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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Scattershooting Again / What Really Is In A Pronunciation?

Posted 01-10-2023 at 09:25 PM by case44

It may be a brand new year, but any time's a good time to do some Scattershooting, and there's more for us right here on City-Data, where it's great to be alive. Back again to bring you all kinds of stuff from here and there, plus every direction in between. You bring the popcorn. Better yet, you bring the butter to put on that popcorn.


Words can take on different forms of identity at times. Take the word "foyer", for example. Do we pronounce it FOY-yay', or is it foy'-uhr? It all depends on how we approach things, because a foyer has synonyms which all work, and it's a meeting place, a gathering place. Churches have them. So, too, do schools. And some businesses. And libraries. And hotels, on and on. They're just large entrances where people can stand and wait. Or, people can also sit in chairs and visit. It's where you'll find many patrons waiting in line to go inside, if the place happens to be a concert hall.

Words can also be funny things, because pronunciations and usages sometimes spark debates. Imagine folks arguing over which syllable gets the emphasis. The former phonetic I offered earlier was the fancy version, as some would like to articulate. Others use same in joking fashion. Still, others would prefer to keep it proper in the latter phonetic. Don't tell anyone now, because Webster actually included both elocutions and syllabifications in the bowels of its repertoire. Perhaps it's just because.

I'm sure that each one also has a different purpose which we can't name. But this particular venue, however large or small, is sometimes where people get directed after an event to get merchandise or surprises or a reference to another event.

Foy-yay' or foy'-uhr?

So, it's safe to settle it right here on Case's Column. That thing is a vestibule.


The eternal (sort of) question du jour is, "Have you made any New Year's resolutions?" I have resolved not to make any resolutions, but, lo and behold, I've still made one!

And, yet, some of the brethren and sisteren out there in Never Never Land have made lofty resolutions which may or may not be kept. Others of you, it's the same old thing each year: losing weight, being happier in general, saving your money, improving your mental health, etc. In this following link, there's a health expert who teaches all of us to set goals for this, the New Year:



TCU football just concluded a dream season, but not in the way it was hoping.

The Horned Frogs just got their tails spanked by the Georgia Bulldogs like a misbehaving child at recess, 65-7, as the latter captured the national NCAA championship. Bet the TV brass was getting a bit nervous at the prospect of its audience going elsewhere by halftime due to the shellacking.


California Pizza Kitchen's empty building still sits in Grapevine, TX, and all of their old signage is still up. That location, a free-standing restaurant right off of State Highway 114 and William D. Tate Avenue, has been closed for several years. But, yet, their signage is still visible on the structure. It's not known whether the chain will reopen that building at get things back the way they were before, or if another leasee will jump in and change it all up. A head-scratcher indeed, because what if CPK didn't really want to let go?


Obituaries include Adam Rich, 54, once a child actor, formerly of ABC-TV's "Eight Is Enough". At this writing, not sure the cause of death.

The same reason would also hold true for Diamond of Diamond and Silk. Lynnette Hardaway, just 51, has also passed away Monday night. She'd been a powerful voice for conservatives and for blacks in America, along with her sister, Silk (Rochelle Richardson). Rest in peace, Diamond.


For all you rasslin' fans on here, WWE has had another changing of the guard. Well, sort of. Stephanie McMahon has decided to step down as the CEO of that still-popular rasslin' promotion. This writer hadn't been watching that venture in many years, but back in the aughts, I used to take in the event on the tube mostly to watch the girls. Nevertheless, all the participants back in the day were very intriguing and, of course, the storylines with the programs were cheesy.

Nowadays, though still popular with some, it's got a lot of different personalities, but a lot of them really look trashy. But Stephanie represents some of the best that the WWE did have to offer. I do wish her well on her next venture.

For now, her dad, 100-year-old (seemingly) Vince is actually going back in, in an executive chair role.



Wouldn't you just love a federal government without wokeness and without a propensity for lying to our great American people? Maybe one day, our nation's capital can once again function with some semblance of integrity.


Groundhog Day is not far away, folks. This winter, save for one really huge Arctic blast, has been, for the most part, relatively mild. We'll find out soon what our favorite weatherrodent has to say about one of my favorite things: Spring.

And, of course, whether that season should just begin right then....


This year's Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles will be going on without at least one key star. Kevin Costner of "Yellowstone" found himself stranded in the recent deluges of rain in Southern California as some freeways were forced to be closed due to high water.


Even if we don't watch the actual ceremony (this writer will be doing something else), here's more of what you may want to know.



Those same rains affected some golfing at Pebble Beach. Not the best time to take in eighteen holes.



Geez, politics really get frustrating.

America is starving for leadership.

Joe Biden* is just not that leader.

Biden* is not really the president, but he has to just go around and lie to people. He does more cover-ups than a cafeteria worker with a big ladle. It's high time that the ventriloquists in this puppet show just step forward and show themselves. Perhaps the ventriloquist needs to be given the title of President. Meanwhile, a real President has to be able to make his own decisions. Oh, he'll have advisors, but that's not the point here. A leader cannot be a coward, and right now, what passes for a visible presidential administration taking place right now is a collection of cowards.

The encouraging word out there is that Americans are more and more waking up to the chaff amongst the wheat. This nation must be served by those who actually want to serve, not for us to serve the government. It's We, The People. That's how it must be.


Imagine a healthy pasta salad. Yes, it's possible. One chef took to the tube to show her prowess and her recipe.



You would actually think that, in the world of professional golf, that members of the PGA and anything competing against it can easily get along. With the advent of the new LIV, things did get bumpy for a while. Now, it appears things have settled a bit, and this year's Masters will be featuring golfers who now side with the LIV group. This means that Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, and Dustin Johnson will certainly make return visits to what I believe is the single greatest golf tournament anywhere.

When that time rolls around again, this April, your writer will take his time and watch the venerable American tradition once again. And who knows what storylines Jim Nantz and Company will present to us once the opening rounds finish up?


Downtown Dallas had been seeing some new life in its northern fringes in recent years, but now, the tide is turning. Developers now want to make their marks on areas south of the downtown area.



Hope everybody has a great week and a great start to 2023. Don't get way over your head with resolutions you can't meet. Pace yourselves.

Then again, you could just take a very long nap and forget the whole thing.

And there you are.
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