Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The First Thanksgiving Turkey Disaster

Decades ago, D&B celebrated our first Thanksgiving in Georgia, hosting B's parents who had flown in for the holiday. This would be the first time that D cooked Thanksgiving dinner for her in-laws or for anyone for that matter.

Wanting to impress her in-laws, especially her mother-in-law, D pulled out recipe book after recipe book and made one long distance call after another to her father, the family chef, for his secret turkey cooking tips.

The table was set with the fine china, the family silver, and fresh fall flowers. The soon-to-be family favorites green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, fruit salad, cornbread dressing, and chocolate pie were ready. It was time to unveil the turkey.

Fresh out of the oven, the 22 lb. turkey was picture perfect - golden brown with luscious, aromatic broth. B grabbed the carving set and made the first slice into the turkey breast, and, of course, had to take a taste of the 'cookbook' perfect looking turkey.

That's when he realized that the turkey breast meat wasn't very hot. In fact, it barely was lukewarm. What was wrong? Well, after a bit of turkey investigation, he discovered that the plastic bags with the turkey innards were still 'inside' the turkey. Chef D seemed to have missed the critical step of turkey cooking - REMOVE all bags inside the turkey cavity.

Needless to say, that Thanksgiving feast was turkey free...and the mother-in-law was not impressed!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Farewell Larry Munson

The University of Georgia and UGA fans worldwide have lost an icon with the death of 89 year old Larry Munson, the legendary voice of Georgia football.

Whether you watched the Georgia games on television or listened on the radio, it was Larry's color commentary and voice that made you feel like you had a front row seats on the 50 yard line.

My favorite Munsonism comes from the UGA/Tennesse game in 1980, as Georgia beats the Vols thanks to a dramatic 16 yard run by Herschel Walker. Larry cheered and hollered: "Oh, you, Herschel Walker. My God Almighty, he ran right through two men....He drove right over orange shirts, just driving and running with those big thighs. My God, a freshman!" 

While Larry Munson may be gone, his plays and commentary will live on.  Here's a tribute to all his years of cheering on the dogs.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yes, Virginia, There Still Is a Thanksgiving

The one holiday that Americans - no matter what their religion - can celebrate together is Thanksgiving, the day our nation and our people 'offically' give thanks for our blessings.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving Day is now the forgotten holiday. The one that we seem to squeeze in between Halloween and Christmas.

Years ago, Thanksgiving was the day that kicked off the Christmas season. We started our Christmas shopping the day AFTER Thanksgiving. Stores' Christmas decorations went up AFTER Thanksgiving. Christmas songs and carols began playing AFTER Thanksgiving. Children made their Santa list AFTER Thanksgiving, and Santa made his first appearance in ON Thanksgiving in the Macy's parade.

That's not the case in 2011. Christmas decorations have been up in the local big box stores since early October - often displayed right next to the Halloween masks and candy. The day AFTER Halloween Christmas music was playing in the local Walmart. And Santa is already here. Unbelievably, he arrived at one area store on November 6. What's next? Santa sharing the stage with the Great Pumpkin?

Here's an idea. Let's bring back Thanksgiving. Put aside the hub-bub of Christmas until AFTER Thanksgiving. Relish in the beauty and bounty of fall. Bring out the mums and pumpkin/turkey decorations. Take more time than just Thanksgiving dinner to reflect on our blessings. More importantly, let's celebrate Thanksgiving from November 1 to the day AFTER Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dahlonega-Lumpkin Business Leads Group

One of the best networking groups in the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce is the Business Leads Group.

This team of small business owners works to promote not just their own businesses but those of all the members of the group. But they do a great deal more than that. You'll see the BLG volunteering at events throughout the county.

They were at the Six Gap Century Bicycle Race handing out water. They were downtown Halloween night, dishing out candy to the thousands of children trick or treating on the square. They made chili and competed in the NOA Annual Chili Cook-Off. (While the BLG didn't win the Best Chili award, testers were heard praising the smokiness flavor of the group's chili and rice dish.)

Need more information on this group, contact President Davis Palmour.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stranded in London Scam

CNN writer receives scam email too.
Last week, a high school friend (someone we hadn't seen in 40 years) send us an email pleading for our help. She and her family were stranded in London, after being mugged and all their money stolen. She needed us to urgently wire her money so that the family could get back to the states.

Now to begin with, this sounded fishy. Why would someone we hadn't seen in decades ask US of all people for our help? That's when we turned to, the best scam detective service on the Internet, to see if this plea was real or not.

With a quick search of the terms - money, robbed, stranded - up popped a SCAM Report that contained an almost word-to-word repeat of the email we received. Also, a real-life story of a how this email had upset and frightened a couple when they received the same email from their grandson.

