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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....05-23-03....Sweet Home Alabama
Billie and Mama_Bear

Posted on 05/23/2003 5:30:15 AM PDT by Mama_Bear



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in need; and congratulate those deserving. We strive to keep our threads entertaining, fun, and pleasing to look at, and often have guest writers contribute an essay, or a profile of another FReeper.
On Mondays please visit us to see photos of A FEW OF FR'S VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY
If you have a suggestion, or an idea, or if there's a FReeper you would like to see featured, please drop one of us a note in FR mail.
We're having fun and hope you are!

~ Billie, daisyscarlett, dansangel, dutchess, Mama_Bear







After discussing with Billie what I could post as a semi-monthly feature, we came up with the idea of doing a short 'vignette' piece on each state, starting with Alabama and working our way through Wyoming.

I am hoping to capture each state's unique atmosphere and flavor, without boring everyone with too many facts. This may (or may not) be a twice monthly feature - you never know what Da'Bear will post next ;-), but every so often I will be taking a lighthearted look at a new state and, together with you, we'll salute the Fine Americans who live there and proudly call themselves 'FReepers'.







In the spotlight today.....









According to the
Alabama State Page

160 Fine Alabamians
(blam, Alas Babylon!, FreepLady, Bizzy Bugz,
Paul Atreides, ToKillaMockingbird, and many more)


hail from the










(Crank up the volume!)



Alabama - Tidbits and Trivia


Alabama was admitted into the union on December 14, 1819.

The name "Alabama" means "tribal town" in the language of the local Creek Indians.

The State Nickname - Heart of Dixie, "Yellowhammer State"

Alabama State Motto - "Audemus jura nostra defendere" - We Dare Defend Our Rights

The Alabama State Song - "Alabama" (well, who would have guessed? LOL!)

The state nut of Alabama is the Pecan. (Pecan recipes, anyone?)

The star blue quartz is the state's official gemstone.

The state game bird of Alabama is the wild turkey. (Wild Turkey recipes?) ;-)





Of course, no post about Alabama would be complete without a mention of the University of Alabama's......

and
Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant

***A bit of football trivia***
Does anyone know who caught Joe Namath's first touchdown pass at Alabama?

How about this one? Who scored the only touchdown in Alabama's 7-3 victory over Auburn in 1967?

If you think you can't live another moment without the answers, click on the graphic below where you will find even more UA Football trivia.





"YEA ALABAMA" FIGHT SONG
Let the Swanee Tiger scratch,
Let the Yellow Jacket sting,
Let the Georgia Bulldog bite,
Alabama still is right!
And whether win or lose we smile,
For that's Bama's fighting style:
You're Dixie's football pride,
Crimson Tide!
A-L-A-B-A-M-A







Last but not least,
some famous Alabamians...


Boxer Joe Louis was born in Lexington in 1914. He died in 1981.

Baseball player Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron was born in Mobile 1934.

Helen Adams Keller was born on 27 June 1880 in Tuscumbia, in Northwest Alabama.

Lookout Mountain, Alabama produced the most popular band in country music history.....



...and, from Birmingham, Alabama's newest celebrity,
***The Velvet Teddy Bear***
American Idol winner, Ruben Studdard!



It's Friday so let's have some fun with this. Please join in with your favorite regional recipes, Alabama travel memories, state facts or trivia, or your favorite Alabama song.

I'll start....






A Finest Salute to our
FRiends from the
great state of Alabama!




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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Alabama
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1 posted on 05/23/2003 5:30:16 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; ...

If you would like to be added to, or removed from, the Finest ping list, FReepMail me.....it will be done.

2 posted on 05/23/2003 5:31:32 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning Mama.


3 posted on 05/23/2003 5:32:54 AM PDT by Aeronaut (This space intentionally left blank.)
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To: Aeronaut
Sweet Home Alabama
(Ed King - Ronnie VanZant - Gary Rossington)
Big wheels keep on turning
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the Southland
I miss Alabamy once again
And I think its a sin, yes

Well I heard mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A Southern man don't need him around anyhow

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

In Birmingham they love the governor
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you
Here I come Alabama

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they've been known to pick a song or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how about you?

