Saturday, January 12, 2013


Bear with me, as this gets a little convoluted, but there's a point, I promise.
Last week we played at a singer/songwriter event in Opelika. For those living outside Alabama, Opelika is a stones throw from Auburn. And, if you're not from Alabama, you probably don't know that Auburn University is the OTHER college in Alabama. And the Auburn Tigers are the arch rival, footballically (is that a word?) speaking, of the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide.
So, it was like we were spies doing undercover work right there in the jaws of the enemy. We took lots of notes in case we needed to report back to mission control in Tuscaloosa.
I bought a pair of sweat pants and an Old Navy jersey, just like we were regular tourists. Jilda posed for this photo at the local mall.
Kidding aside, we had a delightful time playing at Opelika Unplugged. The next day we took a leisurely drive through Auburn and stopped for coffee at  Gnu's Room, a non-profit book store. They have a great stash of books and we could have stayed there all day reading and sipping high-octane coffee, but we headed home just after lunch.
We're going to the beach soon to celebrate my birthday. We haven't been to the beach in a very long time.
I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.


  1. That is a lovely smile on Jilda's face!

  2. I love reading your posts Rick. They just make my day! Hope the two of you have a wonderful time at the beach!

  3. What a fun outing. Here that is akin to rooting for the Chicago Bears in a Green Bay Packer world....which by the way, I am watching the game with fascinated horror of impending doom.

    Happy Birthday (when is it) and I hope you have fun at the beach- Diana

  4. Happy Birthday, what a wonderful way to celebrate! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following!

    Things must be good in Alabama.
    Jilda looks great!
    Happy Birthday!

  6. Hi Friend,
    Happy to report my somewhat chosen and somewhat forced hiatus from the blogging world has ended. The dead computer has been buried and a new one is now trembling beneath my fingers!
    You do KNOW dear friend that the real tigers are of the purple and gold variety and live in Baton Rouge? Just a friendly reminder. I'd also feel it necessary to include us in the ARCH RIVAL category with your glorious TIDE.
    Just sayin'!
    Enjoy your birthday, nothing beats the beach as far as I'm concerned.
    Good to see Jilda out and about and smiling!

  7. Good Morning, I lived in Montgomery AL for 2 years a long time ago so I am well aware of the rivalry between teams! What a lovely photo of Jilda. The bookstore sounds like a great place to spend an afternoon. Wishing you a delightful birthday and I hope you'll share pics of your visit to the beach. Mildred

  8. Jilda looks so cute! My brother who lives in Atlanta sent both his girls to Auburn..that's the extent of my knowledge of college in that area! Have a fun time at the beach. I think we'll see some ocean in March when we head to Ore. to visit our son and his family. Have a happy birthday too!

  9. Happy Birthday Rick. Have fun at the beach with your lovely wife,

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