Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Funnies; Volume 152.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The register 12 chronicles.

Late this afternoon, I was once again in the line for register 12 at Walmart - the ostensible "express lane."

In front of me was a middle-aged woman with no more than a half-dozen items.

One of the items was a Kelly green t-shirt for a small child, maybe three or four years old from the looks of it. It had a brightly colored picture on the front. I could not make it out, but I would guess it related to some children's television show.

When the clerk attempted to ring up the shirt, the screen flashed a message that read "May not be sold." The clerk set it aside and said, "Sorry, I can't sell you this" while reaching for the next item.

The customer said, "Excuse me. Why can't you sell it to me?"

The clerk said "We never know why. Sometimes it just does that."

"Well could you try to ring it up again in case there was some kind of mistake?"

"Okay, but it will just say it again." She did and it did.

"Well, could you check with someone to find out WHY I can't buy it?"

A few minutes later, one of the long-time front end managers (short Scottish lady) showed up at the register. She explained to the customer that they really never know why.  She said it could be something that was the subject of a safety recall or Walmart had decided the quality was so bad they were going to get their money back from vendor.

So, let's think about this. You would think that when something can no longer be sold, Walmart would have employees pull it from all of the shelves world-wide within hours of that announcement or decision.

Well, I'm just guessing here but it appears that some whiz kid in the Walmart organization decided that rather than having to pay employees to pull all of the products off of the shelves, it would be cheaper to let the unsuspecting customers bring the products to  the register where it can be confiscated by a cashier already on the clock anyway.

And the thoroughly pissed-off customer ( and trust me, she was)? I guess the calculus is that they will get over it.

Is Savannah destined to become the "Detroit of the South"

http://savannahnow.com/news/2011-01-27/outraged-council-split-city-manager-picks

http://savannahnow.com/latest-news/2011-01-26/council-names-2-savannah-city-manager-finalists

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

One big 'gator!

For those of you who are fond of swimming in fresh water ponds and rivers, you might want to swing by the El Cheapo gas station at Exit 3.

They have a new "tourist attraction: a taxidermied monster 'gator that in life was 14 feet long and weighed 1,200 lbs. It was taken in Florida. It is an impressive critter.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And not ONE of those exports was manufactured in Camden County!

http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2011-01-25/georgia-ports-authority-2010-container-numbers-20-percent

JDA review of 2010.

ECONOMY ON THE REBOUND










2010 was another busy year at the Joint Development Authority ("JDA") and the economy is beginning to rebound. Initial unemployment claims are down 20% as compared to a year ago, and the JDA reports nearly 400 recently created or announced jobs; including those from organizations such as Express Scripts, the Coast Guard MFPU Unit, Atlamaha Technical College, the Beachview Tent Rental Company, and others. A few economic development highlights during the past year include the following:









• Express Scripts continued to grow and expand its employment base while earning operational recognition.









• The U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit expanded to its full operational status.









• Johnson Gas expanded north from Florida into Georgia and leased a site within the Camden County Industrial Park for a new business location.









• Electric Boat expanded their off-base footprint from 24,000 to 48,000 square feet.









• Aerospace Missions (a high technology company) opened a new branch office/research facility in the community.









• The first study of the Camden County industrial marketplace was published to assist industry and investors in understanding facility status and trends.









• The first business "Pulse" of Camden County was published in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, College of Coastal Georgia, and the Cities. This publication was designed to provide existing business and industry with accurate and relevant data concerning local market conditions so that owners and managers can make informed business decisions.









• Altamaha Technical College selected a site for development of a new technical college campus near Exit 7 along Interstate 95. The Gross Family generously donated this site as an investment in the community's future.









• The JDA, Camden County, and City of Kingsland teamed-up to facilitate a land exchange and re-route Old Still Road to align with Roberts Path; thus generating a safer intersection and enhancing the visibility and access of the Camden County Industrial Park.









• Camden County was awarded Georgia "Work Ready" certification and a grant to create additional career pathways of success for citizens in the region.









• A new $1 Million eye center commenced development in the Kingsland Business Park.









• Longhorn Steakhouse, Popeye's Fried Chicken, Goody's and other recognized national and regional brands continue to enter the market.









• Litigation entangling the former mill site was resolved and the Trustee has placed the strategic property back on the market.









. The Beachview Tent Rental Company selected Camden County as the site for its new corporate headquarters; adding more jobs to the community (more about this later).















Though economic conditions are improving, we recognize the unemployment rate lingers too high and many unemployed and underemployed people remain hurting in the community. It is our passion to help these citizens by stimulating the creation of new career pathways and opportunities, and expanding our economy. Though it will take a long while to recover from the Great Recession, it appears the worst may be behind us. Let us thank God that conditions are improving, and pause to pray for an extra measure of prosperity and health in 2011.









Sincerely,









David Keating















BEACHVIEW TENT COMPANY









The JDA is pleased to announce Beachview Tent Rentals, Inc. ("Beachview") has leased approximately 30,000 square feet within the Camden County Industrial Park to relocate its corporate headquarters and consolidate operations in the region. The new headquarters will be housed in a modern, centrally located facility adjoining Interstate 95 that will provide expansion space for the company to grow and generate operating efficiencies to enable the company to better serve its customers. Beachview is a full-service event rental company that is a regional provider of temporary structures, tents, catering and event equipment, and planning/design expertise for corporate events, sporting events, weddings, disaster relief, and other functions. The company reported a payroll of approximately 45 employees; though seasonal demands often increase this payroll to approximately 75 persons over the course of a year.





















