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Ripley, TN

High gas prices

In 2000, gas was $0.79 gal. It was worth my drive to and from South Parkway Blvd. in Memphis every day for my job at South Parkway Health and Rehab doing MDS's where I evaluated every resident for their abilities and needs. There were a couple meth heads along Danny Thomas around Jackson that learned to leave me alone in the dark of the mornings as well. They thought this crazy white lady would run them down...and they were right. Instead, they just spit on the van and ran. Guess they found out I wasn't going to give them any money or let them break my windows. And the first thing I was told in my job was to let anyone who came into rob was to give them whatever they wanted-not challenge them. That never happened when I was there. Glad it didn't, or things might have gotten hot and heavy. Doubt I would have just let them have what they wanted. I would have probably given them something they weren't expecting. And this was before concealed carry.... It wasn't a racial thing. Not at all. As a matter of fact, there was only one white resident. There were only three white employees. No bias, just facts. And gas was cheap because we drilled our own, processed our own, and sold our own. We were not dependent on the muslims. We depended on USA.  (Saturday Apr 12 | post #8)

Ripley, TN

rattlesnake gulch , stage 2

Once upon a time, there was a place on Hwy 51 that was a marvel. One could enter at one's own risk and probably find just about anything there. It was a collection extrodinaire. After years and years of collecting treasures (junk) depends on view point, the fellow had to be moved...his land razed to the ground in the name of progress. Now he lingers on in the memories of those old enough to ..... I have been stated to have a yard somewhat similar and replied the physical conditions over the last three years that contributed to lack of my usual spit and polish I give to my yard. And I replied to that "other neighbor" that his unkindly remarks didn't show any intentions to see what could be done to help. This is in surrounding my complaint of my neighbors being so loud with their "music": that they would challenge a jet landing. Well, John has mowed this week end. He didn't do it as I would have done. But I have to be grateful. I just found that my left knee has blown and my lower back discs have as well. Looking at surgery on both as soon as things can be worked out. So all my desired plans to work hard at things are delayed yet another year. So here's to you Another Neighbor, hope you have learned how to drive by with your eyes shut and not be offended. I just hope and pray you never get in a situation like this with no one ever just coming by to lend a hand and not expecting anything in return. I just hope you never find yourself in such pain and hardship and knowing how things are and knowing you can't make them better for anyone else much less yourself. You know, men have false pride often, and won't ever ask for help. So that too, is a problem. But you just go right on and put down folks in hard situations---wheth er you know what is going on or what. This rattlesnake gulch, stage 2 will be depleting over the years, as well as we can. It is not by choice or retail desire that we start---no now it is John all by himself---starts to get rid of the excess and organize the used/needed. You have blessed and smooth and easy days, other neighbor.  (Saturday Apr 12 | post #1)

Ripley, TN

noisy neighbors

Ah belay the response Do your remember Rattlesnake Gulch on Hwy 51 on the west side on the corner--I think it was at Munford?, maybe further south? That is what we need to let this evolve to being....We could have our own Gulch....maybe "Mutt Dog Gulch", since he is the one to contribute to the shredding of items....or hauling it off from one place to another. Guess am too tired to think too quickly. A bit of gallows humor in an otherwise frustrating time.  (Sunday Apr 6 | post #6)

Ripley, TN

Ripley Post Office

PO Customer, don't know why you think Doris is "rude and hateful". She is polite and considerate. She usually is completely overwhelmed with folks lined up to the Enterprise one way and the Baptist Church the other. (Of course I exaggerate). Wonder how you would be after dealing with some of the folks that come to the window not prepared, not really knowing what they want, how to do it, etc.? Doris is fine folk and does a good job. She needs someone else up there though.  (Sunday Apr 6 | post #6)

Ripley, TN

noisy neighbors

you are right, but after having all the falls and injuries, haven't been able to get out and do my yard like I usually do. john has been ill as a secondary from his cancer and does what he can. I don't see you stopping by to offer to help. and with dogs that absolutely LOVE to shred ANYTHING that can be gotten, that makes it challenging. have gotten started on the porch, in the yard, and in the house---to get things to the 1.dump, 2.give-a-way, 3. mission., 4. out-grown school code clothes. believe me, I do not like having everything but the kitchen sink in the yard and on the porch. there is only so much I can do. and when I am down - which I am right now- I cannot do much more than stand to wash dishes. So, Another Neighbor, come on by and show some real neighborly action to pitch in and offer to occupy Daniel, play with the dogs, pick up shredded items from the dogs; pick up sticks; prep yard for mowing; weed eat-as that is something I can no longer do at all. Come and pressure wash the house, and various and sundry overwhelming things. Maybe you have notice that finally the fencing is up and contains the yard. That was a long and difficult ordeal for John to get done. The yard has always been my domain to do. Ever since my daddy felt safe for me to handle the lawn mower as a kid, I LOVE to mow and do it. But at this very moment, it is all I can do to stand up, move to another room, stay seated for any length of time, stay in any position for long; sleep-what is that? Consider the tween-elderly with physical limitations. John's cancer was a hoo-whey. He is just now beginning to even think he is a person again. All this is not whining, not really complaining. Frankly I am angry at my body for not doing what I want it to do; what I am used to doing. But it is the way things are right now. With us both in the hospital for 2 years, things went undone. It may take 2 years or more to get it back up to snuff...or even more with the extra time and effort. Oh, and if you would like grape vines to make wreaths-John got them cut down to the nubbins today--they had gotten out of control. So if not grabbed, they go to the erosion control areas...soon, depending on the rain. Y'all have a nice day, Another Neighbor. Maybe one day you really will be a neighbor to recognize a need and be helpful.  (Sunday Apr 6 | post #5)