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you

Sweet home Alabama
Oh sweet home baby
Where the skies are so blue
And the governor's true
Sweet Home Alabama
Lordy
Lord, I'm coming home to you
Yea, yea Montgomery's got the answer

4 posted on 05/23/2003 5:40:28 AM PDT by leadpencil1 (all generalizations are bad)
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To: Aeronaut
Hi there, Aeronaut! Good morning to you.
5 posted on 05/23/2003 5:41:23 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Beautiful job and a great idea, (((((((Mama_Bear))))))))

I can come here, have fun, see all of my friends and *learn* something, too! What more could anyone want? :-)

I don't know if I'll be able to get back before you leave, (and I'm not sure what your schedule is) but, I wanted to wish you a wonderful and safe and spectacular journey "Down Under"!
6 posted on 05/23/2003 5:46:54 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: leadpencil1
Wow! Thanks for the lyrics. That was quick! :-)
7 posted on 05/23/2003 5:47:54 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Good Morning ALL

Coffee's on


8 posted on 05/23/2003 5:53:44 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: dansangel
I wanted to wish you a wonderful and safe and spectacular journey "Down Under"!

Thanks Dansy. I hope to be able to post a G'day to my Finest mates while I'm down there..... (a little Australian lingo. LOL.) I'm told there are cyber cafes everywhere in the big cities. :-)

My only concern is the 15 hour flight. I can't even contemplate what it's going to be like to be on a plane that long. My hope is to fall asleep immediately and wake up a few minutes later in Sydney. LOL.

9 posted on 05/23/2003 5:57:25 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: GailA
Good morning, Gail. Coffee is exactly what I need. Thank you!
10 posted on 05/23/2003 6:00:02 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: All

11 posted on 05/23/2003 6:14:20 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning Mama and all. The stars sure fell on Alabama.
12 posted on 05/23/2003 6:17:44 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Mama_Bear
REAL state song of Alabama:

Broad the Stream whose name thou bearest
Grand thy Bigbee rolls along
Fair thy Coosa-Tallapoosa
Bold the Warrior, dark and strong
Goodlier than the land that Moses
Climbed lone Nebo's Mount to see
Alabama, Alabama
We will aye be true to thee

Brave and pure thy men and women
Better this than corn and wine
Make us worthy, God in Heaven
Of this goodly land of Thine

Where the perfumed south-wind whispers
Thy magnolia groves among
Softer than a mother's kisses
Sweeter than a mother's song
Where the golden jasmine trailing
Woos the treasure-laden bee
Alabama, Alabama
We will aye be true to thee

Wow!...... I'm Alabammy bound!

Leni

13 posted on 05/23/2003 6:19:12 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Last call for fabulous "FReeps Ahoy" cruise. Signing up now means never having to say you're sorry!)
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To: Mama_Bear

14 posted on 05/23/2003 6:22:22 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: Mama_Bear
Mornin Mama Bear! Nice write up about Alabama, learned a few things I didn't know about the state.
Would you believe that I've made that pork chop recipe a few times and it is good!
15 posted on 05/23/2003 6:23:29 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Pippin

16 posted on 05/23/2003 6:26:12 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: Alabama; Mama_Bear; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; SpookBrat; nicmarlo; LadyX; ...
Mornin', everybody ! Happy Friday !!

Howdy, Alabama FReepers !!

66 degrees as I post this, headin' for around 83 today !


Have a cup while you FReep !






For those who prefer hot chocolate.....






17 posted on 05/23/2003 6:36:16 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Temple Owl
Morning, Temple Owl. Thanks for coming with us to Alabama. :-)

Hope you have a nice Memorial Day weekend.

18 posted on 05/23/2003 6:36:31 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: MinuteGal
Hi Leni. Thanks for locating and posting the real Alabama state song.

I was curious about what a Coosa-Tallapoosa was. Google answered my question. It's a river between Alabama and Georgia. What an interesting name. LOL.


