Historian and researcher Robert Stead has studied the entire Battle of Gettysburg extensively. One of the most costly events of that battle occurred on the third day July 3rd 1863. It’s known as Picketts Charge. Many from both sides we’re killed in just a couple of hours. The South would never recover. It was the beginning of the end for them. For the North, it was the start of a long costly march to eventual victory. The third day of battle was more than just a frontal attack of one side against the other. Robert will try to explain the ins and outs of this terrible day in American history. You might consider that in the time it takes to listen to this podcast, at the height of the fighting thousands died from both sides. In one short and awful hour, they we’re gone.
I don’t eat much cold cereal and, I may not have this observation totally committed to memory. But, the other day while working in the dairy aisle I noticed a display of Post Cereal Mini Shredded Wheats. The boxes caught my eye for some reason. I don’t know why. I know my mom and I used to lightly butter shredded wheat biscuits, toast them and salt them a little. Then, we’d put ‘em in a bowl with milk for our breakfast. I always thought it was a very tasty treat. It sure beat scrambled eggs.
Early this morning I was half asleep, half awake and kind of in a dream like state. It’s my favorite kind of reality. Being in that morning trance and, with a bit of good luck, anyone can just flit around from cold facts to plush fantasy. The frozen Muscontecong River out back, becomes the Mighty Mississippi. The snow covered mini bluff out back becomes the stately and green cliffs leading from Vicksburg down to the river wharfs below. My sloppy bedroom and studio becomes the immaculate master suite in the Grand Oaks Hotel That’s Vicksburgs finest hotel you know. The card game in the ballroom went to all hours and, I got to bed late and rich. Looks like I overslept. The servants must have opened the windows to let in some of the cool morning air. I could hear dogs barking and the morning birds calling on that gentle cool breeze. I welcomed the cool breeze. It was going to be a warm day by noon. Not that far away, I could hear the Robert E. Lee’s steam horn calling to the wharf. She was signaling that she’d be calling on Vicksburg for passengers and freight. I wondered if breakfast was still being served as I kicked off the covers and reached for my slippers with my toes.
I noticed an odd buying trend last night while working at the A&P. It was kind of strange and yet, interesting too. In the middle of a rough winter, with snow falling and parking lots slippery with slush there was a run on freeze pops. These are those tubes of flavored and colored water that you stick in the freezer and, in time, the water turns to soft ice. You can then take them out of the freezer, snip off the top and presto a nice cooling snack. Kids and grownups alike, love these things. They’re a cheap and tasty treat. I think they cost somewhere around ten cents each. We sell a lot of them but, only in the summer.
For a while there I thought folks coming to our home, we’re going to find Sandy, Millie, and me frozen stiff where we fell. Millie’s cold carcass would be found slumped even more so in her big easy chair. Sandy, would be found reaching for some raw broccoli. Me, I’d be in the broadcast studio, with my cold blue fingers wrapped around a half eaten salami sandwich with mustard and my beard full of frozen coffeecicles. Investigators would find that we froze to death because we ran out of heating oil. That could of happened friends. But it didn’t. Thank God.
I heard from one of your fellow listeners. He was able to save on Valentines Day cards and score romance points at the same time. This is what he did. Years ago he got a valentines day card for his new bride. He signed it with love and gave her the card. When Valentines Day was over he got the card and put it away in a safe place. The next year, he got out of the desk drawer and signed and dated it and gave the card to her again. He’s repeated this every year since then. There are now 47, no make that 48, dates and signatures on this old and very precious card. Pretty cool huh?
Oh my gosh. I just love some of the folks I meet in the dairy aisle. Take Old Bob for instance. The other evening I was almost done with my shift and was just sticking some more bottles of milk on the shelf. This gets us through the night and leaves a fair amount of milk on the shelf for first thing in the morning next day. It’s quite a chore. Sometimes I’ll have to put out ten to fifteen cases or more. I was glad that the chore was almost done. But, little did I realize that my work was just beginning.
It may have been awhile ago when a listener sent me an email praising the virtues of coffee. Ahh, coffee, the bean of our dreams. Where would we be without it? Well, we’d probably be sleeping better but, would we be happy? Without coffee, I can’t imagine any of us being very happy at all. We’d most likely be slumping around all groggy eyed and grouchy crashing into things and stuff.
I’ve just realized something. Here I am asking for donations to my station which is like making the listeners the sponsors and, I’ve overlooked one basic rule of broadcasting. Here’s that rule. Sponsors should have at least some say in what goes on the air. That’s a pretty big rule of thumb and, I’ve just noticed it. I’m sorry.
Ahh, Good News at last! I just found my phone number book. I lost it the other day and tore the house apart looking for it. I needed it because I had to call the billing department at Blue Cross because I lost the most recent bill. Well, today while looking for the credit card bill that I guess I’ve just lost, I found the phone number book. The phone number book was somehow under some record albums I was looking for and spotted under a few memo pages I couldn’t find. Lucky me, I’ve just found my credit card bill. It was in the bathroom. I find it best to open the credit card bill in the bathroom. The credit card bill was in a pile of towels which we’re covering my doo wop reference book, that I’ve been looking for. I hit pay dirt there, because my favorite tee shirt that I’ve been missing was in with the towels. Well, if I can find the car keys, Sandy and I are off to Cabellas to buy shoes. Just got to find the gift card we got for Christmas. I hope while we’re looking we’ll find last years gift card. I shouldn’t have much trouble finding Cabellas. I don’t think it’s moved. Just got to find my shoes and, we’re ready to go.