Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, Politics, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 23, 2016






Yesterday was #NationalWaterDay. PG celebrated by going to Decatur to talk about his water bill with the county. Water is taken for granted. You turn on the faucet, and (reasonably) clean, safe water comes out. It is only when the bill is too high that you think there is a problem.

Currently, Atlanta is getting plenty of rain. There is no immediate danger of running out of water. In 2007, there was a drought. There was speculation about running out of water. In the eight years since the drought, little has been done to prevent a future calamity. Atlanta is one sustained drought from becoming a ghost town. PG has written about this before.

#7gallonchallange was one of yesterday’s gimmicks. “For one day, attempt to limit water your usage to seven gallons a day, which is a high estimate of how much the average African uses.” There was a chart, showing how much water is used by typical activities. There were helpful suggestions, like “Don’t take a bath.” (The current custom of bathing everyday is fairly recent in western society.)

The “average African” (a strange concept for a diverse continent) does not just turn on a faucet to get water. In Kibera, an “informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, getting water is a chore. “Very few of the residents have running water. Every day, people have to carry a 20 liter jerrycan to a water vendor. Often, there are shortages, and the price goes up. The water is often contaminated. There are water mafias, which create artificial shortages to boost the price.”

“If the root of water problems in Kibera centered on price and supply it may be more manageable, but issues of water quality substantially complicate clean water delivery systems. Most water pipes in Kibera run above ground and are made of plastic (due to issues with theft of steel pipes), which are highly fragile and easily manipulated. These pipes will often crack or break (either accidentally due to traffic or intentionally by competitors), allowing sewage to seep into drinking water. Indeed, water sources that are generally clean can easily become contaminated without notice. This is reflected in public health data—infant mortality rates and bloody diarrheal infection rates in Kibera are more than three times the average of Nairobi as a whole (UNDP 2006).”

The feature below is a repost. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. “Unidentified Georgia Tech football player, Atlanta, Georgia, April 1938.”






Some people think that the drought is over, and we can go back to wasting water. They are wrong.

From a water supply point of view, Atlanta is a terrible place for a city. 4 million people depend on the Chattahoochee River, an overgrown trout stream. If you look at a map of Georgia watersheds, you see what a small area is covered by the Chattahoochee.

As if that isn’t bad enough, the water is also claimed by Alabama and Florida. A nuclear power plant in Alabama uses enormous amounts of river water. The three states have been arguing in the courts over the water rights for years, and the courts have ruled against Georgia.

For decayeds decades, the developers in Metro Atlanta have built as though having a water supply was not an issue. With dozens of governments to choose from, if the developers are turned down in one jurisdiction, they merely go to another…or make another bribe campaign contribution, and another forest bites the dust.

In an era of tea parties and calls for small government, few have a plan for the water crisis. There are going to be no cheap solutions. Even if we were to have access to the Tennessee River (a very big if), a pipeline to carry the water through the mountains to Lake Lanier is going to be very expensive. We will not get this money by cutting taxes to stimulate the economy.
Even without a water sharing agreement, we almost ran out in 2007. A severe drought cannot be predicted, and another one may start today. The nuclear plant in Alabama requires tremendous amounts of water, and was close to having to shut down.

Much of the rain in Georgia comes from the Gulf of Mexico. This Gulf is currently becoming an open air reservoir for crude oil. What will happen when the remaining sea water evaporates, and becomes rain? Will the water have a helping of crude oil derivatives? At least this water can be used in a nuclear power plant.

Rain water is held in a reservoir until it is needed. For metro Atlanta, this is Lake Lanier. A water reservoir is not like a bank account, where the money earns interest. Water in a reservoir shrinks over time…water on the surface evaporates. When there is a drought in August, with 100 degree temperatures every day, water usage increases, evaporation increases, and there is no fresh rainwater going into the lake. This is how a water problem becomes a crisis.

