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Shellfish and congratulations abound

I forgot how easy - and rewarding - it is to lapse back into childhood.

It hit me last week in the creek on the 15th fairway at Belle Meade.

Yes, in the creek. The best ball of our foursome was in the water, and I was waiting on a player to head back to the tee and try again.

I looked in the water and remembered growing up and chasing crawdads through the creeks of Hickory Hills. We'd flip a rock, wait for the water to clear (sometimes), and grab the lobster-like crustacean.

Fast-forward 20 years and there I was, balanced on two boulders and flipping smaller rocks. I caught two or three before we had to move on.

But trust me, I'm going back. This world is too serious to be an adult all the time.

Speaking of crayfish, the tasty crustaceans are one of a handful of critters - along with soft-shell crabs, lobsters, oysters and others - that may be taken off grocery store shelves across the nation, according to a recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.


It's in deference to the trauma they experience. You see, they are uprooted from their watery world, crammed into uncomfortable shipping containers, then forced to live on ice or in display cases until they are purchased by a soulless cook and boiled alive.


And in the ultimate irony, a grocery executive told the AJC that the problem wasn't the boiling. Oh no, the company wanted to make sure that the appetizers were treated with respect after they were caught.

Let me get this straight. You can still boil the lobster alive, just make sure there is no pre-pot mistreatment. That's like pampering death-row inmates. Be as nice as you want in the process - the end result is the same: something's going to fry.

Now excuse me. I've got a pot of boiling water and a school of shrimp to torture.

SHIFTING GEARS - last week, we ran an item recognizing several Thomson High School students for their stellar performance in the Georgia Student Media Festival. Well, upon further review, one of the big winners was left off.

Senior Erica Green - who is a correspondent for The McDuffie Mirror, as well as an award-winning photographer - added one more achievement to her resume. Her photographic essay - dubbed "Nature's Expressions" - will now compete at the international media festival in Dallas in October.

Why wasn't she in the original list? Her initial entry wasn't considered because judges couldn't get the files on a CD to open. So Thomson High's Jennifer Newton got involved, sent the file electronically, and Erica was a winner.

Congratulations Erica, both on the award and the diploma.

The same goes to the rest of the Class of 2006, both at Briarwood and Thomson High School. Good luck in your future travels, but never, ever forget where you came from.

Web posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006

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