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Crab pot Charlie

Alexandria, VA

#41 Mar 12, 2013
Sorry ladies.

The only heroes this town has ever had are crabbers.

The emblem and mascot of this festival should be a crab harvester. This is the hardest job in all creation.

Since: May 10

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#42 Mar 12, 2013
Something that should be good news is being manipulated into a big issue by the same crowd that always seem to be trying to manipulate everything on here into a fiasco.

Might I suggest that if you have specific ideas about the Potomac River Festival you express them to the Chamber of Commerce?

That's how Mr. Smith came to be recruited.

Someone had the idea and shared it with some others involved in the planning for the parade. They made some phone calls, and they worked together to make it happen.

Isn't that how it is supposed to work?

No, some of you would rather wait until a decision is made, and sharp-shoot it to death.

You're likely the same ones that constantly complain on here about how no one is trying to improve the town's image, promote tourism, or promote positive role models for children.

I suggest everyone else on here just ignore their anonymous tirades. They seem to enjoy trying to make lemons out of lemonade.
Felix Penobscot

Falls Church, VA

#43 Mar 12, 2013
Crab pot Charlie wrote:
Sorry ladies.
The only heroes this town has ever had are crabbers.
The emblem and mascot of this festival should be a crab harvester. This is the hardest job in all creation.
I can only agree with your 2nd statement, however, I would also say that tonging for oysters wasn't exactly a cake walk. Some of our biggest heroes and heroines are no longer among us.

Since: Jun 12

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#44 Mar 13, 2013
Tim Curtin wrote:
Something that should be good news is being manipulated into a big issue by the same crowd that always seem to be trying to manipulate everything on here into a fiasco.
Might I suggest that if you have specific ideas about the Potomac River Festival you express them to the Chamber of Commerce?
That's how Mr. Smith came to be recruited.
Someone had the idea and shared it with some others involved in the planning for the parade. They made some phone calls, and they worked together to make it happen.
Isn't that how it is supposed to work?
No, some of you would rather wait until a decision is made, and sharp-shoot it to death.
You're likely the same ones that constantly complain on here about how no one is trying to improve the town's image, promote tourism, or promote positive role models for children.
I suggest everyone else on here just ignore their anonymous tirades. They seem to enjoy trying to make lemons out of lemonade.
Well said Councilman!

Since: Jul 12

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#45 Mar 13, 2013
Crab pot Charlie wrote:
Sorry ladies.
The only heroes this town has ever had are crabbers.
The emblem and mascot of this festival should be a crab harvester. This is the hardest job in all creation.
I wouldn't say only, but this parade is open to anyone having an float. Make an entry that honors crabbers! Find a group to do so. I would love to see a float honoring them.
Clueless

Falls Church, VA

#46 Mar 13, 2013
Susan Pietras-Smith wrote:
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I wouldn't say only, but this parade is open to anyone having an float. Make an entry that honors crabbers! Find a group to do so. I would love to see a float honoring them.
The boat that was decked out to look like a crab in last years boat parade was awesome.

“Local Boy Done Good!”

Since: Feb 10

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#47 Mar 14, 2013
Another publication that the group is considering is about Colonial Beach Watermen.

Photos are hard to get.

Please send me any photos and stories you could share.

Serious responses only please. CB

“Annoying and won't go away....”

Since: Dec 12

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#48 Mar 14, 2013
Does the term "hero" or "heroism" even mean what it was supposed to mean any more? The connotation seems to have been lost over the years.

he·ro [ h&#63484;r&#333; ]
remarkably brave person: somebody who commits an act of remarkable bravery or who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character
somebody admired: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements
main character in fictional plot: the principal male character in a movie, novel, or play, especially one who plays a vital role in plot development or around whom the plot is structured

If you put every single teacher, fire fighter, football player, soldier, sailor, 7/11 worker and police man in that category, it lessens the meaning and intent when you are talking about a REAL hero (i.e. Chris Kyle, Pat Tillman, Captain Sullenberger, etc).

I am a 23+ year Navy Vet, so yes, I am qualified to say this without pissing off any of you too-sensitve hero-worshippers.

The jist of all this? Stop over-using the prase! It waters down wha it REALLY means. A football player as a hero? Please........
-Seriously-

Lexington Park, MD

#49 Mar 14, 2013
The_Bill_P wrote:
Does the term "hero" or "heroism" even mean what it was supposed to mean any more? The connotation seems to have been lost over the years.
he·ro [ h&#63484;r&#333; ]
remarkably brave person: somebody who commits an act of remarkable bravery or who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character
somebody admired: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements
main character in fictional plot: the principal male character in a movie, novel, or play, especially one who plays a vital role in plot development or around whom the plot is structured
If you put every single teacher, fire fighter, football player, soldier, sailor, 7/11 worker and police man in that category, it lessens the meaning and intent when you are talking about a REAL hero (i.e. Chris Kyle, Pat Tillman, Captain Sullenberger, etc).
I am a 23+ year Navy Vet, so yes, I am qualified to say this without pissing off any of you too-sensitve hero-worshippers.
The jist of all this? Stop over-using the prase! It waters down wha it REALLY means. A football player as a hero? Please........
First - thank you for your service!!!

