So, Anyway…

I’m still waiting for my Q&A answers to be sent or brought back to me. So while we are waiting I’ll rehash the David Phillips story to bide my time.

When I was 19, I enrolled at and attended, for about 2 weeks, an institution of higher learning in Montgomery. I had a friend who went to the same school and one night we decided it would be a good idea for us to ride together. So, we made plans to meet in Wetumpka at the Winn Dixie parking lot (where else?) at 7:00 AM.

At that point in my life, actually having and holding down a job for more than just a few days wasn’t something I put a lot of emphasis on(think Mountasia miniature golf for 2 days, but that’s another story). I got there a little early that day. Getting up early was not something I did a lot of then so I wanted to be sure I wasn’t late. I pulled into the parking lot and, not seeing David yet, pulled into a parking space and waited.

Within 10 minutes I saw him pulling into the parking lot. He obviously didn’t see me because he pulled into a parking spot several spaces away from me and in a different row altogether. I took a deep breath, opened the door and began to sleepily shuffle over to his car.

I open the door, flop down into the passenger seat, close the door and say, “Man, I’m gonna’ have to get used to getting up this early. I’m tired.” For the next 7 or 8 seconds there was complete silence. Which doesn’t seem like a long time until you read the next part of my story. After those seconds had passed, I turned and looked at David to see what was the matter. Only it wasn’t David. Sitting, staring at me, with a half bewildered, half afraid look on his face was…some guy I’d never seen before!

Without missing a beat, I said, “If you see David Phillips, tell him I’ll be waiting for him in my car.” With that, I got out and walked back to my car to wait for David. It took me a year before I ever shared that with anyone. I don’t know if there is a moral to this story or not. Apparently not, but it did fill up a little space for now.

Hopefully, I’ll have something that is actually a little interesting later this evening.

First Q&A Should Be Posted Tomorrow! Don’t Miss It!

If anyone has any suggestions for someone you think would be interesting to get to know a little bit about from here in our area, let me know. I got a grand total of zero suggestions last time i asked except for one smart-aleck anonymous poster. So, give me some suggestions and some questions you’d like to see asked. Keep it tasteful, please.

More Music Festival Stuff

After talking with several people who read my post about some sort of music festival in Wetumpka, I have come to the conclusion that I am not the only person who’d like to see something like this happen. If you were going to be involved in the planning of something like this (and you can be), what sort of direction would you like to see it go?

What sort of acts would you like to see? What sort of vendors? What could a festival in Wetumpka be called? I would love to hear as many ideas as you can come up with. Just remember, we really want it to be unique. Not just a carbon copy of the same things everybody else does. If you’d rather not post here, email me at

Power of Purple 5k

Don’t forget about the Power of Purple 5k benefiting the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life coming up this Saturday at 10 a.m. Registration and number pick-up will be from 8:00 – 9:30 with the race beginning at 10. Entry fee is $15 for pre-registration and $20.00 on race day.

For more information contact Jeanne Dulaney at 294-1583 or Julie Bridgman at 567-6639.

A Festival! Everyone Loves A Festival, Right?

For the last couple of years, I’ve been thinking that Wetumpka, downtown Wetumpka specifically, would be a great place to have some sort of music/arts festival. Something that would be sort of like Montgomery’s Jubilee Cityfest or Birmingham’s City Stages, just smaller. And maybe even better.

The last time I went to Jubilee was a few years ago and that was to see only one band, the Zac Brown Band. So I paid the $25 for a ticket, watched the hour or so long show and left before Foghat went on.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Foghat. Or L.L. Cool J. or Hinder or The Lost Trailers. My favorite times at Jubilee in years past were spent watching performers like Sunpie Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots, pre-hit single fame Zac Brown Band, and Beth Nielsen Chapman. How cool would it be to be able to say you saw the next band that’s destined to make it big but hasn’t yet right here in Wetumpka? I always preferred the artists that you don’t get to hear on the radio a million times a day and see on the cover of every entertainment magazine at the bookstore.

