2. .  When COUNTY quit flying lessons, I was happy.
  3.  I somehow realized riding with a drunk was as bad as me driving drunk.
  4. When Pete moved in with “Mad Dog” McCotter and Watson Hale,  I was overmatched.
  5. Drinking takes a lot of time, and it is hard work if you do it right.
  6. Moderation never “set in” for me.

Again–Duck Dynasty:  “It is fun if everybody lives!” (Uncle Si).












1._____”If God is on our side, He’ll stop the next war.


2._____”And his brain has been mismanaged with great skill.


3._____”All right—where do you want this killing done?”


4._____”Is your money that good? Will it buy forgiveness? Do you think that it could?


5._____”Things are breaking up out there, high water everywhere.


6._____”Let’s disconnect the cables overturn the tables. This place just don’t make         sense to me no more. Can you tell me what we are waiting for, Senor?”


7_____”May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changes shift.”


8_____”But you and I have been through that, and this is not our fate so let us not talk falsely the hour is getting late.”


9_____”I gaze into the doorway of temptations angry flames. And every time I pass that way I always hear my name.”


  1. ___”Happiness is just a state of mind. Anytime you wish you can cross the state line.”

11_____”Before the sky there are no fences facing”


12_____”Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is”


13_____”Ah, but I was so much older then I’m younger than that now”


14_____” strike another match, go start anew.”


15____”You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”


16____”For he gets hurt will be he who has stalled”


17___”But to live outside the law, you must be honest”


18____”And I’ll tell it, and think it, and speak it and breathe it”




19_____”But it’s not that way, I wasn’t born to loose you.”


20_____”Kick your shoes off, do not fear, bring that bottle over here.”


21____”I’d just be curious to know if you can see yourself as clear as someone who has had you on his mind”


22_____”Goodbye is too good a word girl”


23_____”So many roads, so much at steak, so many dead ends, sometimes I wonder what it’s going to take to find dignity”


24______”It’s only other peoples games you got to dodge”


25____”Just remember when you are out there trying to heal the sick, that you must first forgive them.”


26_____”You’d know what a drag it is to see you.


27_____”You went to the finest school all right Miss Lonely. But you only used to get juiced in it”


28_____”I got sidetracked in El Paso, stopped to get myself a map, went the wrong way into Juarez with Juanita on my lap. Then I went to sleep in Shreveport, woke up in Abilene wondering why the hell I’m wanted at some town halfway between.”


29____”Bury the rag deep in your face, for now is the time for your tears”


30_____”That long black cloud is coming down. “












  1. Wanted Man


  1. My Back Pages


  1. Masters of War


  1. Dignity


  1. I Want You


  1. License To Kill


  1. Waiting for you


  1. Forever Young


  1. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door


  1. Subterranean Homesick Blues


  1. Momma You Been On My Mind


  1. With God On Our Side


  1. Absolutely Sweet Marie


  1. Don’t Think Twice


  1. Like A Rolling Stone


  1. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight


  1. High Water


  1. Open the Door, Homer


  1. Senor


  1. Positively Fourth Street


  1. All Along The Watchtower


  1. It’s All Right Ma


  1. Hattie Carol


  1. The Times They Are A Changin’


  1. Mr. Tambourine Man


  1. Highway 61


*. Every Grain of Sand


**. It’s all Over Now Baby Blue


***. Hard Rain


****. Ballad of A Thin Man