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Seven Years A Grave?

I've been writing on HubPages for almost 7 years now, and it has been quite an experience for me. Some good, some bad, but mostly confusing for an old dirt farmer/ freelance writer. It isn't the same place I first joined, not by a long shot

You should have seen some of the crap HP allowed on here at the time. Indian Auntie hubs—mostly unattractive women in diaphanous garb one wouldn't want to see anyway—and pure spam, some of which received millions of views pretending to be actual complaint departments of well known companies. Yes, we honest authors complained.

Anyhow, I've gone from making dollars a day to now earning pennies. I feel like a ball because I've been bounced from the main HP domain to sub-domains and back to the main domain again. Figure for yourself if they know what they're doing.....I sure as hell don't know and doubt they do either.

HP staff have never been too good at dealing with their writers. I suppose they'll never change until it's too late... like the other now extinct writing sites. Cut me some slack will ya, I'm prohibited from posting in the forums you know. I ask too many hard questions and upset their tea service, I suppose.

At any rate, I felt like a good spring story would possibly raise the hopes of the faithful—and the others of us of a more cynical bent—for the coming year. Yeah right! So, the tale.....

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My True Garden Story

I've come to a conclusion concerning gardening. It is an inherited genetic trait. Not that you can't be a good gardener without the gene, it's just harder to not garden if you do have it. I practically grew up in a garden, a vegetable garden for the most part, but my mom made sure there were also some flowers to grace the table with.

Everyone I knew had a vegetable plot of some size or another, even the town folk. Here in southern Georgia not growing your own produce was as unthinkable as not attending church on Sundays. Besides, you had to have something to give the preacher when he came calling, which he did frequently during the two garden seasons we enjoy down here.

Like almost everyone else around here, my parents were farming people, as were their parents, and so on back down the line. Mom and Dad were both born and raised during the Great Depression and knew how times could be tough. They didn't have much money during most of their younger years, but they always had plenty to eat. Perhaps you've heard the song "A Country Boy Will Survive," well everyone ate good out in the country, even in those terrible times

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Shortly after my parents married the U.S. became involved in World War II. Despite the fact of my father being in the middle of growing his first tobacco and corn crops, he and two of his brothers were drafted into the army. The younger of my uncles never saw action during his service, the older went to the South Pacific with all of it's many Japanese held islands.

My father , a simple country boy who had never been far from home, was suddenly sent to Fort Benning and from there to Texas for his basic training. "They weren't nothin' to basic training" he would say, "us farm boys was used to following a mule's rear end from dawn to dark and a twenty mile hike weren't anythang." Then he would tell how he and another Georgia farm boy carried this yankee friend of theirs, a city boy, almost half way back to keep him from having to repeat the hike.

Dad, and thousands of other equally disoriented young Americans, were then placed on transport ships to England. He would tell about the nightly bombing raids in London and the people seeking shelter in the subways. He was witness to a V-1 buzz bomb dropping through the clouds and causing devastation to the ancient city. As a young man used to hot sunshine and blue skies, he would say this of England, "I was in England for six weeks and never did see the sun shine.

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D-Day was on and my father's company were among a group heading to Normandy for a section designated by the name Omaha beach. I never wanted my father to see "Saving Private Ryan" and he wouldn't anyway. He just wasn't the movie watching type. He went on from Normandy with Patton's army to Paris for the liberation of France. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, entered into Germany, and helped free some of the remaining Jewish prison camps.

What kept my father going through all of this terrible ordeal? This was one of the few questions he would respond to concerning the war. Like many of his fellow warriors, he chose not to talk about some aspects of being a soldier during this war. But when he did respond to the question you knew how serious he was about the ordeal.

His answer was always the same. "Wherever I was at night, foxhole, tent shelter, or curled up beside a stone wall, whether it was raining, snowing, or sleeting I would think about the garden I would have when I got home. I would imagine how warm it would be and how green everything would look, the taste of familiar foods grown by my own hands, and this would help me relax and drift off to sleep."

