The Bottom Line

My take on the unimportant.

Location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Monday, April 18, 2005

MrSears aka Drug kingpin

Like most of the free world at one time or another, I spent this weekend in the midst of a 5-day cold. Can't breathe, can't sleep.......pretty much worthless. So I hop in the green hornet and head to my local connection (aka Walgreens). After crusing the different aisles, I've accrued my necessary fix: Some alleve, Sudafed cold and sinus, Vicks cough syrup and the industrial size bottle of Niquil. I'm good to go. As I suffer through the gridlock that is Walgreen's customer service I finally make it to the counter. I throw down a pair of Andrew Jackson's awaiting my goodies. But its never that easy is it? I'm informed by the friendly staff that I will not be allowed to purchase all four items at one time. Some "little-known" codicil in the Walgreens policy manual is preventing me from purchasing all of my items. Apparently they think I'm starting a Meth lab. Fortunately while strictly enforcing their policy they still allow me to get three items on this purchase....then come back 5 seconds later and get the fourth. Beautiful...that's a well-written policy.......I struggle home and take two shots of Niquil and fall into a drug-induced haze......peaceful sleep at last.

Monday, April 04, 2005

It's Midnight And I'm In The Driveway

Since the early 70's one of the real fixtures of local radio was the broadcast of Atlanta Braves baseball. For many a summer evening I was lulled to sleep by the friendly sounds of Milo Hamilton, Ernie Johnson and company. Later Hamilton would depart for Houston and Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren would step in and take over. With artful relevance and humor I would indure some awful seasons. But like a devoted fan I became accustomed to their voices. They would always be there. As life changed they were a constant reminder of a better and simpler time. Then tragedy would strike. It was only a five years or so ago that the old Sports Director at WNLS Lee Bowen (may he now rest in peace) made the fateful and confusing decision to remove Braves baseball from local radio so we could listen to the Devil Rays. A decision that would eventually signal the downfall of Sports Radio in Tallahassee.
For those of us that love baseball, it was always meant to be heard on radio. Something that TV can't replicate. Now thanks to our friends at XM, those of us who love Braves baseball on radio have been given a new life. So, If you call the house at 10:30 at night and I don't answer, don't assume I'm asleep. I'm probably sitting in my car listening to Skip & Pete. What better reason to be in your car.