"We are very pleased Beachview has selected Camden County as the home of their new business headquarters," announced David Keating, Executive Director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority. "They have selected a Class-A facility and are well positioned to serve their growing customer base in the region. The facility selected also provides several acres of available land to support future expansions, and we look forward to growing with them over time."





















"When selecting a new location for the consolidation of our operations, this particular property in Camden County was head and shoulders above our expectations. We are so pleased to be relocating not only into a great facility, but also into a growing community that has been so welcoming," said Zachry Veal of Beachview.





















The three way deal involved Beachview, 1495 S. 50th Street (Landlord), and the Camden County Joint Development Authority. The Authority assisted in the transaction by granting an incentive package, which included a $125,000 low interest mortgage to the Landlord to fund construction of office space and other tenant improvements required by Beachview. Occupancy is expected during the first quarter of 2011.



























JDA WELCOMES SHANNON NETTLES









Shannon joined the JDA on October 25, 2010 and comes to us with 17 years of professional experience; including 8 years of recent experience in Real Estate and Property Management and more than 8 years of Administration and Program Management. She is a 1993 graduate of Florida State University and a native of New Orleans, LA. Prior to her arrival in Camden County, she was the Camp Director for the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind in Waycross, GA. Shannon is married to Robbie Nettles, a 1988 Camden County H.S. graduate, and they have two young sons, ages 6 & 9.









According to Shannon, "I am very excited to be able to work for the Camden County Joint Development Authority! I look forward to being a part of making Camden County a better place to live and work in 2011."















LORD EYE CENTER GROUNDBREAKING









The groundbreaking took place on October 29, 2010 and the building is progressing nicely. Pictured from left to right are: David Keating, Christine Daniel, Jack Allen, Dr. Lord, BOCC Chairman David Rainer, and Kingsland Mayor Kenneth Smith. The current location of the Lord Eye Center in St. Marys will be moving into their new building this spring. We wish them continued success!









ALTAMAHA TECH UPDATE









The College is working dilligently









to finalize the acquisition/acceptance of the selected 30 acre site near Exit 7 at Harrietts Bluff Road. The closing is expected to occur in the 1st quarter of 2011. A survey and a Phase 1 are in progress at this time. Financing and a construction timeline will be determined once the Governor's final budget is announced in the spring.















OLD STILL ROAD PROJECT









Construction Begins



The land exchange between Camden County and Richard Roberts and Karen Sharpe was finalized in November. A Contractor has been selected and work has commenced on this project. We hope to see completion on this new interchange by February. The re-alignment is certain to provide a safer route for parents, teachers, staff and others visiting Mamie Lou Gross Elementary, as well as trucks and business accessing the Camden County Industrial Park.





















CCJDA BOARD MEETING









Our Board of Director's will meet next on Friday, March 18, 2011. The meeting begins at 9:30am and the public is welcome to attend. The Meeting will be held at the Camden County Annex Building at 107 North Gross Road, Kingsland.









MISSION STATEMENT









The Mission of the Joint Development Authority is to promote Camden County to expand and diversify the economy and stimulate the creation of quality employment opportunities to provide a better quality of life for citizens.









WISHING YOU ALL A VERY SAFE AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!





















Camden County Joint Development Authority









107 North Gross Road, Suite # 2









Kingsland, GA 31548









ccjda@co.camden.ga.us





















Office Hours: M-F, 8am- 5pm (closed for lunch 12-1)


































































ECONOMY ON THE REBOUND

2010 was another busy year at the Joint Development Authority ("JDA") and the economy is beginning to rebound. Initial unemployment claims are down 20% as compared to a year ago, and the JDA reports nearly 400 recently created or announced jobs; including those from organizations such as Express Scripts, the Coast Guard MFPU Unit, Atlamaha Technical College, the Beachview Tent Rental Company, and others. A few economic development highlights during the past year include the following:

• Express Scripts continued to grow and expand its employment base while earning operational recognition.

• The U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit expanded to its full operational status.

• Johnson Gas expanded north from Florida into Georgia and leased a site within the Camden County Industrial Park for a new business location.

• Electric Boat expanded their off-base footprint from 24,000 to 48,000 square feet.

• Aerospace Missions (a high technology company) opened a new branch office/research facility in the community.

• The first study of the Camden County industrial marketplace was published to assist industry and investors in understanding facility status and trends.

• The first business "Pulse" of Camden County was published in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, College of Coastal Georgia, and the Cities. This publication was designed to provide existing business and industry with accurate and relevant data concerning local market conditions so that owners and managers can make informed business decisions.

• Altamaha Technical College selected a site for development of a new technical college campus near Exit 7 along Interstate 95. The Gross Family generously donated this site as an investment in the community's future

• The JDA, Camden County, and City of Kingsland teamed-up to facilitate a land exchange and re-route Old Still Road to align with Roberts Path; thus generating a safer intersection and enhancing the visibility and access of the Camden County Industrial Park.

