Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Hey y'all!

I know it has been a while, but a spark hit my rapidly aging, balding head, and I thought I'd just throw this out there.

I was thinking about all the tearing down of statues, and stuff, and about how morons even want to remove statues of George Washington.

It reminded me of my Great Uncle C.H. Kendall.

Uncle C.H. was an interesting cat.  He was the "black sheep" of his family.  They were all proper folks in the Chicago, IL area, and had started this Insurance Company called "Washington National Insurance."

Uncle C.H. (actually he was my Mothers' Uncle, so I guess he was my Great Uncle or something) was a veteran of WWI, and WWII.  He got banned to the hot environs of Louisiana to run the local office in Shreveport, LA because he was such a pain to the family.  He had been married 6 times, and was a constant problem to the Kendall family.

While on his assignment he met my beloved Great Aunt Peggy Newland from Mooringsport, LA.  She was working in his office in Shreveport in the late 1930s, and she fell for him.  I guess he fell for her, too.

She became his 7th...and LAST wife in 1938. 

The Kendall family never cared for any of C.H.'s wives, but when he took Aunt Peggy back to Chicago/Evansville that was all over.  As I remember, C.H. told us that his Dad, and Uncle just loved Peggy, and he was back in good graces.

Eventually he was moved back to civilization, and took Aunt Peggy with him.  She never really did fit in with "High Society," but did her best to enjoy the good money that C.H. was now making, and did make a lot of good friends with the same down to earth values that she was raised with.

C.H. became the Chairman of the Board of Washington National, and when he died in I think 1968, he left Aunt Peggy in good shape financially.  C.H. had actually set up a trust fund for my beloved Great Granny Laura, Peggy's Mom that provided for her well too, until she passed away at the age of 104 in 1994.

Aunt Peggy moved back to Mooringsport, LA about a year after C.H.'s death, leaving a mansion behind to come back to the old raggedy house on Caddo Lake to take care of her Mom, and even some of her siblings later on.  Of course she made the old home place VERY NICE, but never flaunted her money...just gave to a lot of charities, churches, and individuals without making a big deal about it.  She was good folks.  And she was an EXTREMELY GENEROUS LADY.

So, how does that have anything to do with taking down statues of George Washington?  Well, I remember Uncle C.H. telling me once on one of their visits down South that his Father, and Uncle named that company after their hero, George Washington.  He also told me about how rough it was for them starting the Company, and how hard they had to work.  It seems I remember him telling me that when the first claim was filed they didn't have the money to pay it.  So, the brothers agreed that they had to get out there, and sell enough policies to collect enough deposits on them to pay that claim.

They did.  And the rest is history.  Uncle C.H. said it started to snowball, and that things just got better and better.

Indeed it did.  The Kendall family was able to establish The Kendall College of Business at Northwestern University, and contribute millions of dollars to worthy causes.  I'm honestly not sure if the Kendall College is still at Northwestern University any longer...I didn't Gooble it.

Trust me, I'm not recommending any Insurance Company.  I'm just thinking back about what a rich history I've been exposed to in my life, and what a blessing it is.

I found this video:

Aunt Peggy died at the age of 99 in late 2018 just a few months before my parents did.  She was fine, until she broke an ankle at her Elderly Residential Facility in Boston, near her daughters' home, and then deteriorated quickly because she couldn't move around anymore.

We had a memorial service for her at the old place in Mooringsport, LA with all of the family, and a few close friends, lead by her daughter, and son (both adopted children that loved her very much).  Some of y'all that have been around Andy's Place a long time may remember the Commentor "Walt."  Walt was her son.  Walt passed away unexpectedly about a year ago at the age of 70.  He had just retired from teaching as a College Professor in Dallas.  He was SO looking forward to retirement, and was teaching his last Semester.

Ya' never know, huh?

Regardless, these are the kind of people that built America.  They believed in "hard work and dedication."   They were Patriots that went off to wars to preserve, and build a new way of life the world had never seen.

I just hope the Company doesn't change its' name, but who knows?  In these crazy times I wouldn't be surprised at anything.

