Time to start posting again

Well it’s been a while so now it is time to start filling you all with what is in my head. I’ve been meeting some really great talent as I travel across the Southeast. I hope they continue on their dreams and keep true to the music.Crohn’s has been treating me ok.I am off all meds and have not had any problems beside the occasional flair up or feeling bad. I think I am in pretty good shape now even though I am trying to quit smoking. I have met some great friends. Well that’s enough of the boring stuff. See you soon.

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Annie Ruby’s Cafe




While working up in Burksville, KY we found a unique place to eat. It quickly became our favoite place to eat lunch in town. This story tells the story about the Cafe. The segment starts and 10:05 and I am in there at the very end when Heather is bringing our table some ice cream. I will miss Chef David and Heather Click Here to watch the KY Life Segment on Annie Ruby’s Cafe. If you are ever up that way I recommend going there. The food is great and the antiques on display take you back to the old days. They even used to bottle Coca Cola in the basement in the early days.

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Zoning just a vote away in Dade County GA

Here is a copy of the ordinance that was voted on last Thursday. According to the ordinance if you add on a room or build a shed you will now need to get a permit. Read it and tell me what you think. And guess what the land use officer gets to determine if your project is consistent with the counties land use plan. Those are just some of the little details that the local media failed to list. But don’t worry I am sure they will tell you this won’t affect you until you decide to build something they don’t want.
Proposed Ordinance 04-07-11 – Land Use Management

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Playin a Gig

Well it is official. After not playing the drums for a long long time, I am back. We are very rough. I like the name moochin mamas, but Robert and Colby like public intox. So here is a little preview of us just messin around.

A little preview

For all the groupies we are playing at the

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McKenzie- Hunter Jumper.

Today we are in Florida at the Florida State Fairgrounds watching my niece jump.

Map picture

It was a lot of fun.

Here she is on her famous steed


Just Joking.

Here is a little video of it.

Music by David Nail
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Tyler has finally graduated now off to camp lookout, then college

We can’t believe it either. Tyler was fortunate to get a scholarship to Berea College. He also received a scholarship from the Dade County Chamber of Commerce. Thank you Doris Polari. Tyler also received an award for AP English. Tyler will be working at Camp Lookout this summer.

Congratulations to Tyler, Nicole, Christine, Billie the Man, and anyone else I have forgotten.

Angela, Odessa, & I am proud.

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The Purpose of this blog

Some have asked David you have a discussion board why a blog?

Well, I guess I can say simply this is a space to express myself personally. On this blog I will try and keep topics mostly about enology, viticulture and a little life and politics along the way. As many of you know I have gone back to school for enology and viticulture. A little unsure of whether I want to start a winery or just grow grapes I will share some of the knowledge I acquire along the way. I will try to keep my post down to once a week so we can have some fresh interesting content. Every once in a while I may go off on something that impresses me or drives me nuts. We will try and keep it fun.


What is it? Summed up it is the science of making wine. i will use this subject matter for everything associated with making the wine from crushing to tasting. We will cover topics from mousiness, TA, corking, enclosures, barrel programs, down to pressure washers. I will try to keep the topics more focused on a consumer level. We will just see where that goes.


Here we will dwell in the science of growing grapes. I will try and emphasis my experience as I begin my vineyard in Northwest Georgia. We will talk about diseases, degree days, pest, trellis systems, pruning, canopy management, some farm talk ranging from equipment to other interesting facts. I will explain the differences between biodynamic and organic vineyards. We might even talk about animal pest and farm dogs and cats. So ride with us as we create foreveryoung vineyards.

Other fun stuff

Well my close friends know that besides making wine i love to cook especially grilling. I will touch on some of my favorite recipes or other places off the beaten path that impress me. We might talk about the Chattanooga Market, A neat meat market in Middle TN, A little politics. I promise to try and keep the politics down. We can always talk about that stuff over at dadeinfo.com So Thank You for enjoying this journey with me. Your comments and questions are welcome.

