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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Fog/Rain ~ Go Patriots ~ Clouds ~ Bruiser ~ Picture of the Day ~ Odd Named Cities in Alabama ~ Crockpot Chicken Fajitas ~ National Women Physicians Day

Good 43º SUPER foggy raining Super Bowl morning. Joy.


At age 41, in fact, Brady himself has now secured more Super Bowl appearances than every single team in the NFL outside of his own Patriots.
  • Most games won by a quarterback: 232
  • Most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback: 5
  • Most Super Bowl MVP awards: 4
  • Most Super Bowl appearances: 8
Brady has been honored with four Super Bowl MVP awards (Super Bowl XXXVIXXXVIIIXLIX, and LI), the most ever by a single player, has won three league MVP awards (2007, 2010, 2017), has been selected to 14 Pro Bowls, and has led his team to more division titles (15) than any other quarterback in NFL history.
 He is first all-time in career passing yards (regular season and postseason combined). His career postseason record is 27–10, winning more playoff games than any other quarterback, and he has appeared in more playoff games than any player at any position. Brady has never had a losing season as a starting quarterback in the NFL. His combined regular-season and postseason wins are also the most of any quarterback in NFL history. Brady is the first and only quarterback to reach 200 regular season wins. Brady also holds the record of being the oldest player to win the Super Bowl MVP at 39 years of age, and the oldest player to win the regular season MVP at the age of 40.
A California boy, Brady. His mentor and high school coach, Tom Martinez, was the uncle of a high school friend of mine. He had nothing but good things to say about Brady and his family.
Yesterday there was a lull in the rain so I went to the market. Much more fun to load groceries in your vehicle when it's not raining! The clouds were hanging on my mountain.... 
Then Bruiser decided to go out and explore before the rain started again.

Picture of the Day.......
National Geographic Photo Contest winner....
Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. Models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 were designed to cheat emissions tests mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, Volkswagen recalled millions of cars. By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious of and more caring toward our beautiful planet.

Odd Named Cities in Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama, Heart of Dixie, the Cotton State – and one veritable treasure trove of really weird place names. So, here we go … 


Straightforward. To the point. Short, sweet. And just really, incredibly weird. That’s Opp for you.
Opp’s another metropolis, with over 6,000 people. It's in the south central part of Alabama, near the border with Florida.

It’s named after Henry Opp, a lawyer for the L&N railroad, who basically got the town going. That’s a German name, by the way.
Burnt Corn
You’ve got your pick of four competing explanations for this one:
  • White settlers burn Indian cornfields.
  • Indians burn white settlers’ corn cribs.
  • Indians leave burnt corn at campsite which white settlers later discover.
Suffice it to say, it all somehow involved maize and fire.  

This one's in the southern part of the state, again - between Opp and Vinegar Bend. Looks like there's about 300 Burnt Cornerers.

The town has a great website,, by the way – one that includes seizure-inducing flashing, missing links, animated parrots, and lots of centered text in bright colors. One of the pages – which I particularly liked out of context – is called “The Legacy of Burnt Corn.” No recipes.


The Internet says this one comes from the Creek Indian language, and actually means “big shoals.”
And, yes, Choccolocco is home to the Choccolocco Monster. Quote this one straight out of Wikipedia:
The community gained brief notoriety in 2001 when The Daily Show aired a piece on the "Choccolocco Monster," a part of local folklore concerning sightings of a mysterious creature in the area in the late 1960s. An October 2001 article in the Anniston Starnewspaper revealed that the creature was, in fact, local resident Neal Williamson dressed in a cow skull and a sheet. As a teenager, Williamson would don his costume and gain the attention of passing cars by jumping out of the woods onto the roadside, often startling motorists.

Choccolocco's just a little east of Eastaboga, and probably's got even fewer people.

 Smut Eye

According to the Montgomery Advertiser:
"This old store was the center of things – where men would sit around and drink beer and smoke cigarettes and tell lies," Cox said.  And they did the same thing a century earlier just across the road at a blacksmith shop where the name, "Smuteye," was forged from fire and steel and a homemade ale that the local women called the devil's brew, he said.  Cox, who has a farm near this Bullock County town, said the blacksmith's shop became quite a gathering place for men to talk and drink. The area used to be called Welcome.  "The men folk would stand around the fire in the winter time and drink moonshine," Cox said.  As the story goes, staying close to the fire left their faces smudged with smut, covering everything except their eyes.  "When they got home, their wives would take one look at their smutty faces and know where they had been," Cox said. "The women came to call the blacksmith shop 'Smuteye,' and soon folks called the community 'Smuteye,"' he said.
A Google search of this term brought up a fair amount of pornography. Also some stuff about mascara.  Maybe the name’s true origin involves one of these two topics.

Interestingly, Smut Eye started out as Welcome.Talk about leaving well enough alone.
SE's just a little southeast of Montgomery. It's basically just a crossroads in the middle of absolute nowhere.