There are a few, common sense, ways to save water now. Just because we are not in a drought does not mean we need to start wasting water. The water we save now will (mostly) be waiting for us when (not if) another drought starts.

When you brush your teeth, fill a cup of water up first. Use part of this to rinse your mouth, and use the rest to clean your brush.

If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.

Get a stopper for the bathroom sink. If you shave, save water in the sink to clean your razor.

Keep a jug of water in the fridge if you like cold water. Don’t let the water run until it gets cold.

Take a “navy shower”. Get wet, turn the water off , lather up, turn the water back on, rinse.

Only run dishwashers and washing machines when they are full.

There are many, many more ways to save water. The less we use now, the longer our reserves will last. The water shortage will never be over in Atlanta.






Another Twitter Dispute

Posted in GSU photo archive, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 22, 2016








@arthur_affect Daily reminder that @AngryBlackLady has done more to help vulnerable ppl than all the assholes attacking her combined

The tweet above was retweeted by a neighbor of PG. A reckless curiousity was aroused. The ABL twitterary was a personality crisis. It seems that ABL was having problems with @freddiedeboer. The cause of this dispute is murky. It soon comes to light that ABL is a lawyer, and is being accused of shady conduct. When you consider that, the sketchy behavior of ABL makes a bit of sense.

It is tough to say who is right or wrong in this dispute. It is easy to invoke the three part rule: it is none of my business, I don’t understand it, and I am not interested. The graceless behavior by ABL made it tough to want to take her side.

There was a link published. It was a article at something called storify, To Bro or Not To Bro? Someone would reproduce a tweet, or type a sentence or two. Then a .gif of someone making a face would appear. There were about a dozen of these text/.gif combos. Someone in eighth grade might think this is clever.

you picked a bad day to praise ABL she is busy with a jihad and making herself look petty
@Flyswatter I don’t think so. She’s totally right.
@chamblee54 I am not going to judge right or wrong the theatrics & rhetoric of ABL are tacky
@jteeDC You won’t judge right or wrong, you just want her to feel bad. Thanks for that, buddy
@FeralHomemaking Yes, dudebros come for @AngryBlackLady on the regular but it’s *tacky* for her to defend herself.
@__Krisssyy She’s defending herself from public attacks. He pulled this shit in January. Should she sit idle while he attacks her character?
When somebody makes a full time job out harassing you, feel free to grin & bear it. ‏
@Beulahmo She’s defending against unfair public attacks. It’s “tacky”? What does that mean?
@chamblee54 To answer that question I would need to re read that tweet series & I don’t want to
@AngryBlackLady Yes, defending myself from endless attacks sure is tacky. Goodbye.
You are blocked from following @AngryBlackLady and viewing @AngryBlackLady’s Tweets.
@Flyswatter Oh, the tone.
@chamblee54 “her rhetoric and theatrics are tacky”=/= fighting words – fwiw ABL blocked me
‏@Beulahmo It just seems unduly dismissive, coming from you, considering the circumstances.
@Beulahmo But in this context–protecting herself from a public smear campaign–what is “tacky” (& thus worthy of dismissal)?
@chamblee54 To answer that question I would need to re read that tweet series & I don’t want to …storify piece is highly tacky
@Beulahmo Okay. Do you have any awareness of how dismissive your statements sound?

PG left the last tweet unanswered. Boring quarrels require dismissive action. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. “Members of the Atlanta Woman’s Club, during a luncheon for retiring president W.F. Milton, in the AWC banquet hall, in Atlanta, Georgia, March 5, 1937.” Tallulah Bankhead attended the event.








Like Old Beggars

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on March 21, 2016










Posted in Library of Congress, Race, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 21, 2016








There was a link to some racial polemic today, White People Explain Why They Feel Oppressed. The feature talks about a group of people, known as both “white people” and “some white people.” If you read anything about racism, this will be familiar material.

