February 6th “I Like This Day!”

Those born on February 6th but have passed include Bob Marley, Babe Ruth and Ronald Reagan.  Other names you may be familiar with and are still kicking around includeTom Brokaw, Mike Farrell and Fabian, all of whom are older than Jerry Katz who celebrates his birthday today as well. Oh yea, Tom Penton in Opelika also celebrates his birthday today! The Winter Olympics begin today and Jay Leno does his final Tonight Show this evening.
Here’s a quick update: Add and Welcome Atticus Dixon Gholston born this morning at 1:18 AM to Kate and Revel. I think I told Kate a week or so ago that today would be the day! 🙂

Now Really, Are You Surprised?

16808235_mIt happens every year around the Holidays! I get to fiddling with the look and feel of the website and it’s happened again. I do it as much to  learn about new widgets and things that run in the background more than just changing the look. There are a few hidden jewels that I’ve not brought to the front yet, so keep checking back as I fine tune things around the Opelika Daily News!
And yes, that is snow falling accross the top of the page. Since we can’t get any of our own around here I thought I’d add some here! Image credit: bloomua / 123RF Stock Photo


Header Picture March 1st

Well that’s Arlo & Janis Creator and Sailboat Captain Jimmy Johnson in the header picture today.  It’s in the post for those not visiting on the first.  For several years we’ve had a little wager about weight loss that I’ve lost more than a few times.  This year, Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner (Well, Grilled Chicken if you don’t mind).  Jim and I along with a few friends gathered for the payoff at Ma Fia’s on Tuesday (aka Payoff Day). It was fun getting the money for the first time.

Truck Leaning – Monday, 36801

Truck LeaningThe weatherman was wrong.  Two days of Thunderstorms never happened in Opelika, AL this past weekend. So I was in the mood for some “Truck Leaning” tonight.  There’s something about living in the South, having a pickup truck and leaning on the bed with a cold beer contemplating life.  There’s certain Serenity tonight.  Even the 8PM East Bound Train traveled thru town slow and easy on the horn.  With that, the first Firefly’s of the year that I’ve seen.  (CAUTION: Have I said Serenity and Firefly in the same post?  You see the SciFi connection, right?)  And unfortunately, some pesky mosquitoes were out too, but I did see the Opelika Schedule for the Mosquito Sprayer has been posted, so they will be gone soon. They sky is clear, and before the final darkness fell, more than a few con trails crossed the crescent moon.  Now, just that big star, probably the Northern Star out. Well, it does look to be on the other side of the tracks.  I think I can get an App to figure this out, but that’s for tomorrow.  Seventy Five degrees with little humidity makes for a nice evening.  Not much traffic on South 8th, although I did see two Mini Coopers, to wave and discover neither was the good Doctor Sleep.  And with the events of the past few weeks, this is very nice.  I’ve moved the trash can to the street.  In the morning, the tinkling of the brown bottles dropping into the truck will probably wake meat 6:30.  At nine, the group meeting in the Baptist Church Youth building headed home.  And as Bo and Mitch barked wildly to scare away the intruders;   Baptist, or Babylonian, makes no difference to them.  I found the set of skeletal remains I’ve put in the backyard also help keep away intruders. Then at 9:16PM ~ Boom… Lights Out in downtown Opelika!  Street and Traffic Lights off for a few minutes, while others in the neighborhood were fine.   It’s amazing how interesting a good “Truck Leaning” can be.  The Fukai’s were out walking the dog, a few more trash cans were pulled to the street, so I guess my night is over.  Maybe I can find something on TV to wrap up a Monday…