We survived, barely. If your family is anything like Boozie’s, then there wasn’t enough alcohol in the state to deal with your folks. It’s always something, from “why don’t you have a boyfriend” to “what happened to that boy that commented on your Facebook picture ‘Good seeing you the other night’” to election talk and so on.

If I were to go on, this week would be about all the questions I was drilled with over the break. I know others know what I’m talking about. Even once you get the boyfriend, then get married, it’s “when are you going to have a baby?” It’s a never-ending inquisition. Luckily we have Christmas parties coming up to prepare us for the next family gathering. And, even better, we have this week’s gossip to pass the time!

Got stuff?
As if a Stephen King movie being filmed in the area wasn’t enough camera time for us, now “American Pickers” is coming our way. “American Pickers” is a show on the History Channel that features Mike and Frank, two guys who pick through your stuff looking for that unique piece to take back to one of their stores.

Boozie is tempted to sign up her mom, but is also scared her mom will flip if she found out I’m trying to sell her stuff. I am convinced her attic is going to cave in with the amount of “stuff” she has up there. But if you for-real know someone willing to part ways with some of their one-of-a-kind belongings, you should tell them to submit their info to be considered for the show!

Mike and Frank are looking for large, rare collections and things they’ve never seen before. It can only be a private collection so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.

If you think you may have what they’re looking for, contact “American Pickers.” You can email americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 1-800-OLD-RUST. Be sure to include your name, town, state, phone number, where your collection is located and a description of your items. I sure hope I can soon report there’s been a filming for the show in Mobile. Happy picking!

Roll Eagle
If Thanksgiving wasn’t enough family time for family disagreements, let’s throw in an event that has been known to tear families apart: the Iron Bowl. We all have that one cousin, aunt or uncle who went to the opposing school and loves to be as obnoxious as possible. Auburn fans will never let go of the one-second play and Alabama fans will keep on with “how many national championships does Auburn have?”

Anywho, it didn’t take long for Auburn fans to stop talking smack and it also didn’t take long to get a picture in a group message of a sign hanging in Tuscaloosa that said “Hilary taught Guz how to win.” Insert family argument round 2.

Hey, I know them!
While I am on the subject of TV shows, I can’t not tell y’all this! It isn’t exactly the most local news but it’s pretty darn close. You remember that band called The Revivalists? Yes, the guys you’ve seen play at O’Daly’s, Callaghan’s and Weeks Bay Plantation, to name a few. Well, they performed on “The Ellen Degeneres Show.” The episode aired Tuesday, Nov. 29. They performed their #1 hit “Wish I Knew You” from their CD “Men Amongst Mountains.” Like no big deal!! Hopefully this won’t be my last time talking about the alt. group. Maybe they will come back to where it all began after they wrap up their tour. Either way, congrats on the success.

Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ family time lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!