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Return of the Poisonous Ones : Son of a Batch

Updated on March 21, 2014
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Randy Godwin is a true southern male who enjoys writing about the past in his part of the world. I hope you enjoy my Tales of the South.

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We're Baaack!

Yes, this is merely another transparent attempt at messin' with HP's moderators and the highly touted QAP system. Actually, this is a place where friends can chat without going on the forums and getting embroiled into another hopeless discussion. Lucky for me as I am serving an indeterminate forum ban according to the powers that be.

Anyway, I'll slop along and get to the faux tale so we can begin chewing the fat without the page taking forever to load. So without further ado I present:

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A Witch In Honeysuckle

I’d never heard anything about there being a witch in this part of the country until I was in the fourth grade at Honeysuckle Elementary School. Of course, this was in 1960 when I lived a ways out in the country.

Unlike many of my classmates, I didn’t get to hear the latest news as it made the rounds through the many gossips and other busybodies whose job it was to surprise and sometimes frighten the locals.

My name is Ricky Moss, only son of Kathy and John Moss who operated a small farm not far outside of town. Having never put too much stock in anything supernatural--although the swamps and bays of this South Georgia country was indeed conducive to such tales of ghosts and other malevolent creatures--the story of the witch pricked my imagination enough to want to see her with my own eyes.

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“She’s almost too awful to look at,” Katie Jones gasped “all humped over with her head crooked to one side.” She was cute with her blond hair and blue eyes, but I would only notice this a few years later. Tommy Gray--a short chubby boy with red hair--agreed with Katie. “She flashed her evil eye at Joe and Becky Thomas last Saturday while they were in town. They said it was all clouded up and creepy lookin’ and scared the heck out of ‘em both.”

I thought about what the other kids had said about the witch all day during my studies, mulled the information over while half hearing the teacher drone on about history and other subjects. I had to have a look at the witch of course, simply had to. I questioned the Thomas children about what time of day they’d encountered the witch last weekend and made my plans accordingly.

I suppose I wasn’t the only curious 4th grader hankering to see the scary old crone in person, but not too close, of course. The alley along the railroad tracks and behind the storefronts--where the witch had been sighted last Saturday--appeared to be deserted shortly before 5 o’clock in the afternoon, but I saw movement and heard voices indicating otherwise.

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The Encounter

There were several more of my classmates secreted behind the garbage cans and packing crates strewn along the narrow alley behind the stores. I recognized both Tommy and Katie’s voices as I picked my own particular place to observe the witch in safety, but I stayed at my vantage point until the sun was almost down and the shadows had completely darkened the alley. It was only after I was almost ready to leave when I noticed someone moving along the narrow space slowly and with a strange gait.

Dressed completely in black, the figure passed right in front of the place Tommy and Katie were waiting. I could now see the stooped over form of an old woman, her head twisted at an odd angle as she leaned upon her cane during her passage. She only possessed one eye, the other was covered by a black patch held by a strap across her forehead. The ebony shawl she wore over her head obscured all but her face.

Yes, her face was covered in dark liver spots,. Moles and warts seemed to vie for space on her ancient visage as if they belonged there. Her teeth seemed to be placed at random in her mouth, her chin jutted out at an angle which never faced forward towards her destination. There was no doubt this was the witch we’d heard of, no doubt at all.

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The Evil Eye

She seemed to know we were there watching her, sensed we needed to see her, to know there was such a creature after all. She stopped and slowly lifted the patch covering her eye, let us see the dead white thing which now occupied the worthless socket in her head. She drew a figure in the dust--a pentagram by the looks of it--then hurried on by, a cackling laughter in her wake was all we were left with. Other than the thoughts she instilled in us that day, that is.

The event affected all of us observers, but in different ways of course. I believe it bothered me more than the other kids at the time for a very good reason. The next afternoon, after we returned from church, I decided to confront my feelings by riding my bike down an isolated dirt road just outside of Honeysuckle’s city limits. An old unpainted house sat just off the road among the trees, blending perfectly into the surroundings, almost invisible if you didn’t know it was there.

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Confrontation

After leaning my bike up against the small stoop, I approached the front door and gently rapped on it twice with my knuckles. In a few moments the witch herself slowly opened the door. Of course she invited me in for milk and cookies, witches always do that in fairy tales. This particular ruse always seems to work well getting innocent children inside of a witch’s lair, and this time was no exception.

