Drinking laws update

Jack Daniels LabelAt least twice in the past I’ve written blogs about the great diversity of laws in America regarding the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. It’s an interesting subject and the particulars are often changing. Today I came across an article about what states permit the sale of various alcoholic beverages in grocery stores. Instead of copy and pasting the whole thing I’ll simply provide a link. I’ll also provide a link to a similar article I wrote in 2012. Grab yourself a cold one and take a break.

Huffington Post article about grocery store sales. Click HERE.

2012 CGS blog about drinking laws around America. Click HERE.

The Scoop for 8/25/2014

Made a trip into town this morning and stopped by the Three Spoons Diner for a couple of eggs. In the process I learned that a new hog/pig facility is being constructed outside of New Petersburg on Blazer Rd. near the junction of Dear Park Rd. I stopped by on the way home and took a photo. Don’t have any details but this is going to be one huge building when finished.


I also heard unconfirmed rumors that a couple of large chicken operations are going to be built someplace in Buckskin Township in the near future.

Lastly, I drove by Karnes’ Orchard yesterday and noticed that they will be opening for business on September 6, 2014. I’m guessing the crop will be larger this year and they will be offering a greater variety of apples. Need to make sure I get some fresh pressed cider this year.

According to their website, they will be open every Saturday from September 6 through November 22, 2014.


Bébé s’il vous plaît ne pas aller

My French friend, Ludovic Fonteyraud (aka Delbarjo), has a passion lowbow CBGfor American blues, cigar box guitars, skeletons, and classic “rat” rods. I haven’t discovered anyone yet who can beat him at putting all four elements together.  One of his latest music videos is a cover of the blues classic, Baby please don’t go, played on a 4-string cigar box guitar known as a lowebow.  Lowebows normally consist of a neck made from two 1″ dowel rods and no frets. The top string is a bass string and is used for bass lines. The bottom 3 strings are used for the melody and rhythm.

PFC Project #95

There’s nothing more important than teaching our children to be loving and contributing people. Little expresses it better than Playing for Change’s 95th project. Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and reflect.

Teach your Children from Playing For Change on Vimeo.

Blues Basics

We’ve all come across photos that strike to the core of an emotion or two. Today I had two such moments, both related to the roots of blues music. Blues began with simple homemade instruments being played by the poorest of the poor. To me these photos speak to that truth.

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Mance Lipscomb – today’s blues fix

Several of my cigar box guitar friends just attended a blues festival in Navasota, Texas, the birthplace of bluesman Mance Lipscomb. Lipscomb played guitar for years but wasn’t professionally discovered until the early 1960s as part of the folk and blues revival of that time.

It was my son who reminded me of Lipscomb and while I had heard his records I had never seen a video of him. YouTube has several and what immediately caught my attention was his use of a pocket knife as a slide. This is just what W.C. Handy reported seeing a hobo doing  at the railway station in Tutwiler, MS in 1903. Playing with a knife and singing Yellow Dog Blues. Blues historians like to mark that event as the, “Birth of the blues.”


FACTOID: “76% of adults lack confidence that their children’s generation will have a better life than they do–an all-time high. Some 71% of adults think the country is on the wrong track, a leap of 8 points from a June survey, and 60% believe the U.S. is in a state of decline.” Furthermore the majority blame it on politics more than economic conditions. 

The Legends by Mark Rea

Many of you may know Mark Rea. He is from Washington Court House but his family has long-established roots in the Rainsboro mark rea legendsarea. Mark is married to Lisa Raike, a MHS graduate, and for years has written about OSU sports, especially Buckeye football.

Most recently Mark has written  a collection of vignettes about the legends of Ohio State football and assembled them into a book titled, The Legends: Ohio State Buckeyes, the Men, the Deeds, the Consequences.

I’m thinking anyone who calls himself a Buckeye fan will want this book. It’s available online at Amazon.

Spark’s Paint for Paws

Spark Creative Artspace is hosting a third in its series of paint-canvas events. This time it will take place in Washington Court House and the proceeds will go to support both Spark and the Fayette Humane Society. Scheduled for the evening of August 14 it will begin with spitzers and food at 5:30 pm and will conclude at 8:00 pm. Click on the flier below for complete details and a registration form.

paint for paws flier

Become a Spark member

Earlier this month Spark Creative Artspace rolled out its 2014 annual membership drive asking the public for their support with a $10 membership. Proceeds from the drive will go to help the group’s efforts to acquire a permanent home. Once such is accomplished the supportive members will be invited to a special “members only” event as a show of appreciation.

Memberships may be gotten by mailing an appropriate check to:

Spark Creative Artspace, PO Box 325, Greenfield, OH 45123

Spark membership cards (2)

Where’s the Teachers

FACTOID: About 13 percent of the nation’s 3.4 million teachers move schools or leave the profession every year, costing states up to $2 billion. Researchers estimate that over 1 million teachers move in and out of schools annually, and between 40 and 50 percent quit within five years. I’m guessing the principal causes are lack of respect, inadequate pay, and too much political nonsense.  

Pricey bikes of le tour

July around my house involves watching the Tour de France from start to finish. It’s a throwback to once being part owner of a bicycle tour de france logoshop and becoming familiar with both amateur and professional bicycle racing.

In that era a race quality 10-speed would cost $1000 or less. I owned a Falcon (English) bike with a Reynolds 571 (English) double-butted frame and all Campagnolo (Italian) components. You couldn’t buy better bike parts and my bike retailed for around $650. In today’s world that is chump change for a top of the line road bike.  A set of Campy components today approaches $4,000 compared to under $300 in the dark ages.

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