• Camden County was awarded Georgia "Work Ready" certification and a grant to create additional career pathways of success for citizens in the region.

• A new $1 Million eye center commenced development in the Kingsland Business Park.

• Longhorn Steakhouse, Popeye's Fried Chicken, Goody's and other recognized national and regional brands continue to enter the market.

• Litigation entangling the former mill site was resolved and the Trustee has placed the strategic property back on the market.

. The Beachview Tent Rental Company selected Camden County as the site for its new corporate headquarters; adding more jobs to the community (more about this later).





Though economic conditions are improving, we recognize the unemployment rate lingers too high and many unemployed and underemployed people remain hurting in the community. It is our passion to help these citizens by stimulating the creation of new career pathways and opportunities, and expanding our economy. Though it will take a long while to recover from the Great Recession, it appears the worst may be behind us. Let us thank God that conditions are improving, and pause to pray for an extra measure of prosperity and health in 2011.

Sincerely,

David Keating




BEACHVIEW TENT COMPANY

The JDA is pleased to announce Beachview Tent Rentals, Inc. ("Beachview") has leased approximately 30,000 square feet within the Camden County Industrial Park to relocate its corporate headquarters and consolidate operations in the region. The new headquarters will be housed in a modern, centrally located facility adjoining Interstate 95 that will provide expansion space for the company to grow and generate operating efficiencies to enable the company to better serve its customers. Beachview is a full-service event rental company that is a regional provider of temporary structures, tents, catering and event equipment, and planning/design expertise for corporate events, sporting events, weddings, disaster relief, and other functions. The company reported a payroll of approximately 45 employees; though seasonal demands often increase this payroll to approximately 75 persons over the course of a year.

"We are very pleased Beachview has selected Camden County as the home of their new business headquarters," announced David Keating, Executive Director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority. "They have selected a Class-A facility and are well positioned to serve their growing customer base in the region. The facility selected also provides several acres of available land to support future expansions, and we look forward to growing with them over time."

"When selecting a new location for the consolidation of our operations, this particular property in Camden County was head and shoulders above our expectations. We are so pleased to be relocating not only into a great facility, but also into a growing community that has been so welcoming," said Zachry Veal of Beachview.

The three way deal involved Beachview, 1495 S. 50th Street (Landlord), and the Camden County Joint Development Authority. The Authority assisted in the transaction by granting an incentive package, which included a $125,000 low interest mortgage to the Landlord to fund construction of office space and other tenant improvements required by Beachview. Occupancy is expected during the first quarter of 2011.


















JDA WELCOMES SHANNON NETTLES

Shannon joined the JDA on October 25, 2010 and comes to us with 17 years of professional experience; including 8 years of recent experience in Real Estate and Property Management and more than 8 years of Administration and Program Management. She is a 1993 graduate of Florida State University and a native of New Orleans, LA. Prior to her arrival in Camden County, she was the Camp Director for the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind in Waycross, GA. Shannon is married to Robbie Nettles, a 1988 Camden County H.S. graduate, and they have two young sons, ages 6 & 9. According to Shannon, "I am very excited to be able to work for the Camden County Joint Development Authority! I look forward to being a part of making Camden County a better place to live and work in 2011."










LORD EYE CENTER GROUNDBREAKING

The groundbreaking took place on October 29, 2010 and the building is progressing nicely. Pictured from left to right are: David Keating, Christine Daniel, Jack Allen, Dr. Lord, BOCC Chairman David Rainer, and Kingsland Mayor Kenneth Smith. The current location of the Lord Eye Center in St. Marys will be moving into their new building this spring. We wish them continued success!

ALTAMAHA TECH UPDATE

The College is working dilligently to finalize the acquisition/acceptance of the selected 30 acre site near Exit 7 at Harrietts Bluff Road. The closing is expected to occur in the 1st quarter of 2011. A survey and a Phase 1 are in progress at this time. Financing and a construction timeline will be determined once the Governor's final budget is announced in the spring.






OLD STILL ROAD PROJECT

Construction Begins

The land exchange between Camden County and Richard Roberts and Karen Sharpe was finalized in November. A Contractor has been selected and work has commenced on this project. We hope to see completion on this new interchange by February. The re-alignment is certain to provide a safer route for parents, teachers, staff and others visiting Mamie Lou Gross Elementary, as well as trucks and business accessing the Camden County Industrial Park.















CCJDA BOARD MEETIING:

Our Board of Director's will meet next on Friday, March 18, 2011. The meeting begins at 9:30am and the public is welcome to attend. The Meeting will be held at the Camden County Annex Building at 107 North Gross Road, Kingsland.


MISSION STATEMENT
The Mission of the Joint Development Authority is to promote Camden County to expand and diversify the economy and stimulate the creation of quality employment opportunities to provide a better quality of life for citizens.


WISHING YOU ALL A VERY SAFE AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!














Camden County Joint Development Authority
107 North Gross Road, Suite # 2
Kingsland, GA 31548

ccjda@co.camden.ga.us

Office Hours: M-F, 8am- 5pm (closed for lunch 12-1)

Monday, January 24, 2011

An urgent message from Councilwoman Hase.

