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December 8, 2004

Television that makes me gag

Forgive the imagery, but I just may have to gag and regurgitate if they slip in many more of those commercials where the guy explains to a bored and totally disinterested clerk that he has discovered "a better way" of paying for the service. Give us a break, Buy a new version of this ad.

We've been out of town the past few days on a little tour that included some new (for us) territory on the Left Coast, including the fabled San Simeon estate of the late publisher William Randolph Hearst. I'll have more to say about that later.

It's good to see the familiar visage of Coach Joe Gibbs on the sidelines again with the Washington Redskins. As you probably know, Mr. Gibbs "retired" briefly from the NFL a couple of years ago to devote his time to the NASCAR racing team he put together. Steve Spurrier was chosen to replace him in Washington after a super-successful year in the college ranks at Florida, but he couldn't produce a winner for the Redskins. So, this year Coach Gibbs put away his racing gear and returned to the National Football League where he really is at home. You may also be aware that in his NASCAR period he spent some time in Perry at the Charles Machine Works, Inc., which helped sponsor his race team. Several folks out there got to know him pretty well during that period.

As for Coach Spurrier, I see where he is going to coach the University of South Carolina next season. I had already guessed that he would be doing something where his skills would be useful. I knew he must have stashed away enough during his years at Florida to provide a comfortable living for a while. He'll be back, with talent he will recruit at USC.

Here's a piece to close out this column with a smile. It is entitled "Blonde Guy Joke."

There were two guys working for the city works department. One would dig a hole and the other would follow behind him and fill the hole in. They worked furiously all day without rest, one guy digging a hole, the other following behind him and filling it in again.

An onlooker was amazed at their hard work, but couldn't understand what they were doing. So he asked the hole digger, "I appreciate the effort you are putting into your work, but what's the story? You dig a hole and your partner follows along behind and fills it up again."

The hole digger wiped his brow and sighed, "Well, normally we are a three-man team, but they guy who plants the trees is sick today."