Ripley, TN

noisy neighbors

One would think after a few years of calling the cops on these people for playing their music too loud and too late at night, they would get the message. Now there is some punk that drives up across the street with a bass in his trunk that would challenge the noise of a jet taking off. My windows rattle, my heart struggles to stay on beat, even had a little vase vibrate off the shelf and break. BUT, mutt that he is, Thunder is starting to give back---unfortunate ly. BARK BARK BARK BARK. He does not like all that noise and lets them know it. I would like peace and quiet, but then pigs could fly. Anybody got any BOSE earphones they want to get me for my birthday???? "Hey Big Spender, ..." haha. fat chance. Too bad I don't have something to rival their music playing ability and I would sic 'em with Mahalia Jackson or the Talley Trio...  (Tuesday Apr 1 | post #1)

Ripley, TN

1965 class ring found

Ikie, I didn't know you had lost yours...I still have mine, but way too little anymore... John said he had gotten mad and chunked his somewhere. Really would like for it to be found after all these years.  (Tuesday Apr 1 | post #15)

Ripley, TN

Sunday the most segregated day of the week.

Here is an invite to a church that you might enjoy..we do not view the skin, but the heart is mighty important. Whitefield Assembly of God on Connor Whitefield Road. Sunday School starts at 9:30. Services an hour later. If you sing, we would enjoy you for choir...oh we really could use some basses... I've been out for a medical problem, but hope to be back Sunday. I come in with a walker, but use a cane inside. I am the nutsy one. Looking forward to meeting you there. And anyone else looking for a good place to visit, please come. We would love to have you. Hope you would do as I did, feel at home from the first time opening the doors and walking in.  (Thursday Mar 27 | post #246)

Ripley, TN

one of Ripley's ER docs

Had to go to the ER the other night for some x-rays. (Nothing was fractured, but soft tissue doesn't show...that will get checked out later on.) Anyway, wanted to say this Dr. Ford that was on duty was excellent. Fortunately the ED wasn't busy. And when he came into the room, he sat and made direct eye contact and took his time. He took a thorough history/physical and examined the areas in question. He told me exactly his plan for action and asked if I had any questions. He answered completely everything. He made sure appropriate pain relief was given. For the first time in a good while, there was a physician there who really was a physician who gave time- attention- and care. He complemented my nurse Kelly, who was great. Later in a chat, Dr. Ford said he had seen the movie THE DOCTOR in medical school. Believe those who do see this make for better physicians. Am so thankful that this time there was great care given by more than expected physician and nurses and x-ray tech. Thank you for making an otherwise hurtful time as easy and comfortable as possible.  (Mar 19, 2014 | post #1)

Ripley, TN

1965 class ring found

Curious, he said there was a green stone in it. Of course Balfour did all the high school rings...  (Mar 19, 2014 | post #13)

Ripley, TN

Snow Day

not for us---we homeschool....:)  (Mar 7, 2014 | post #2)

Ripley, TN

Is it gonna snow?

We have yet to get a real snow. Ice just doesn't make a good snowman. It isn't too late in the year to get one. Remember when I was 13 or 14. It was the 18th of March,,,,all sunny, spring weather. Had a horrible thunderstorm that night , then woke to a foot and a half of snow, Anyone else remember that one? We have had plenty of good snows in March and a couple all the way into April. I know, hush my mouth,  (Mar 7, 2014 | post #6)

Ripley, TN

Lauderdale Co. Sheriff Dept. Provides taxi services

When I was CNO at Lauderdale Nursing Home back in the 80's, we had a horrible ice storm...A THP officer took me to the hospital that night as my husband had been in an accident coming home from work in Dyersburg, then he took me to work at the nursing home. When we lived in Fayetteville AR, the police ALWAYS provided service to the medical personnel during snow and ice. This is not uncommon. And if someone is upset because they do this, hope you do not get sick and hospitalized and don't have care because the nurses and ancillary personnel could not get to work.  (Mar 7, 2014 | post #31)

Ripley, TN

lauderdale thrift shop

well, had an apology waiting as a message on my fb after supper, just now. apology accepted. she said with as busy as things had been everyone got the same response...  (Feb 18, 2014 | post #22)

Ripley, TN

Ripley Middle Grade

I recently saw a documentary on a 13 year old boy, (sorry didn't write down his name), who was on 60 minutes with Morley Schaffer. He initially was dx with autism, asbergers and was in a special needs class. He didn't socialize, just stared off into space. By 5th grade, his parents removed him from public education and homeschooled him. They put him in a program that allowed him to focus on the subjects he really loved. He always was fiddling with things that made shapes---q-tips on the floor, drawings and stacking shapes, all manner of odd things. This boy came alive. He asked if he could go to a particular university science class to sit in, as it concerned a subject he enjoyed. His mom got permission and they did for the semester. He participated in class to the amazement of the professor. The boy took the exams and was the highest scorer on the final. In 8th grade, he taught himself all of high school math and first year's college math in a couple months as the university offered him free ride scholarship. He is now published, guest lecturing, working on Newton's and Einstein's theories, and other ideas of his own. His main lecture to his peers was to quit learning and start thinking. Learning is rote and vomiting back what others give you. Thinking is what is in your mind and heart and propels you to grow-whether it is in the arts, math, science....and you will study the others along the way as they grow your own desire know. What great advice....quit learning and start thinking. He did say that going to video games did not a thinker make. It was a nice diversion for a break...but not the sum total of a thinker. What a remarkable person.  (Feb 18, 2014 | post #35)