On The Lamb by Steve Lamb http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/ en-us Death http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/66125 It happened 800,000 times last year. It happened to me and a few people I know, I hope it didn't happen to you. What is it? It is the death of a spouse. Five words, the death of a spouse. Never have so few words had such an impact on my life. Why does it happen, what does it mean, what does it entail, what will the future hold? The answers to these questions will probably never be comprehended Death is inescapable. Sometimes it is intentional, sometimes it is accidental and other times it is... Mon, 30 May 2016 18:56:37 -0400 My First Job http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/56207 I'm 62 years old, and I still remember my very first job about 55 years ago. Can any of you readers match that? My first "paid" job was at the Gulf filling station at the corner of National Avenue and West Street, across from Hedge Motor Company. Where the Gulf station was, is now Emmert Realty. Casey's General Store sits where Hedges was. I had a lot of bosses at that job, although none of them claimed to be my official boss. After all, who can supervise a six or seven-year-old, anyway? A... Fri, 06 Dec 2013 08:42:47 -0500 My High School Job http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/52821 At age 16, I started a job that I would continue for some 16 more years, with a little military and a short time job in between. All throughout high school, I worked for this local establishment that had few employees outside of family. It really tore into my social time with school friends. While they would cruise the streets of Brazil, I'd be out in front of the business, either raking leaves or sweeping the walks as they sped past honking, yelling and laughing. All in all it was a decent... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:22:07 -0400 Going, But Are You Coming Back? http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/52234 A short time ago Chad, a Christian friend of mine, passed away in a tragic car accident. His brother was critically injured. Prior to leaving Brazil, he probably told his mom, "See you later Mom, we're going to (visit my brother). Be back this afternoon. I love you." It didn't happen. He didn't come back. At least he didn't come back the way it was planned. He did come back, though, a week later after a coroner had released his body and a funeral had been planned for him. Thousands and... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:34:23 -0400 A Hairy Decision http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/51945 Along about a year ago, after dreaming about it for more than ten years, I decided to purchase a hairpiece. I was instructed by the stylist to refer to it as a "hair restoration system" (HRS). I began looking at HRS's years ago and even went to a free assessment in Indianapolis to delve closer into it. At the Indianapolis firm, I was instructed to let the sides and back of my hair grow (what there was of it) and come back in a couple of months for a hair transplant, of sorts. This procedure was... Sun, 03 Mar 2013 13:15:08 -0500 My Jamaican Friend http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/49776 A while back, around 8 o'clock in the evening, our telephone rang. I picked up the receiver and a thick accent said, "May I speak to Steve Loomb, please." In order to appease myself, I said, "This is Steve Loomb speaking." Without a pause, the man on the other end of the phone started telling me how fortunate I was and that my name was selected to win $1.4 million in cash and a candy apple red Mercedes. I was ecstatic! I WON! If you think that's cool, listen to this... a man was driving that... Thu, 04 Oct 2012 08:08:25 -0400 Where is Lee Thall? http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/48828 Remember Lee Thall, who later added I. M. to his name? I'm sure even the dullest person in Brazil could figure out he was saying "I am lethal". Now, what he meant by that, other than his rather uncivilized tongue, I do not know. But I do know one thing... I miss him. There are a few others I miss too, since The Brazil TIMES started limiting free commentaries from local contributors but Le's kind of special. Some of us decided one way we could voice opinions would be to write a blog for the... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:07:33 -0400 Rambles of the Good Ol' Days http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/48221 At age 16, I started a job that I would continue for some sixteen more years, with a little military break in between. All throughout high school, I worked for this local establishment that had few employees outside of family. It really tore into my social time with school friends. While they would cruise the streets of Brazil, I'd be out in front of the business, either raking leaves or sweeping the walks as they sped past honking, yelling and laughing. All in all it was a decent job, albeit... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 19:02:54 -0400 Requiem For A Friend http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/47302 The other day a close friend of mine passed away. I'd know him for about 45 years. Seems impossible. Chris was a dexterous type of guy, easy going, care-free of sorts. Very likeable and talented in so many ways. His best feature was his boyish looks at age 59. I often told him how he looked like he just stepped out of his yearbook picture from Brazil High School, class of 70. I don't recall how I met Chris, it could have been at the old Brazil Times building, in the basement where we newspaper... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:08:56 -0400 My First Job http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/46641 I'm 60-years-old and I still remember my very first job over 50 years ago. Can any of you readers match that? My first "paid" job was at the Gulf filling station at the corner of National Avenue and West Street, across from Hedge Motor Company. Where the Gulf station was, is now Emmert Realty. Casey's General Store sits where Hedges was. I had a lot of bosses at that job, although none of them claimed to be my official boss. After all, who wants to let a five-year-old work, anyway? A few of... Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:31:51 -0500 No Party to Console me ... http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/44711 In September 2009, I decided to step away from the political party, which I had been associated with for approximately 40 years. There were a couple reasons for that, which I will try to explain. In the particular party I was involved with, it appeared that if you were not 100 percent in favor of all they said, they assumed you were 100 percent against them. There seemed to be no leeway for differences. I did not announce that I was crossing over to the other party. I stated in an article on... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 08:08:52 -0500 Sagging? My Bad http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/44349 Two things have "my goat" in this writing: sagging and the use of the term "my bad." Sagging has got to stop, NOW. A few cities around the country are adopting a "no sagging law" of sorts. Delcambre, La., adopted an indecent exposure ordinance in 2007 which prohibited "intentionally wearing one's pants in such a way as to show underwear." March 2008 Hahira, Ga., created a similar ordinance "in the name of public safety." That council vote was tied 2-2; the mayor broke the tie, voting aye. On... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:38:50 -0400 Indiana's Crazy License Plates http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/41497 Where is the proper place for the license plate stickers you receive in the mail? Where do you put them; the new year over the old year? Over the county, perhaps? Maybe place it over the month and day of expiration? A call to the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles yielded no answers when I asked "Do license plates expiration year stickers come with instructions?" The lady who answered had no answer, similar to your all too familiar "help desks" in similar situations. She simply did not know, but... Tue, 17 May 2011 07:15:14 -0400 Big Dreams, Little Money http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/40505 As a recovering person myself, I see a need for rehabilitation housing in this area. As my wife, Susan and I were driving on Hendrix Street in Brazil, we passed by the former Clay County Health and Rehabilitation Center. Sitting there empty and probably deteriorating, many good uses could come to this building. One is a place for people with alcohol and drug problems to continue recovery. Rules, of course would be necessary and enforced. There are plenty of private rooms with a bath and... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:32:35 -0400 Twentyless-fifth Anniversary http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/39497 My wife and I will soon celebrate our fifth year anniversary. Five years, wow. Big deal? Yes, it is and I'll explain why later. Susan and I have known each other since the 60s. I remember her from the old skating rink, which was located on South Walnut Street in the Alphonso Rios Cigar Factory. Ben Beachoskosky owned and operated the tobacco business. I remember watching Susan watch me as I skate guarded and she strutted down the aisle to the snack bar, allegedly looking for her brothers,... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:23:42 -0500 Why not try it? http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/37998 I've been thinking for several months about writing a blog that might be published in The Times. Today, I decided that I might try it. You see, today is Election Day, a day of decisions. How do we decide? Which one do we prefer? Why isn't it as simple as it used to be? Would one end up costing us more money? I'm not talking politics. I'm talking bread. Edible bread. Remember when the choice was two? Wonder or Colonial. And that's not the only thing I had to worry about on this day of... Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:42:21 -0400