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Breaking down the Relay for Life

Mayor Bob Knox commented during last week's City Council meeting that the Relay for Life is one of the few local events - other than a state championship football game - that brings the entire community together.

The 2006 Relay was a perfect testament.

Well, almost perfect.

As I arrived at the Relay - admittedly a little late after getting caught in traffic on Harrison Road - and spent several hours mulling around the track, I did notice a few little things:

  • I'm amazed at the various folks - especially the teenagers - I saw finishing off the last few puffs on a cigarette in the parking lot before heading down to the field to participate in the Relay for Life. Now, I'm no expert, but last time I checked cigarettes can cause cancer. You know, they don't call them "cancer sticks" for nothing.

  • Speaking of things that aren't healthy, I don't ever want to see Epp Wilson, David Reese, Jason Jones and friends in female attire. Adding those to the mental images of Mike Carrington, Jimmy Poston and myself at last year's Administrative Professionals' Luncheon is more than enough to kill an appetite. (Yes, I know it took courage to stand up in front of a crowd dressed like that. I really am proud of each participant.)

  • I'm also impressed with George Lokey and Renee Wright's performance as Sonny and Cher. But there is one thing that troubles me: I'm sure George enjoyed having a full head of hair for the evening, but did he have to add the Chia Pet to his chest?

  • And, for the record, could someone step in and ban silly string at the Relay. I'm not trying to be a party pooper, but the squirty stuff is like a gateway drug. It's the next step after small waterguns, and just before water balloons. Before you know it, the kids will be hooked on water cannons, continuing the vicious cycle.

    While I'm on the Relay for Life, don't forget you can receive a CD with images of each team at the Relay for a $5 donation to the American Cancer Society. Just call me or Janet at 706-597-0335 to reserve your copy.

    It is another one of those weekends where no one should have an excuse for being bored.

    Saturday brings a host of events, including a car show at Salem United Methodist Church, graduation at The Brickyard for Thomson High School students, the summer reading program kickoff at the local library and, of course, the Blind Willie Blues Festival.

    If you've never been to the festival, try to take some time Saturday to hang out at the venue on Stagecoach Road. Not only will the music be great, there'll be a whole lot of food and cold beverages available.

    Good food, good fellowship and great music on a Spring afternoon - it's hard to top that.

    Web posted on Thursday, May 18, 2006

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