Most of us treat a birthday as a celebration of the person born, but how about the person who did all the work – the heavy lifting, the pushing, the loss of her waistline?
That would be good ol' Mom.
We should put more focus on Mom when celebrating our birthdays. Give her more recognition and ask her to recall that major event in her own words, (but please, Ma, no talk about blood and other gory stuff). Let me give birth to some O'pinions:
Too many local musicians think we come to the show to hear them talk between every song about politics, the opposite sex or how cool it was to go to Firemen's Hall back in the day. Stop talking and play the music, please... A good steel guitar improves almost any country song... When you're looking for good live music and great crowds, walk on the wild side and check out some of the dive bars on Pensacola's west side.
Why is it?
We always notice when we're walking uphill, but hardly ever when we're going downhill?
Remember when bikers were muscular, scary figures, not potbellied lawyers and dentists having a mid-life crisis or retirees getting their geriatric groove on? They look less like outlaws and more like in-laws... When it comes to beach wear, nothing says "aging fraternity boy" like a guy wearing shorts and a button-down, long-sleeve shirt... You drive a convertible with the top down and the windows up? Go straight to the Home for Fuddy Duddies, you wuss.
The Gulf Coast needs to be wise in spending the pile of money we are about to receive from BP for its oil spill. Surely we learned some lessons from all the ninnies who spent their Hurricane Ivan windfalls on plasma TVs rather than repair their homes and invest in their businesses.
The Boston Red Sox are neither good nor likable this season, so I have switched my allegiance to the Baltimore Orioles and the rebuilding effort led by their manager, our town's Buck Showalter.
Forty years after American declared war on drugs, it's time to decriminalize marijuana and try a new approach because we haven't stopped the influx of drugs, the rise in drug activity and the huge expenditures of money better spent on education and treatment. Declare victory, at least as far as pot is concerned, and tax it.
We already know which presidential candidate we will vote for in November, so let's have the election tomorrow and save three months of rancor and screeching television ads. If you're still undecided, I sympathize, but your choices won't get any easier in the meantime because you can't find two more different candidates, politically speaking. Encouraging developments
The new, improved downtown Pensacola library... The economic ripples that will come our way with the Airbus plant and Austal expansion in Mobile... The approach of football season.
More good things
Existing grocery stores in "Uptown Pensacola" will compete harder as Target on Bayou Boulevard adds food to its lineup and Fresh Foods prepares to open on Airport Boulevard... Pensacola Beach's added attractions make it a stronger draw in the spring and fall "shoulder seasons"... Chances of a new motel at Navarre Beach.
You can have whiskey, bath salts or any other drug. Just give me fresh corn on the cob, tasty tomatoes and an extra-large dish of strawberry shortcake.