I grew up when Diff'rent Strokes was a popular television show. That's no big deal unless your last name is Willis. To this day I still hear those famous words popularized by Arnold: "Whatchu talkin bout Willis?" Usually they are uttered by someone looking at me as though I may have never heard it before. Yeah, right! Well this blog is what I (Willis) am talkin bout...my thoughts, observations & opinions. Enjoy...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Tennis Anyone?

I acted totally on impulse. Last Friday my wife and I joined a local indoor tennis club. We have time together on Friday mornings (my day off & the children are in school) so we visited the Centre Court Racquet Club here in town. By the time we left we had purchases two used racquets and joined for a year! My wife has never played and I'm not very good, but we decided it was time to learn. Lessons may be in our near future.

Monday, September 11, 2006

What goes around...

From "The New Republic" - "Then came Macaca-gate, a historically idiotic blunder in which, at a lily-white rally in southwest Virginia, Allen singled out a Webb campaign volunteer of Indian descent for ridicule, twice calling the young man "Macaca"--a term that, in certain Francophone countries (including Tunisia, from which Allen's mother hails), is a derogatory epithet for dark-skinned folk. Thanks to botched damage-control by Team Allen, the flub quickly became national news, the senator's poll numbers began sinking, and Virginians suddenly had themselves a real race. " OOPS! It seems like I remember Sen. Allen throwing Trent Lott under the bus when the Mississippi senator made his infamous comments at Strom Thurmond's birthday party. Well, George, like they say: What goes around comes around!

PS. I'm still voting for you!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Come on Andy!

Will this U.S. Open be the turning point for Andy Roddick? Will this be the watershed moment for the best American player in tennis? I certainly hope so. Roddick looked to be the man until Federer starting rountinely spanking him. Well things are changing... Andy has "Jimbo" Connors behind him now as his new coach and I think he is making a difference. Andy looks like he has some fire in his belly. I've always loved his game - the huge serve is the best part. And he does wear his hat straight which I like too. So, Come on Andy and win this thing!

Monday, September 04, 2006


Coach Bacote. He was my High school football coach back in the early eighties. I think of coach pretty much every Labor Day. I remember having football practice every year on this holiday. Someone would always ask "Coach, are we off on Labor Day?" Coach would ask: "What does labor mean, son?" We always practiced and we always had a cookout afterwards served by the cheerleaders. I'll write more about Coach Bacote later.