Honorable Mention:

  • B-o-r-i-n-g – Flat Rock, County Line, Valley, Center Point, Centreville, Centre, Our Town, New Home, Pleasant Site, New Site, Land
  • Short and sweet – Jeff, Ralph, Jack, Saco, Clio, Ider, Ino, Awin, Ada, Ai
  • Just a little off color – Beaverton, Beaver Town
  • Numerically oriented – Twin, Five Points, Three Notch, Six Mile, Six Way, Thirtynine
  • Native American mouthfuls – Eufaula, Opelika, Notasulga, Hightogy, Wedowee, Weogufka, Wetumpka, Tuscumbia (Helen Keller's birthplace), Tuscaloosa, Letohatchee, Clayhatchee, Loachapoka ("Turtle Sitting Place")
  • Abnormal nouns – Wing, Canoe, Almond, Empire, Enterprise, Octagon, Section, Suspension, Strata, Sardine, Nectar, June Bug, The Bottle, Coal Fire, Shorts, Screamer 
  • Just plain weird – Pine Apple, Half Acre, Little Hope, Needmore, Yelling Settlement, Blow Gourd, Pumpkin Center, Possum Trot, Frog Eye, Pigeye, Boar Tush, Hog Jaw, Bucksnort, Pulltight, Zip City, Remlap (Palmer backwards), Scarce Grease, Muck City, Scratch Ankle, Sky Ball, Slapout … and, of course, Hot Coffee (birthplace of Stella Stevens)


2 lbs chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts cut into strips
1 Envelope Taco Seasoning
1 Can Diced Tomatoes with Lime and Cilantro
3 Cloves Garlic- Minced (We use Freeze Dried)
3 Bell Peppers- Cut into Strips
1 Sweet Onion-Cut into Strips
1 Lime- Juiced
Small tortillas
Toppings of choice
  1. Place chicken in the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle with Taco Seasoning.
  3. Pour Tomatoes on top.
  4. Top with Peppers and Onions.
  5. Sprinkle with garlic and lime juice.
  6. Cook on high for 90 minutes to 2 hours or on low for 3 to 4 hours
  7. Serve with a slotted spoon onto small tortillas with toppings of choice.
Note we used a flavored diced tomato because we love the lime and cilantro variety for our Mexican inspired dishes. If you cannot find that variety, feel free to use regular diced tomatoes and if you would like, add a few tablespoons of fresh cilantro.
Historically this date.........
1690 – The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in America
1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax
1918 – The Twin Peaks Tunnel in San FranciscoCalifornia begins service as the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long.
1947 – The lowest temperature in North America is recorded in Snag, Yukon.
.... -81º !!!! 
1959 – A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa kills Buddy HollyRitchie ValensThe Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson and the incident becomes known as The Day the Music Died
1961 – The United States Air Forces begins Operation Looking Glass, and over the next 30 years, a "Doomsday Plane" is always in the air, with the capability of taking direct control of the United States' bombers and missiles in the event of the destruction of theSAC's command post. 
1971 – New York Police Officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survives to later testify against police corruption. Many believe the incident proves that NYPD officers tried to kill him. 

And births this date include....1894 – Norman Rockwell, American illustrator (d. 1978) 
1904 – Pretty Boy Floyd, American gangster (d. 1934) 
1907 – James Michener, American author (d. 1997) 
1918 – Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (d. 2007) 
1943 – Blythe Danner, American actress 
1950 – Morgan Fairchild, American actress[2]MA28936525-0010.jpg
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Super Bowl Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On February 3, honor the path that female doctors have paved since 1849 as we recognize National Women Physicians Day.
This day marks the birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States in 1849. Dr. Blackwell initiated the movement that helped women gain entry and equality in the field of medicine.
If society will not admit of a woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled. ~ Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
National Women Physicians Day celebrates the courage of Elizabeth Blackwell and the accomplishments of female physicians everywhere. At the same time, the day strives to bring improvements to the workplace for the growing number of women physicians entering the field of medicine.
While the number of women doctors gradually increased in the last two decades, 2016 statistics show 35% of physicians are women. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine last year revealed that women doctors earn on average 8% less than their male counterparts. That discrepancy along with nearly a third of women physicians reporting sexual harassment in the workplace and large majority experiencing gender bias. Clearly, there is still work to be done.
National Women Physicians Day recognizes not only the strides that have been made by generations of women doctors but that a balance must be struck that allows women to succeed professionally while balancing family. Join National Women Physicians Day in celebrating these accomplishments and supporting women physicians as colleagues, friends, family and doctors.
In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of a physician-led healthcare team and female physicians’ roles in medicine, Physician Moms Group and Medelita founded February 3rd as National Women Physicians Day. Physician Moms Group successfully celebrated the first National Women Physicians Day on February 3, 2016. 
The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Women Physicians Day in 2017.