Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Sunday, January 30, 2005


Home at Last

Snug as a Bug Posted by Hello

Saturday, January 29, 2005


I've not foraged milk or bread, but plans are in place.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Dead, But Not Quite

Whenever a death occurs in South Carolina

(1) as a result of violence; (2) as a result of apparent suicide; (3) when in apparent good health; (4) when unattended by a physician; (5) in any suspicious or unusual manner; (6) while an inmate of a penal or correctional institution; or (7) as a result of stillbirth when unattended by a physician;

the county coroner or medical examiner must be notified immediately, and the coroner or medical examiner

must make an immediate inquiry into the cause and manner of death

Section 17-5-350 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976 (as amended).

To my knowledge, the same holds true for virtually every state: if a death occurs due to an accident, the coroner or medical examiner is called to the scene to investigate.

What happened?

Just So You Know: She "Ain't From 'Round Here"

...and use the rest to make repairs to a home she and her husband own in New York but are trying to sell.

Truly Southern

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A 65-pound pot-bellied pig will be called into forecasting duty when Lexington celebrates "Groundhawg's Day" on Feb. 2.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Monday Mutt Shot: Sleepin' on the Job Posted by Hello

Tuesday, January 18, 2005


It's necessary; I understand that it is...but, it's torture, just the same.

First, rubber discs were crammed between the kid's teeth. Spacers.

Then, wires were wrapped around them. Brackets.

Today, an appliance, referred to as an expander was installed (or rather, cemented to her teeth).

It's metal bars that bridge her mouth. In the center of these bars is a spring, with a locking mechanism.

I've been given a "key", which closely resembles a shank (a knife or other sharp weapon commonly made by prisoners from readily available materials - it looks like part of a coat hanger taped to a toothbrush handle).

With this key, I am to adjust the spring the each day, causing it to expand, which, in turn, gradually corrects the direction the kid's teeth are growing in.

My mouth hurts, too.

I'm on a diet of soft foods with a regular dose Acetaminophen :-)

Monday, January 17, 2005

Monday Mutt Shot Posted by Hello

Friday, January 14, 2005

SFCs Kenneth Hanna & Charles W. Lindewald : No Longer Left Behind

The Army is continues to fulfill the commitment to "Leave No One Behind".

Two of Charlie Company, Detachment A-101 of the 5th Special Forces Group's own are now home.

The Fox Guarding the Henhouse

Ellis said he has received reports of private investigators working for out-of-state lawyers soliciting victims or their families.


Miami lawyer Howard Spier, who specializes in railroad cases, expects damages from the train wreck to run into the tens of millions of dollars. Besides damages to the families of those killed or injured, there likely will be property damage claims throughout the town and lost business costs to the mill.


Without signals, the two-man crew of the 42-car train involved in Thursday’s wreck that left nine dead likely had no time to stop, said Howard Spier, a Miami lawyer specializing in railroad cases. He estimated the train needed at least 2,000 feet — more than a third of a mile — to stop.


One can only hope the adage is disproved, for before the good people of Graniteville have all been able to return their homes, lawsuits have been filed.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Monday Mutt Shot: Elmo go Uh-Oh! Posted by Hello

Wisdom Prevails

Friday, January 07, 2005

Circling Like Buzzards

The buzzard behind this deceit

"ain't from 'round here"... such underhanded acts made in an attempt to take advantage of the less informed are considered Unfair Claims Practices in the State of South Carolina.

Buzzards feed on their own.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

God Be With Graniteville

as the tragedy grows.

More here (be sure to read the related links):

And here (again, read the many related stories):

Hold the members of this humble mill town in your hearts as they endure the unimaginable, sudden loss of friend, family member, coworker, and safe home.

A Light in Times of Darkness

..."Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, New York City, 1883

Words that are as true today as they were when written.

Monday, January 03, 2005

I Wouldn't Have Believed it

If I hadn't seen it...

An eight-foot alligator gliding through the waters of the branch today.

An alligator in January.

American alligators hibernate during the winter in burrows (or "dens") that they construct, but may occasionally emerge during brief spells of warmer weather.

Monday Mutt Shot: Guard Duty Posted by Hello

Sunday, January 02, 2005

No Innocents Were Harmed During the, Pyrotechnics Posted by Hello