“Modern white Americans are one of the most powerful groups of people to ever exist on this planet and yet those very people—or, if you’re white, you people—staunchly believe that the primary victims of modern racism are whites. We see this in poll after poll. A recent one by the Public Religion Research Institute found 52 percent of whites agreed, “Today discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.” … Why is it that some white people feel like they are the primary victims of racism?”

This is an interesting bit of logic. A slim majority, in one study, says the discrimination against whites is as big a problem as discrimination against blacks. In the next paragraph, whites are “the primary victims of racism”. Not only that, this statement is assumed to be the truth. We bypass the determination of truth, and go directly to wondering about the reason.

The 52 percent figure is found on pages 45 and 46 of the study. Other demographics involved are age and religion. In fact, “37% of religiously unaffiliated Americans believe that discrimination against white Americans has become as big a problem as discrimination against other groups.” Maybe the question should not be about white people, but about Christians.

The rest of the article is full of semantics and rhetoric. It makes statements like “It’s definitely easier to blame a person of color than it is to try to understand how faceless global economic forces have screwed you over.” You could easily substitute white person, for person of color, and get the same result. People are going to look for someone, usually “the other,” to blame.

The Vice article was written by Touré Neblett, whose byline typically only has his first name. He has stuck his keyboard in his mouth before. “Neblett tweeted out an article calling for slavery reparations and endorsing its arguments. One of his followers shot back that “My family survived a concentration camp, came to the US w/ nothing, LEGALLY, and made it work.” But Neblett responded by chalking their survival up to “the power of whiteness.”

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. Some pictures are of the Tuskegee Airmen.









Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 21, 2016








A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool. Joseph Roux ~ I can assure you that your strident bitchiness about either Democratic candidate is not changing anyone’s mind. ~ Your snark about Donald Trump is reinforcing the admiration of his followers. ~ reserves the right to remove any content appearing on its website. Our policy will be to remove postings that constitute profanity, obscenity, libel, spam, invasion of privacy, impersonation of another, or attacks on racial, ethnic or other groups. For more information, see our user rules page. ~ It really doesn’t matter if the “historic Jesus” did, or did not, live. What we might call “worship Jesus” is a totally different critter. ~ @realDonaldTrump @BernieSanders on twitter your lips are always moving ~ @AdamJames_42 Wannabe historian who dabbles in being wrong. Also masochistic enough to enjoy politics. Sadly, I am not a troll. ~ ‏@chamblee54 @ConnerHabib 1- from Slaughterhouse Five: I’ve visited thirty-one inhabited planets in the universe, and I have studied reports on one @chamblee54 @ConnerHabib 2- hundred more. Only on Earth is there any talk of free will.” ~ KimKierkegaardashian ‏@KimKierkegaard Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Eat, drink, & be merry. It is the coward’s response to the prospect of death. ~ @dailyzen We don’t find peace through constant spiritual readings. We find it through mindful engagement with the world. ~ tell someone not to do something enough times and they will do it ~ ‏@whitman632 Patriotism is a disease of the working class to shield the reality that they die in war to keep rich men wealthy. ~ I would push the line between baby boomers and me generation to 1954. The me generation was too young to go to Vietnam. ~ Vietnam conflict ended 1975, so ME generation line would have to be pushed to ’57 or ’58 to exclude military service. I’m Gen X, so my math may very well be off… ~ I would say the Me Generation may not have been too young to go to Vietnam, they just DIDN’T. They’re the ME Generation . . . It’s possible that the facts of a person’s life makes them more like the people a few years older or younger than themselves than their classmates. Like Myke was saying–his childhood may have been more like an X childhood, even though he was born as a Y. ~ PAGV ~ We need to talk about the Bernie Bros who keep throwing black people under the bus ~ How Trump Happened ~ Detailed Maps of Where Trump, Cruz, Clinton and Sanders Have Won ~ ranked ~ delegates ~ Thick of Tongue ~ establishment ~ 7 ‘Positive Thinking’ Phrases That Can Actually Cross the Line Into Gaslighting ~ the sublime narcissism of getting offended on other people’s behalf ~ Protocol and Principles for White People Working to Support the Black Liberation Movement We will not let the white culture of perfectionism get in the way of us taking bold action. ~ Lie by Lie: A Timeline of How We Got Into Iraq ~ Can We Guess Whether You’re A Top, Bottom, Vers Or Side? ~ The American troops were withdrawn in 1973. The bulk of the fighting was done by South Vietnamese by this time. By the time I got my lottery number in early 1973, the selective service had quit inducting men into the service. Maybe we could have gone to ‘Nam, but we were not legally compelled to like the baby boomer men were. ~the separation of the races is not a disease of colored people ~ ‏@steveweinstein Dear pundits, it’s not economic anger propelling Trump. It’s a racist tantrum over the loss of white supremacy symbolized by Black Guy in WH @chamblee54 talk like this is going to elect mr orange hair @EdDarrell Why do you say that? What do you suggest, alternatively? @chamblee54 – 1 I am so tired of talking about racism, which frequently leads to being called racist I am not the only one @chamblee54 – 2 DT says little about blacks, but rather mexicans and moslems “birtherism” is about african father as much as @chamblee54 – 3 skin color of bho, who, with white mother, is arguably not black the “trump is racist” cliche is entertaining @chamblee54 – 4 to people who are going to vote democratic anyway but tiresome to those in the middle as for alternatives …@chamblee54 – 5 idk what to do my electoral votes are going republican so i don’t have a vote ~ disdains ~ what BS foreign policy ~ @AfroEmotive 1- a very short man walked up to Sophia Loren at a party, and said I’d like to fuck you. She replied 2 if you do, and I find out about it, I am going to be very upset ~ pictures today are from The Library of Congress. ~ selah