Dear Senior Citizens, Friends:




Did you know that St Marys is the only entity in Camden County that the senior citizens have a cap on their income when it comes to receiving the $25,000 homestead exemption on their property taxes? Every senior citizen who owns property in Camden can receive the exemption unless you live in St Marys. I believe that seniors throughout our county should be treated equitably. If you agree, please contact our new State Representative, Jason Spencer, and tell him that you want to have the same advantages the rest of the seniors in Camden have. He has been presented with a house bill to put forth in the House to eliminate this cap, but he told the Mayor and I that he does not like the fact that the rest of the taxpayers in St Marys would have to carry the extra load for seniors ( the impact is minimal). He also says that the exemption should only be for the "less fortunate" seniors, not all seniors. Yet, he lives in the county and when he reaches age 62, he will have the benefit regardless of his income (and regardless of the fact the balance of the county citizens will have to carry the burden for him); but he doesn't think that all seniors in St Marys should have this exemption at age 65. My position is that Seniors of all incomes have been paying more than their fair share of taxes for years, and deserve the break, especially if the rest of Camden is getting it. Also, this puts you at a disadvantage if you want to sell your home. He suggested that we hold a referendum and vote on it; however, this would take months, and add unnecessary cost to the taxpayers when all he has to do is present it to the House of Representatives in Atlanta.



Please contact him at Jason.spencer@house.ga.gov     and ask him to drop (i.e, "drop into the hopper;" submit for a vote - Jay) the St Marys Seniors' Homestead Exemption bill as presented to him by the City Council of St Marys. Do it today, because there is a time limit in the house for dropping local legislation. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me anytime at 673-7048. Please forward this email to St Marys seniors and citizens on your email list. I thank you for your assistance in this matter.



Respectfully, Deborah Hase, St Marys

Now, let me tell you what Deb will not. You also need to talk to Councilman Sidney Howell. sidney.howell@ci.st-marys.ga.us He and his wife and former candidate for Spencer' seat, Rindy, are the most vocal class warriors against this bill. As you may recall, when Rindy came in third in the primary, she then endorsed Spencer. This is pure political payback. Please let the Howells know that Sidney will pay at the polls unless he contacts Spencer and releases him from this political "obligation" to oppose this bill.

Oh, and lest we forget, the other bookend is of course also opposed to the legislation. The council vote was 4 to 2 in favor. Bird's e-mail address: greg.bird@ci.st-marys.ga.us
 
Jay Moreno

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The case for a legitimate need for high capacity magazines.

Occasionally, a whole crowd of savages needs shooting.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/22/deadly-ca-hit-run-ends-man-beaten-mob/

Dog parks.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2011-01-22/story/glynn-county-dogs-get-another-park

How would y'all feel about spending SPLOST funds for dog parks in the cities and the county?

When I take CJ for his daily walk, we can only go at 4.5 MPH, my wheelchair's top speed. That's just barely into second gear for CJ. I sure would like to be able to let him hit 5th every so often. Fast? Well, the name they gave him at the shelter was "Bullet."

Friday, January 21, 2011

A killer salad at a great price from a surprising source.

I've been trying to add more fruits and vegetables to my diet.

Tonight, I had an exceptionally delicious and satisfying seafood salad.

This thing weighed a little over a pound. 450 calories with the dressing. Total fat: 27g. Total carbohydrate: 45g (okay for my diabetic diet). Total protein: 13.5g.

This thing starts out with fresh, crisp, Romaine lettuce. Now add grape tomatoes, purple cabbage, radicchio, carrot, and a lemon wedge. That is topped off with a surprisingly generous amount of that simulated crab product made from Alaskan pollock, Pacific whiting, and crab. It's in chunks the length of your thumb but two to three times the diameter! My guess it was 7 to 8 ounces of the stuff.

It comes with a generous cup of remoulade dressing. I had never had remoulade dressing so I did not know what to expect. I can't imagine a dressing that would have been better suited to that salad.

How good was it? I honestly believe they could have served this at the Ritz Carlton and gotten raves about it.

Amazingly, this salad cost me just $3.98 and came from the St. Marys Walmart. I kid you not. Try it - you'll love it!

They are found in that first, small, refrigerated gondola as you come in the grocery side door and hang your first right at the deli.

JDA brings new company to industrial park.

NEW RELEASE


January 21, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Camden County Joint Development Authority

912-729-7201







BEACHVIEW CONSOLIDATES OPERATIONS

IN CAMDEN COUNTY, GEORGIA





CAMDEN COUNTY, GEORGIA - January 21, 2011



Beachview Tent Rentals, Inc. ("Beachview") has leased approximately 30,000 square feet within the Camden County Industrial Park to relocate its corporate headquarters and consolidate operations in the region. The new headquarters will be housed in a modern, centrally located facility adjoining Interstate 95 that will provide expansion space for the company to grow and generate operating efficiencies to enable the company to better serve its customers. Beachview is a full-service event rental company that is a regional provider of temporary structures, tents, catering and event equipment, and planning/design expertise for corporate events, sporting events, weddings, disaster relief, and other functions. The company reported a payroll of approximately 45 employees; though seasonal demands often increase this payroll to approximately 75 persons over the course of a year.