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My time at Erlanger

Passing out at work

Some of you may know I got to spend a week at Erlanger Hospital . For those who don’t. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease . What happened is that I passed out at work at about 2:00 at work. I had lost a lot of blood. My co-workers were great. They immediately called 911. I can’t remember much of what happened as I was in a fog. I do know it scared me. I am 39 and still feel like I am 25. I have never had any serious medical problems before. Thank you’s to all of my co-workers. I still wasn’t sure what was happening. I knew I couldn’t drive and wished my co-workers weren’t making such a big fuss. I didn’t realize I had lost a lot more blood when I passed out. I a needle stuck in the left arm and one in the right courtesy of Hamilton County EMS. They were great.

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Hawkins dirty mailer explained

Well folks I brought up a mailer I got from the Hawkins camp on Friday in this post . The Tom graves camp has brought out the evidence that showed mine and other frustrations. The folks over at peachpundit have summed it up marvously. Here is their article:

Graves comes out swinging against Hawkins; shows Hawkins altered court documents as part of campaign attack

May 9, 2010 14:21 pm

by Pete Randall

Just received into the Peach Pundit Operations Center:

Hawkins’ Email Proves He Altered a Document and Failed to Disclose Frivolous Suits Against Graves Were Canceled or Dismissed

“This is just another attack in Lee Hawkins’ political career that proves he will say and do anything to get elected.”

(RANGER, GA) – Unable to stop his campaign from crumbling Lee Hawkins today continued his false, negative personal attacks against conservative Republican Tom Graves.

On Thursday, Hawkins sent a false mailer to voters saying Graves had a “JUDGEMENT” to pay his bills and that he was “currently being sued.”

However, in the email released today by Hawkins it proves he altered court documents in attempt to cause harm to Graves’ campaign for Congress.

Hawkins selected partial copies of the papers to include on the mailers and in one instance he added a “JUDGEMENT” stamp on the court records. But in the documents released by Hawkins today nowhere does it show the “JUDGEMENT” stamp, proving it was added by Hawkins.

Hawkins also removed half of the document in the mailer, thus eliminating the official stamp from Gordon County Magistrate Court stating that the action had been cancelled.

In addition, Hawkins continues his false attack that Graves is currently being sued, but fails to provide the documentation showing the lawsuit had been dismissed nearly two years ago by the plaintiffs.

“In his own email, Lee Hawkins proves his negative mail piece is bogus,” said Tim Baker Graves Campaign Manger. “He added a “JUDGEMENT” stamp that was never on the official document and fails to show that both lawsuits had been cancelled or dismissed. Unable to advance his campaign on the issues, Lee Hawkins continues playing gutter politics by personally attacking Tom. I don’t see how any of these attacks demonstrate to the voters why they should elect Lee Hawkins.”

“This is just another attack in Lee Hawkins’ political career that proves he will say and do anything to get elected,” added Baker. “Desperate candidates do desperate things and Lee Hawkins is a desperate candidate trying to save his political career.”

Baker says North Georgia can take comfort in the fact they should only have another couple days to put up with Hawkins’ deceptions. “With Tom Graves, you get a genuine proven leader who has never met a tax cut he didn’t like, is as solid as a rock on the 2nd Amendment and will fight with ever fiber in his body to limit the role of government in our lives.”

Judge for yourself by reviewing the attachments:

The Truth Still Matters: Side by side comparison of Hawkins’ altered documents and official document from the Gordon County Magistrate Court

· Hawkins’ attack mail piece with “JUDGEMENT” stamp on an altered court document

· Hawkins’ document revealing no “JUDGEMENT” stamp or “CANCELLATION FILED & RECORDED” stamp from the Gordon County Magistrate Court

· Official Gordon County Magistrate Court document showing the action was nullified with a “CANCELLATION FILED & RECORDED” stamp

· Hawkins attack mail piece saying “Graves’ business is currently being sued.”

· Letters dated July 14, 2008 from plaintiff’s attorney dismissing lawsuit

My joke of the day:

What do a Cardiologist, a Dentist, and a Neurosurgeon all have in common?
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Lee Hawkins goes dirty


IMG_3435I guess in a last ditch effort former Senator Lee Hawkins goes dirty. He also released the following Youtube video

I am guessing this in response to a non solicited ad by the Club for Growth or maybe it was their endorsement. Here is the ad:

Hawkins immediately started his attack which was documented here by the peach pundit. The best part of this campaign is what I call as our local radio stations call TINO’s https://twitter.com/leeforcongress/status/10784740082

I am sorry your name doesn’t appear on this this list:


Maybe one day it will.