Institutional Racism

Posted in Library of Congress, Race by chamblee54 on March 20, 2016








It is blackberry winter in Brookhaven. PG is editing pictures from The Library of Congress, some of which will illustrate this repost. While fussing over group portraits from a Navy vessel, PG is listening to The Glenn Show. Today’s episode features the host, Glenn Loury, and frequent guest John McWhorter. Both men are professors at Ivy League institutions. They are also African Americans. Their conversations are usually entertaining, and provide fodder for slack blogger content.

The first part of the chat involves politicians who say, in effect, “my opponent is not black enough.” An incident involving Barack Obama was discussed. In some of his early elections, the opponent charged that BHO was too closely connected to the big money elite.

Duh. You don’t get elected to public office without having wealthy friends. They want a return on their investment. This has been a problem for the *naive* people who thought they were voting for hope and change. BHO did not raise a billion dollars without making shady promises.

Most politicians face the “authentic enough” issue. When running in the party primary, they try to appear blacker than Spike Lee, or more conservative than Herbert Hoover. When the general election arrives, the need to reach less radical voters arises. Many politicians see the need to back away from what they were saying a few weeks earlier. Saints do not win elections.

After a while, Doctors Loury and McWhorter moved onto the issue of gentrification. Dr. McWhorter wrote a Time magazine piece, “Spike Lee’s Racism Isn’t Cute: ‘M—–f—– Hipster’ Is the New ‘Honkey” Regarding this article, there is a lovely quote from Dr. McWhorter. The quote says to always remember that racism is institutional.

Hissy fits about racism like to have it both ways. They will tell you that racism is *really* about institutional systems that oppress POC. Ok, fine. Exactly what does a tweet, quoting a joke taken out of context, have to do with institutional systems of oppression?








Shock And Awe Day

Posted in GSU photo archive, History, Politics, War by chamblee54 on March 19, 2016








Thirteen years ago, Iraq teetered on the edge of regime change. It was obvious what was going to happen, at least at first. Amerika was going to storm in, kill a bunch of people, and take over.

