First, let me correct something I wrote yesterday.
Regarding the new Dollar General distribution center, the property is on Lakeshore Drive but not at the previously cleared corner I described. The article in the Birmingham News led me to that conclusion. At any rate, it's good for Bessemer. And we still wonder what the corner development will be.
Second, some weather predictions are mentioning the "S" word for Christmas Day. Birmingham has never had a White Christmas. Could be a once in a lifetime event. Or, it could a wet, dreary, "who wants to roller skate in this weather" kind of day.
Remember getting roller skates for Christmas? The kind with a key that has to be used to tighten the skates on your feet? I do. My kids got roller-blades.
One Christmas, after I was grown, and living on Cherokee Lake in east Tennessee, I got a trick ski for Christmas.
That's not the trick ski, and the picture wasn't taken on Christmas, but it's me skiing on Cherokee Lake, one of the few pictures of that activity.
One Christmas break during college a group of us took a trip to Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia, where we backpacked and camped for several days. Here's a picture (in keeping with the water theme) of one of my friends and me on the ferry going to the island. I'm the woolly one.
And here I am, once again in Georgia, rafting down the Chattooga River, a trip we took more than once during my college days. Remember the movie, Deliverance? That's me in the front of this raft. All of the people in this raft, other than our guide, are veterinarians. This picture wasn't taken at Christmastime.
Here's Brad Paisley. This video, Water, has some scenes of water skiing that bring back some memories of some crazy stunts we tried. Fortunately, no photographic record exists of those antics.