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7.29.2009

Choose your own adventure

Hey everyone. I'm mired, and soon will be mired even more heavily, in busywork.

You know how it goes.

So all I have to offer right now is a blank thread. Make it special.

82 Comments:

Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

wow, first?

10:18 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ecotoursim - an oxymoron?

10:18 AM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

I should go by a lottery ticket, thats a first for me. Jay, I loved those books. Wish we could have used those books for this year, choose your future, change paths kinda thing.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I read the heck out of those books in 4th/5th grade.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I was wondering how on earth you find all the appropriate images for your threads

10:20 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i've never read the heck out of anything.... except HABOTN.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

HI all.. had PC issues yesterday.. I was stuck in Charleston due to weather in ATL. Saw Big Ed Orgeron inthe airport.... looks bigger on TV.....

I do not see many famous people..so it was cool.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

BTW well done patdyeswildturkey

10:25 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

j-z, the Voit football was the only choice if you really wanted some backyard football bruises. The ball often created as many as the other team. Catching one of those things when it was cold was like catching a pointy rock.

On another topic, my sister-in-law and family are moving from Texarkana to Atlanta this week. Needless to say, I can't get "Eastbound and Down" out of my head. Speaking of which, where's Buford been?

10:30 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Glad you're home safe & sound, DL.. and back on line. Orgeron ripping his shirt off doesn't have anything on you in your little towel.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

The Voit ... the choice of YMCA football leagues ... man those things were like trying to catch bricks.

10:32 AM  
Blogger j-z said...

I actually broke a finger trying to catch a Voit. Of course, I have hands like skillets, but I blame the football. That's how I roll.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

our pickup games were always full of broken bones. I think the P-SAT Bowl was the worst. That game featured a dislocated knee, a broken collar bone, and a broken wrist.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

the only injuries I remember sustaining in our pickup games was a broken nose on one occasion, a broken cheekbone on another, and a severe ankle sprain. Nothing that required a cast.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Those broken bones were so annoying. They always seemed to happen when you actually had an even number of players on each team.

I actually managed to break my finger while playing a pick-up game at AU with a Nerf. I was playing QB and the guy rushing smashed his hand into my finger trying to swat the ball down after it was already gone. I remember sitting with my finger in a cup of ice watching "Life of Brian" at Haley (free movie there, for some reason).

10:42 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

There was a vacant lot next to my home, so it was the gathering place for many competitions of football, whiffle ball, kick ball, "Smear the Queer," "Goal-Line Stand" and many, many other games.

10:42 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Voit was bad, plus if the thing ever got wet once it would lose all of it's grip and just be impossible to catch.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

"Smear the Queer" was fun. Do kids play that these days and if so, what do they call it? I thought I saw some kids in my neighborhood playing it, but I'm not sure. We also used to play "500", where someone would throw the ball up and everyone else fought to catch it.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

We always played with the Auburn football AU Trainer Kenny Howard gave me when I was a young lad.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I think they call it "Group Hug the Practitioner of an Alternative Lifestyle"

10:51 AM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

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10:52 AM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

I'll take JGT's non-topic thread as an open invitation to go completely random.

Tis the season to select the next athletic venture for my seven year old boys: lacrosse, flag football, or baseball. Their father has deleted Soccer from the menu of options. The wife has washed her hands of the whole saga.

Since fall baseball is ultra non-competitive (and boring), they are quarrelling over the remaining choices. So, I told them that the HABOTN would resolve the dilemma. Their puzzled looks, and accompanying silence, was most welcome.

Apologies for the "Oprah moment." Any help in resolving this pressing issue of grave importance is appreciated.

10:52 AM

10:53 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Unless y'all are full-blooded Native Americans, go with football.

Yes, football is full of contact, but something about lacrosse just looks "mean" every time I watch it.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

...and hope JayGT doesn't banhammer you for deleting Soccer as an option.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

We mostly played with the Voits and Nerfs until probably late junior high. At one point during that time, though, my grandfather gave me an awesome leather football that he had gotten autographed by Bud Wilkinson. I knew he had been the Oklahoma coach, but that didn't mean much to a young AU fan. Anyway, after staring at it for about a year, we finally decided to use it in the yard. I still kinda regret that.

10:58 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Personally, I have seperated my shoulder and broken a rib playing "backyard" football.
We used to play our games on the high school field. We'd get the field lined off and everything. We had an annual Thanksgiving game (The Turkey Bowl), that would draw crowds of spectators. Our largest attendance was about 150. We had jerseys made up, corporate sponsors and everything. I think it was even broadcast on a local radio station one year and there are video tapes of the games floating around somewhere.

