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Blairsville, GA

Heartless people

Now THAT'S what I'm talking about. I think uncle dad has an extry one on his front porch. If you was heartless, you would not have given me sound advice. I run slow enough when I DON'T have my britches around my ankles. Thank ye until you are better paid, lol.  (Dec 30, 2016 | post #8)

Blairsville, GA

Heartless people

Why, just last night, I went to the outhouse to take a majestic, midnight steamer, and the hogs tried to eat me. I hollered and hollered, but nary a soul came to save me from them bastard_hogs. I had to poop in my hand and throw 'em a treat to buy enough time to get back in the house. I think that's what they mean by "heartless_ba stards." I mean, 'people.'  (Dec 24, 2016 | post #6)

Blairsville, GA

New gun law signed by Neal

That is correct, brutha Timmy. Any muscle, skill or right that one fails to exercise becomes weaker. I never leave my home or shop without Sig_bastard concealed in my pocket, but the longer I've carried, the more times I've pondered ways to prevent getting into a self-defense situation in the first place. I spent a great deal of time contacting our representatives in the General Assembly and all my acquaintances to voice my support for HB60, and for the important rights it helps to preserve. I walked into Walmart one evening, and as I came up behind this older guy, I saw the muzzle of what looked like a .40 S&W pointed at me from the bottom of his shoulder holster. It didn't worry me a lot, but what about a caring mother, with a child strapped into her shopping cart, rounding the corner and finding the muzzle pointing at her and her wee bairn? And the guy who reportedly open-carried to a little league game and scared the hell out of a bunch of kids? Open carry may be a right, but I feel like we need to be careful to conduct ourselves as ambassadors of goodwill for the gun rights we treasure. Open carry for the sake of "in your face" might not be so wise.It's kind of like the bikini chick I've seen at a few car and bike shows, with the big snake around her neck. Now, she'd have you believe she was trying to educate us on how snakes are our friends, and make adorable, cuddly, and affectionate pets, but 99% of that is just for shock value from someone who really wants some attention. I don't want anyone but my wife and kids to know I'm carrying, I'd be afraid that a bad guy would want to pick off the obvious threats first in a bad situation. Anyways, with these freedoms come huge responsibilities, and I'm up for that. Carry it how you like, but I'm just saying let's be considerate, too.  (Apr 28, 2014 | post #28)

Blairsville, GA

Caves around Blairsville?

I'd say that's more than just a little likely. Booger Holler got us through from OwlTown to ride down past the Wimpey's place, on over to Track Rock to put up hay or aggravate girls. My bike was one of several leaned up against the back wall of Shady Grove on MYF nights, Tuesdays, I think. I have a younger brother who lives in Marietta now, and our daddy retired from one of the banks in town about four years ago. That last one is pert near a total giveaway. I was actually named by my mama. When my head came out, she clamped down around my neck until I turned purple, just to get even for the damage I was inflicting, and the nurse wrote the first words out of her mouth on my birth certificate. And all those years, I thought I was named after the legendary buffalo hunter, Rat_Basterson... Delusional, aye.  (Feb 16, 2014 | post #42)

Blairsville, GA

Caves around Blairsville?

I've slept since then, but now I'm itching to get back up there. I do remember that I rode quite a ways into the woods before I came to a gate, and had to go around that to get to the hill climbs. That was back in the day when we would meet on the square every Sunday afternoon, when Harlan was the Sheriff. That's a good memory. I was in the sixth grade when that started and it was no big deal to show up on the square on a dirt bike. circa 1979, 1980, something like that. BACK ON TOPIC. I'll find out what I can and get back to you with something more specific than my anecdotal tomfoolery.  (Feb 15, 2014 | post #38)

Blairsville, GA

Caves around Blairsville?

