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Happy post-Jasper Monday
posted on Oct 25 2010

In Seattle, only one day in September had temperatures above 80 degrees. Needless to say it was a bit of a shock to land in Birmingham, but a pleasant visit nonetheless. The nights were chilly and ideal for football.

  • Dinner with John, Matt, and Andy in Five Points on Friday.
  • I dug through old boxes which Aaron and I used to keep our childhood knickknacks (it’s weird to see that word spelled out). How my. Some goods that will require their own post.
  • Walker vs. Curry on television? Incredible. Amazing. Yes, please. Broadcast to the Birmingham metropolitan area no less.
  • Pumpkin carving. It went on, but don’t look to me for results I can claim.
  • A full day of watching football with the family. How bout that Cam Newton?
  • Completely unnecessary late night trip to Walmart. Worth every second.
  • Church at Dawson Memorial Baptist of Sunday.

  • I love this photo
    posted on Oct 13 2010

    Condoleezza Rice (for many reasons that can be detailed in a slew of blog posts) is one of my favorite people in the political realm.

    NPR posted a 7 minute conversation with her, and this awesome photo from the White House during a family trip to Washington, D.C.

    Jasper news
    posted on Sep 22 2010

    The Daily Mountain Eagle was in rare form yesterday, and I cannot let this opportunity pass me by.

  • New ER director at WBMC is giving you “crazy eyes”.
  • The Fair is in town and sohelpmegod I love the Jasper Fair. You think people watching is fun at the airport? Head to this, sit back, and enjoy.
  • It’s nice to see that every football player in Walker County aspires to be Justin Bieber.
  • Sumiton (of course) woman arrested for stealing city tractor
  • Oakman’s police chief is arresting people for spreading rumors.

  • Needed: Recon volunteer from Jasper
    posted on Aug 24 2010

    The blog has a such a variety of readers that it’d blow your mind. From Atlanta to London to Taiwan and Australia, people read what I write and I have no idea why. However, none are more special than those from Jasper, Alabama. Why? because Jasper’s home and the people of Jasper were the first ones to actually read my online accounts back when I was cutting my blogging teeth in 2001. Also, Jasper is awesome, and if you’ve ever visited you would know that already.

    Jasperians are also the best at reconnaissance missions… and I’ve got one today. See that sweatshirt that Walker High School football coach John Holladay is wearing? Find it. Preferably in a hoodie, but a normal sweatshirt will do as well.

    When you find it, email me and I’ll pay for it/postage to Seattle.

    [This blog post will self destruct in 5 seconds… because someone from Jasper planted a bomb in it.]

    File this under “Things I Wish That Weren’t True”
    posted on Aug 10 2010

    Like Jersey Shore? You’ll love Redneck Riviera.

    I’m not joking. From the DME:

    Birmingham native Jodi Redmond is casting for a new reality show tentatively titled “Redneck Riviera.” The tagline for the “Jersey Shore” spin-off is “This ain’t no regular shore.”


    “I do love the area. It’s not about exploitation. I just want to create a microcosm of the South in a house on the redneck riviera,” Redmond said.

    That’s like saying, “I do love my sister. It’s not about exploitation. I just want her to be the best prostitute she can be.”

    Also, from AL.com who has now picked up on the story:

    Any of this sound familiar: “Do you drink sweet tea, talk endlessly about Nascar, sport a rebel flag (on your bikini or jacked-up pickup truck), listen to loud country and/or Southern rock, or enjoy walking around shirtless or in daisy dukes?”

    This, along with Crimson Tide fans in general, are just what The South needs. (That’s a joke, of course.)

    posted on Jul 17 2010

    The mighty city of Jasper and the lowly redneck-filled crevasse of Cordova are a mere 15 minute drive from one another. But you mean to tell me that they haven’t played a regular season high school football game against one another in almost 50 years?

    (I’m just kidding, by the way. Cordova isn’t “filled” with rednecks… it’s populated by them.)

    Jasper is nuts about this disc golf course
    posted on Jul 14 2010

    I love this. Really. If Jasper becomes the competitive disc golf center of the universe, nothing would make me happier.

    posted on Jul 9 2010

    Credit CG for the tip:

    Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth cause a stir at Walmart in Cullman, Alabama

    Warnke says she doesn’t have any idea why Cyrus was in the Cullman Walmart, although she says rumors have been flying that Miley or her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, have a house on Smith Lake. “No one knows if it’s the truth,” Warnke says.

    Someone at the Daily Mountain Eagle took the iPhone 4 entirely too seriously
    posted on Jun 29 2010

    Oddly, the article is quite crapily titled Too smart for our own good?

    Hundreds of years ago, a brave group of religious outcasts, hired servants and freedom seekers embarked on an uncertain voyage that would subsequently transcend the course of civilization. These valiant individuals sought a means by which to escape persecution levied by an unforgiving dictatorship and they found such means in the establishment of what is now the United States of America. These people, our forefathers, created a democratic government that, to this day, thrives on the collaboration of each citizen.

    Without this collaboration, democracy, despite its beauty, encounters its own fallacy; meaning that as we, as a trailblazing nation, have grown and progressed, our priorities have shifted greatly. In a day and time where our own practical application of science is becoming master over our society, we must ask ourselves: Is technology threatening to become our downfall?

