We took the scenic route,
down by the beach into town
stopping for a nice refreshing meal
at the Blue Mermaid...
Then on over to
Portsmouth High School,
home of the
Upon arrival the first thing that
presented itself as different
from the south...
there was no charge to get in the front gate!
"The" table was set up and "the" lady was standing behind it..
but as for your money
why she didn't want it...
that is unless you would like to buy
a program or a can of bug spray!
Even though I felt deeply compelled to lay at least a couple of dollars in her hand,
I did not want a program or a can of bug spray..
Although the bug spray did way heavily on my mind
with the EEE virus still around till the first heavy frost!
But, Michael and I continued on to the stands,
at six fifty
they were sparsely populated and
no familiar faces were detected.
Fear of heights has kept me pretty grounded all
on a few occasions I have ventured up into the ozone..
(or as you will the "nose bleed sections!")
the "Who" concert comes to mind...
yet , that was a concrete, well built, coliseum...
on this occasion I blindly followed Michael
up and on up a set of bleachers,
that seemed to creek and wiggle way more than my liking!
Yet, here I was and on up we went!
After a short while more and more spectators began to come in the front gate..
and join in on the autumnal high school football clamor...
We saw Rosie, Aviel, and Exar
who joined us..
and later Benny, Frankie, and Cory
sat close by for awhile..
It was home coming for the Clippers
and started out promising to be a good game!
Even though the first touchdown did put me
in mind of almost ALL of "my" high school football experiences...
It was made by the other team!!!
this might not be good...it could even turn out
all through school to the best of my recollection
our team lost!!
One year for homecoming
we were actually ahead 20 to nothing
at half time!!!
Oh, the fevered celebrations we envisioned!
The victory would be glorious!
The dance would be spectacular!
The next week would be filled with pep and joy!!!
the great and wonderful
Albertville High School Marching Band
left the field..
and the boys came rushing back out
cheers and whistles,
stomping and applause ...
We bought our hot Dr.Peppers and giant dill pickles.
We gobbled our popcorn
followed along with the cheer leaders
and we sang our fight song at the top of our lungs!!
Two quarters later...
we left the stadium...
shuffling our feet and whimpering..
"maybe..just maybe ,next week.."
The little school from some small, tiny
unheard of hamlet..
had come to our town
and as the old saying goes..
"not only did they steal our lunch..but, they ate it too"
but, the year after graduation
news came around that my dear old Alma mater
was headed for State!!!
So, what did I do but,
get all bundled up and head on down to the stadium!!
After that long and dreary night,
I have not returned to jinx the decedents
of those that chose to stay in our town...
and on occasion I hear a whispering
"how good the school boys are doing in football.."
Yes..all this slipped through my mind
as I sat watching the "other" team
answer each of Portsmouths touchdowns with one of their own..
The sun quickly set and the air became very cool..
maybe gloves and boots should have been worn...
no frost predictions had been made for that night..
but, darn if I had been a mosquito , there would be no
buzzing around in that frigid night air!
At half time ,
they apparently have little bitty boys
it was wee-wee or pee-wee but not fireplug..
and then Portsmouth Band would entertain..
At this time Michael and I took our leave,
exiting the crowded creaking stands..
and headed back to Rye for the evening..
The pups had successfully held down the fort..
there was no evidence of moose or crazy
the next day Mike got an email..
the boys had played a very good game and forging
ahead beat that "other" team..
It had been a good game and a better second half...
Do you think I should ever tell them...
who to thank for leaving at half time???
In the coming weeks,
(not this one but the next)
my sister Mary and her daughter Cathy Jean
are coming to spend a week with us...
we have plans for each and everyday..
sight seeing and gallivanting!!
I look forward to this time and hope to share many pictures
and stories with you!
how about a thing or two "truly" southern..
- knowing that "gimme sugar" don't mean ..pass the sugar.
- When you are "fixin' to" do something , it won't be long
- knowing the difference between a "hissie fit" and a "conniption"
- How many collards make up a mess
- The difference between "pert near" and "right far"
- Daddy's belt is good for more than just holding up his britches
- knowing what "pot licker" is
- knowing what she means when an older woman says
- "Don't you SASS Me , now!"
- knowing when "by and by" is
- Not going snipe hunting twice
- You know the difference between "pert near" and "right far piece"
- "Just down the road" could be a mile or twenty miles
- Never assume the other car with it's blinker on is actually going to turn
- Southerners know the difference between a "good ol' boy", a "redneck" and "trailer trash"
- a southerner can point in the general direction of "yonder"
- When friends and neighbors have "troubles" the thing to do is take over a plate of fried chicken and a bowl of cold potato salad..if it's a crisis..you add banana pudding.
- If you hear someone say.."I caught myself looking.." you know they are southern
- If you are Southern and if some old lady is driving down the road at 25 miles an hour..you don't shout obscenities or flip fingers at her..you just pass her and say "Why , bless her heart."
- real gravy doesn't come from the store
- a good dog is worth it's weight in gold
- and a southerner knows just how Good a cold grape Nehi and cheese crackers are in a country store!