I really miss those days.

10:58 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Lacrosse for 7 year olds?!?! That sounds awesome

10:58 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

scott- did you grow up with my friends, because we played those same games all the time

10:58 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

On a somewhat related topic of family and football...

Is anyone else having issues getting paroled for the Ole Piss and Iron Bowl considering they are on Halloween and Thanksgiving (close).

Basically the two big games at home and I am having to cash in massive amounts of chips to pull this off…

10:58 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

You owe it to the very fabric of the American Existence to choose football.

11:01 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

The Alabama game is going to be killing me this year. For some reason a close relative decided that Thanksgiving would be the best time of the entire year to get married. Obviously, she has lost her mind.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Goddess said...

DL you should have married a football freak.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

DL, I guess you're not the "L" I thought you were. You can't assert your authority and get this done.

Dang, look how times have changed in Pyongyang.

Kim Jong is Ill.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Harrison, only possible if your friends are 10-11 years older than you, but I'm glad to know those games were still going strong at that time. I'll bet you had a better football, though!

11:04 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

DL obviously doesn't wear the pants in his family.

11:05 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

What is it with people getting married during football season?? I may have to miss the opener vs LaTech to attend a wedding.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

i am going to have to fight to get off work for the Iron Bowl. stupid people and time with their families is getting in the way

11:07 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

MrsTHT promised to be at the IB without me, if such was the case. I, too, had to cash in a lot of chips to finagle that day off. I have no idea where we'll eat our "Thanksgiving Dinner" en route on Thursday.

I'm quite certain it won't be at a Pizza Hut, which was about the only place my dad, THTjr (a toddler), and I could find open in B'ham the last time the IB was on a Friday.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

DMiller, i thought you were already married.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

from the looks of his avatar, DL doesn't wear much of anything in his family

11:08 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

THT ...

I'm sure there will be a waffle house open on the way ... might I suggest the double cheeseburger platter with the hash browns scattered, smothered and covered?

11:08 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

My current wife gave me the incredulous look when I told her that we can't get married in the fall. She didn't understand. We got married in March.

the end

11:09 AM  
Blogger Goddess said...

and from the looks of it none of you wives read the HABOTN

11:09 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

That's what I was getting at, THT. I don't think wearing the small towel is the same thing.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

That's what I'm talkin' 'bout,
TommyD!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

fall was out for us too, she understood

11:11 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Mrs. Jet's birthday is the Monday after the Arkansas game, which would lend her to think that weekend will be her birthday celebration.

I informed her that I will not be in town for the pre-b'day weekend as I have been invited to attend the game and will do so.

Good news: The cast should be off in time for me to enjoy the game!

11:11 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

MrsTHT is friends with the UNC tennis coach and a former ass't women's coach. Those two are getting married on Sept 12. MrsTHT said I could go to the Miss St. game instead of the wedding. After 28 years, I've finally learned what she meant by that. I'll be at the wedding.

11:11 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

'Choose your own adventure' thread. brilliant!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

MrsTHT would have left me at the altar if I had asked for a fall wedding date.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Jet- Will and I will also be in Fayetteville that weekend. should be a good time

11:14 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

The agreement was Mrs. Jet had to graduate from college before we would wed. She graduated on Tuesday, I went to Nashvegas for an AU-Vandy hoops game on Wednesday (lost by 20), drove home Thursday, got married on Saturday -- missing an AU-Jackson State hoops game.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

I have an employee who has been with me since I opened my business getting married on 9/19. I think it's even at night, same as the WVU game. She claims to be an Auburn fan, so I don't know what she was thinking.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hash browns? I have no idea where they originated. Although I love hash browns (without onions, of course), I've always felt a bit of anger and suspicion towards them since they are usually on the plate where the grits should be.

11:18 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

She's not that big an Auburn fan - unless ofcourse she knows something we don't

11:18 AM  
Blogger Goddess said...

Fire her now.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

obviously a false claim... or she's marrying "one of them."

11:19 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

THT ... agreed.

Hash browns are usually consumed by me when I'm in areas of the country where grits are not served (or not served properly), or at Waffle House, where I usually get the burger because I never find myself there at breakfast time.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Monica - that's awesome. That's exactly what MrsTHT's response would have been.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Choco-Scott,

Candlesticks make a nice gift.

11:20 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

We used to play the "Mud Bowl" the day after Thanksgiving. HS football season was over at that point so we were allowed to do other things that you can't do during the season.