"We are very pleased Beachview has selected Camden County as the home of their new business headquarters," announced David Keating, Executive Director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority. "They have selected a Class-A facility and are well positioned to serve their growing customer base in the region. The facility selected also provides several acres of available land to support future expansions, and we look forward to growing with them over time."



"When selecting a new location for the consolidation of our operations, this particular property in Camden County was head and shoulders above our expectations. We are so pleased to be relocating not only into a great facility, but also into a growing community that has been so welcoming," said Zachry Veal of Beachview.



The three way deal involved Beachview, 1495 S. 50th Street (Landlord), and the Camden County Joint Development Authority. The Authority assisted in the transaction by granting an incentive package, which included a $125,000 low interest mortgage to the Landlord to fund construction of office space and other tenant improvements required by Beachview. Occupancy is expected during the first quarter of 2011.





COASTAL LIFESTYLE...

METRO ADVANTAGES...

CAMDEN COUNTY, GEORGIA

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

A review of Colby's Bar and Grill in Woodbine, GA.

Well, I did make it by there yesterday at about 4:10 PM on my way to Brunswick.


First of all, let me say that on the way up, I had turned on my headlights in the overcast afternoon.

Because I exit through the passenger side door via the hydraulic lift rather than the driver's door, if I forget and leave the lights on, I don't get the benefit of the warning buzzer. I left them on when I parked there. When I came back out, 30 or so minutes later, the damned battery was so low I could not get back in or start the van.

Thanks to co-owner Colby for hooking up his truck for a jump start. For some strange reason, the jump powered my hydraulics just fine but was not enough to start my van. Colby said he was having battery problems with his truck. When a call to AAA brought help, it cranked right off with a charge from one of those portable power sources.

Thanks so much to Colby for his help as well as the guy from Marr and Sons (I thinks that's the name - the guys who do the sheriff's repair work) for getting me started with no charge to me or AAA.

Now, having said that, let me tell you about my dining experience.

When I arrived, there were no customers in the restaurant (about 6 in the bar). The very pleasant waitress was also the cook.

The interior has been modified from the last time I was in that building years ago. An interior wall has been added to bifurcate it into a bar (with smoking) on the north end and the restaurant (no smoking) on the south end of the building. There is a connecting door between the two. Apparently, bar patrons can place food orders and have them delivered to the bar side. The restrooms are on the smoky bar side.

Let me set the stage. When you walk (or roll) into the restaurant section, you are immediately struck by the stark sparseness of the place. In retrospect, it was rather like walking into a third world cocina. The walls and ceiling have been painted with a thin coat of stark white paint, much of which was dripped onto the garnet painted concrete floor in golf ball sized splotches all over the restaurant.

The only attempt at decor is a garish collection of faded junk attached to the dividing wall. It looks rather like stuff that Stuckey's might have squirreled away in the attic when it failed to sell to even the tackiest tourists.

The lighting consists of about a dozen, 8 foot long, two bulb fluorescent fixtures. No covers - just the bare bulbs. 25% of the fixtures are burned out or have bad ballasts. One bulb in one fixture is constantly strobing, giving a sort of semi-disco dining experience.

The tables were covered with garnet oil cloths. They were clean.

The menu shows a wide selection of breakfast items, served anytime.

Apparently, at lunch time, three days per week (don't remember which days), they serve a buffet style dinner. That no doubt accounts for the previous comparison to Aunt B's. The empty steam table was about the size of the one in the back room at Aunt B's. Ergo, I can't comment on the buffet.

The menu also has an ambitious selection of appetizers ( a bit pricey) and sandwiches.

I opted for the pork chop sandwich with fries. $6.49, if memory serves me. I asked the waitress/cook if she knew if their pork chop sandwich was anything like the famous pork chop sandwich at Willies' Weenie Wagon is Brunswick.

She said many people ask her that, but she did not know as she had never eaten there (a pity.) When I described it to her, she said she could make up something like a Philly cheese steak only with pork chop. I agreed. I ordered that with iced tea ($1.99.)

Incredibly, though I would not have thought it possible, the tea was actually weaker than what I was now famously served at Aunt Hattie's Cow Patty.

How weak was it? Well, when I held a packet of Equal behind the rim of the glass then looked down through the surface of the "tea," I could quite literally read the word "Equal" through it. To achieve that level of weakness at home, I would imagine you would have to brew one cup of hot tea with a small tea bag,then add that to TWO GALLONS of water. I'm totally serious.

As I was paying my check at the register, I told the waitress/cook that it was literally the weakest "tea" I had ever been served. First, I asked if the person who had made the tea was from the south. She was. I then asked how they made the tea. She pointed to a Bunn tea brewer behind her.

When she confirmed that they used one mega tea bag, I asked if they had ever tried using two. She said they had, but it had come out so strong people were "gagging on it." I then asked her if she knew that those brewers had to be serviced and adjusted periodically ( the Bunn rep cleans the nozzles and sets the brewing temperature and volume of water.) She said that the guy had recently been there working on it. Perhaps the guy who services Camden restaurants for Bunn does not know what-in-the-hell he's doing.

The French fries were the old style, thick, crinkle cuts - which I like. Unfortunately, they were fried in grease that was probably just a few degrees below optimal frying temp and most assuredly fried in old grease that was way overdue for changing. They were darkly discolored by the old grease. I left nearly all of them on the plate.