Here is the Graves response:

Graves for Congress


Hawkins Continues Campaign of Negative, False, Personal Attacks

(RANGER, GA) – Justin Tomczak, campaign advisor for the Graves campaign, released the following statement after Lee Hawkins continued his campaign of negative, false, personal attacks:


“Tom Graves remains focused on discussing the issues of importance to North Georgia such as job creation, empowering the taxpayers – not government, and eliminating wasteful spending. During this critical time in our nations’ history, when public engagement in the political process is needed more than ever, Lee Hawkins’ negative campaign tactics are exactly what have turned off so many citizens to the political process.”


“Today, Lee Hawkins questioned Tom’s integrity as a small business owner. As any businessperson knows, you are at risk from those who seek to sue you frivolously.  Tom’s businesses are no different.  Unfortunately, his opponent doesn’t tell you the whole story, and in the mail piece Lee fails to tell you that they were dismissed or cancelled by the plaintiffs.  No judgments were found against Tom or his businesses, contrary to what was stated in Hawkins attack piece.”


“In addition, Tom was never forced to dissolve a business by the state.  Tom has sold or closed these businesses and dissolved their charters as required by Georgia law.”


“In what has become the trend of this last ditch effort, Lee Hawkins fails to provide these facts. This mudslinging, gutter politics stands in sharp contrast to the issues focused, positive message from Tom Graves.”


“This is another day and another false attack from a desperate opponent trying to save his political career.  Stay tuned.  Four days remain.”


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Calhoun Times endorses:
“Tom Graves for Congress”

May 5, 2010

Calhoun, GA — As early voters have already discovered, about half of Gordon County must work its way through a confusing ballot in the special election to fill the 9th Congressional District seat that Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, gave up to run for governor.

Seven North Georgians qualified to run for the seat, which represents a wide swath of the state, stretching across the top of the state from Alabama to South Carolina and includes the eastern half of Gordon County. Those candidates are Chris Cates of Blairsville, Tom Graves of Ranger, Lee Hawkins of Gainesville, Bert Loftman of Jasper, Eugene Moon of Gainesville, Bill Stephens of Cumming and Steve Tarvin of Chickamauga. All are Republicans except Moon, an independent, and the six Republicans will all meet again in the July 20 primary, along with Steve Brannon of Fairmount and Bobby Reese of Flowery Branch. Mike Freeman a Democrat from Gainesville, announced last month that he was withdrawing from the race, but his name will still be on the ballot. He did not qualify for the Democratic primary.

All of the announced candidates bring unique talents to the race, but as far as Gordon County’s interests are concerned, there is only one sensible choice — Tom Graves.

Graves, a Gordon County business owner, formerly represented state House District 12, which includes the eastern part of Gordon County and all of Pickens County. He has represented Gordon County since 2002 and has strong conservative credentials. He resigned his seat to run for the 9th District seat. In the past few months he has built a strong grassroots organization across the district.

In the past eight years, Graves has established himself as one of the leading conservative voices in Georgia. He founded and chaired the 216 Group, a conservative policy group of like-minded Georgia lawmakers who met to evaluate pending legislation based on conservative principles.  

The Ranger resident knows Gordon County, its citizens and their concerns well. And Gordon Countians know Graves, including his principled stand against former Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson, a stand that cost Graves several committee chairmanships and his post as one of Richardson’s “Hawks.”

He is a former member of the Gordon County Board of Elections, an active member of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, and he and his family attend Calhoun’s Belmont Baptist Church.
Graves has a strong grasp of the economic issues that are critical to Gordon County’s continued growth. His knowledge of this region and its communities of interest would be invaluable when the Georgia’s Congressional districts and state House and Senate districts are redrawn based on the results of the 2010 census.

With the number of candidates on the May 11 ballot, there is a good chance that a runoff will be required before the seat if filled. And of course, all of these candidates (and several others) have said they plan to run in the July primaries for the November general election.

However, it is our view that Tom Graves is the best choice for Gordon County in this crowded special election field.

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