We did it for 3 years my soph-sr years of HS. The 1st year it had poured rain for a week, which is where it got its name. A brutal game where I think everyone weighed about 15 pounds more after the game due to the excess weight of the mud.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ok, I've got about an hour worth of work that has accumulated since I arrived 5 hours ago. Excuse moi while I attend to it.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Can't go with the firing option - she's my best employee. Candlesticks are more likely. She's pretty tough, though. Maybe I could convince her to try out for LB at AU. I'm sure she'd move the wedding date for Eltoro.

11:25 AM  
Blogger j-z said...

Choco Scott,

She knew exactly what she was doing. She knew you'd buy her a nicer present if you weren't able to actually attend the wedding.

11:28 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Why oh why do I read the comments on al.com? Like that wet paint sign I guess.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

The Halloween game is going to be hell for me. I plan on being there, but not being with the girls as they Trick or Treat will be tough. I'm hoping the neighborhood goes with a Friday night Trick or Treat, or heck, maybe bring them to Auburn.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Labor Day Bowl
Pre-SAT Bowl
SAT Bowl
Turkey Bowl
Christmas Bowl
New Year's Bowl
(insert inclement weather) Bowl

those are all great memories. I still have a Turkey Bowl MVP certificate I received from the Commissioner (he was the one whose knee was dislocated)

When we lived in Pittsburgh I took the kids to the high school field after a huge rain and we played football. Well THTjr and I played football. MissTHT (who was 3) just laid in the puddles of water and rolled around. MrsTHT would not let us back in until we had removed our clothes.

11:30 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Note to self, don't confuse MissTHT with MrsTHT

11:32 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

mrtommy, it's easy to get them confused.

many years ago, THTjr applied the appropriate name of 2.0 (as in software version) to MissTHT.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ok, now I'm really going to go do some work ;-)

11:35 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Mono,

Mrs. Leader is a huge tiger fan... the bad part it she is an LSU tiger... I get hit from all directions...

And to answer everyone’s questions... Mrs. Leader wears the pants... where have you all been.... HAVE YOU LOOKED AT MY AVATAR? DO YOU SEE PANTS? Never had em never will… nuf said...

(grin)

gotta run take care all..

11:36 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

We also used to do the annual Toy Bowl with the radio station that I worked with.

It was a flag game between local radio and TV people with some ringers to raise money for Toys for Tots. Fun times.

I also played in a game to benefit Chattanooga's homeless that Frank Wycheck of the Titans was supposed to be one of the coaches. He showed up for one practice and at game time he was there, then this blonde showed up and he disappeared never to be seen again.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

j-z, she would probably prefer to crush my skull for not attending vs. getting the nicer present. That said, she's getting the nice present and I will wear a helmet to work on Monday, 9/21.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Pants are overrated

11:39 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

just like UA-T's recruiting classes

11:41 AM  
Blogger jaywall14 said...

Here's the deal... I need the opinions of the world-renowned Hotties.

They are starting an adult kickball league in Montgomery. (That's right, adult's can play kickball too.) I actually think, much like golf, it's an excuse to get out, drink some beer, and hang out with friends - while calling it a sport. But, it has rules and has a winner so I'm in.

I need to come up with a team name. Any ideas???

Also, Scotty B, think you could work me something up for jerseys once we pick a team name?

Thanks fellow Hotties!

11:52 AM  
Blogger j-z said...

Pants suck almost as bad and Lil Nicky.

11:52 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

First thing that came to mind was ballbusters.

11:54 AM  
Blogger j-z said...

and = as

11:56 AM  
Blogger Goddess said...

I like that Dear Leader dude.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread up.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Sullivan013 said...

Re: Voit football and fingers.

When my oldest son was in middle school, he was having difficulty with a very demanding IB (International Baccalaureate) cirriculum. I in turn was in a new job that took a great deal of overtime to fix what the previous manager screwed up.

On a late Saturday afternoon as I drove home from an 'extra' day at work, my third in the month, I decided to toss the football with my son to relieve our mutual pressure.

After we threw it back and forth a few times he jammed his finger on a catch and we sat out looking at the sunset for a while.

I then started in on a heartfelt father-son talk on what he was up against and how I was proud of him whether he wanted to continue or not.

After listening patiently, my son turned to me and said, "Dad, I really appreciate this, and don't want to ruin this moment for all the world,... but I think you just broke my finger...."

Sure enough, the X-ray confirmed it.

It's been ten years, but the story comes up every football season, with embellishments.

War Eagle. Football season is nearly here!

Sullivan013

12:53 PM  

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