Ya' know, sometimes you just write a post that you know nobody else will care anything about.  You just write it for yourself.  Sometimes you write, just because you want to write something that is not a reply to an email, or putting in a Purchase Order with your Supplier, or just because you need to write.  Rusty as it is, this one is really just for me.

Thank y'all for reading.

Monday, October 28, 2019




Thursday, October 3, 2019

I just love me some Slippery Rock.

This Rivers kid is really, really good.  Trust me, I know.

I have said in the past that one day I will tell y'all why, but it all has to do with my beloved Granddaddy.

Trust me, I will.




Wednesday, October 2, 2019



I JUST KNEW IT!  We are looking at the next imaginary national Champeen, behind Boise State, who always bitches and moans because they cant' get no respect.

I am VERY proud behind the Rock!

That is all.

Thank y'all for reading.



Sunday, September 8, 2019

SMQ WEEK 2 2019

Hey y'all!

I know it's not Sunday Morning (I'm a bit under the weather, and slept in), but here be my thoughts after watching real sports all day Sattidy.

1)  I am quite sure that Bo is face down in his grave right now.  

Okay, we all know that The US Military Academy has a way of messing up everybody (ooops I don't mean that in a bad way.  I love me some Soldiers) that is ranked high in preseason guesses.  But c'mon!  When you know exactly what your opponents game plan will be, you need to prepare for it, and shut it down.

The Whooferines were not able to do that...even though anybody that understands football with an IQ over 30 knew exactly what  Army was going to do.  And they did it.  And Michigan was their victim.

I'm sorry...I have read a bunch of stuff today trying to 'splain why Michigan sucked so much, and that they are really really good...yada yada...

I don't buy any of it.  When you invite any mid-level team (even our beloved Soldiers) to your "BIG" house to play a game, and you're supposed to be one of the elite teams in 'Murica, it is your obligation to crush them, not luck out in OT.

Michigan needs a new drawing board...and somebody else to draw on it.

I don't think Bo is available.

2)  The fAGGIES ain't all that bad.

It truly pains me to say it, but they are not.  They did NOT embarrass themselves against the BEAST that Clemson is.  A 14 point loss AT Memorial is nothing to be ashamed of.

3)  Ole Miss is not as bad as Arkansas

That's all.

4)  Arkansas is really bad

5)  the Ohio State...keep a sharp eye on them.  

I have never been a fan, but they did EXACTLY what you are supposed to do.  When you invite a mid-level team to your "BIG" horseshoe, you are supposed to humiliate them.  You are supposed to prepare for how they might be able to humiliate you, and shut that down.

They did.

6)  Clemson is a BEAST.

My good buddy Gary (last name will not be revealed, so as to protect his life here in NWLA) is a Clemson grad, and huge fan.  He flies to almost EVERY Clemson game no matter where it is.  He was in Memorial yesterday when the Tigers beat the fAGGIES.  He told me "Wuh', we coulda'dun' awot bettuh'."

Honestly, I don't see how.  These. Guys. Are. Guud!

7)  My beloved LSU Tigers...I don't think I've ever been prouder.

Seriously, I don't.  Not even when we beat St. Nick 9-6 in 2011 (Still a classic for the ages).  Texas is a quality squad, and I knew they would bring some O.  They did.  Aranda will have to pick that apart, and retrain some stuff, but he is a genius when it comes to such things.

It was just lovely to see us get a quality win, against a quality team in Darryl K Royal Memorial.

8)  OU crushed South Dakota.  Yawn...

9)  'Bama is yet to be tested, but I am predicting two losses in regular season play.  

Yep, 2 (two).

10)  Boise State averted disaster, and will still probably be the the next IMAGINARY NATIONAL CHAMPION.  

The Thundering Herd gave them all they could handle on the blue turf, but they figgered a way...

Friday, September 6, 2019


Hey y'all, don't be getting your hopes up that this will be a regular thing...but a MAN keeps his promises, and I promised I would keep a sharp eye on Slippery Rock, because I had high hopes.  We played last night...on my 60th birthday...and I could not be more pleased with the results.