There’s just a certain…I don’t know…atmosphere that seems to be missing these days from the festivals I mentioned. Or maybe it’s just me. Either way, I think our city is a wonderful place for a new festival of some sort to be born.

With as many outdoors enthusiasts as we have and with our resources, my initial thought would be for it to revolve around some of these activities, existing or new. We’ve got mountain bikers, road bikers, whitewater for kayaking and canoeing, boat races, road races for runners. There’s no reason I can think of that would prevent us, whoever us is, from tying some of these things together and turning them into one big weekend event, lining up some good regional talent with maybe one “headliner” and just having a big time!

Think of it: downtown Wetumpka from Gold Star Park on down toward Company Street lined with food vendors, artists of all kind showing and selling their wares, with maybe three or four stages of music. I had the opportunity one evening to spend a few minutes at Coosa River Adventures with Chris and Therese and about 25 or so others while a guy with a guitar played and sang. It was a great atmosphere for a hot, summer Friday night. An artist doesn’t have to be famous to be entertaining. Many of us have heard extremely talented, entertaining bands and musicians that we’d not heard before or maybe even heard of at all. Incorporate a 5k or a bike race or both and you’ve got a party on your hands!

Maybe it’s a pipe dream but I just think that with all of our resources that Wetumpka is a prime spot for a festival that is different than anything else going in the River Region. I mean, who would have thought five years ago that our first Mardi Gras celebration would be such a hit in its first year. Shannon Fontaine and all of his people did a great job in putting it together and the people came out. It will only get better every year. Enlist some of the same people who made that happen and we could have a bang-up event that brings people in and shows off our wonderful, beautiful little city. Just my thoughts. What are yours? Anyone interested?

Send ‘Em All Home!

Collateral damage – noun: Unintended damage, injuries, or deaths caused by an action, especially unintended civilian casualties caused by a military operation.

The tea parties were a success. As long as we define success as lots of people showing up at an event to express their displeasure over a particular issue. In this case, too many taxes. It is beyond me how any right-thinking person can look at the current tax structure and believe otherwise.

But, as a society we have grown apathetic and comfortable. Sure, we make signs and attend rallies and then when election time comes, the time we can make a real difference, we elect the same career politicians to do the same things they’ve always done. What those things are I can’t say. Because I don’t know.

What I do know is this: With all the promises made by those we send to Washington to represent our interests, and with those we send to Montgomery for the same reason on a local level, nothing ever changes. Sometimes we fall victim to slick commercials and slogans. Sometimes we are lied to. Sometimes we elect good men who may try to do the right thing but fall prey to the old “when in Rome” mentality, maybe without even realizing it.

There are good men striving to do the right thing in our various governing bodies. Either there aren’t enough of them or they aren’t trying hard enough because things aren’t getting better. Change and reform is always promised but rarely realized. This is where we need to take the tea party concept further. We need a revolution.

Not a revolution with guns and violence and war. But, revolution that involves a thorough house cleaning. My contention is that things will never improve, taxes will never go down, wasteful spending will never stop, pork won’t stop being passed until everyone, EVERYONE, gets a one way ticket home from Washington/Montgomery.

There will be collateral damage. Good men who might be doing a good job will go home, too. That is an unfortunate consequence of what is necessary to get things straightened out. Things have to change. That won’t happen without the people saying we’ve had enough and we’re going to start all over from scratch. Thanks for your service, enjoy your life here in the real world with the rest of us.

Of course, as usual, I could be wrong.

Anybody See This?!?! How Crazy!!! Click Here…

Hey kettle(Fox News), yeah it’s me the pot(CNN). I just wanted to call and let you know that you’re black.

So, it’s acceptable for liberal CNN to be the extreme left wing pro-big government advocate but not acceptable for Fox News to cover a tea-party that is on the opposite side of those views. Nice.

What a maroon!

Those Lovely Celtic Woman Women

Not that anyone cares, but I went to see Celtic Woman about 3 weeks ago. Got tickets with about 50 other people to meet them. Two of them, at least. This was my quote of the day on my facebook page the day after the concert. “No one’s ever done that at a meet and greet before.” Maybe they’ll write a song about me now!

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