The moral of this story is if a relative or friends say they are stranded in some foreign city, BEWARE and check out Snopes.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Today's 11-11-11. It's a rarity. Not often does the same digit appear in the day, month and year. Thousands of brides have chosen this day to be wed (husbands can't exactly forget this anniversary date) and way-too-many mothers have 'elected' to give birth today so their babies will have a unique birth date.

But the true importance of today is that 11-11 is Veterans Day...the day that we honor our veterans, the men and women who served in the military and too often gave their lives for our country.

On this November 11, D&B honors three important veterans - G. L. Bates, Jr., a U.S. Navy Sea-Bee who served in the Pacific during World War II; W.W. Nickerson, Jr., a U.S. Marine who fought on Guadalcanal; and Bill Nickerson, III, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

We're proud of their service and proud of the many men and women who help make our country a safer, better place to live. As we honor our veterans, we must also remember those servicemen fighting for our freedom today in Afghanistan, Iraq, and way too many other places in the word. God bless you all.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Age - An Issue of Mind Over Matter and other Twainisms

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. How often have you seen this witticism on a poster or refrigerator magnet? But did you know that the author of these 'oh so true' words was the legendary Mark Twain? 

Twain - a newspaper reporter, riverboat pilot, printer, and author - had a great deal to say. Here are just a few Twainisms:
  1. Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.  
  2. Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
  3. Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass.
  4. Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. 
  5. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. 
  6. There are three kinds of people--Commonplace Men, Remarkable Men, and Lunatics.
  7. Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
  8. Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.
  9. It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
  10. The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
Want more Twain? Mark Twain (aka Kurt Sutton) is performing tomorrow (Nov. 11) at the Holley Theater, 7 p.m., in downtown Dahlonega.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ga. Voters Approve Sunday Alcohol Sales

In Tuesday's election, voters across Georgia overwhelmingly approved the sale of alcohol on Sundays. In some cities, such as Grayson, Ga., voters said YES, not just to Sunday sales, but also to the sale of liquor for the first time within their city limits.

In nearby Hall county, Sunday sales were approved in Oakwood, Gainesville and Flowery Branch.

Unfortunately, Lumpkin, Dawson and Forsyth didn't have the option to vote on Sunday liquor sales. Perhaps, our commissioners will give us this opportunity next year. We need to be able to at least say YES or NO on an issue as important as this.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mark Twain Coming to Town

Kurt Sutton in An Evening with Mark Twain
That controversial writer, Mark Twain, is coming to Dahlonega. Author of the often banned book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and such best sellers as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Prince and the Pauper, Twain is a literary legend know for his wit, sarcasm, and social criticism. And he's scheduled to perform November 11 on the state of Dahlonega's Holley Theater. 

Well, the real Mark Twain isn't actually going to perform. Actor and literary historian Kurt H. Sutton will portray Twain in An Evening with Mark Twain, at the Holley Theater. Sutton's Twain performance is part of the three day Dahlonega  Literary Festival sponsored by The Dahlonega Arts Council and North Georgia College and State University.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 each. To purchase tickets, go to

Friday, November 4, 2011

What Were the Thieves Thinking?

Lumpkin County, just like its big cousins to the South - Fulton, Dekalb and Gwinnett counties - has its share or thefts and burglaries....only the items being pilfered in this area of North Georgia aren't always the large ticket items as in the big Atlanta metro counties.

When you look at this list of recently stolen items from Lumpkin residents or stores, all you can say is, "What were those thieves thinking?" On the 'stolen' list included:

  • Tomatoes from someone's tomato plant 
  • 20 signs for a local business 
  • Knobs from a kitchen stove 
  • Half a carton of cigarettes
  • A woman's purse
  • A diamond bracelet
  • A pair of shoes and bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and
  • A toothbrush, male enhancement pills and KY Jelly from Walmart
We had our own little crime wave in our neighborhood last week, too. No thefts; just five bashed in mailboxes (which, dear mailbox batterers, is a Federal offense.) Unfortunately, ours was one of those five. But at least no one broke in to our house and stole the knobs off our kitchen stove or took our shampoo!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dunkin Donuts Coming to Town

If you're from Georgia, your idea of sweet roll heaven is a hot, hot, sugary-sweet Krispy Kreme glazed donut. Yet, if you're from New England, then the world's best donut has got to be the melt-in-your-mouth Dunkin' Donut cake donut.

Since D&B are long time Georgians, our Southern taste buds are partial to Krispy Kremes but with the Dunkin' Donut franchise coming soon to Dahlonega, we could become DD fans.

The new DD will be located next to Moe's Southwestern Grill on Morrison Moore Parkway West and just a block or two from the North Georgia College and State University campus.

Now what should our first Dunkin' Donut be? The traditional or something wild and crazy like the Boston Scream or the Chocolate Iced Bismark. Decisions. Decisions.