You see, I had known the witch all of my short life, had loved her as long as I’d known her. She was actually my great aunt and was no witch at all. My mother had long since filled me in on Aunt Millie’s misfortunes in life. “She was once the most beautiful woman in these parts, “ my Mom told me. “She seemed to have everything going for her, was married to a very handsome man who made her happier still. Until the accident happened, that is.”

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The Witch's Misfortune

“While she and her new husband were on a trip to Atlanta, a terrible train wreck took many lives, her husband’s among them. Millie was horribly mangled and most believed she would never recover from her injuries. She did though, but not without having a disfigured body. lost sight in one eye, and sustained such horrible facial injuries which caused many people to look away when they beheld her.”

So this was the witch of Honeysuckle. Millie still loved life and she loved me like I was her own. She kept me for my Mom many times when I was a small child. She loved to tell me stories using her voice to make all of the different characters come alive in my head. I finally asked her why she had began scaring the kids in the alley lately, why she dressed like, and acted as if, she were indeed a witch.

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Everyone Needs Some Fun

“I suppose I just wanted a bit of fun for a change," she explained. "It began as an accident long ago when I encountered some children on my way to pick up my weekly groceries from the back of Mr. Jordan’s store. I never went up front because my appearance seemed to disturb some people and I didn’t want that at all. After that I dressed as I though a witch would, embellished my actions to add a little mystery to my appearance. And the adults know I‘m only having some fun because I scared them too when they were small.”

I promised to keep her secret around the other kids, and even to vouch for the veracity of the tales about her. Everyone needs to have a hobby of some sort. And as I said earlier, I loved this old woman. The old axiom, “Beauty is only skin deep” is wrong. It should read “Ugly is only skin deep, but beauty is to the heart.” I can personally vouch for the truth in these words.

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks so much, John! I had to scroll up when Patricia commented earlier to see what the story was about. LOL! I usually don't include the title of the yarn on these chat hubs.

      All is good here on the isle and I trust you're also well. :)

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Randy, this is a beautiful story with a great message. So glad it was reshared for Halloween. Hope all is good with you.

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks so much for your time and nice comments, Patricia. And yes, outer beauty doesn't age with time. :)

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      Patricia Scott 23 months ago from sunny Florida

      What a great story ....I love love loved it..I do not know how I missed it. The warmth and love far overshadows any outward lack of beauty as we all know. Too many times folks miss out on meeting really great people due to their exterior; sadly some of the most beautiful appearing are the ugliest.

      I hope you are recovered well..I see in comments your discussion.

      Take care of you.

      Angels are on the way... ps shared

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      chris 2 years ago

      Does anyone know where I can find a blank "property contract form" to fill out?

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      That used to happen to me a while back, Debbie. I haven't experienced for quite sometime now. Obviously a HP glitch of some sort. It's the weekend you know and everyone may be off for the fourth too.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      It's not just my comment. There are missing comment from everyone here. It shows a gap between 7 days an 97 minutes.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks for your time, Ann! Yes, everyone needs some sort of recreation, even witches! :)

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Nothing in my spam filter Debbie. I don't know where your comment ended up! :(

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      @Cynthia--Yes, the snake handling cults seem to think they can personally test their faith using poisonous vipers, even their children are not immune to the danger. Idiots! Thanks for dropping by, I miss your presence here. :)

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Wow something ate my comment.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Great tale, Randy. Every place seems to have its witch or something similar, probably all around the world; unfortunate people who have been disfigured somehow. It's sad. However, I like the way this one is upbeat and playful, showing the world she doesn't care. The relationship between boy and aunt is clever - a conspiracy!

      Ann

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Don't get sober on my account, Hollie! A good buzz is worth a few hours of miscommunication at times. :P

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      So that's where you've all been? I'm a bit a drunk after enjoying a couple of glasses of Merlot. Will head to hub when slightly more sober and can actually read it.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yes Phyllis, my tales are not required reading in order to be able to comment or talk to the other POs. I mainly write them to get the hub featured but I'm always pleased when folks enjoy my tales.

      Skunks and coons are very entertaining creatures to watch with the skunk being a better mouser than a cat. They are worth their weight in canned cat food too. :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Are you saying I did not have to read the whole thing -- word for word? Good grief, Randy! Well, I enjoyed it anyway.

      Hey - my son has a raccoon that hangs around for kitty food, too. And a skunk that prefers canned kitty food over kibbles. Geesh!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Funny aa, check out the new chat hub I published yesterday. Reading it is not required in order to comment on it. lol!