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He told about having to eat green apples and horse meat when their supplies were cut off and about the struggles of the native population trying to cope themselves. He had to think about something fresh and growing instead of the death and destruction reality offered. I guess you could call it country boy therapy. Whatever, it seemed to work for him.

Dad said sometimes when they were tired and hungry with the snow falling heavily outside the shelter, one of the men would say "hey Georgia boy, tell us some more about your garden." Dad would go into great detail about how good the tomatoes would taste and how mom would fry a chicken better than they had ever tasted. "They didn't seem to understand about turnip greens and boiled peanuts" he said.

"I made my self hungry by describing the food and they were too, but it seemed to make us content for a while and this was the best we could hope for" Dad said. Having grown up in the deep south, he had heard about the "damn yankees" most of his life but he found out they were just people too. He would remain friends with many of his war buddies until he died.

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Every year they would have a reunion at one or the other's home town and I had the privilige to meet them and become friends with their children. He was, in many ways, closer to these men than his own brothers. Many would stop on the way to or from Florida and had the chance to eat some of the food Dad had described. Mom couldn't fry the chicken fast enough. I will always cherish those memories.

Well, he finally made it back home and indeed grew fabulous gardens. Some of my very first memories are of being there and helping plant the many vegetables we grew. It was work to me then and I really didn't care for it. My father however, always whistled and hummed as he worked in the garden. But sometimes he would get a faraway look in his eyes for a moment and I knew he was remembering something which happened during the war.

But he wasn't just good at growing garden food, he excelled at any crop he tried to produce. Although he, nor my mother, ever used tobacco in any form, he was famous for his beautiful golden harvest. Whatever you may think of tobacco, it was king then. He and my mom bought a farm and paid for it in two years growing tobacco. This was hard labor people. Tobacco takes most of a year to produce and the process is intricate

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Growing up and working on the farm with Dad I learned a lot from him. The older I got the more I appreciated gardening and growing things. In my case it was more exotic plants such as orchids and bonsai trees. I grew vegetables also as you can't buy a decent tomato anymore. But before long it was the whole shebang or nothing. Like my Dad, I needed a little country boy therapy myself and so do most of us.

My dad died while out working in the field one spring evening. He was almost 85 years old and as happy a person as I have ever known. When my mother and I found him lying on the ground beside the tractor, I thought he was asleep. He had been in much pain lately but would never stay inside the house. We knew we would find him dead on the farm someday but this was what he wanted. As he lay there he looked so peaceful and contented.

My father was not a rich man, nor was he famous, but he was loved by everyone. It seemed like he knew everyone in this area. He had given most of the local kids jobs in the summer and they never forgot this when they grew up. They would ask if their own children could learn how to work on Dad's farm like they did. For such a simple man my father had the largest attendance at the wake and funeral than any well-to-do person ever had around here.

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Although my father had fine clothes, he wished to be buried in his overalls. I slipped a pair of pliers in the side pocket and a small writing tablet and a two inch long pencil into the bib. A new John Deer cap was placed at his side, (one he had been saving) and he was ready to go. He was a truly religious man and had no doubts as to what lay ahead after death. I think for him heaven would be a garden.

After the funeral and the out of town visitors had left,(many were sons and daughters of former war buddies from all over the U.S.) I hung up my suit and headed out to the garden, only to discover my Mom and brother already there planting potatoes. It was spring and the garden needed planting and certainly dad would approve.

Planting the potatoes and making sure the eyes were pointed up made me think of dad when he would say "don't bend over in the garden granny, you know them tater's got eyes." This line was, of course, purloined by another Georgian, Louis Grizzard, for the title of one of his very funny books. For the most part though, we worked in silence because we were busy thinking about Dad.

Once I thought I heard him humming a tune, like he always did when working in the garden. But then I realized it was just me. I was also thinking about the pleasant look on his face when we found him. I wondered if he was dreaming about gardens. I think I now understand his contentment. It's in the genes I tell you.


