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Scoring in Valdosta

July 2, 2014 - Harry Eagar
When I was a lad in Georgia, Valdosta was known for its high school football team, coached as I recall (but don't hold me to it that was a looooong time ago) by Wright Bazemore and the highest scoring team in the nation, higher even than Waycross, which was one county over and in a slightly lower (AA) class and was the nation's second highest scoring football team.

Valdosta had something like 11 or 12 players picked for scholarships to SEC schools, than which no higher educational attainment was possible.

Those were the days. This is what Valdosta is known for now.

On the first day of the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, a misunderstanding between two armed men in a convenience store Tuesday led to a drawn firearm and a man’s arrest:

“ 'Essentially, it involved one customer with a gun on his hip when a second customer entered with a gun on his hip,' said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress." Because, shoot, it ain't so easy to tell the Good Guy with the Gun from the Bad Guy with the Gun.

To the unending regret of goobers everywhere, nobody got shot, or even all shook up.

But if there HAD been a Bad Guy with a Gun somewhere in Valdosta, no doubt some some open carry zealot would have pulled his hogleg on another open carry zealot, just like actually happened, and the Bad Guy would have gone about his business unmolested. Because gundamentalists are childish and delusional.


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Jul-17-14 6:06 PM

I enjoyed much of my three years on the East Coast. Norfolk, Virginia. I saw the changes in seasons. I had my first taste of a wet winter. Humid summers. I mostly enjoyed the Southern Hospitality of the people of all races. The food is delicious. Grits? Mississippi was fun. Hot one day and snow the next. Odd.

I don't look American and enjoyed also many other foreign countries.

Seems the same people come here and different from when they are at home. Left something behind in traveling. I guess brains are considered extra carry on. Pay the difference and be smarter as a tourists. Respect the locals there and here and you will recieve. So much to see and so little time.


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