Excuse me. Could you tell me how to get to Arlington Avenue? The question was presented to me as I was getting gas for my truck at a little quick shop near Furman. I pride myself on knowing how to get around Greenville, one of the most confusing cities for driving in the whole of … Continue reading Greenville, NORTH Carolina
NOTE: This restaurant has closed. I headed out early for my kayaking trip on the Enoree River this morning, with the intent that I would get breakfast in route somewhere. I didn’t have to meet my fellow paddlers until 9:30, so that gave me plenty of time. I knew there were several Waffle Houses along … Continue reading Scenes from a Whitmire Truck Stop
Paul and I made our annual trek to the Anderson Jockey Lot. We always try to take a newbie with us – someone not yet immersed in southern flea market culture. Lately this has been a new faculty member at Furman, and this year was no different. Karen Buckmeuller was our victim this time. She couldn’t convince her new husband, Herman Holt, to come along with us. Several others were also supposed to go with us, but wimped out, too.
As I’ve learned, the denizens of the Jockey Lot get very nervous around cameras, and with good reason. We saw several less-than-legal items for sale. I was still able to snap a few shots, though. Most useful was the little Sansa Clip recorder. I clipped it to my shirt and left it recording the entire time we were there. I got some fascinating conversations. I’ve edited it down to the best clips and added a little background music, then posted it to Boomp3.com. It’s about six minutes long.
In this audio clip, you will here the following, in order:
- Question about the price of a Megatron helmet
- Haggling over the sale of a car
- A discussion about a breed of dog
- The benefits of using fake security cameras
- A bird saleslady
- A call to repentance for stealing cars
- A discussion of spicy pickled tomatoes
- How society has been destroyed
- The problems with Dale Earnhardt candles and Teresa Earnhardt
- Good beans
- Night blooming plants
- A rooster crowing
- Another dog salesman
- And finally, selling big time
There were several more conversations I would have loved to have captured. Continue reading “Audio Journeys – The Anderson Jockey Lot”
I was running a bit late for lunch today so I decided a quick hamburger at Hardees was in order. As usual, I had my current book with me, and planned to read a couple of chapters while I ate. When I take my book into fast food places, especially around here, I tend to … Continue reading VE Encounter
Maestro, it’s time for a break. But vwe have one more piece! Veel break zhen. That’s tomorrow’s dress rehearsal. Zhis frustrating, no? Thus, the Union speaks. Continue reading What the Audience Never Hears, Part II
Tom, I almost didn’t recognize you. You’ve gained so much weight! I didn’t recognize you, either. You’re so old and decrepid now. At least, that’s what I wanted to say. Continue reading Does This Shirt Make Me Look Fat?
So what’s that you’re reading today? Oh, it’s just some science fiction novel I picked up on the bargain table. Me, too. It’s called Revuhlations. (Holds up book entitled Revelations Unyielding.) You know, the End Times, they’s coming, and it’s gonna be bad. I wonder if she knows that she just called the Book of … Continue reading What a Revelation!
The following is an amalgam of actual phone calls received at our district office this morning… We’re on a two hour delay, right? What, exactly does that mean? Just add two hours to the start time. If my child’s school starts at 7:45, do I bring him at 10:00 or at 9:45? 9:45 Well, what … Continue reading Delayed Math Skills
Normally, conversation while watching a football game doesn’t involve discussion of chemistry. Laura mentioned her discovery of www.madewithmolecules.com, which prompted him to relay the tale of this e-mail he received while at Harvard… Dear Dr. Goess: My roommate had the chemical structure of her antidepressants tattooed on her ankle. She didn’t have the atoms labeled … Continue reading Unusual Quotes during Football
Santa brought me a new tripod for Christmas Cool! How many gigs does it have? Does it play video? Sigh. Continue reading That’s t-r-i