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Randy Godwin profile image

Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Your wish is my command, Princess Lela!


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL......WOW! I may have underestimated your power, Lela!! :)


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Never underestimate the power of suggestion, Paula. Besides, I'd already considered it today before Lela mentioned it. Sorry, Princess! :P


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL You guys are the best. A good place to come for laughter (and purging....don't forget the purging!)


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yep, we all need a bit of "purging" occasionally. :P


Austinstar profile image

Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Thank you, Randy! You're the dadgumbest bestest hubber ever!


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Lela, I cannot wish for any higher praise. I never figured out what "dadgum" meant although I've heard it used my whole life. I suppose it can be used as a bad or good adjective depending on the circumstance at the time. Dadgummit! :P


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Dadgummit and Dagnabbit. Hunting dogs for sure. I love the southern colloquialisms. Heckfire is another good one.

There are even more in Spanish! Fun with languages. Like Sheldon's Fun With Flags :-)


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Poor WB. He wants to fit in so much. Too bad he is such a loser. It's amazing the amount of time he/she spends chasing me around.

Keep looking behind you, WB. Karma is a bitch.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good bye, Bill. Yes, I forgot to change the new comment capsule settings to disallow you but guess what, I'll do so now, turd.


Austinstar profile image

Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Aww, Randy, you have that heart of gold. But you should let him keep making assinine comments! He really shows off his brilliant intelligence level :-)

Remember how Putin called Trump, "brilliant"? At least Trump thought he did. The russian word actually meant "colorful", you know, like a clown.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I do not like trolls of any sort, Lela. If they cannot speak as a known person then what they say isn't worthy of my attention. Trump is a moron....and the American meaning of the word is......moron! LOL!


Austinstar profile image

Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I defer to your good judgement, of course! Especially when you speak of the Trump B.S. moron.

Trolls and bullies - Trump is the master of both worlds.

Ivanka is saying now that all the Trump kids will put Trump businesses in a blind trust so as not to create a conflict of interest if he is elected President! Daddy won't have a say in any 'deals'.

Seriously? And I have a nice ocean front property in Oklahoma to sell them. Cheap!


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I certainly hope they won't have to do anything because the Don will lose the race. How much you want for your oceanfront condo? :P


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Will Apse 2 weeks ago

Weren't there many hundreds of comments on this page at one time?

Have they been purged? Just curious.

Mainly I was wondering what happened to PDS.

The forums are getting more and more North Korean everyday. Needs something that does not involve a tongue lapping somebodies cloaca.


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hello P.O's...Hope you are all having a good day. I want to share with you, something you will appreciate in terms of toxic characters like WB.

In the vital subcategory of Human Behavior Science, within the medical field of Mental Health, there are entire text books wherein chapters are dedicated to the study of the mental illness diagnoses in severe character flaws & pathological personality disorders.

To a professional, an integral red flag for initial diagnosis is in fact, the need for predators, stalkers, criminals & hopeless addicts to maintain "Anonymity." Now, you may think, "Yes, of course, it is easy to understand why a mental patient may feel the need to hide his/her identity from the world." However, to truly understand this need, one must be familiar with the neurological disconnections in the brain of this unique patient.

Despite a fairly low I.Q. in these individuals, they can distinguish between the elementary right vs wrong, legal vs illegal and occasionally moral vs. immorality. Because of this ability to discern, those who strive to maintain anonymity, do so out of shame & embarrassment & fear of retribution for their unacceptable behavior.

The irony of this is clearly evident in that these people are, to begin with, victims of social & familial rejection, shunning & disgust. This then becomes their one goal in life, to be noticed, accepted and appreciated. The pathology takes root in an obsession and takes the form of any and all negative & destructive behavior. (Think: children who have moments of hysterical tantrum based upon the attention it will draw, although always negative)

Not to belabor this, one final message for the patient by the professional is to help them to come to terms with (in so many words) "getting what they wish for in their anonymity." The vast majority of healthy people do avoid, ignore and/or impede this personality type as though they are in fact, "invisible" or as they wish, anonymous.