    Daily Mountain Eagle launches new website. Prepare to have your mind blown.
    posted on Jun 17 2010

    The title implies I’m making fun of my hometown website – and i kinda am – though I’m actually quite impressed. The site is more well organized than it’s former, bland counterparts [1998, 2000) though I wouldn’t go so far as to call the appearance “clean” like the NYTimes.

    The ability to ‘thumbs up’ articles is nice… but for some authors (I’m talking about you, Ben Hamilton) a ‘thumbs down’ could come in quite useful. Comments under the articles? Yes, please. You’re begging for post-game online commentary battles between rival schools.

    The kicker: social network-integrated. Yes, you can create your own DME profile. I did.

    Duck, Duck, Goose
    posted on Jun 17 2010

    Jasper has a “Duck Hunter”. Wish we could tag this with ‘things I wish I was joking about.’

    Jasper: center of the disc golf universe
    posted on Jun 6 2010

    Jasper debuted it’s brand new disc golf course yesterday, and they pulled out all the stops. You think I’m joking.

    Following the event, participants got to learn more about disc golf from Tom Monroe, a national world champion whose artistry with a flying disc earned him a Guinness World Record.

    Let me get this straight: The town without one espresso-centric coffee shop has found enough public dollars and public support to develop a disc golf course.

    Jasper, you never cease to entertain me.

    Make no mistake, disc golf is a blast. And if the Jasper Park & Rec starts weekend tournaments in the college football and men’s/women’s softball off season, people will show. Wait. What was that?
    “…more tournaments to be held at the 18-hole course are being planned.”

    I’ll pay good money for a ‘2010 Jasper, Alabama Disc Golf Champion’ t-shirt.

    Walker High Football to face Bubba Davis’ Mississippi team in Fall Jamboree
    posted on May 12 2010

    It’s been brought to my attention that Walker High School’s football team will be facing off against Bubba Davis’ team in Columbus, Mississippi on a Thursday night this fall. [credit Joey Sparks]

    I actually had no idea that Bubbda was coaching in Columbus, so I did some Googling. Here’s my favorite part of a 2008 article:

    Bubba Davis has left New Albany after one season to be the new head football coach at Columbus.

    The hire received school board approval Monday morning. Davis has a career record of 223-88 and won four state titles at West Point in the 1980s. He led New Albany to a 3-8 record and a Class 4A playoff berth this past season.

    Only in Southeastern high school football could one finish the regular season at 3-7 and still go to the playoffs.

    An open letter to the members of Jasper’s First Baptist Church
    posted on Apr 14 2010

    To The Members of Jasper’s First Baptist Church [original pdf]

    We wanted to thank you for your kindness and faithfulness shown over the last 26 years.

    When our father Conrad accepted God’s call to Jasper, we were 3-years-old and 18-months-old, respectively. Now 29 and 27-years-old, it’s amazing to look back and realize that there wasn’t an area of life you did not positively affect. You were the first church family we knew, and God could not have selected a better group of individuals to instill our Christian foundation.

    You have treated us as your own sons, grandsons, and brothers. Not a day went by where your hospitality and friendship was not shown in countless ways. There is no way for us to thank you enough, much less return the favor; we can only assure you that we will attempt carry out the Great Commission in the same manner as yourselves.

    Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has big plans for Jasper’s First Baptist Church. We know that you will continue to provide the same encouragement and support to future church leaders that you have so graciously provided to our father over the last 3 decades.

    It is with the utmost sincerity that we say it will be difficult to love another church family as much as we have loved you. While Jasper’s First Baptist Church is no longer our church home, it will always be our home church.

    God Bless,
    Landon & Aaron Howell

    The advertisement on the DME website is beginning to freak me out
    posted on Apr 8 2010


    The ad in the upper right hand corner has been freaking me out for a while. I a back-n-forth email session with some friends yesterday, someone else voiced their concern as well.

    Her eye makeup is way too dark, and her hair way too light.

    The weird thing: it doesn’t link to anything.

    Hey Bama readers!
    posted on Apr 7 2010

    Any of you know Tiger’s “rumored” girlfriend who went to UofA?

    posted on Apr 6 2010

    Thanks to all who participated in Tuesday’s Twitter extravaganza involving the hash tag: #jasperrumors (Jasper Rumors).

    To follow past and future discussions – or to participate – simply search #jasperrumors on Twitter.

    Smith Lake drowning
    posted on Mar 29 2010

    It’s been a while since Walker County had people go missing in the Lake.

    Sawyer: Have you ever been to Jasper, Alabama?
    posted on Mar 23 2010

    Should have uploaded this a long time ago.

    Is that the Daily Mountain Eagle?
    posted on Mar 17 2010

    [Click for larger image.]

    Good Lord, I was on pins and needles Tuesday night waiting for Jasper to get another shout out on LOST. The episode was about Sawyer (whose character is from Jasper) and whole time Chelsea’s telling me, “They’re not going to mention Jasper. Better not get your hopes up.” But I’m as ignorant as can be. I just KNEW they were going to mention Jasper. But they didn’t. But they did.

    Want to call your attention to the newspaper clipping that I can assume is supposed to be the Daily Mountain Eagle. Notice the first sentence which, as my 20/20 vision sees: “Jasper police…”