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Lazy Weekend...Drone Over Germany...Sack Lunches


Monday February 27, 2023


Monday morning coming up.



For the most part an uneventful weekend here at the Whyte House. We had a little rain after having the temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s last week so if the sun pops out and stays awhile it’s going to be lawn mowing time sooner than later here in middle Tennessee. It’s going to be 76 here today.


Spring training baseball was back on TV with some new rules including a pitch clock that’s going to make things interesting. And that danged shift is gone so I’m happy about that. 




So you can see what a lazy weekend I had.



We got my son in law Casey a little miniature drone for Christmas. He’s a pilot so we knew he’d master it pretty quickly. Did he ever. Check out this little drone footage he shot over a castle on the Rhine River over the town of Heidelburg this past weekend in Germany near where he and my daughter are now stationed with the Army. My wife Kathy and myself recognized the beautiful view because we had seen that on a Rhine River Cruise with my friend Brent Burns a few years ago. But this drone footage is even more breathtaking. We’re looking forward to seeing more video like this one in the future.




My daughter also sent me a picture this weekend of Army playing Air Force in a basketball game. They don’t have baseball, or the NFL in Europe so you take what’s offered. I did find out that “Naked Sledding” is considered a sport in Europe. So, Dad is hoping his daughter doesn’t seek out that thrilling sport and will stick to basketball.




Kind of a dire warning here. The World Health Organization recommends that we start stockpiling meds for radiological catastrophes. Just a bit of your everyday good news.


A doctor and Stanford says that daily cannabis users are more likely to develop heart disease. It will be a very mellow version of heart disease…but heart disease, nonetheless.


The FDA says they have a test that can now detect COVID or the flu.



And this guy’s observation may be true. “I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.”



To 50-year-old Jeff Reitz is a Disney fan would be a huge understatement. He just visited Disneyland 2,995 straight days. And yes, it’s a Guinness record. Wow. Too bad they don’t sell condos on property…he could just move in. For the record his favorite ride at Disneyland is Mr. Toad’s WildRide.


I’m a huge Disneyworld fan myself. Okay, maybe not after seeing what Jeff did. Top of my list for favorites at the 4 parks in Orlando would be Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Avatar at Animal Kingdom, Soaring at EPCOT, and Tower of Terror at MGM. But I don’t like them so much that I would show up in the parks for 2,995 days in a row.



This product takes me back a bit. Growing up my brothers, sisters and I took our lunch to school. In a paper sack. If Mom packed a Spamsandwich you could tell because of the stain in the bottom of the sack. No telling how many sacks she went through while we were growing up. Apparently it’s in vogue again. So much so that you can order a waxed, reusable canvas bag to store your sandwich and banana in. And use it over and over again. 




Hard choice. Go for the bag again, or one of these bad boys where you can also take a thermos with you. Yep. Had one of those too that we took to school when it wasn’t in a bag. And for the record?  Kool Aid was in the thermos. 



And this concludes todays trip down nostalgia lane.



Some more figures showing the growth and influx of tourists to Nashville. Our Airport is finishing up a HUGE expansion. With that of course they are going to jack up the parking rates. Cheapest rate on an economy lot is going to be $18 a day. And the tourist folks say that after having 18.4 million visitors this past year, that we can expect an increase to 21 million this year. Hillbilly music is alive and well here folks.



While folks are flocking to Nashville, those in the Big Apple have been flocking in droves to Florida and now South Carolina. A South Carolina Senator is not thrilled with that. So much so that he’s proposing a “Yankee Tax” where new residents would have to pay $500 to do so. The money would be used for the state’s infrastructure.


Pretty sure 500 bucks would not stop them since it’s so expensive to live in NY. They’d be saving money…and it’s warmer!






USA Today this weekend listed the top five occupations that have had the biggest pay increases over the past 10 years.


The biggest went to airline pilots who have seen an increase of 71% over the past decade. The average salary is now $181,190. 


The most modest increase went to dentists with only a 5.3% increase in salary. Average for the “open up wide” folks is now $167,00. Pretty sure songwriters would be in the less than moderate category but I digress.



Heinz is trying to find a Dominican sailor who got stranded at sea for 24 days and survived on ketchup, garlic powder and Maggi stock cubes that he mixed with water. He survived and now Heinz is trying to locate the guy and give him a new boat!  Heck, I’ve survived for a very long time now on Mac and Cheese but to my knowledge Kraft has not reached out to me to give me a danged thing. What’s with that?!



Georgia Woman Intentionally Crashes Vehicle Into Popeyes Over Missing Biscuits. (We take our biscuits very seriously here in the south y’all)



I’m online writing with my Pennsylvania bluegrass friend Troy Engle this morning who’s at work on a new grass album that will include 3 songs we’ve written together. Looking forward to seeing if we can create something else that might be considered for it.


Have a great Monday!




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