Gut Rumbles

April 22, 2003

all time favorites

The best bar in Savannah is Jim Collins' place on Whitaker Street. Jim has been dead for a few years now, but the place is a Savannah landmark. Leon Redbone always visited there years ago. You don't go there to get laid. You go there to soak in Jim's special ambiance.

Michael Jordan is the best basketball player who ever lived and Tiger Woods is the best golfer in the world. Both are rich and behave like gentlemen. Why are so many other athletes complete assholes?

What makes Barbra Streisand, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn think that they are smart people? They are idiots. It really takes a hard head and a dumb ass to look in the mirror every day and still think you're SMART when you've showed your butt to the entire world. That's what "celebrity" will do to you.

I thought I was smart when I was 16 years old. I believe that I am wise now. Nahh... I am a dumbass. Just look at what I've done with my life.

I can read and write. A lot of kids today can't do either one of those things.

It takes a 4.0 GPA to get into the University of Georgia today. 50% of those 4.0 students end up in remedial math and English classes. What's wrong with that picture?

The best waffle I ever ate was cooked by my Aunt 'Netta. That was my mama's older sister, but she's dead now.

I WAS brighter than some of my high school teachers.

Edgar Rice Burroughs was a terribly underrated writer.

James Dickey was a terribly OVERRATED writer. Yeah. I played guitar with him, too.

The best book I ever read is Earth Abides. Da Goddess read it when we were at Daytona Beach together and she liked it, too. It was written in 1949. But you wouldn't know that fact if you didn't check the copyright. The book is eternal.

I once was fired from a job that paid me no money. I mourned about that for all of 30 seconds.

I've slept with three women in my life that I thought were extraordinary in bed. They were shameless and lusty. If I were a woman, I could outdo all three.

If I had one wish, I might choose about 16 hours of sleep. That would be nice for a change.


I'll tell you what's wrong with the school picture! Public education is at the point where teachers aren't allowed to "teach"....We have to fly through the curriculum in order to be on a certain "page" on a certain day, even if some of the kids haven't "gotten it" yet. We have to write volumes of lessons plans that do nothing but cover the administration's ass. We have to have "hall duty" instead of being on hand to help students with their work. We have to attend endless faculty meetings that could have been handled with a memo. We have to "teach" a rubber -stamped curriculum handed down by the state that someone in the Dept. of Education had deemed to be a
"core curriculum". And...only that. No frills, no
creativity, no "fun" stuff, no laughs, no homecoming floats, no classroom birthday
parties for the kids, no field trips. Somebody somewhere forgot that learning goes on outside of the classroom, too. The school board hires morons to be "teachers", just because they take up space and have a degree in something. I've taught with teachers who give out incorrect information, can't spell, can't pronounce words, can't communicate orally or in writing and don't like kids. Put all of that into the mix and see what kind of "rich" educational environment you come up with! Yeah, teaching is great...if you have time to do it!!!!

Posted by: Barbara on April 23, 2003 07:12 AM

Earth Abides and then some.

Thanks for reminding me of that.

Posted by: Da Goddess on April 23, 2003 06:37 PM

I read Earth Abides recently and liked it a lot. One thing had me wondering. The narrator, the patriarch of the clan, taught the children to hunt with bows and arrows because he realized that the ammunition for the guns would eventually be too old to work any more, and no one knew how to make more. Do rifle bullets have a shelf life? Shotgun shells seem more delicate. But I don't know anything about these things.

Posted by: Nancy Beckmann on April 23, 2003 06:58 PM
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