George Smith: Was that the Alberta Clipper this week?
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ‘n greens ‘n other things:


LET IT SNOW, let it snow.

Didn’t . . . and I’ll bet you didn’t know that, huh?

Well it did, really. On my way to the Saks Community Center (the Lenlock Walmart), I ran into a few drifting flakes on Lenlock Lane along about Ultimate Car Care.

In the Walmart parking lot, I stood for the longest (in the cold), but not a single flake.

That’s the bad news ‘cause I love something like a two-inch snow once a year, one that falls one day, melts the next.

Then there was the really bad news.

Along about 5 p.m. Monday, the temp had dropped to 19 at my house and a stiff wind out of the north (had to be the Alberta Clipper) had me thinking about moving to Mexico . . . and I don’t speak one word of Spanish.

Monday night it dropped to 4 degrees, got all the way to 23 Tuesday, and I figured even Green Bay, Wis., couldn’t be any worse. Bottom line is I flat out hate cold; my toes turn to ice Labor Day morning.

With that off my chest, I think I’ll get out an old Liberty National calendar I’ve got around here somewhere and look at “snow.”

OK, all that’s a bit wacky . . . 


IT’S A QUIET morning at Winn-Dixie in Saks and I’m headed for the orange bin. In other words, I’m doing exactly what the blonde has told me to do . . . and even  after all these years, I don’t ask why.

Anyway, like I said, it’s quiet. Shoppers for the Christmas turkey and the New Year’s Day blackeyed peas, are in the rearview mirror and it’s a while since I have to think of another gift-giving holiday when . . . WHOA!!

I pass a young lady who is stacking Valentine candy boxes. It’s January 2, there are exactly 44 shopping days left ‘til Feb. 14, and the December Visa bill hasn’t even hit the mailbox yet.

The young lady is Ashley O’Dell and her name tag says “Store Director.” I don’t ask why on the Valentine candy, but I do ask why the boss is on the floor actually working.

“Beats sitting in my office,” she replies.

Which is all there is to this little story and you can get out of it what you can, but . . .

“I’ll be yours if you’ll be mine, and everything will be so fine . . .”

And yeah, I had taken my “weird” pill for the day.


QUOTABLE: Without the bitterness, you can’t taste the sweetness.” – Unknown


IF YOU haven’t had your breakfast yet, you might want to skip this little item . . . ‘cause it sure is a bugger.

In browsing the ‘net, I came across a story:

Walmart has just recalled donkey meat products from some of its stores in China because tests have found them to be contaminated with fox meat.

Donkey is a delicacy in northern China, fox meat is not.

A couple of things:

1. We’re all different. Not everybody drives a brown car.

2. There’s no law that says you HAVE to eat breakfast . . . or donkey meant, for that matter.


BIRTHDAYS:  Jan. 2 – Ronnie Brooks; Jan. 3 – Trent Middlebrook.


I’M REACHING back for one more. Dr. John Edwards celebrated his 86th birthday on Dec. 24.

A couple of reasons for reaching back:

1. His son, Bill Edwards, edits this column and if I skip his dad, well, you the reader will find out just how dumb I really am.

2. Dr. John Edwards is one very nice man.


TOP TEEN will return next week.

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