19 posted on 05/23/2003 6:45:58 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: FreeTheHostages
Morning, Free. Cute calendar page today. :-)
20 posted on 05/23/2003 6:48:05 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Aquamarine
Would you believe that I've made that pork chop recipe a few times and it is good!

Really? Sure sounds simple enough. My kind of recipe. LOL.

21 posted on 05/23/2003 6:49:32 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Yep, the Coosa-Tallapoosa is a lolla-palooza name for a river!

Leni

22 posted on 05/23/2003 6:52:34 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Last call for fabulous "FReeps Ahoy" cruise. Signing up now means never having to say you're sorry!)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning, Lori!
23 posted on 05/23/2003 6:55:22 AM PDT by Pippin ( I know that my Redemer liveth!)
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To: FreeTheHostages
Howdy, FTH!
24 posted on 05/23/2003 7:03:22 AM PDT by Pippin ( I know that my Redemer liveth!)
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To: MeeknMing
hi, Meekie!

Are we gonna behave ourselves today? :O)

25 posted on 05/23/2003 7:04:18 AM PDT by Pippin ( I know that my Redemer liveth!)
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To: Aquamarine
Good Morning, Aqua!
26 posted on 05/23/2003 7:05:03 AM PDT by Pippin ( I know that my Redemer liveth!)
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To: GailA
Hi, Gail!
27 posted on 05/23/2003 7:05:49 AM PDT by Pippin ( I know that my Redemer liveth!)
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To: Aeronaut
Good Morning Aeronaut!
28 posted on 05/23/2003 7:06:21 AM PDT by Pippin ( I know that my Redemer liveth!)
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To: MeeknMing
Morning, Meekie. It took me the longest time to figure out how to get the code for this. I have one of these weather gizmos on my page, but forgot how I got it there. LOL.

Click for Montgomery, Alabama Forecast

29 posted on 05/23/2003 7:10:47 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Interesting info about Alabama. My Dad was born in Foley and waaaay back in '51, we drove over a lot of rivers and through a lot of woods to Grandma's house.

Enjoy your trip down under, mate.

30 posted on 05/23/2003 7:12:55 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Pippin
Hi, Pippin! Have you got plans for a nice three day weekend coming up?
31 posted on 05/23/2003 7:13:17 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
And a hearty good morning to you! This is a great idea and I confess I read about Alabama with some fascination -- a place I've actually never been to.

It's really scandalous how many states I haven't been to. I've been to California precisely once, for instance.
32 posted on 05/23/2003 7:15:26 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: MinuteGal
Yep, the Coosa-Tallapoosa is a lolla-palooza....

Sure is. I love funny names. You know, if something has to have a name it might as well be a cute, funny one. Whoever chose the names in our neck of the woods had no sense of humor at all. LOL.

33 posted on 05/23/2003 7:17:16 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: dansangel; Mama_Bear; Paul Atreides; Billie; LadyX; JustAmy; Pippin; martin_fierro; MeeknMing; ...
The state nut of Alabama is the Pecan

I thought it was Paul Atreides! : ) Very interest posting, Mama_bear....this is a great idea, about going from state to state! Looking forward to the rest.

Good Friday Morning, all!!!!

34 posted on 05/23/2003 7:22:03 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Diver Dave
.....waaaay back in '51, we drove over a lot of rivers and through a lot of woods to Grandma's house.

I think maybe I traveled through Alabama a couple times when the Navy insisted on transfering us from the East Coast to the West Coast and then back again. LOL.

35 posted on 05/23/2003 7:22:29 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: yall
So, uh, which one is MORE like the REAL Meekie, huh ???:

Hmm ?? Maybe somewhere in between . . .

36 posted on 05/23/2003 7:23:01 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Pippin; MeeknMing
Are we gonna behave ourselves today? :O)

You two, behave yourselves???

37 posted on 05/23/2003 7:23:56 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Pippin
Good morning Pippin.
38 posted on 05/23/2003 7:35:35 AM PDT by Aeronaut (This space intentionally left blank.)
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To: Mama_Bear
BTW, the Freedom Flame traveling 9/11 display will be in Modesto today at noon and will then travel to Fresno this afternoon.