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      aa lite 3 years ago from London

      OMG my sister and brother in law went to some dinner and left me babysitting. They were so worried about the hysterics of the 3 year old if she saw them leaving that they got out of their bedroom window. Lol.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Tell it all sister......! lol!

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago

      Lol, Randy. Your spelling is correct. Unfortunately I have come across many, and also stepped in my share as well.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I'm sure it's merely a local spelling, S&F. A turd by any other name still smells........! lol!

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago

      Lol! You are right Randy! You absolutely have better teachers in the Peach State. Also, that's what I get for typing on my cell phone while riding in a car during a torrential downpour. :D

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      We spell "terd" differently here in Georgia, S&F. Y'all must have better school teachers out there. :P

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago

      Raining so hard, in Texas we call this kind of rain a "terd floater."

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago

      Thanks, guys. There's a heckuva storm at the moment. Hope you're all well.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Glad you guys are having good time, S&F! Eat a good steak for me and wish your son well in the tournament too! :)

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      SmartAndFun Sounds like you are having a wonderful time.

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago

      We are in Omaha having a great time. Taking in tons of Little League baseball and also the College World Series. Impressed with this town! Very nice! My son's team so far has played four games, has lost to a bad team and beaten a great team. More games tomorrow. Now headed to The Drover for steaks. :)

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Thanks Randy!!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I'm here Debbie, but just checking in after publishing a new hub. This one is getting slow as most do after 1500 or so comments. You can find it here:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Poisonous-Ones...

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Where is everyone?

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Anyone else experiencing no notifications to the hubs we are following? I am getting spotty notifications. I know it is slow this time of year, but I am reading the feed and several have posted comments to their hubs and even some have spoke to me and yet they have not appeared on my notification at the top of the screen. Is HP doing some work on the site?

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Yep, business as usual. The focus shifts from punishment and rehabilitation, to, well, just profit. How much can we make from this damaged person's offences and their victim's distress?

      In terms of full prisons, Randy. The Strangeway's riot occurred within days ( a day, I think) of the poll tax riots. It brought a seemingly untouchable PM to her knees. Her own party kicked her out, as Dennis Skinner put it "like a dog in the night"

      I'd read about the overcrowding in Strangeways a couple of months ago. Three men occupying a two man cell. Try as I might, there's absolutely no way that you could fit an extra bunk in those cells without one of the occupants waking up, face to face, with a toilet bowl that's been used by three. Add to that, in the summer months when it's really warm, you can't open the window more than a couple of centimeters because of the bars; recreation, education and work are off bounds because there aren't enough prison officers to escort? I'll leave the rest to your imagination.

      I'm just thanking F*ck that I've not been placed there. Having said that, I'd refuse.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Yep, that be correct Randy. It is very sad.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I think much of the problem with US prisons are because they are privately owned in some cases. Barbara Bush reputedly owned some shares in such a prison in Texas. They have to keep them full in order to get the optimum compensation--and then some--from the state government. They can't charge for empty rooms and upkeep for prisoners they don't have. It's just business ya know. :o

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      LG, some people make really poor choices when they are younger- and there's a whole host of reasons for this. They are not born bad.

      I don't know how it works in the US, but in the UK when it comes to transferring a prisoner it's about capacity. So, if an inmate is serving their sentence in a Cat A or B (high sec etc.) but have been deemed suitable for a cat D (which is an open prison in the UK) they have to wait until a place comes available, and usually there's a number of inmates waiting for the same place. When the prisons are privately controlled, they will not extend or improve facilities unless there is profit to be made. Prisoners, crime and victims are commodities it seems.

      I don't think it's fair to say that all who work in the prison system are criminals, but there are certainly some. Again, when it comes to profit, private companies will employ cheap staff who aren't trained-or even educated for that matter. I'm not blaming the staff, I'm blaming the profiteers.

      Going back to poor choices, many prisoners have created victims because of the choices they've made. And some victims have had their lives destroyed because of the offences committed against them. This always has to factor into any equation. It was a bit of a ...how can I put it, at Strangeways, 'we're all innocent miss'. Many may have been innocent of the crime they were convicted for, but pleaded guilty because they didn't want the enforcers to dig too deep. Not all, but many :)

      From my perspective, it's very difficult to balance support for the service user, enforce the order and protect the public. Good people sometimes do bad things- the mission is to help them whilst ensuring that they don't create more victims.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      HollieT that is great!! I am glad they got your garden squared away and played with your dog.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I'll be telling it all, brother (but possibly under a pen name :))

      The gardeners came today and gave my garden a good seeing to. Looks great! They've cut into the roots of the ivy and sprayed them, put up a new hanging basket arm, chopped my conifers to a reasonable height and played football with the dog in the back garden. Neither of the lads could have been more than 22/23 and they've just set up the business (not long ago anyway) recently. They went out of their way to help me, even taking an old charcoal pit to the tip for me, at no extra cost.