This is a 3-day Tutorial and costs $475.00 for students at educational facilities. Because I love you guys, it's free....or you may consider it payback for all your help through the years. OK? It's what I have to offer. This and a hug. Paula


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Wow! Paula, you have described our anonymous worm to a T!

The only thing I would add is that there is no good way to deal with such a person. They are their own worst enemy.

"The irony of this is clearly evident in that these people are, to begin with, victims of social & familial rejection, shunning & disgust. This then becomes their one goal in life, to be noticed, accepted and appreciated. The pathology takes root in an obsession and takes the form of any and all negative & destructive behavior. (Think: children who have moments of hysterical tantrum based upon the attention it will draw, although always negative)"

If we give them attention, it just reinforces their personality type. If we ignore them, it also stimulates them to act out even more in order to gain attention.

I certainly do feel sorry for this WB individual, but he has BAD social interaction traits. I am sure it carries through to his personal life as well. HubPages is a "safe" place for him to throw his little hissy fits. There really isn't much we can do except encourage him to get professional help.

Unless you have some suggestions?

@Will - Paradigm Search has his own website now. He has moved on to bigger and better things!

@Randy - How much money do you have to spend?


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I have suggestions but none I can put in print...........How do I find Para's website? I had no idea he intended to leave here! Oh well, I wish him much luck. On to bigger, better things is always a great idea.

LOL.....Let me know if Randy buys your oceanfront property. I have a yacht for sale.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago

Hi Lela, maybe you could sell the condo to WB and he could put the bridge to nowhere on it and go over is /;o}


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey guys, been out taking Mom to her therapy--mainly walking-and to the grocery store. She'll 95 next month and I can hardly keep up with her in the store. I'm gonna have to put her in my will...

Hey Will, you must be bored to venture into the PO hood. :P Yes, the forums got to tame for Para I suppose. Or he may be pouting because there was no Forum King category in this years Hubbie Awards. You know how sensitive he is......

A condo AND a yacht? Let me check my mad money, but I can hardly resist since the condo is on the oceanfront.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

WB just wished for me to die early. He wrote it on a Diogenes hub about cars where I said that that I loved my Chrysler so much I would probably be buried in it. He said he hoped it would be sooner, not later.

What a guy!

Para's website - http://www.websitewithnoname.com/

I personally like the Hillary/Trump War tweets - side by side.

Paula - Trump's yacht was repossesed, maybe you should just give him yours.

The condo is submitting a health report today. No mold, thank goodness.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

http://hubpages.com/autos/A-Few-Cars-I-Loved-or-Ha...

And he's back......

Get this - Now Wild Bill wants me to quit harassing HIM! hahahaha


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Trump needs a yacht? My price just tripled!....Seriously, his yacht was repossessed?

Randy your Mom sounds like a Spring chicken!! Bless her heart. At 95 she must have just about seen and heard all there is to know!


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

BTW Lela, Yes, there surely is a way to deal with snakes like W.B. In fact there are several ways. Since any & all encounters here, exclusively on a writing site of course, ways to deal with the darlings are obviously limited to print. Our beloved Randy has utilized the wise, quick & actually the best way. The painless Delete action & certainly refusing to respond any comment from them at all. The benefit to this is that it encourages others to go ahead and be brave and just do it! I really don't know why people hesitate.

The delete action seems to have caught on in the case of our lovely Scripture Screecher (N..!) I have noticed at least 3 fellow-writers who

have instantly deleted each & every one of her rants, almost as quickly as she can post them!! LOL....Oh and she does continue to post them. That woman is not only cuckoo, she's also stubborn. Poor thing.

I received an email from one of our well known and much loved hubbers who has had several lengthy communications with HP on the matter of trolls, sock puppets & the like....Cutting to the chase, I understand that when things begin to settle down and slow down a bit for all the big guys, this is an issue they fully intend to tackle full force. That will be a wonderful thing. Till then, we continue to grin & bear.....well, maybe not the grin part!


