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The Myth

There's been a myth going around for several years about me falling on the ice during the Christmas services. It goes like this: We were getting cars out of the west lot after the 7pm service and a woman got on the wrong side of the cones. So I was going to move one of them for her to get on the right side. Several other ConeHeads were watching me and all of a sudden I fell down and I was under the moving car (remember none of this is true, this is just the way the story goes). I went under the car and slid out the back behind the car and stopped it, Then with a push of one hand got her back in the right lane and halfway down the driveway.. .  Here's what really happened: I walked over to her and got her to stop so I could pick up the cone. I slipped and fell right in front of her car, but she was still rolling/sliding a little, enough where I ended up holding on to her front bumper, kinda doing a chin-up.  Several other ConeHeads  were watching and worried about where I went. She leaned out of her window and asked if I was OK, I said yes, and pulled myself out from under the car and got up. I picked up the cone so she could move over in the lane. She was slipping so I gave her a little push, there was a big dry place right in front of where her back tires were and as soon as she hit it her car took off.  …. I like the first story better …..

PK (my wife) and I went to a Memphis State Basketball game a few years ago. We were sitting at mid court about 6 rows up, right there in the middle of the Hoity Toity section. They've got people there in brown shirts that will go get you anything you want, Cokes, hotdogs…Etc. I assume that it either costs more or you tip them….  We came walking in with both arms full of drinks, burgers and nachos and those people were looking at us like we were Ferd and Freeda Farkle and we had just come in from Hog Scratch Mississippi and were too dumb to find our way out. It wasn't like we had brought all this stuff from home, I paid $8 for that hamburger, maybe someone should have gone and gotten it for me. When I pay $8 for a $2 hamburger, I tend to want to get $6 worth of condiments, so this burger was loaded. I started eating it and I noticed that I had juice running down my elbow and enough mustard on my face to pass for Ronald McDonald. By the time I finished more people were watching me than the game, especially those people in the brown shirts. PK had moved 5 seats down by this time acting like she didn't know me. It was a pretty good burger if you like condiments …..

God's like that: There are all kinds of myths about who God is and who he talks to and who he accepts. People make up rules about how you have to look or how you have to dress. The truth is that God accepts you. You don't have to change a thing to start. It doesn't matter what other people think, God doesn't care about that. He only cares about you.

I wonder how many packets of ketchup you can get for $6, maybe I'll just carry that around in my pocket and call it lunch ……


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Ok, so this isn't really anything you would cook for yourself. But everybody is having Christmas parties and this sounded so southern and a little red neck that I thought it would be good and a good conversation dish…

This is from "The Lee Brothers Southern Cookbook" . It's a great cookbook and you can buy it used for cheap on Amazon ..

Catfish Päte ….. Makes 1 1/2 cups..

1 cup plus 1 tbsp dry white wine (or Water)

1 cup chicken stock

2 bay leaves (optional)

1/4 pound catfish fillets (about 2)

1/2 medium red onion (get a small one and use the whole thing) - chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

8 oz of cream cheese (1 box) - at room temp (easier to stir)

1 tbsp capers

1/2 tsp Tabasco

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp salt

In a medium skillet bring the wine, stock and bay leaves to a simmer over medium heat.

Add the catfish and poach in the liquid. Cook for 6 min on one side the flip and cook for 4 on the other.  It will turn white. Check to be sure it's cooked through ..

Heat oil in another skillet and add the onion.. Cook the onion till clear.

When the fish has finished cooking, drain and place on a cutting board and chop. Discard the poaching liquid

Cut the cream cheese in to several pieces and place in a la large bowl. Using a fork blend in the cooked onions, chopped catfish, 1 tbsp of wine, capers, Tabasco, pepper, salt … Taste!  Taste!  Taste!   .. adjust salt and pepper..

Spoon pate in to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or as long as overnight.

Serve with crackers and lemon wedges and Tabasco. It will keep in fridge for 2 or 3 days..

Variations: Add crab, scallions, curry powder, bell pepper, any hot pepper..


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 7:49 AM