Thus And Such And This And That

– First things first: I made a mistake yesterday when I posted the Nations Outfitters giveaway. I should have added the info that you can get a second entry if you follow Nations on Twitter or like them on Facebook, but I forgot. I fixed it, but if you were one of the first 50-ish people to comment, know that you can still get a second entry. Details (and links to the Twitter and Facebook pages) are on the giveaway post. Sorry for my absent-mindedness!

– I was so moved by Debra’s “becoming: puzzle pieces” post. Good stuff.

– If you like nesting / home decor blogs, you will love Bradford Avenue. LOVE. IT. It’s so fun to see the transformations from week to week as an old Nashville home gets a very modern makeover. Delightful.

– This is a local tip, but if you’re in or around Birmingham and love great music, the first week in May could very well be the best week of the whole year for you. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors will be at WorkPlay on May 1st, and just FOUR DAYS LATER Matt Wertz & Ben Rector will be in town. It’s too much goodness is what it is. Too. much. goodness. For ticket info, take a look at the calendar on the WorkPlay site.

– Today Kelly has a great Show Us Your LIfe post that features mom-owned businesses. You could spend hours looking at all the links – so much creative stuff!

– Over the last few days Nester has shared some really wise perspective on thrifting – and why it’s not always a bargain. Very interesting indeed.

– And last but not least: Jack Cristil, the voice of the MSU Bulldogs for 58 years, will broadcast his final game this Saturday when the Bulldogs face Tennessee in basketball. I have listened to Jack Cristil all my life, and I have searched the radio dial for his voice on more occasions than I can count. I’ve watched him on hundreds of coaches’ shows. I’ve listened to him say “You can wrap it in maroon and white” as long as I can remember. He’s nothing short of a legend to Bulldog fans, and we will miss him.

Go ‘Dogs.

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  1. Thanks for all the links. Did you watch Idol last night?

  2. I am right there with you on Jack Cristil. I have heard him for so long that I consider him part of my family. He came and spoke at our high school last semester, to tie in with our students reading “Bleachers” . Some of our students had no idea how awesome he really is. [by the by – have you seen him in the documentary “Shalom, Y’all” ? ]
    No matter who replaces him, it just won’t be the same!

  3. With your extensive power in the MSU alumni fan ranks, consider calling the athletic office to see if they have sound files of your announcer saying all the things you like the most. The announcer at the Palestra, who called every game I ever heard there, passed away a few years ago, but I still smile when I put something in the trash on my computer and it says “Pennsylvania basket!” back to me in the voice I loved to hear.
    Wishing him a long and happy retirement!

  4. Thanks for all the fun links!
    You are a good woman to know – at least in a “linky/non-actually acquainted” way”

  5. I can’t even begin to imagine what it is going to be like without Jack’s voice broadcasting for MSU! Wonder if there’s a way to patent his “Wrap it in Maroon and White!”? It just won’t seem right for anyone else to say those words!

  6. I know how you feel. That’s how we in Knoxville felt when John Ward stepped down.

    It’s just not the same without him.

  7. What? No post about the top 24 on AI? Perhaps you haven’t watched yet…some gooooood tv!! Thanks for the links to blog posts you like…I have found a few I follow because of your links. LOVE your blog, you are the bomb-diggity!!! Can I use that term (at 50 years old)?…*shrugs*…gonna!

  8. I remember back in the early eighties when I was a student, my husband (he was just my boyfriend back then) and I were eating supper at Morrison’s in the mall in Columbus and, lo and behold, there was Jack Cristil. It was as if we had just seen Lucille Ball, or Jon Bon Jovi 10 feet away from us. No one will be able to replace him!

  9. Sophie!
    Thanks for linking to me, Sweet Lady! Please tell me you are coming to Nashville sooner than later—I’d love to have you over for lunch or dinner! You absolutely have to come over the next time you’re near. I’m moving into that house of mine next week. (Fingers crossed.)

    And, please tell me your are going to be at an LPL or something–I think it’s high time we caught up.

    Love to you and yours, my dear.

  10. When I read the title of this post, all I can hear is Flounder from The Little Mermaid saying “This is this and that is that!”

  11. On Saturday, we brought home our newest addition to our family. Being as he is from Tupelo and we brought him home during Jack Cristil’s last broadcast, his name has become J.C.
    There are not enough words to describe Jack Cristil’s style of broadcasting but in my opinion he has been the most fair announcer I have ever heard. We have so many Jackisms in our family language. “A mass of humanity” is one of my favorites and comes in handy during sales at the SteinMart. Football and basketball will never be quite the same. I am praying for Mr. Jack and his family. God Love Him.