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey guys, been out again and just logged on to see your posts. I went to Bob's hub and read about your confrontation with WB. I wasn't surprised at his claim of innocence as all trolls act in such a manner. I think it turns them on in some perverted manner. I liked that you asked him why he was so angry with you. He never answered, of course.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Paula, yes Mom is a trip. She has seen a lot of things in her life and remembers all of them. She's one of the last true southern cooks left in this area and is much loved by those who know her.


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

He's just an angry person.....angry at people, places and things, angry with himself....even angry at the wind. Must be so sad to be that way. No joy, no laughter, no friends, no loved ones....just a whole lot of empty hours to harass and stalk, lie and bicker and play silly childish games....... What? Who ME? I didn't say "Hopefully sooner rather than later about YOU....." Yeah, right, OK Sir LieAlot, we believe you. Now take your meds and go Beddy-bye.

Oh Randy, thinking about your Mom's authentic Southern cooking is making my stomach growl!!


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I'm trying to find someone who wants to drive to upstate N.Y. with me. Bob won't go because of his back and his agoraphobia, LOL. He will hardly go to the store.

I won't fly because I did so much of that when I was a consultant. And I have this nice big land yacht which is perfect for an extended road trip.

If I find a traveling buddy, I want to swing through Georgia and eat some of that food you speak of! Hollee's and your mom's cooking sounds like just the perfect ticket. Plus, I always wanted to see Brunswick. We almost picked that place to move to from Hawaii. Austin won out because of the music scene.

Paula, my older, elder sister lives near Saratoga Springs. Is that nearby for you?


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Come on down, Lela! We don't need an excuse to have a party down here. Be glad to see you! :)


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I'm working on it. She wants me to come up and she isn't going to live much longer. She's 10 years older than me, so I've got to get up there soon.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I can understand your wanting to see her in person, Lela. Phones and computers are great to communicate with people, but it's not the same as seeing them in person.

Sure, crank up that Hemi and hit the road. Gas is around $1.90 per gal here. How many gallons per mile do you get in that monster? :P


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

On the highway, I have gotten as much as 25 mpg. Driving around normal I get about 18. The Hemi really only kicks in when I punch it. Which I do admit to having a heavy foot. That Richard Petty driving course taught me to always drive fast.

I was in Macon, Georgia once. Wasn't much to see there as I recall. But the folks were friendly.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Not bad at all. Yep there's still not much to Macon. but yes, the folks are typical southerners. You mentioned Brunswick, it has grown so much over the last decade or so. There are some beautiful old houses in the old part of town. They were making a movie with Ben Afleck there last fall when we stayed at Jekyll Isle. I can't remember the name of it but Beth would know I'd wager.

What made you consider Brunswick?


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

It was in a strategic location and really looked like a nice place. It's right on the Interstate that goes up to New England where Bob is from. I liked it because it was 'southern' and near the ocean, plus it was a medium sized city. Also, the Chamber of Commerce said that they never get hurricanes because of that 'bend' where Florida meets Georgia. The hurricanes go from Florida up to South Carolina and just pass Brunswick by. Well, that's not true, but the hurricanes are rare for that part of Georgia.

And I love peaches!


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's a very old town as it was the second settlement after Savannah in Georgia. Scots founded the town around 1735 and you're correct, hurricanes seldom strike there. And another great thing is that shrimp is dirt cheap there. That is, if you like 'em.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

My brother had his own shrimp boat. I grew up on Gulf shrimp. It's still my favorite food. But now when I eat it I get a gout attack. I still eat it as often as I think I can get away with it. Do they have red snapper? Or flounder?


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lela.....Depends on your idea of "nearby." I'm at the furthest western point (on Lake Erie). Saratoga Springs/Saratoga County (North of Albany, State Capital) is almost a straight line East of me approximately 350 miles.....Driving I-90 (NYS Thruway) around 5+ hrs......haulin ass & strong bladders!

