Author: Lagniappe

Zzzz-quill

Mr. Holbert, Thanks a lot. I read your column about insomnia yesterday and now it’s 2:45 a.m., and for the last several hours I’ve been thinking about insomnia and its causes. I got rid of my bedside table LED clock several months ago after I woke up very early one morning and looked at that clock. The display said 1:11, but in my bleary-eyed condition, I didn’t see the colon between the first “1” and the second “1” and spent several minutes wondering what time Roman Numeral III was. I’ve thought about former Gov. Bentley and his troubles for awhile but, frankly, I wish they would either impeach him or not — just stop talking about him and concentrate on something else. The birds aren’t awake yet (what do birds who suffer from insomnia do?) but I’ve been waiting for them to start their un-rhythmic chants and wondering if their chants are really rhythmic and I’m just too impatient to hear it. Now my sleeping companion, Dottie the cat, who usually sleeps at my feet or on my back or on my head (depending on her mood), has looked at me with disgust and left. Now it’s 2:56 and I have a full day tomorrow. So, again, thanks a lot. Bob Allen,...

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Music Listings: April 13 – April 19, 2017

THUR. APRIL 13 Bluegill— Tim Kinsey Blues Tavern— Vickie Bailey & Friends, 8:30p Brickyard— Ben Jernigan and Company Dority’s Bar and Grill— Lee Yankie Felix’s— Jeri Flora Bama— 100 Dollar Car, 9:30p// Christina Christian, 2p/// Destiny Brown, 5p//// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Mark Sherrill, John Joiner & Chris Newbury, 6p//// Jay Williams Band, 10p//// Brian Hill Trio, 10:15p Hangout— Continuum Live Bait— Brandon Styles, 7p Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p Manci’s— Ross Newell, 7p May Day Park— Emily Stuckey,11:30a McSharry’s— Rock Bottom, 7:30p Old 27 Grill— Two Suzy’s, 6p Saenger— A Chorus Line Soul Kitchen— Drive By Truckers, Hiss, Golden Messenger,...

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Calendar of Events: April 13 – April 19, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST MobTown Movies: “Moana” Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. Langan Park, 4850 Museum Drive. Presented by city of Mobile. MobTown Movies: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Friday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road. Presented by city of Mobile. Mobile Pops Join the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band Saturday, April 15, as it begins its 40th concert season with a spring concert at Cottage Hill Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road. Visit themobilepops.com. Fairhope Walking Tours Join Fairhope History Museum Director Donnie Barrett for a walking tour of Fairhope on Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. at the Fairhope Colony Cemetery. Easter in the Squares Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day starts in Bienville Square with activities and and an Easter egg hunt, then ends in Cathedral Square. Call 251-434-8498. Satsuma Blossom Festival The Fairhope Museum of History will again host the Satsuma Blossom Festival, Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum is located at 24 N. Section St., next to the Fairhope Welcome Center. For more information, call 251-929-1471. Sunrise service at Bellingrath At Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Easter Sunday, guests are invited to a special sunrise service on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to all. Call 251-973-2217. Sunrise service at Fort Gaines The service will...

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These go to 11

Editor: I would like to write about something missing from this area. I’ve lived and worked from coast to coast to coast, from New York to Miami, to Seattle, Detroit and a few other stops along the way. The population of the combined Gulf Coast region we all love — Pascagoula, Mobile and Pensacola — has approximately 1,271,000 people, which is enough of a market to be able to support what I am proposing. In our area, we have a hard rock station, a classic rock station, a classic hits station and a station that calls itself the only true alternative, playing everything from roots to blues to local artists and a lot of jazz too. We have three stations on our FM dial that have Delilah on at the same time every night (the three adult contemporary stations), and in our listening area we have four (count ‘em), FOUR country stations on FM. There are two or three talk-show stations, and a couple of all-sports stations too, and a couple of urban contemporary stations on FM, not to mention three Top 40 hits stations. What is missing here is a station that can cover what is known as alternative rock. This format has actually become the “classic rock” of the millennials now. I am talking about a station that plays music you would hear on stations across the...

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The art of discourse

Editor: Normally, I do not get worked up about the waste of a resource by Mobilians. Many people have been disadvantaged by wasting away their opportunities to better themselves. They do not take advantage of the hand up, preferring the hand out. Elected officials are resources. Election of anyone to office is a platform to let everyone see if we support a progressive or regressive government to steer the majority of issues considered important by our community. If you don’t vote, don’t squawk about how things are. If you do vote and candidates on your slate are not victorious, find like-minded people on any issues and peacefully challenge the thinking on those issues. Try to change the thinking but not attack the person. As a community we got in our own way by wasting the resources in a recent town hall meeting by Congressman Bradley Byrne, who had come home to gauge the thoughts of the community before major votes on issues at the national level. People in the community were not progressive enough to listen to his report back on the national agenda that affects changes in our daily lives. He would have listened to comments on the issues to form an opinion on how the majority wanted him to vote and our concerns. Instead of being able to do his job, which we pay him for, he...

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