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Steve Stewart

Transplant brings a few side effects

Corky Hill of Decatur said he feels great now that he has a working kidney transplanted from wife Tina.

"The only problem is, my estrogen levels are all out of whack, and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night sweating," he said.

He told Jay Wilson that this joke was much more family-oriented than the ribbing he takes from co-workers. Corky, 48, is a produce manager at Holaway's Food Market.

Hunting land

Gene Malone associates fond memories with the site where Rogers Group plans to put a rock quarry at Lacey's Spring.

"It's close to being a wetland," he told Ronnie Thomas. "I've duck-hunted on that property, and my beagles used to run swamp rabbits. There's even an alligator on that property, on Long Pond."

The site is near Gene's automotive service. Gene knows the property owner, John O'Neil of Atlanta.

"He's probably in his 80s now. He has never resided here, but he used to come to bird-hunt. He'd pull an old Jeep for running around, and I fixed it for him several times. He's quite a character."

Disoriented driver

How drunk do you have to be to sneak into a Decatur chemical plant?

Just ask Decatur police and Solutia's security guards.

Following a tractor-trailer into the plant, a Decatur man slipped his car underneath the closing security gate, nearly striking a pedestrian, police told Chris Paschenko.

The man's car broke down inside the plant, and officers found him fumbling underneath the hood, swaying and unsteady on his feet.

Officers found a vodka bottle on the car's passenger seat that was missing half its contents. Police wrote the man a trespass warning and charged him with public intoxication.

No orange for him

Neal Holland of Decatur is stuck between the Capstone and a big orange.

The devout Alabama football fan will take center stage in the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium on Nov. 12, contributing to one of the Volunteer State's greatest annual traditions.

The 2005 world grand champion walking horse, Main Power, of which Neal is part owner, will exhibit at halftime of the Vols' homecoming.

Neal said he's looking forward to it, but he's not getting into it as much as some Tennessee officials suggest. "Everybody's urging me to wear orange," he told Paul Huggins. "But I don't think I can go that far."

On the rocks

London now has a bar made entirely from ice, right down to the art on the walls.

The Associated Press reports that for a cover charge of about $22, entering patrons are given a thermal cape, thick gloves and a glass made of ice. Two airtight doors keep heat out. The temperature inside stays at 23 degrees. The bar will be redesigned and rebuilt every six months because daily use and body heat will melt it. Sweden also has an ice bar — inside Icehotel, where visitors sleep in warm sleeping bags within icy rooms.

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