Randy....Could the Ben Affleck movie have been "Gone Girl??"......Fabulous (disturbing) movie!!


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Gulf shrimp cannot touch Atlantic shrimp for good taste, Lela. The difference is amazing. And yes, you can get red snapper easily and flounder are considered "trash fish" they are so numerous around The Marshes of Glenn. There are so many shrimp there it's the best place in the world to catch spotted seatrout.

Paula, Beth said the movie is called "Live By Night" she thinks. It's due to be released sometime in 2017. I think the time frame was in the 30's but not sure.


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Austinstar 13 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Paula, don't know much about that part of N.Y. I hear the finger lakes area is nice. I really want to see Niagra Falls which is not too far from my sister's place. But I'll look at the return trip coming back through the interior.

On the way up, I want to go coastal!

But it's still in the planning stage. If I don't make it this fall, it will have to be next summer, probably August for the horse races.

I don't think I want to drive in snow or ice, LOL.


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Austinstar 13 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Finally! Do we think that Sergeant Prepper is now going to quit calling Obama a "muslim, Kenyan, non-citizen, horrible, rotten, terrible" President? Oh, I am laughing so hard at the conspiracy theorists RWNJs!

This just in, Obama is now calling the Donald out on his promise to PAY anyone 5 Million dollars to prove that Obama was born in the U.S.A. (or Kenya). Whatever.

It's fun watching the clowns dig themselves into holes they can't get out of. Well, until they blame Hillary.


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Austinstar 13 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Great question, Randy! He has made half hearted attempts at apologizing. Of course, he's considers himself the best apologizer ever. Everyone say so.


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Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I simply cannot understand why his followers like the way he operates. Even when he admitted Obama was born in the US he blamed the Birther movement on Hillary. I'm hoping someone can come up with something he is on record for giving an apology for a wrong he did someone. I believe he has a mental thing about apologizing for anything.

But we'll see if the usual Trump pushers even deign to answer. I noticed they had little to say about the Income Tax question. LOL!


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fpherj48 13 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lela......Niagara Falls, NY or Niagara Falls, Canada? Obviously just across the bridge from one another.....but I'm about an hr. from N.F. NY

and your sister would be about 4 hrs from N.F. NY.....Just take a look at a map of NY.....Your sister is (like I said) nearly straight line across the State from me. If you wind up thinking you'll be out this way, let me know, I'll send you my Number!


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Austinstar 13 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Paula - one of the reasons I don't want to fly is that I LOVE road trips! I can't afford an RV and all the maintenance, and this trip would be to road trip through the Eastern part of the U.S.A. It's actually cheaper to spend all day in my car and rest in hotels at night, rather than try to buy an expensive RV, fuel, maintenance, and towing, and 50 other things. I just want to jump in the car and go!

I did 10 states in the Western U.S.A. and it was the most fun in my life.

I don't plan too far in advance. But I do plan the route in general. And I try to discover the best things to see. So, if me and sis get up to Niagra Falls, N.Y. I will definitely give you a shout out!

Randy, my whole family are Trump supporters. I'm the black sheep, of course. They sincerely believe in the superiority of the white race. That means never having to say they are sorry. But it is DEPLORABLE! LOL


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Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I've always enjoyed road trips alone myself Lela. I've not took one in a long time though. Seems like there's no pressure at all to stick to either the route or a schedule.


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Faith Reaper 12 days ago from southern USA

Randy, your story is the best ever! I fell in love with your Dad through your story. I am partial to country boys it seems.

I'm glad I'm clueless as to what all of these comments are concerning and so I will just reiterate that I really love your story.


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Randy Godwin 12 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm so pleased you liked the story of my Dad's life, Faith. He was one of the most humble and well liked men I've ever known in my rather long life. This tale covers but a small part of his experiences in the war and after he came home again.

I plan to write an expanded version sometime soon. Thanks again for your nice comments, Faith. :)


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Faith Reaper 12 days ago from southern USA

I so look forward to reading the expanded version, Randy!