In post 911 Amerika, the military industrial complex saw an opportunity for plunder, unrivaled since the fall of the Soviet Union. The stories of WMD would infect the body politic with fear of a mesopotamian madman. Saddam Hussein wanted Iran to think he has wonder weapons, and did not think Amerika was serious about regime change. We all make mistakes.

In the twelve years since the time of shock and awe, trillions of dollars have gone down the drain, dragging the mighty Amerikan economy along into the sewers of bankruptcy. One of the oldest civilizations of mankind was reduced to hiding, from neighbors, behind concrete barricades. They fought the conquerors with bombs triggered by garage door openers. Thousands of women and children have been murdered. The WMD were never found. This is a repost.

Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.









Confident Complication

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on March 18, 2016












February Gun Stories

Posted in GSU photo archive, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 17, 2016









That funky facebook group Parents Against Gun Violence has done it again. They posted a tasteful graphic, with eleven stories of mischief involving firearms. These stories are presented in first person, from the point of view of the gun user. Sometimes, the PAGV story is not accurate. An example is the tawdry tale, “My wife caught me cheating and tried to take a photo of me with another woman, so I shot her.” The dog husband missed when he fired at his wife.

A Minnesota story has another PAGV misspeak. “The parking valet was rude to me, ” so I took my wife’s gun from her and shot her with it.” This is what happened. “(Corey A. Perry) was out with his father and brother drinking at a bar in Uptown in Minneapolis until about 6:30 p.m. Friday. After the three left the bar, a valet “got into the father’s face” about parking and words were exchanged. … Perry, on probation and not allowed to drink or fight, was afraid that he would get in trouble again. Upset by what had happened, he called Nelson to pick him up. “He was agitated, and he had been drinking; it just caused him to explode,” (attorney Michael) Padden said. “It’s weird, just weird … why he lost it … I don’t think anybody will ever know.” … the suspect had criminal convictions for violent offenses and was not legally in possession of the rifle, handgun, ammunition or “tactical vest” he was wearing…. “What’s disconcerting is that they’re portraying this image that this kid had a long history of problems, which is complete unadulterated nonsense,” Padden said.”

There are eleven stories. In four incidents, the players were white. In three of the tales, the actors were black. The ethnicity of the performers is not mentioned in the other four cases. In one case, the species of the victim was quetioned. My wife was trying to force feed medicine to our dogs, but they attacked her, so I tried to shoot the dogs but ended up shooting my wife. Doc Farmer It’s always awful when somebody loses a pet, especially in such a tragic way. Prayers to the lady for a speedy recovery and comfort for her loss… PUNATIC Was it really a mistake?….or is she ugly as a d-g?

Hoverboards and guns do not mix. “I lost my balance while playing on my hoverboard and holding a gun. I shot my younger cousin in the back of the head while he was playing video games. The local press described it as a hoverboard accident.” “Morame said they found the gun under a bed in his brother’s room, where the cousins were playing video games on Xbox. Louis was riding a hoverboard, holding the gun. He lost his balance and the gun “went off,” the report states. It does not provide the firearm’s make or model. Louis has not been charged in the shooting, records show. Deputies determined the gun belonged to Walter Morame, who was not home at the time of the shooting. He denied owning the gun, the report states. Morame, 35, was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of a weapon by a felon, deputies said. He was convicted in 2006 of battery of a law enforcement officer, Orange County Court records show. … Tony Snellings, who lives next door, … said it was a “close knit family, well-rounded. I think it’s a case of kids goofing off and playing with guns, not knowing what can happen.”

Two more stories feature families. “My dad woke up in the middle of the night and needed to pee, but my mom was in the bathroom. He couldn’t wait, so he stepped outside to go in the backyard. When he opened the door he set off the security alarm, so I figured he was a bad guy and shot him.””Police took the (48 yo) son into custody for questioning. He has three prior felony convictions, police said. The 9mm semiautomatic handgun he fired was taken from the scene, police said.” “I was trying to amuse my 7-year-old son, so I pointed a gun at my 9-year-old daughter and pretended to shoot her. Except I actually shot her.” “Jones reportedly told a Bell County Sheriff’s Department deputy he was showing his children gun safety when the gun he was holding fired and shot his 9-year-old daughter.”