I lived on Lower Owltown, so coming from the direction of the tree farm, we'd ride our motorcycles up to the USFS (?) Road that went up into Bowers Cove. Going up that road led to two hill climbs, 'The Challenge" and "The Little Challenge" but there was an old road, more of a pig trail that actually started down the other side of that ridge, down to the right.. I think that pig trail was refined and dignified into what is now the entrance to Highland.. whatever the hell it is now. I remember that the mine would be on the left as you went down the pig trail, not more than 500 yards or so. It's one of those things that I could show you better than I could tell you. I'm about due to visit mama and daddy (they still live there) to get goodies that mom always keeps in the fridge for me, so I'll go home around that way and take a little exploratory detour. If someone comes out to give me sh... trouble about it, I'll play dumb. That's not much of a stretch, lol. I'll see if I can get a little intel over the weekend and report back with some nuggets 'o wisdom and keen direction.  (Feb 15, 2014 | post #36)

Blairsville, GA

Caves around Blairsville?

I grew up in Owltown, and I discovered the mysteries of the gold mine when I was about ten (1978) and me and a couple of friends got flashlights and went up there one day thinking it would make a cool fort. Kids... ANYWAYS, the entrance was full of dirt, and there was enough of a hole where you could crawl inside. You could tell animals had holed up there at times. It didn't go far back, maybe 30 or 40 feet? It's been a while. We explored for a while then walked straight up towards the ridge, and roughly half way to the top there was a square opening that had been dug out and framed with some timbers. A two-inch iron pipe came out of the ground and an elbow fitting pointed the next joint of pipe downward into the shaft / hole, which was filled with water. I'm not sure what that part of it was, and it has been 25 years or more since I've been there.I wonder if that was a cistern to supply gravity-fed water to a sluice or something?  (Feb 15, 2014 | post #34)

Blairsville, GA

Them damndole Mexicans

Yeah, ah, this might break the skin a bit, so put a wallet in your mouth and bite on it if you need to relieve the pain and frustration. Here goes... I run a business with an absentee partner, who is always on the road managing installations of our products for our biggest customer. When we started out, we bought one of those quickie-fab steel carports to use as a utility building and a dry place to weld. A couple of Mexican guys showed up and verified the address for the install. These guys had their act together. Two men built a 21'x 31' metal carport, with full roof, full walls, one closed end, and one gable end in just over three hours. They didn't take a smoke break every twenty minutes, or hide in the bathroom while they were texting a girlfriend. Efficiency and dilligence. I've heard people say, "Them damned ol' Mexicans are comin' in here and takin' our jobs!" I submit that them Mexicans are actually coming here and DOING your jobs. Hell, I think we could all take a lesson from them in humility, faithful work ethic, attitiude, and devotion to their families. I see these folks doing jobs that many of us wouldn't lower ourselves to do anyway. Pulling the guts out of chickens, lawn care, metal buildings, construction, you know, grunt work... And living within their means. Even sending some money home. Let's not let this get too political, with sealed borders, and shooting them back into Mexico with Circus cannons, you know what I mean. I'm also talking about a way to help them become legal citizens here, and contribute to American society with taxes and all. Illegals are illegal. I don't want to pay for illegal healthcare and education. Join us and pay in before you take out. I've tried to hire local people, and I start them at $12.75 per hour for work that I often do myself anyway. Nothing awful. I've fired for huffing on the job. I had one that popped pills like Tic-Tacs. Gone. I hired one that didn't show up the first day, and another nice young man, a college sophomore with Christian inclination. He couldn't stop texting long enough to stay on task. I didn't ask him to return after school started back. God forbid you ask someone to show up during deer season. We could take home as much as $2000 per week on the road, and my partner still can't find people who can leave the state because of probation; can't stay sober; can't control their spending well enough to make it for two weeks in a company-supplied hotel without borrowing from co-workers! Can't get to work on time. Idiots who put their paychecks up their noses and complain about not making enough money. $2000 per week, NET! There are bad eggs in every basket, but maybe we're doing our companies a disservice by not learning Spanish. What do you folks think? I'm not sure I'm thinking right on this, so I'd like to share some perspective here. Put down the guns, I don't want to fight, it's just food for thought.  (Sep 9, 2012 | post #1)

