George Smith: It's back to lettuce 'n a fork
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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THE LAST tomatoes of the summer got a reprieve.

After an ode this past week to the last tomato (and peach) of the summer, I woke up Saturday morning, pulled on a pair of shorts, and headed for the mailbox to pick up The Anniston Star (sorry about the commercial).

On the way back, I spotted a small basket of six or seven of Joe Hay’s tomatoes. If the tomatoes had been a rattlesnake I’d have been at RMC.

So, instead of RMC I headed for Winn-Dixie and some thick sliced, bacon. Bottom line is I now have a day or two before putting on black for the winter months.

I’m that addicted.

Thanks, Joe.

But there is a postscript here.

Tuesday was a “checkup” day with one Dr. Wilfredo Grana. I got weighed, measured, temp and blood pressure taken. After that, I opened a book and waited.

When the best GP this side of John Hopkins walked in, the greeting was brief and to the point:

“You’ve been into those bacon and tomato sandwiches pretty good this summer.”

Which means that as soon as I finish that last tomato and the last two slices of bacon, I’m on a diet of lettuce and cucumbers with only a dinner fork for dressing.

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NOW GO with me to a Jack’s breakfast with a lawyer friend of mine.

Expounding on my health with my wit, I intone:

“We spend billions of dollars on preachers and churches to get us into heaven, then billions on doctors and hospitals to keep us out of heaven.”

My lawyer pal never blinked:

“I don’t have that problem. I’m a lawyer. I’m not going to heaven.”

No, I’m not telling you his name, but I am going to ask my pastor, the Rev. Truman Norred, to make a house call . . .

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IN A RECENT column I asked if anyone out there could identify the men on the cover of Kimberly O’Dell’s book, Images of America, Anniston. Lady by the name of Dianne Betts had the answer:

“This was a police photo of Major Cannon on the left and William R. Stewart at 1328 Mulberry. They had just returned from a manhunt for an escaped convict. Mr. Stewart also did rock work at St. Michael’s Church, circa 1900.”

Thanks Dianne . . . and I’d sure like to know if they got their man.

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BIRTHDAYS: Sept. 5 – Helen Robinson; Sept. 8 – Geraldine Bryant and Ronnie Cofield; Sept. 9 – Chelsey Jones; Sept. 10 – Troy Douthit; Sept. 13 – George Gorey; Sept. 14 – Ruth Golden and Nancy Thrasher.

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TOP TEEN: Meet Houston Tyler West, a senior at Alexandria High School where he has a GPA of 40, an ACT of 28, and is on schedule to graduate in the spring holding an Advanced with Honors Diploma.

Young Mr. West has ranked in the top ten of his class for six consecutive years, is captain of the Spanish Club, and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the Key Club, and SGS.

Class treasurer, he is also a 2013 Boys State Representative.

Throw in being captain of the drum line in the Sound of The Valley Marching Band and in the Senior Robed Choir and you have a special package in Houston Tyler West.

Future plans will lead him to the University of Alabama in the fall of ’14.

“Houston West is not only an excellent student, but a very talented musician,” says his math teacher, Candace Davis. “He represents our school and community well. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Houston.”

Proud parents are Marc and Dana West of Alexandria.

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