The pork chop sandwich was made with pork chop that had been diced into little cubes the size of
the miniature sugar cubes some of us will remember getting our Salk polio vaccine on years ago.
The onions and peppers were way over cooked - just short of frankly burned. Edible, but that is about it.

Recommendations: Close the restaurant temporarily and do it immediately.

Trash all that faded, garish crap on the wall.

Paint the floor all one color if you can't afford carpet. Apply another coat of white paint all around then pick some pleasant finish colors for the walls. Hang a few pictures. Maybe some historic Woodbine pictures from Bryan-Lang library or contemporary Woodbine landscape photos. Check with county government to get names of their award winning local landscape photographers from their annual contests.

Replace those light fixtures. Not only are they an eyesore, but by not having covers, are actualy in violation of the health code.

Solve that tea problem before you re-open. Remove some of your items that have not sold well when you get a professional printer to produce some decent looking laminated menus that can be kept clean to replace your current ones. Concentrate on preparing fewer dishes but producing them exceedingly well.

Lastly, do not set your standards based upon prevailing Woodbine standards. If you can not legitimately compete with clean, attractive, and delicious competitors in south Camden and Glynn County, your customer base will never go much beyond well-oiled bar patrons with the munchies and folks "trapped" in town by courthouse business with nowhere else to eat.

Good luck.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

McDonald's, eat your heart out!

Next time you're at Walmart, take a look in the small refrigerated gondola in front of the counter with the rotisserie chicken. Pick up a block of Hoffman's Sharp Smoked Cheddar.

Cruise over to the frozen biscuits. Pick up a bag of 20 Great Value buttermilk biscuits.

In one of the refrigerated gondolas down by the dairy, you'll find a find a thick slice of Smithfield ham. Now you have all of the ingredients.

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.

While the oven is heating, place your ham steak on a clean cutting board. Using a hard frozen biscuit for a template, take a paring knife and cut out biscuit-sized rounds of ham for as many biscuits as you need.

Using the sharpest knife you have, cut thin slices of the cheese. Two slices cut across the end of the block are adequate for each biscuit. Hint: do not unwrap the cheese. Cut through the wrapper, then store the unused portion in a zip lock bag. It keeps way better if you have not touched the unused part.

Place ham medallions into a frying pan. Top each medallion with 2 slices of cheese. Turn heat on 1 and cover with a lid. NOTE: The object is not to melt the cheese but just to soften it up slightly. If you get it too warm, it will slide around on your biscuit.

Pop biscuits into your pre-heated oven. I recommend baking for low end of suggested time. You don't want your biscuits over baked or they will crumble on you. My Cuisinart counter-top convection oven turns 'em out perfect in 12 minutes!

Carefully slice hot biscuits evenly, insert ham and cheese, and enjoy. You'll be surprised how satisfying just one of these is for breakfast. The smoked ham / smoked cheddar combination is delicious.

Mine really hit the spot this morning. CJ agrees.

Savannah's city manager selection process reeks of racial preference.

http://savannahnow.com/news/2011-01-16/council-torn-about-city-manager-process


http://savannahnow.com/news/2011-01-16/four-city-manager-finalists-have-wealth-experience#1

Governor Deal a strong advocate for deepening of Port of Savannah.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2011-01-16/story/analysis-everyone-adores-port-savannah

Sunday Funnies; Volume 150.

A Real Man




He grasped me firmly, but gently, just above my elbow and guided me into a room, his room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone.

He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice, close to my ear.

"Just relax. . . "

Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing and moving upward along my calves, slowly, but steadily.

My breath caught in my throat.

I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn't care. His touch was so experienced, so sure.

When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder, and I partly closed my eyes.

My pulse was pounding. I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my ribcage.

And then, as he cupped my firm, full, breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply.

Probing, searching, knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my
shoulders, slid them down my tingling spine and into my panties.

Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant.

This is a real man, I thought. A man used to taking charge. A man not used to taking "no" for an answer.

A man who would tell me what he wanted. A man who would look into my soul and say . . . . .

"Okay, ma'am," said a voice. "All done."

My eyes snapped open and he was standing in front of me, smiling, holding out my purse. "You can board your flight now."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bayer announces closure schedule for Woodbine plant.

PRESS RELEASE

January 11, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Camden County Joint Development Authority

912-729-7201







BAYER RELEASES SCHEDULE

TO CLOSE WOODBINE FACILITY

CAMDEN COUNTY, GA - January 11, 2010

Bayer Crop Science has announced a schedule to reduce operations and close the Woodbine, Georgia facility; the sole site where the pesticide Temik is produced. According to a news release issued by Bayer, the facility will cease production of the pesticide in the third quarter of 2012, at which time the eighty-four person workforce will be reduced to less than a dozen employees who will remain during the de-commissioning of the facility. Bayer plans to continue supplying Temik to its customers until the end of 2014; after which sales of the pesticide will cease.





Temik is produced from the carbamate family of chemicals, which have largely been replaced by newer products; prompting this decision by Bayer. According to Achim Noack, a member of the Bayer Crop Science Board, "the decision was based on a number of factors, with both strategic and economic considerations. It is fully in line with our global strategy to focus on delivering innovative solutions to modern agriculture and replacing older compounds in our portfolio." The decision will affect production at plants in Institute, West Virginia and Woodbine, Georgia, and will result in a one time charge of approximately $275 million to decommission these facilities. This decision is part of the global restructuring announcement by the Bayer Group, published on November 18, 2010.