The most infuriating story is “My ex wanted me to pay child support, so I shot her and I shot our daughter.” Daron Boswell-Johnson, 25, … confessed to waiting for NeShante Davis, 26, and their daughter, Chloe Davis-Green, outside their home early Tuesday and then shooting them each multiple times, court documents show. He was angry over being ordered to pay $600 per month in child support, … Witness statements and surveillance video corroborate the confession, police said in court documents.” Mr. Boswell-Johnson was arrested alive.

Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. “Members of the Atlanta Woman’s Club, during a luncheon for retiring president W.F. Milton, in the AWC banquet hall, in Atlanta, Georgia, March 5, 1937.” Tallulah Bankhead attended the event.










Did Joseph Think It Was His Kid?

Posted in History, Holidays, Library of Congress, Religion by chamblee54 on March 16, 2016

NOTE: This feature was originally published in March 26, 2013…. As you may have heard, SCOTUS is hearing oral, and possibly anal, arguments about gay marriage today. In a stroke of irony, this is day after March 25, nine months before Christmas. In other words, a crucial day, in the most famous unconsummated marriage in history.

PG began to ponder the traditional marriage of Joseph and Mary. Apparently, Joseph’s last name is lost to history. The question of the day is “when did Joseph and Mary get married?”. Facilities such as Liberty Gospel Tracts and Fish Eaters Traditional Catholic Forum have answers.

LGT (the B got kicked out for some reason) contributes a bible passage, Matthew 1:18-19.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
Put her away in the privy? That is some kinky business there. Maybe the Christians and Jews have it all wrong. The thirds Abrahamic religion, Islam, might have the answer. A site, TurnToIslam, has another point of view about the traditional definition of marriage.

What about Mary, Jesus’ Mother peace be upon both of them? How old was she when she got pregnant? Not only was it a custom in the Arab society to Engage/Marry a young girl it was also common in the Jewish society. The case of Mary the mother of Jesus comes to mind, in non biblical sources she was between 11-14 years old when she conceived Jesus. Mary had already been “BETROTHED” to Joseph before conceiving Jesus. Joseph was a much older man. therefore Mary was younger than 11-14 years of age when she was “BETHROED” to Joseph. We Muslims would never call Joseph a Child Molester, nor would we refer to the “Holy Ghost” of the Bible, that “Impregnated” Mary as a “Rapist” or “Adulterer”.

“….it is possible that Mary gave birth to her Son when she was about thirteen or fourteen years of age….”Mary was approximately 14 years old when she got pregnant with Jesus. Joseph, Mary’s Husband is believed to be around 36. Mary was only 13 when she married Joseph. When she first was arranged with Joseph she was between 7 to 9 years old.”

According to the “Oxford Dictionary Bible” commentary, Mary (peace be upon her) was was 12 years old when she became impregnated. So if I want to be as silly and ridiculous as many of the Christians, I would respond to them by saying that Mary was psychologically and emotionally devastated for getting pregnant at a very young age. And speaking of “child molesting”, since most Christians believe that Jesus is the Creator of this universe, then why did G-D allow himself to enter life through a 12-year old young girl’s vagina? Please note that we Muslims love and respect Allah Almighty, Mary, Jesus and Allah’s Message to the People of the Book (The Jews and Christians). In other words, we Muslims would never make fun of Christianity through such childish topic like this one as many ridiculous Christians do make fun of Islam through our Prophet’s (peace be upon him) marriage.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Georgia Primary

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, Politics by chamblee54 on March 15, 2016








The New York Times had a feature the other day, Detailed Maps of Where Trump, Cruz, Clinton and Sanders Have Won. It showed the results of presidential primaries in the states that had voted up until that time. It shows the results on a county by county basis.