      I hate it when the public and the media slag young people off. What a lovely pair of lads, and Tilly really loves football. :)

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Yep. This guy that I have known for a long time has gotten the approval to move close to where he used to live where his family are. That was about a year ago and he is still in the same prison as he has been in for a while now. Why are they holding him there instead of doing as is orders state and move to his new location? Very frustrating for him. It's all crazy and about money. As I read his story I am beginning to see that those who work in the prisons should be the criminals in the system and same goes for the lawyers. I read about how many are youngsters who are there and come and go that do drugs and whatnot. How many time do they have to do those drugs and get caught to sty in there? I know of a person whom did that many times and she is out on parole yet again! This country and the justice system is so wacked out!!! People get the impression that a prisoner, no matter who they are, are guilty. I put in one of his chapters that I wrote a link to a site that showed that 75% that were on death row were proven innocent and not only that but they served about 17 years in the prison system, which ruined them for life..........which makes them perfect targets to go back to prison. It is a vicious cycle. More laws and stricter laws just will not do the trick.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Tell it all sister, tell it all!! :P

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I read some of your blog some months ago, LG. And I did find it interesting. I would go as far as to say that my greatest teacher was the men and women that I've worked with, and their experiences.

      I think the criminal justice system in the UK sucks, but the US system seems even more punitive. (From what I've read)

      I used to work in a high security sh*t hole. Men were treated like animals and then govt. wondered why they were frustrated and rebellious. Doesn't take a genius to work it all out :)

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Well if you want a prisoners standpoint to how it is like to be incarcerated you can read the story that I am posting from a prisoner that I knew...before he was in prison. His story is very interesting and it does open the eyes. Of course this is in an American prison system.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Thanks guys! Randy, I'm not sure how a .44 caliber would go down in court? Lol!

      I'm bound to make a complete arse of myself, it's in my nature. Nevertheless, if and when I share my completely embarrassing moments with you guys in the future, I have no doubt it will provide a welcome giggle. :D

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Good luck Hollie, and be sure and tote a .44 caliber. :P

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Hollie, yes, you are indeed memorable. :D

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Okay, Deb. It's an ever changing world here on the hub. :(

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      One can go on an unfollow blitzkrieg at https://hubpages.com/my/activity/topics-following Includes hubs, hubbers, questions, and forums. I regularly use it to get rid of forum threads.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Good Luck Hollie!

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Randy, I understand that. I did block a couple of followers or members about a year ago or less and they were blocked and all I did was right click on heir comment and it blocked them. It does not appear that we can do this anymore. I even went to the person's profile page and the block member button was gone. All that shows up now it the report button and follow button.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      @ S&F, thanks re: the job :)

      How are we folks?

      PDS, I think the hubscore is complete and utter nonsense. And as for EC's, my observation is that the more pictures you include in the hub the more likely it is that it will be made an EC. Ludicrous really; surely it's the written content that should be accessed?

      I start my new job on Monday; DBS clearance through but not references. Apparently, the references are of not of 'great consequence' because someone has remembered me. When I was told that someone had 'remembered me', I had a moment of complete and utter panic. It was 2005 all over again and I was telling a district manager and a senior where they could stick their job, before my career ending, embarrassing flounce. I'd bloody love to know who's 'remembered me'.

      Anyway, for reasons that I can't yet fathom I'm going to spend a few weeks in a very busy city centre magistrates court before moving onto a field cluster. I've never been based in court before, other than when I was training, and after qualifying to offer the occasional oral or written recommendations. I can't even remember the protocol, and had I to think for ages about how to address the magistrates. I've remembered, it's 'your worships'. Then duly bow and scrape.

      I'm a bit scared, I admit it. It's been years!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I think once you participate in a forum thread it shows up on your feed, Debbie. Not sure as I can't comment on the threads anymore.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Well the question no longer show up on my feed and I have not done anything. Maybe HP already deleted the Question. I dunno!

      I like your "destruct sequence". Gave me a laugh. Thanks.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Another thing I noticed...