I know your expanded version will be just as fine a write too, and even more so without nothing else added to distract from the story. : )


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Austinstar 9 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I just came from my cardiologist. and I had to list what my dad died from, also what my mom died from. It reminded me of this story about your dad, Randy.

We have so many memories of our parents.

My dad died because of his profession. He was a photoengraver. He made big metal plates for The Houston Post. This was back in the days when they still used 'the presses' to print newspapers.

He etched the photo plates with strong acids. The acid fumes ate up his lungs. This was in the days before OSHA and even air vents.

He slowly suffocated to death because of the damage to his lungs.

I would not wish that kind of death on my worst enemy. I often wonder if he regretted his choice of professions. But I think back then, the newspaper game was the only one in town.

I went to journalism school. The same one that Dan Rather went to. I never became a journalist though, unless you count HubPages.

Do words live forever? Do metal photographs? How will we ever know?


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Randy Godwin 9 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I believe our dads knew what they loved to do with their time, Lela. I don't believe anything lasts forever, even the human spirit dies at some point. Just my opinion though. I hope I'm pleasantly surprised otherwise, of course. :)

Hope you get good news from the Docs!


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Austinstar 9 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Got some heart monitor tests ordered. Fun times. Then a colonoscopy too. It's the 500,000 mile check up. Middle age. You know the drill.


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Randy Godwin 9 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yep, I do indeed know the routine, Lela. Just had my oil checked a few weeks ago and am good for 3 more years. Don't say "drill"....


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Austinstar 6 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Here is my profound thought for the day....

"I think there should be a law requiring ALL children born to be "interracial".

The sooner we produce generations of children that are all the same shades of brown, the sooner we can stop killing human beings over "race" differences.

Oh, and there should be a law about killing other humans over religion too."


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Say Yes To Life 6 days ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Austinstar - sounds like something a Baha'i Faith person would say!


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Austinstar 6 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, for sure it's something this atheist will say!


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Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I agree with you, Lela! I also think the policemen should take an IQ test before they get the job. Too many gung ho ex-military and civilians are filling their ranks.


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Austinstar 2 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

So the "undecideds" finally saw Hillary and Trump side by side apparently for the first time ever. The poll of those undecideds is running 80/20 pro Hillary. Go figure.

My work here is done.


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Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Trump had his plow cleaned, as we sodbusters refer to it in the Deep South. Not surprised at all as he finally met someone he couldn't bully like he did during the primaries. What a dumbass he is....


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Randy Godwin 29 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yo POs, still hot enough to enjoy the pool down here. Yes, I do believe in Global Warming because I've lived through the different weather patterns in this same part of the country my entire life.

Farmers--specially us old 'uns--spent a lot of time looking at the clouds and wishing for rain, and in the process, gained a bit more insight into the weather than city folk as a rule.

But what really convinced me was when the iceman--I think they called him Autzi or something similar--thawed out after being frozen for over 5000 years. Now that was a clue! LOL!


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Austinstar 27 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

The polar bears running out of ice to hunt from was a big clue. Now they are hunting more humans because they can't get to their natural food source anymore.

The whole world is slowly losing oxygen too. Probably because all the rain forests are being reduced while the human population keeps going up.

We are getting to the point of too many people for this planet to sustain. Soylent Green is just around the corner. Enjoy your crackers, people.


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Randy Godwin 26 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

Trump will solve the problem by starting a nuclear war and decreasing the excess population, Lela. Of course, he'll be in a bunker like a former tyrant of note...


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Austinstar 13 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

Maybe that is why so many clueless breeders are Trump supporters. They know the anti-Christ has to rise before the rupture, er, rapture.


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Austinstar 9 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

How many illegal deals and r@pe charges are going to be filed on Donald before they arrest Hillary?


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Randy Godwin 7 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

I really don't think Trump wants to go there, Lela. Too many skeletons in his OWN closet.

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