The results shown on the map had little to do with who won delegates. In Georgia, that was decided on a percentage basis. In the Republican race, Donald Trump got 40 delegates, Marco Rubio got 14, and Ted Cruz got 18. Democrat Hillary Clinton got 73 delegates, while Bernie Sanders got 29.

The county story is different. In Republican land, Donald Trump won 155 out of 159 Georgia counties. Many of these county victories were by substantial margins. Four counties went for went to Marco Rubio: Clarke, Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton won 158 out of 159 counties. The only county to go for Bernie Sanders is Echols. The Florida border hugging Echols was the least populated county in Georgia for many years. Today, it is ranked 153, with Taliaferro County at 159. The final tally in Echols county was Bernie Sanders 36, Hillary Clinton 32. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.









Loudon Wainwright III

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, Music by chamblee54 on March 15, 2016

The New Yorker has a website, with some cool stuff. One of them is a video of Loudon Wainwright III, singing a song about some guy named Krugman. It seems to PG that Mr. Wainwright might be a good subject for a tribute.

Loudon Wainwright III is the son of a man who wrote for Life magazine, who was known as Loudon Wainwright Jr. The son of III is named Rufus, which is Albanian for Fifth. Either he skipped a level, likes to drink, or this is a coincidence. Rufus Wainwright is a musician also, with lots of units sold, and a stay or two in rehab.

The official LWIII website has a biography page, so if you care about such things you can go there. He writes little acoustic songs, many of which are hilarious. Early in his career, “Dead Skunk” became a hit. It became the song he was known for, but it was far from the best thing he did.

In addition to the Krugman song, there are three you tubes of Wainwright songs. A 95 year old lady dances to “Dead Skunk”. Johnny Cash does “The man who could not cry”, showing a bit of Grecian Formula. (This video is no longer available, and is replaced by the poet himself. Mr. Wainwright is growing old and bald in honest fashion, even after shaving the puppy beard of his younger days.) There is a performance of “Motel Blues”, by the man. A fourth video, about climate change, is included at the end for those in the audience with entirely too much free time.

PG has seen Loudon Wainwright III in concert twice. In December of 1973, LWIII played at the Great Southeast Music Hall. He had a backup band, for some reason, and PG was not overwhelmed. After the show, PG talked to a high school classmate, and they went riding on the dirt roads behind the music hall smoking reefer.

In May of 1982, LWIII played a show by himself at a concert hall on North Decatur Road, which was formerly a Colonial grocery store, and the Texas Tea Room. A friend of PG’s had a story to tell about the TTR.
“Maybe, the venue was called the Texas Tea Room—or the Texas something-or-another. I recall that I heard some male duo there. When I heard them, they were past their prime in terms of popularity, but perhaps they were making some sort of comeback. I keep trying to remember who I heard. I also remember going in there one time with short-shorts on. The shorts were totally inappropriate for the setting, but I had been somewhere else and just stopped by the hall (we’ll continue to call it the Texas Tea Room) on a whim. I vaguely remember some guy giving me grief about my attire. I don’t think I went home with him, and I’m sure that was an excellent decision.”
On that May evening 34 years ago, LWIII was spectacular. He had done a lot of shows in the previous 9 years, and had learned a few things about performing. The lines that got a good response were repeated, and played slow enough to understand the lyrics. This is a problem for many lyric based performers…if you don’t know their music, you will not enjoy the show. With Wainwright, he sang slow and loud, and you could hear all the words. You knew why the crowd was laughing.

It is now 2016, and LWIII has not gone away. His records never did sell very well, and he sells his own product over the internet now. His hair is turning gray and falling out. The skunk has dried up, his bones crushed into powder by eighteen wheelers. The motel was shut down by the health department. A luxury condo building was built on the site.

This is a repost, with pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. The last picture is the Colonial store that became the Texas Tea Room. It is now a discount mattress store, and has not been torn down.