      1. Place mouse arrow over offending feed post.

      2. Move arrow to the little "x" that shows up at right.

      3. Observe displayed, grey menu.

      4. Initiate destruct sequence. :D

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Ok I checked and celafoe and neither is graceinus is not on my block list. I can no longer block people with a right click. Now I get sent to their page where it has no function to block them, only to follow. So things have changed!! I looked it up in the search and that does not come up either. I am getting frustrated at this point.

      Oh and it doesn't matter with my comments, they deleted all of them.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      One thing I noticed is it only works going forward. The previous stuff will indeed remain.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      PDS I have blocked celafoe, but they still show up in my feed. I will attempt to block graceinus too right now.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      I seem to be pretty much of a total slacker today. Hardly gotten anything done. I feel too relaxed to do anything. I haven't even come up with topics for my 2 daily B posts. Now that saddens me. :D

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      LadyG It takes a little tinkering, but you can block them from your feed with fiddling around with the filters. It takes a little experimentation, but it can be done. :)

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      I hope that they do see my last status message! I was told by graceinus that I cannot comment on their hubs or Q&A. They cannot do this. This is a public forum. I am not following them nor the other person that attacked me and yet I still get their posts, comments and such on the newsfeed. Is that something new now? It always worked that if you do not follow certain people that you don't get anything from or about them on the newsfeed. When did this change?

      More bullying crap letting slide.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      My concerns were to not stir up another forum hornets nest. I figure there's already been enough excitement over there for awhile. And, yep. HP knows all and sees all. :D

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Er..Paul is a follower of mine so they probably already know, Para. lol! It wasn't an 'in your face' comment at any rate.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Well, I went and edited two more of my hubs. Both of which already get daily traffic. Both of which are already over 2,000 words each.

      One of which has over a half-million views.

      Both of which HP has currently deigned to rate with hubscores in the 50's.

      Figured what with them already being rated in the 50's, nothing to lose by letting them get peed on again.

      Decided to be nice to HP and post this here instead of the forums. :D

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Phyllis. We are candles in the wind... :D

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks for the kind words, Phyllis. And I agree with you about our friend Alastar. He is a good dude and a role model for many HP writers. :)

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      eppie 3 years ago

      Phyllis dear, its Buzz lightyear. I have a grandmother who would be arming herself to hear you call him bud. She loves toy story and Buzz is her favorite character.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Well, Randy, with you being called the favorite hubber (who said that?), and you are a fav of many, we have a good role model for quality writing and respectability. Then there is Alastar, my greatest inspiration and motivator, a true southern gentleman whose only fault is telling Beth how to relieve an itchy ear. With the two of you at HP, how can we go wrong?

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I'm quite pleased with our group of venomous characters, Phyllis. We seem to get heard by some method or another. :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Para: referring to your "Well, between my posts here and my subtle forum thread, hopefully the powers that be are now aware.

      I've done all I can do."

      Me thinks you are becoming a force to be reckoned with.

      Have you all noticed that within the last month, three PO's have received an HOTD? I find this rather amazing. "To eternity and beyond !" as Bud Lightyear would say.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      btw, an excellent movie if you haven't already seen it. But you're gonna have to click to find out what it is. :D

      http://www.bubblews.com/news/3859423-miracle-mile-...

      Oh, darn. The title shows up in the URL. lol

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I agree with you guys about the accolades. It reminds me of grammar school when we got a gold star for doing homework or other such project. And they expect us to have respect for the mods? lol!

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Well, between my posts here and my subtle forum thread, hopefully the powers that be are now aware.

      I've done all I can do.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      @eppie that was one of my reasons too.

      @PDS They are very petty and childish in their actions. I have always said that about the moderators and YES they DO get personal, which is way too bad from a BUSINESS perspective.

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      eppie 3 years ago

      @Randy, some of the reasons I left, to be honest with you.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I wonder who is actually running HP these days. Apparently no one with any sense of pride in the site. Probably the CEO's kids! :P

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      True. But this one bothers me. I regularly report the spammers on the forums. I regularly help newbies on the forums. That specifically is what that accolade is all about. And yet, the critter has been revoked. The only logical conclusion is that someone's personal agenda is going on here. Not to mention my continually dropping profile score. It's already been proven in the past that others have had their scores manually set at "punitive" levels. As long as it's above 84, I couldn't care less. But if it drops below 85 and HP starts trashing my subdomain's reputation re the kind of links I post...

