A Day Of Dougie:
Playgrounds, Moon Pies and Women Of Country
August 12, 2018
I really do not feel like writing right now. Depression is a major kick in the balls sometimes and for no real reason, the incentive to actually do anything besides sleep and hide away in the darkness can be so hard to find. That’s how it is right now. I feel fine physically, but I just feel so lost, so alone. I’m not going to let it get the best of me though and despite the doom and gloom that is trying to overtake me even as I write this, I will move ahead and dare to keep my obligations and do what I must. I will not fail or give up no matter how much I want to do exactly that. I told myself a few days ago that I am going to get this site, the site the bears my name, back on track and strong again. I’m getting lots of views, but the rhyme and reason for the site seems to have been lost and that is entirely my fault. I like to keep things loose and casual, with an anything goes type of atmosphere and that’s all well and good, but when it comes to building and promoting a website, there has to be some structure and order and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I’ll do another blog explaining things better later on today, but suffice it to say that things are going to get organized and on a schedule. When someone comes to this site, I want them to know what to expect and to have a reason besides just wondering if I am getting off my fat ass and writing something or not.
While at work yesterday, I came up with a regular schedule that I’ll be hoping to use to make myself more disciplined and consistent. One of the things I’ve decided to make a point to do is to bring back an old favorite, the “Days of Dougie” series. That was where I literally reached into what I call the “Magic Bag” and pulled out a small slip of paper with a word on it or a line or a phrase. And that’s what I write about as a topic of discussion. Usually I do this as a series, like “Ten Days Of” or “A Dozen Days Of” or something like that, but when I decided to get more disciplined about the site, I decided that I want the “Days Of Dougie” to be a regular feature at least twice a week. It’ll help keep my creative batteries charged and hopefully provide some interesting material for you, the readers. All of this, I’ll touch on more in my later post, but let’s just suffice it to say that for the forseeable future, on Sunday and Tuesday at least, the “Days of Dougie” are back. On each of those days, I’ll sit down here at the computer, reach into the “Magic Bag”, pick out three topics and get to stepping. It might be good stuff or it might suck big time, but I’ll give it all I’ve got.
And with all of that said, let’s get the old “Magic Bag” out and wipe off some of the dust. Let’s draw out some topics and see what we’re putting on the agenda for today. We have playgrounds, Moon Pies and Top 5 Women of Country Music. Three very diverse and interesting (?) topics. Let’s see what we can some up with about these? And away we go…
Who doesn’t remember as a child, going and playing with the other children at the local playground. Swings, monkey bars and of course, the merry-go-round. Loaded up with kids, being pushed around faster and faster as some kids try to jump on, others try to jump off, and the rest just holding on in the middle for dear life. And some places had rope ladders to climb fifteen and twenty feet into the air. There were parallel bars and just so many other things to climb on and ride and just go crazy and be a kid. Sadly, because of the risk of injuries and insurance costs, there are not really any good playgrounds around for kids anymore. I know of two and they have the balance beam to walk across, roughly three inches off the ground and swings. That’s not a playground in my opinion. That’s just a waste of space. A real playground has slides and all of the fun stuff to jump and play on and yes, there is always a chance of injury, but the risks are well worth, in my opinion, the benefits.
Actually my best memory of a playground doesn’t even involve being a kid or playing on all of items featured, but instead of a local playground not far from here being my place, when I was a teenager, to go relax and find solace and peace when I needed to be alone and have some time to myself. I would usually go there late at night and just sit on the swings or at the picnic tables andjust take in the silence, the night air, the whole atmosphere and just zone out into a peaceful moment of zen. Depression and anxiety have always been major issues for me, but when I stepped into that playground, looked at the merry-go-round and the swings, just listened to the sounds of the night and moved to usually sit on the swings, all the anxiety and pain and blues would just vanish away. Even if it only lasted for a little while, it made me feel at ease and brought peace to my soul. The inner-me would come out to play and for a while, all would be okay with the world. Playgrounds and old graveyards are the only kinds of places that have that effect on me and when I was younger, it made all the difference in the world. I haven’t been to a real playground for a long, long time. There was one over in South Carolina that my brother and I took his mini-me to a couple of years ago that was pretty cool, but I haven’t been to a real one since. The one that was near here has been changed up and isn’t the same anymore. Playgrounds. They’re not just for kids. They’re for the kids in all of us. ‘Nuff said!
Let’s move on…
An RC Cola and a moon pie. One of the most redneck snacks a person can have allegedly or so I’ve heard many times. RC Cola was the bomb back in the day, especially when I was really young and used to go to Ohio and West Virginia every summer to see my Dad and visit my Grandma and cousins. RC was, at least around there, bigger than Coke or Pepsi. At least that’s how it seemed to me. I don’t remember much about moon pies though. My dad liked them and I remember eating them every so often, but they just weren’t my thing.
Here I am talking about moon pies, but I just realized that they’re mainly a southern thing or used to be anyhow so some may not know what one actually is. So here, from Wikipedia, is the description and definition of a Moon Pie: A moon pie or stylized as MoonPie is an American confection, popular across much of the United States, which consists of two round graham cracker cookies, with marshmallow filling in the center, dipped in a flavored coating. The snack is often associated with the cuisine of the American South where they are traditionally accompanied by an RC Cola. Today, Moon pies are made by Chattanooga Bakery, Inc. in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The traditional pie is approximately 4 inches (100 millimetres) in diameter. A smaller version exists (mini Moon pie) that is approximately half the size, and a Double-Decker Moon pie of the traditional diameter features a third cookie and attendant layer of marshmallow. The five main flavors are chocolate, vanilla, banana, strawberry, and salted caramel. Orange and coconut make seasonal appearances during the Mardi Gras parading season.
I think I want one right now. My favorite flavors are the chocolate or banana. That orange sounds mighty good too. If I do go out anywhere tonight, I might have to make a run by the Roses store and get me a box of moon pies. I know that they sell them there. And after that, I can’t think of anything else to say so let’s move to the final topic.
Top Five Women of Country Music…
Picking the Top 5 of anything like music or wrestlers or whatever is a purely subjective matter and who I think are the top and who someone else thinks belongs at the top are simply opinions and nothing more. I love country music and there have been some majorly talented women to step up on that stage over the years and belt out many a country song. So who are the best? I’ll just list who, in my opinion, are the best females in terms of career, songs, voices and talent, at least right now and subject to change of course. Right now, for my Top 5, I would pick in no specific order: Dolly Parton, Reba, Gretchen Wilson, Jessi Colter and Loretta Lynn, with honorable mention going to Emmylou Harris. There are so many great talents out there and more showing up every day with different styles and great voices. But these six ladies I mentioned have all stood the test of time and stand above and beyond. Don’t believe me? Just go look at a list of their hits or look up their music on YouTube and just listen and enjoy. You’ll see.
And I guess that’s all for today. Thanks for reading and I hope that you enjoyed. Questions, comments and anything else including ideas for topics to add to the “Magic Bag” and possibly write about are all welcome. Have a great one and I’ll catch you on the go-around. Take care.