Tidbits -April 4 2019



  My father died in 1998, but the shelves of his shop are still filled with parts.
  Now, there is no label on any of the parts, so we don’t know what the parts go to, but we still go by what Daddy said, “I might need them someday.”
  So far, that day hasn’t arrived for most of the parts, but we have used some plumbing items he stashed away.
  I like tools, especially novelty type gizmos, “as seen on TV.”
  Do I ever use them? No, but someday ....
  My “someday” came Saturday.
  I got a Facebook message from Rodney Coleman Jr. last Thursday, letting me know my driver’s side brake light was not working on my truck.
  You have to rely on the kindness of others to let you know when your tail lights go out.
  Saturday afternoon, I set out to replace the bulb.
  In the good old days, you’d open the trunk of your vehicle, reach down and pull out the clearly visible bulb from your taillight. Most of us kept spare bulbs and the replacement took only seconds.
  Those simple days disappeared, when progress became complicated.
  There was no need for YouTube back then. Thank goodness, we have it today.
  I had crawled under the truck and dropped the tailgate, trying to figure how to get to the bulb. There was no instant idea.
  I went to my computer and typed in ”changing the tail light bulb on a 2003 Dakota.”
  Within seconds I had a YouTube video, and I few minutes later, I had removed my bad bulb.
  The removal would not have been possible without two tools I previously have never used!
  Two hex screws had to be removed first. For the first time, I got to used a hex screwdriver from a set I bought years ago.
  Next, the video showed a miniature crowbar looking item which was used to pry the tail light from the body. In the shop, I had a set of plastic, car interior panel removing tools that looked similar to the pry bar. All I had to do was find it.
  I did!
  This was not one of Daddy’s “only take 30 minutes” jobs that took all day.
  It only took five minutes to remove the bulb, and I drove to NAPA and got a replacement bulb. In less that a “real’ 30 minutes, I had a working brake light and blinker.
  I could not have done this without YouTube and two tools I have never used before.
  Jamie, Allison, Kailyn and Gavin gave me a gift certificate to Harbor Freight for my birthday.
  Soon, I’ll have more tools I’ll never use.... Maybe!

I’M NUMBER 663,370!

  I’m pretty sure this was my worst March Madness bracket ever.
  As of Sunday afternoon, I had gotten only 38 of 58 picks right and ranked No. 663,370!
  I consider myself pretty knowledgeable of college basketball, and most of the time I picked the higher seeded teams to win. This means there have been 20 upsets.
  Auburn has been one of the surprise teams. Just think, Carolina, who had beaten Auburn during the regular season,  gave the Tigers a good game in the SEC tournament, even without Lawson being effective. That proves Carolina did have a pretty good team.
  My final two picks Duke and Kentucky were still safe going into Sunday......
  So much for that....


  Frontis Hawkins and Don Hancock lived just a few miles apart on the Ridge Spring Highway.
  Frontis lived a long, full life, while Don was taken too soon.
  Both men left lasting legacies to the communities they loved.
  Don was a lifelong friend of mine. He was the chairman of the Saluda County Council when he lost his battle with cancer.
 His sisters Charlyn Staubes and Ann Coker appeared before County Council last year and announced the formation of the Charlie Foundation, which would be funded with money Don left in his will.
  They didn’t go into details then, but said Don’s legacy would benefit Saluda County.
  Friday, what the Charlie Foundation was going to do was announced at Saluda High School.
  Charlyn had invited me, but Friday is our deadline day and Jackie was out sick Friday morning, so I couldn’t close the office.
  When Dean Roesner posted on Facebook what the Charlie Foundation was going to do, I was astounded.
  Don, with his sisters and their families’ support, had made it possible for any citizen from Saluda County who has finished high school to attend Piedmont Technical College free of charge. This should go on in perpetuity.
  What love Don had for his county and its young people!
  Frontis was 96 when he died four years ago.
  In his will he remembered his church and many Saluda County organizations.
  If you ride out to Emory Church, look at the new steeple and the recently paved parking lot. Then, look across the street to the newly renovated Emory School. Those are all due to Frontis’ generosity.
  Saluda County was blessed to have men like Don Hancock and Frontis Hawkins. Because of their love for this county, their legacy will live on for generations.
  I am honored to have known them both.


  I was saddened at the passing of Mrs. Doris Goff last week.
  She was a sweet lady, always immaculately dressed and coiffed.
  Mrs. Doris was in her 80’s when she retired from Long’s last year. Every customer and the employees missed seeing her in the store.
  She gained some local notoriety a couple of years ago, just by going to eat lunch at Shealy’s. Little did she know Andrew Zimmern was filming an episode of his “Delicious Destinations” series that day. Mrs. Doris went national by appearing on the program!
  She got a kick out of that!
  Mrs. Doris will be greatly missed.