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I set your comment free, Para. Re the accolades: HP removed completely some of my accolades when they banned me from the forums. Petty childish bull$h!t, of course. I suppose they think this stuff is important to me for some stupid reason. lol!

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Randy. My latest comment just gave the HP filter a heart attack. Gone it is. :D

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Someone at HP hates my @ss. I am even pretty sure I know who it is.

      Obviously some people at HP like me; yesterday's HOTD pretty much confirms that.

      However, my forum good-citizen accolade has been revoked and my profile score has now dropped to 86.

      Couple more points, and HP will automatically start telling all the search engines that my subdomain only links to untrustworthy sites and/or spams nothing but affiliate links.

      And another adventuresome day begins... :D

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      SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on your HOTD Para! Also to Hollie on the job offer! I'm staying up late and having some kettle corn to celebrate. :)

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks. It made my day. I guess there's hope for me after all. :D

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      PDS, I have warm fuzzy feeling about your HotD. I was really chuffed when I noticed that it was yours. :D

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Well I revamped two of my hubs today. One on the things to do in my area. There was a few things added and a few taken off because they are not longer in business. The other one was on the Universities and Colleges and I made it more readable now that they have the table feature. I had to take a college off because they did something really wrong and lost their acreddidation.(sp)

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      A pleasant, peaceful day. I even poked my website to send HP some more traffic.

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I will, Randy. :) I think prisons are the most dangerous places to work at the present time, not so much the field offices. I'll be delivering interventions as opposed to holding a caseload. I'll only receive referrals from certain teams when a particular need has been identified. My bag: knowledge and experience (although generic too) is opiate use and specific mental health issues. So, my services will be required for very specific pieces of work. In the past, because of this, I was allocated lots of really complex PSRs (pre sentence reports)

      Now, PSRs will only be written by the National PS, not the CRC (Community rehabilitation companies) the private arm. I'll be working within a CRC.

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Well, I picked up some followers. Too bad they'll all disappear when they discover I don't do automatic follow backs. Besides, there's no way to figure out who they were anymore anyway (that I know of).

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      You know your own needs and limitations, Hollie. Far be it from me to judge what you require in life. I wish you well whatever you decide to do. Be careful at any rate. :)

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Thanks Randy, I don't really- but I need to be able to help my daughter out. In order to earn the amount of money that I can earn as a contracting PO (they earn more than regular staff) working 16-20 hours a week, I'd have to increase my writing output by 60%. It's not doable and even if it was not sustainable.

      I also must be completely bonkers! The criminal justice system is in absolute chaos in this country because of failing Grayling's Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. The stories about risk and public protection are pretty scary. But, I'll be a contract worker who will be floating between offices- not nearly as much stress-or responsibility.

      I'm just thankful that I wont be working in a prison, some are at 170% capacity. Ticking time bomb!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      And congrats on the job offer, Hollie! That is, if you want to work. :)

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Thanks, PDS :D

      Randy, that's true. Traditional British food is pretty bland and boring- but now some Brits think that curry, lasagne and shish kebabs are British.

      Your mum's food sounds lovely!

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Just kidding of course, Hollie. My Mom is famous in these parts for her soul food with an invitation to eat with her being highly sought by the locals. I'm gonna have to video her making biscuits before I get too old to make them.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I didn't think Britain was known for its good food, Hollie! Er..besides fish 'n chips, I mean. :P

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Now this cracked me up, http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/122565#post2597554

      And, Hollie. WTG! WTG! WTG! WTG! WTG! Truly excellent!

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      HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Well, bugger me. I've been offered a job as a Criminal Justice Locum! Congrats PDS :D

      aa, I've messaged you on Facebook!

      Randy, I can too cook!!!

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Re: starting the day. I have renewed stirrings to start a new hub, especially since I knocked down my hub total to 79 yesterday.

      Re: profile score. Looks like 87 is my new norm.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      My profile score went up one point today for some reason. Anyone else?

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Better than starting the day 'plussed off,' Para! :P

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      Person of Interest 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks, guys, re: HOTD. I am nonplussed. Definitely a nice way to start the day.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Phyllis, haha. It does happen.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I tried all sorts of mumbo-jumbo when we needed rain on the farm, Phyllis. Desperation will do that to you when the crops are drying up for lack of rain. We toted pipe until we were worn out, sometimes all during the night every couple of hours or so. Hard work and completely unnecessary it it would just rain. A farmer's plight back then.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Time for some bubbling over at bubblews, then nap time for me. See you all later. BTW, that rain rock story is true and my son did take that rock out.