The display includes some steel from the WTC and one of the firetrucks from NYC.

Freedom's Flame "America's 9-11 Memorial" California Journey

39 posted on 05/23/2003 7:35:43 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave
Enjoy your trip down under, mate.

Thanks. The one thing that I hope to do down there is cuddle a koala. I didn't know about "koala cuddling" until I started doing some research on Australia. Seems there are places where you can actually cuddle one of those cute little creatures. Koala cuddling has been banned in New South Wales, but in Queensland, where we will be, it is permitted as long as they are only cuddled for no more than 30 minutes a day and have every 4th day off. I hope they have LOTS of koalas, otherwise the lines are apt to be very long. LOL.

40 posted on 05/23/2003 7:40:56 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
What a GREAT idea. I love it. Also, Alabama is home to Nascar's Talladega as well as to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
41 posted on 05/23/2003 7:44:49 AM PDT by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; FreeTheHostages; Aquamarine; jwfiv; WVNan; MeeknMing; ...
Good morning, Mama_Bear! We look forward to this series (!) series and the opportunity for Freeper Enlightment, Edification & Encouragement, so we can be all we can be..:))

As for your imminent departure, I understand Australia already is preparing for your arrival....

The press room at The Sydney Blabber has headlines ready to roll, saying this:

WARNING - BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ONE MAMA_BEAR
ON WALKABOUT FROM AMERICA !!!

This bear is both disarming and dangerous - comes 'bearing' gifs, and gives {{{{ Hugs }}}} at the slightest provocation!

Known to drip with honey to all within 5,000 miles, and smiles-a-lot....

The only way to placate her is to surrender and 'endure.'
That will be the appropriate reward for her capture of you..:))

She is our Very Finest Bear, Australia!

We love ya, Mama - - -

42 posted on 05/23/2003 7:46:11 AM PDT by LadyX (((( God's Love and Mercy and Grace are without limit - - ))))
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To: MeeknMing
which one is MORE like the REAL Meekie, huh ???

LOL.....only the phantom knows!

43 posted on 05/23/2003 7:47:31 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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Hi nic. I haven't had a chance to read yesterday's LONG thread, but I hear there was lots of fun and games. Isn't that always the way? Seems I am never around for the fun stuff.......could it be that everyone waits 'til I leave to break out the party hats? :-(

Cute Garfield graphic! LOL.

44 posted on 05/23/2003 7:48:20 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Favorite song by Alabama....well, I love a lot of their songs, but I think my favorites are "If It Ain't Dixie" and "Pony Express". I'd post the words, but I don't know where to find them and I'm not sure I remember them all right off hand.
45 posted on 05/23/2003 7:49:30 AM PDT by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: Pippin; nicmarlo; yall
hi, Meekie! Are we gonna behave ourselves today? :O)

Whyever would we do that, huh ??? :O)

46 posted on 05/23/2003 7:52:23 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Mama_Bear
"My hope is to fall asleep immediately and wake up a few minutes later in Sydney"

One word....Xanax. LOL! I am SO jealous. Sounds like a wonderful time.

47 posted on 05/23/2003 7:52:40 AM PDT by sweetliberty ("Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it.")
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To: LadyX
LOLOL! You are so cute!!! I love those graphics, especially the shopping cart bears! You're a jewel, Lady. You always brighten up my day. :-) Oops! There's another one of those Mama_Bear smiles! I can't help it!
48 posted on 05/23/2003 7:54:59 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: MeeknMing; Mama_Bear
I wish it were going to be 83 here today. Today's forecast is for 100. Bet it will still be warm on the corner tonight. Been looking forward to warm weather, but this is too HOT
49 posted on 05/23/2003 7:55:08 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!)
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To: Mama_Bear
Hi Lori. What a terrific idea. There is so much within our own country that we can learn about and share. When are you leaving for the great downunder? Didn't realize it was coming up so fast!
50 posted on 05/23/2003 7:55:45 AM PDT by dutchess (A day without the Finest is a day without sunshine)
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