Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 25, 2013









Over the years, PG has had run ins with gout. A foot swells up, usually around the big toe joint, and using that foot is difficult. Sometimes, there is a warning. If you lay off the red meat, drink lots of water, and get exercise, then the attack can be avoided.

The last time this happened, PG had a work assignment. The hosting office had a refrigerator with free soft drinks for the workers. PG tried a new Coca Cola product, and decided that he liked it. He liked it, that is, until the afternoon when he drank one, and his foot started to swell. It turns out that Coke Zero does not agree with his left foot.

The first thing to do in a case like this is quit drinking Coke Zero. Just because a product is free, that does not mean you are obligated to use it. Especially when walking to the refrigerator hurts.

The second thing to do is go see Doctor Xu. This is a Chinese man, with an office in Doraville. He will sell you a package of herbs. You boil the herbs, and drink the tea. You do not drink this tea for the taste.

Saturday is a busy day at the Doctor’s office. There are no appointments. You show up and wait your turn. A book is a good companion . The distraction this day was My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands, by Chelsea Handler. PG reached page 169 when synchronicity paid a visit.

Miss Handler has a gay friend, Nathan. He is a supporting player in her drama. In this episode, Miss Handler is Nathan’s beard at a high school reunion. At the check in to the event, some lady insisted that Miss Handler wear a name tag. The name used was Beulah.

PG put down the book, and thought about the Beulah he knew years ago. Beulah was his stage name, not his birth name. One night, in a Ponce de Leon Avenue parking lot, a singer with the B52s cussed out Beulah. The story came to a sad ending in 1982, when Beulah left this life.

Thoughts of Beulah were in PG’s mind when he was called in to see the Doctor. On the bulletin board, by the desk, was a sign advertising an event at Beulah Heights University. The Grant Park facility has taught Bible lessons for many years, with very little contact from PG. Photographs today are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.









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  1. Michael said, on September 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    You realize, of course, that Beulah was the name of the buzzer in the original “Truth or Consequences.”

    • chamblee54 said, on September 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      You learn something every day. There was a TV show called Beulah, starring Ethel Waters. I hope there aren’t too many more.

      • Michael said, on September 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        Ah, Sweet Mama Stringbean!

  2. Aion said, on September 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    There was also a band called Beulah.

    One of my favorite songs by them is called : “Me and Jesus Don’t Talk Anymore”…

  3. Mick Jagger | Chamblee54 said, on October 29, 2013 at 6:09 am

    […] or maybe neither, since this story is possibly an urban legend) was hanging out in the parking lot. “Beulah” was running his mouth, as he liked to do, talking about his hero Mick Jagger. Finally, the B52girl […]

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