Chris Evans, Senior Vice President of Industrial Operations in North America for Bayer CropScience says, "The decision was not an easy one. For many years, the Institute and Woodbine sites have provided good jobs within our communities and important products for agriculture. Although this change is necessary, we recognize the impact it will have on our employees and will act responsibly to support them during this transition."





According to David Keating, Executive Director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority, "In today's modern society, the pace of business change and innovation is rapid. Technologies and products come and go at shorter and shorter intervals. This decision by Bayer is not a reflection of the excellent workforce and award winning operations at the Woodbine facility. Instead, it's simply an older generation of products being phased out and replaced by a newer generation of products. Bayer is a valued corporate citizen of Camden County, and we will continue to work with them during the decommissioning process and in evaluating future opportunities at the Woodbine site."







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Sunday, January 9, 2011

A damned good idea!

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/01/07/scientists-develop-packaging-changes-color-food-goes-stale/

I wonder if this will prevent grocery stores from putting perishable products back into the cooler or freezer after some sorry lout has changed their mind about buying it and put it on the nearest, convenient, unrefrigerated shelf.

Legislation allowing store security to arrest such vermin and charge them with a misdemeanor would put a stop to that.

Another installment in the sad saga of the slow death of Savannah at the hands of redistributionist liberals.

http://savannahnow.com/news/2011-01-09/johnson-poverty-threat-black-savannahs-success

Sunday Funnies; Volue 149.

It was a tough year, but I made it!!!


But not everyone is as lucky as I am.

The economy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

I ordered a burger at McDonald's, and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you have to call them and ask if they mean you or them.

Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

McDonald's is selling the 1/4 'ouncer'.

Parents in Beverly Hills and Malibu are firing their nannies and learning their children's names.

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .

Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.

The Mafia is laying off judges.

BP Oil laid off 25 Congressmen.

Congress says they are looking into the Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great!! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!

And, finally...

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, and our bleak future, that I called the Suicide Lifeline and was connected to a call center in Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Some resolutions you may not have thought of but perhaps should.

This was first published as a letter-to-the-editor, appearing in the Wednesday, 1/5/11 edition of the Tribune and Georgian.


Dear Editor,


In the event that some of your readers have procrastinated with their New Year’s resolutions, let me offer some from which they may chose as might be appropriate.

Resolved: I will never again smoke a tobacco product within 50 feet of the entrance to any public building or commercial establishment, thereby rudely forcing others to pass through my obnoxious second-hand smoke.

Resolved: I will never again park my car in a disabled space unless the actually disabled person to whom the permit was actually issued is actually, physically present in the car, as required by state law.

Resolved: Even if otherwise qualified for disabled parking, I will never park in a space marked “van accessible” unless I am actually driving a van that is actually equipped with a side wheelchair lift or ramp.

Resolved: When patronizing a buffet restaurant, if I get a little food on my fingers in the serving process, I will not plunge them down to my tonsils then pick up the next serving spoon with my spitty fingers.

Resolved: When I am grocery shopping, I will not pull my groaning, over-loaded cart into the express line that is clearly marked “20 items or less.” Alternative resolution: If I do, I will have the chutzpah to turn to the rest of you schmucks and declare, “Yes, I know it’s way over 20, but let’s face it – my time is way more important than y’alls!”

Resolved: If I am paying with WIC vouchers or plan on running a dozen credit cards in hopes of finding one with an available balance on it, I will have the courtesy not to do it in the express check-out lane.

Resolved: If I have never been in a fast food restaurant before, I will hang back, study the menu, and take a decision before I get into line and reach the register.

And finally,

Resolved: If I am picking up my prescriptions at the big box store, I will not chat for 20 minutes with the amiable but clueless clerk, totally oblivious to the fact that the line has backed up all the way to sporting goods.

Happy New Year!

Jay Moreno

Here's what made me think of adding this to my blog this afternoon. I arrived at Walmart a little after 3:00 P.M. today.

Naturally, all of the parking places clearly marked "van accessible" were occupied by regular vehicles.
After circling twice, I saw a couple approach a car parked in my favorite such spot just in front of the east door. I pulled for to the right and waited while motioning cars to come on around me. The two affluent looking Cauco-American septuagenarians were sporting Florida tags. They had two carts overflowing with groceries. It took the trunk and all of the back seat to fit them in. Given the sloth-like pace and the care with which they were loading them into the car, you would have thought at each plastic bag contained a Faberge egg. So, after about 12 minutes waiting on them, I got parked.

I quickly picked up my three items and headed to register 12, the cruelly named "express line."
Of course, just as I pulled up to the end of the line of six customers, I noticed that the young couple at the register (a Cauco-American couple for you racially obsessed critics) were making a number of purchases with WIC vouchers.

Well, about twenty minutes later, I finally left the register behind and headed for the front door. Just as I exited the automatic front door, a scrawny, druggie looking Cauco-American gal in her early twenties exhaled a huge cloud of cigarette smoke which the wind blew right into my face and straight up my nose.