Blairsville, GA

Hilton avoids 2 death sentences, working on 3rd

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don't need no water, let the mother%$#@! burn. Burn mother @#$%! burn. I can hear that song as I type this. [Sway, by Coal Chamber] There is too much solid evidence. Maybe Hilton made similar offers to his victims; "If you'll do what I want, maybe I'll let you live." And then he killed them. Abolish the electric chair!!!! Let's institute the electric couch. Fry that bitch and two or three more at the same time with such solid evidence against them as well. The bleeding heart liberals quip, Shouldn't society be better than its criminals? We are. That's why we're free, and able to throw the switch with a clean conscience. I'll take a large Molotov cocktail and a match. TO GO, please. There's somewhere I need to be...  (Sep 8, 2012 | post #2)

Blairsville, GA

Ghosts at Young Harris College

My wallet and bank account were brutally murdered in the business office just before my daughter started there this fall semester. Completely eviscerated. My wallet returned to its previous lifeform of a cow and poops in the yard there on the new moon.  (Sep 4, 2012 | post #8)

Blairsville, GA

today sucks!

My wife scolded me for being a butthole. She's right. At least we have enough business to justify the need for a lot of insurance, and enough money in a sock to take a vacation. I'll concur with ACOG on this and be happy, this is a good life. My wife is baking gluten free cookies, and the kitchen smells like plenty of good food to eat. Under a good roof. I suppose today is actually another day in paradise, all things considered! But that thing about the guy's head exploding, that was funny.  (Aug 30, 2012 | post #13)

Blairsville, GA

today sucks!

Yeah, I'm gonna blow some chunks, too. I was growling about health insurance a couple of days ago, then, for the first time in six years, my commercial insurance company decides to inspect me and hassle me over ephimeral BS. We pay these turds $6000 a year, another $8500 or so a year for worker's comp, never had a claim, and they won't even cover theft because I don't have an alarm system installed to go off while I'm on vacation and wake my neighbors. DAMMIT! I hope the inspector's head explodes and the flying bone pieces kill his damn dog. But I mean that in the nicest way... Bless his heart.  (Aug 30, 2012 | post #12)

Blairsville, GA

Insurance and prescriptions

Thank you again, TiB. I'll take your advice. After reading your post, I thought about my wife's own bout with RA. She had insurance when her former husband worked for the Village of Wellington, near WPB. It paid for Remicade, which made her feel like a million bucks! She had a round of near liver failure from some of the treatments, with yellow eyes, and just pitifully weak. She's been in remission for many years, although the spectre of RA still looms about. She was recently diagnosed with Celiac's disease, another autoimmune disorder that causes sever reaction to gluten, found in wheat, barley, and a couple of other sources. I suppose autoimmune problems sometimes travel with the buddy system, as it were. Perhaps I'll share the results and some of my dotor's findings. I do think there is strength in numbers, so I'll update you folks in a day or two. Sweet dreams, all! :)  (Aug 27, 2012 | post #9)

Blairsville, GA

Insurance and prescriptions

Thank you all for sharing these insights with me. I had hoped to whine a bit about the high cost of (fill in the blank) while gaining perspective from others. I'm sorry to hear about your spouse, Truth, and though I don't know you, I know how I feel about my precious wife, so I'll go on that. We do use some herbal / homeopathic stuff, and some of it works quite well; In God we trust, but in Megacorp Pharmaceuticals, I gotta wonder. I don't take any prescription pain meds, and my wife has me on a strict alcohol-free diet, but I might be able to slip it in on the "Rum-and-rais in" remedy my granddaddy always spoke well of. Grandmother wasn't keen on it, but hey... it's medicinal. Thanks again for the input. Maybe I'll squeeze a rheumatologists visit out of BCBS!  (Aug 27, 2012 | post #6)