Cool at Last

James Shannon has written one of the best descriptions of the current state of "coolness" in Greenville that I have read in a long, long time.  Appearing in the latest edition of The Beat, Shannon’s article presents a positive, yet honest assessment of our city. Greenville is cool. Against all odds, we are cool at … Continue reading Cool at Last

Down at the Five and Dime

Oh no, it’s one of those "well-this-is-what-it-was-like-when-I-was-a-kid" kind of posts.  I’ll try not to sound like a codger.  Anyway, back in the 60’s in rural Laurens, there was no such thing as a K-Mart or WallyWorld.  The biggest department store we knew of was Sears in Greenville, and we only went there around Christmas shopping … Continue reading Down at the Five and Dime


Little more speed, little more rope,Little more wind, little more hope,Gotta get this stupid kite to fly! From "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown"  Today after church we headed up to F.E.N.C.E. for their annual kite festival. Whether we wound up flying kites or not, it was a lovely drive up to the Landrum area. … Continue reading Kites

The Idiots in Charge

Early this evening we went to a workshop for the Greenville County Council regarding flooding issues in the Brushy Creek watershed.  There were a few of the council members present, and the usual suspects from our other flood meetings, including Representative Gloria Haskins.  Basically, these were the ones who are up for re-election this year. … Continue reading The Idiots in Charge

No more minibottles?

We hadn’t noticed.  It’s not like we hang out in bars on a regular basis.  However, we were early for our  dinner appointment at Italian Market, and decided to wait in the bar with a couple of glasses of wine.  It took a few minutes for it to sink in – large bottles with pour … Continue reading No more minibottles?

Coverage Overkill

OK, I’m about sick of this.  All week the Greenville Cage Liner has been spewing pages of Garnet and Orange ink for Saturday’s rivalry between Clemson and USC.  If that were not bad enough, this morning’s paper sports not only a front page headline, but four, count ’em, four full pages in the sports section … Continue reading Coverage Overkill

Half-Assed Half Mast

Our illustrious Governor Mark Sanford, who also happens to be a former Furman classmate of mine, has once again found himself on the negative end of the news.  Sanford is catching flack for not ordering state flags to half-mast in honor of Rosa Parks.  Apparently Parks does not fall within that narrowly defined group of … Continue reading Half-Assed Half Mast

The Tyranny of Gannett

My favorite weekly freebie, The Beat, was mercilessly run out of business several months ago while in its incarnation as MetroBeat.  The culprit, of course, was the megalithic Gannett News Corporation, and it’s local shill, The Greenville News.  The Greenville Cage Liner started it’s own weekly rag called, The Link, which went head to head … Continue reading The Tyranny of Gannett