Of course, by the time I got out of the lot, my sinuses had slammed shut and my headache was well on it's way. When I got home, I had to take pseudo ephedrine and acetaminophen and wait thirty minutes. By then, I of course had to re-heat my Chinese take out in the microwave.

My point is that every damned one of the "resolutions" I offered in my letter are based upon experiences I have every week, without fail. Hopefully, some of the offending louts will take them to heart, but I'm not counting on it.

CCBOC 2010 Annual Report.

Finally, a chance to see who-in-the-hell is Chuck Clark.

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs065/1102224429986/archive/1104033713162.html

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ex-CVB director # 2 was a quick study.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that we read in the T&G that she had been hired and was oh so happy to be here. Now, she has resigned.

Here's what I'm hearing. Apparently, she immediately set about dropping by local businesses and introducing herself to the owners. She soon got an earful about the departure and pending law suit of her predecessor, the activities of the insurgents to unseat the duly elected city government in favor of a re-instituted hegemony for the downtown crowd, and the state of war between the CVB and the mayor, council, and city manager. Being a certified professional in her field, she immediately recognized a crappy situation and promptly resigned. Way to go, CVB. Now, if only you people would resign en masse and council would vote to repeal the bed tax.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Great Walmart Walnut Caper.

Walmart shoppers never cease to amaze me.

This afternoon, as usual, as I entered the eastern door, I took my first right through the produce area.

I just happened to notice an elderly woman - looked to be 70 or so - with her store-provided power cart parked right next to a bin full of mixed nuts. I was struck by the fact that her dress reminded me of news footage from the late Balkan wars. She had one of those large, greenish, plastic produce bags and was picking through the nuts with her fingers rather than using the scoop provided.

I went on about my shopping at a leisurely pace, eventually making my way all the way back to  the dairy case and then back to the front. As I was passing back through the produce section, maybe 20 minutes later, the woman was still there, picking through the nuts.

Curiosity aroused, I cruised by her. It was obvious that the woman had been at work for some time picking all of the walnuts out of the supposed mixed nuts. The woman was literally elbows deep into the pile of nuts feeling around on the bottom for walnuts.

I took up a position over in front of the deli and continued to watch. Finally, when the large green bag was absolutely full, she hefted it up into the hanging produce scale. The thing is graduated from 0 to ten lbs. When she let go of the bag in the pan, the needle shot all the way around, past 10 lbs (0) and to 1. I took that to be 11 pounds of walnuts.

Now, it just so happens that next to egg nog, walnuts are one of my favorite Christmas season treats.
This year, I bought a  1 pound bag each week for 3 weeks.My recollection is they were about $2.29 a pound - a very good price for walnuts - or so I thought.

It turns out that if you have the petty larcenous chutzpah to stand there and brazenly pick them out of the mixed nuts, you can get them for $1.50 per pound! Screw the more timid, honest customers.

Amazing.

St. Marys City Council meeting on TUESDAY, January 4th.

Agenda:

http://www.ci.st-marys.ga.us/agendas/2011/1%204%2011%20City%20Council%20Meeting%20Amended%20Agenda.pdf

Packet:

http://www.ci.st-marys.ga.us/council/2011/1.4.11%20City%20Council%20Packet.pdf

Special, called meeting of CCBOC, Tuesday, Jan. 4th.

Housekeeping. You won't miss anything.

http://www.co.camden.ga.us/Archive.aspx?AMID=&Type=&ADID=723

Sunday Funnies: Volume 148.

Golf and Whisky......


An 80-year-old Scotsman went to the doctor for a check-up.

The doctor was amazed at what good shape the old fellow was in and asked: "How do you stay in such great physical condition?'"

"I am Scottish and I am a golfer," said the old fellow: "and that is why I am in such good shape.

I'm up well before daylight and out golfing up
and down the fairways. I have a wee glass of whisky, and that's it."

"Well,' said the doctor, 'I'm sure that helps, but there has to be more to it. How old was your Dad when he died?"

"Who said my Dad died?"

The doctor was amazed.

"You mean you are 80 years old and your Dad is still alive

How old is he?"

"He is 100 years old," said the old Scottish golfer. "In fact he golfed
wi' me this mornin, and then we went to the topless beach for a walk and had anither weedram and that is why he is still alive.

He is a Scot and he is a golfer, too."

"Well," the doctor said, "that's great, but I am sure there is more to it than that. How about your Dad's Dad? How old was he when he died?"

"Who said my Grandad is dead?"

Stunned, the doctor asked, "You mean you are 80 years old and your grandfather is still living! Incredible, how old is he?"

"He is 118 years old," said the old Scottish golfer.

The doctor was getting frustrated at this point:

"So, I guess he went golfing with you this morning too?"

"No. Grandad couldnae go this mornin' because he is getting married today"

At this point the doctor was close to losing it. "Getting married!!

Why would a 118 year-old bloke want to get married?"

"Who said he wanted to?"













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Saturday, January 1, 2011

When photographers attack!

(Yeah, right!)

http://www.macon.com/2010/12/31/1393922/telegraph-photographer-attacked.html

And in a related story, Sen. Brown shows up again.

http://www.news4jax.com/news4georgia/26319012/detail.html

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and propserous new year for all men of good will.

Others? Not so much.