Your very words -

"or who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character
somebody admired: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements"

Torry Smith fits these statements.

Great Kid growing up during hard time for a family. Keeping his head on straight and help to make things better for his family. He did not fall into the wrong crowd or drugs. He graduated High School and College - he could have taken the easier road as some young folks do, but he didn't. He worked hard to get where he is and all the while helping his family.("has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character")

It is clear he is admired by the people of this town, young and old. He is proud to have come from Colonial Beach and does not mind telling people about Colonial Beach or how his life started and had been.("somebody admired: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements")

Why would you want to try to take anything from this young man or the Town??

Since: Jun 12

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#50 Mar 14, 2013
-Seriously- wrote:
<quoted text>
First - thank you for your service!!!
Your very words -
"or who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character
somebody admired: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements"
Torry Smith fits these statements.
Great Kid growing up during hard time for a family. Keeping his head on straight and help to make things better for his family. He did not fall into the wrong crowd or drugs. He graduated High School and College - he could have taken the easier road as some young folks do, but he didn't. He worked hard to get where he is and all the while helping his family.("has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character")
It is clear he is admired by the people of this town, young and old. He is proud to have come from Colonial Beach and does not mind telling people about Colonial Beach or how his life started and had been.("somebody admired: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements")
Why would you want to try to take anything from this young man or the Town??
Excellent post! Agreed

“Annoying and won't go away....”

Since: Dec 12

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#51 Mar 14, 2013
-Seriously- wrote:
<quoted text>
First - thank you for your service!!!
Your very words -
"or who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character
somebody admired: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements"
Torry Smith fits these statements.
Great Kid growing up during hard time for a family. Keeping his head on straight and help to make things better for his family. He did not fall into the wrong crowd or drugs. He graduated High School and College - he could have taken the easier road as some young folks do, but he didn't. He worked hard to get where he is and all the while helping his family.("has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character")
It is clear he is admired by the people of this town, young and old. He is proud to have come from Colonial Beach and does not mind telling people about Colonial Beach or how his life started and had been.("somebody admired: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements")
Why would you want to try to take anything from this young man or the Town??
Well, they were the dictionary's words actually.

Not trying to take one thing away from this gentleman. I was only stating the overuse of the term "hero" and where it applied to other folks comments. Good for Torrey and I applaud him. But how do you stick a football player into the same category as a real hero? Courage and strength of character? They once said that about OJ Simpson, Michael Vick and Kobe as well. NO, I am not lumping Torrey in with them. Only using it as an example. Once again, the term and meaning is getting watered-down.

BTW, I do expect to get flamed for this. But mean no harm or ill-intent to Torrey. My observations have nothing to do with him personally.

Since: May 10

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#52 Mar 14, 2013
The_Bill_P wrote:
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Well, they were the dictionary's words actually.
Not trying to take one thing away from this gentleman. I was only stating the overuse of the term "hero" and where it applied to other folks comments. Good for Torrey and I applaud him. But how do you stick a football player into the same category as a real hero? Courage and strength of character? They once said that about OJ Simpson, Michael Vick and Kobe as well. NO, I am not lumping Torrey in with them. Only using it as an example. Once again, the term and meaning is getting watered-down.
BTW, I do expect to get flamed for this. But mean no harm or ill-intent to Torrey. My observations have nothing to do with him personally.
No flaming from me.
I think we can agree to the extent that what is needed for our youth are more positive role models.
They can come from a variety of walks of life.
The important thing is that the kids can identify with them as someone coming from the same background as them.
That's what makes kids today really look up to them.
When they know that person sat in the same classrooms, walked the same streets and lived a similar childhood as them, they pay attention to what they have to say.

“Annoying and won't go away....”

Since: Dec 12

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#53 Mar 14, 2013
Tim Curtin wrote:
<quoted text>
No flaming from me.
I think we can agree to the extent that what is needed for our youth are more positive role models.
They can come from a variety of walks of life.
The important thing is that the kids can identify with them as someone coming from the same background as them.
That's what makes kids today really look up to them.
When they know that person sat in the same classrooms, walked the same streets and lived a similar childhood as them, they pay attention to what they have to say.
OK, I can get behind that.
plz

Hanover, VA

#54 Mar 14, 2013
would yall plz give the torrey smith thing a rest.jhc enuff is enuff!!!!!!!!!!

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