The Rock Raiders did not let us down.  The Rock crushed Wayne State 62-37...and there were over 3,700 fans in the stands to watch the murder of Wayne State (WARRIORS...nyuk...I'm surprised the NCAA hasn't make them change their name to something like Eagles...oh wait, that is an endangered species, so it will never happen...but WARRIORS  are connected to Injuns, so...where does poor Wayne State go from here?  I am quite sure when the NCAA forces them to change their name, they will probably hold a campus-wide vote, and come up with something really wussy like...well, I don't know...maybe Crimson Tide? ").

Serves 'em right too, for daring to put Slippery Rock on the schedule!

My beloved Rock was just completely awesome!

My new favorite small college's a LONG story that I may share one day that has to do with my beloved Granddaddy who passed in 1981, has kicked butt!  

Just a little trash-talkin'...Eat our dust Shippensburg!  We got y'all on Sattidy' night, and you will rue the day that you scheduled us!  Trust me, you will.  And y'all must know that I was the first one to tell y'all.  Maybe the only one, know...but it's gonna be bad.

Really bad.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

SUNDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK (SMQ) back by popular demand

Thank the good Lord up above, College Football has finally returned!  It is a great relief to me in the intense heat to have something to actually look at on the TeeVee in the AC.

I know y'all share my joy...

I have been coaxed in to trying another shot at SMQ.  So, when I write "by popular demand," it really just means that the one guy that liked it suggested it (he might not have really liked it, but is just a guy that likes to encourage anybody, no matter how bad they are at sumpin').

Let's get on with it...

My takeaways from Week 1 of collij football...

1)  Unfortunately, Florida Atlantic University will not retain their National Championship. 

Lane Kiffins' Owls lost right out of the box to the meager Buckfries.  HA! 

How wuss....  I mean...they must have all had the flu or something, because as the reigning National Champions I personally thought they would come out and kick Buckfries! 

I thought at the end of last season when FAU claimed the National Championship that all those sun-drenched lizards must be just as crazy as Lane Kiffin.  But, after pondering it for a long, long time, I finally realized, and said to myself, "Andy, you're right."

I will give them that they did score 21 purnts agin' that worthless program in Columbus.  But as our good Buddy Two Dogs said, we won't really know how bad they are until they quit scheduling the Big 10 as warm-ups, and actually try the SEC.  I mean, if they had any guts they would schedule Vandy, or Arkansas...or maybe even Ole' Miss.

2)  Ole Miss sucks. 

Don't get me wrong...The Rebels faced a very tough Memphis squad (that Taylor Kid from Memphis is spooky good) from the American Conference, in the hostile environment of a football stadium.  But, I think Matt Luke forgot to show the Smiley Bears their standard pregame slide-show entitled "WHAT IS AN END ZONE?" in the locker room before heading out to the hostile environment of a football stadium.

3)  'Bama is not all that great.  

Sure they killed Duke, but I saw a zillion flaws.  Nick is losing his edge.  Just sayin'.  Sure, the commentators were all like, "well just wait until so-and-so gets in there, and it'll all change, yada yada."  But there is just something not cohesive that is the trademark of a Saban team.

The Tide can be beat.  Maybe twice this season.  (Remember I told y'all that first).


4) Boise State might be the next Imaginary National Champion.

The Broncos might actually run the table after defeating Flarda' State.  Looking at their schedule, I don't think any opponent can take them down.   Unless they all have influenza like Lanes' boys from FAU did against standing trees, they will run the table.

They have my wishes, and prayers to end up undefeated, and we will have to hear them bitch once again like we did a decade ago again about how "we can't get no respect...we can't get to the big dance...we could kill Clemson if we just had a chance, etc."

Schedule 'em.  And find out..

5) My beloved LSU Tigers might actually have a shot. 

Seriously.  We started the season ranked #6 in many preseason guesses.  As a life-long fan I have learned to distrust any poll that ranks LSU Under #20.  However...even though it was only Georgia Southern (those boys tried hard), I saw something I've never seen in LSU football, even when King Nick ran the show and was a National Champeen.

It is a complex offense.  Our D has always rocked, and has been almost impossible for everybody except for Nick to figure out.

I just hope that Corch O didn't play all his cards against Georgia Southern, so everybody will now know.

I have a feeling he didn't.

6) Slippery Rock still plays football.  

I have high hopes for The Rock this season.  I will be following with a sharp eye.  

Don't bother to thank me.