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  • Knoxville does things a bit differently

    Posted on May 21st, 2010 HandyAndy No comments

    We are on our way to Hernando MS to see #1 granddaughter graduate high school. We stop for the night in Knoxville, TN and I ask the concierge if there is a nice French or Continental Restaurant nearby.

    He sends us to a place called Club LeConte, so we head over there. When we arrive at the address we find an office building. We park and go inside and find out it is on the 26th floor. We go up the first elevator and then the next elevator and finally get to the desk of the restaurant where they tell us it is a private club for members only. Then the maître d’ looks me up and down and tells me he could not have served us anyways because I have on jeans. Anyone who knows me knows it is all I wear. Anyways I tell him my sad tale of woe about being from out of town and really looking forward to a great meal and where could he suggest. He thinks for a bit and says, well if you can wait for 30 minutes, I can seat you in the lounge and you can order off the full menu, he was really trying to feed us.

    We said sure, and sat down for our half hour wait. In about 10 minutes another guy came over and said please follow me and seated us in the lounge and I was excited to see they served my all time favorite Steake Diane, this was turning out to be a fine evening after all. I ordered a crown and Kathy looked over the menu, we ordered some wonderful sounding appetizers and while we were waiting some guy came up behind me a lit a cigarette, there went my evening. Apparently in TN they can smoke in there, who knew. Well I was broken hearted as I was going to miss out on my Dianne but we got up to leave and pay for what we had already ordered, while we were standing in the hall, the original maître d’ came over and asked what was wrong. I told him and he said no problem, there was another alcove where we could eat and they would make it non-smoking for us. Wow they were really going out of their way for us. He brought us to the alcove and took us to the table and said wait just a minute he was going to set it for us. Well this is where the title of this post comes from, expecting to see him return with some silverware, we are waiting when Kathy says look behind you, there comes the waiter and the maître carrying the table from the other room still set they way we left it. Well we sat down and had a wonderful meal and those guys probably got the best tip they have gotten all year. I highly recommend it if you are in Knoxville, but make sure to wear good pants so you can sit in the dining room :>)

    Btw, if you are wondering what I ate, I had the California Seafood Cocktail, Cesar Salad, Steake Diane, Strawberry’s Romanoff and stole some of Kathy’s Banana’s Foster, the espresso machine was broken so we swung by Starbucks on the way back to the Marriott

  • Understanding Men, author unknown

    Posted on January 26th, 2010 HandyAndy No comments

      One day, there was a catastrophic event which caused all living creatures on earth to die. To sort things out, everyone went to heaven. God approaches and says, ‘I want the men to make two lines. One line for the men who ruled their women on earth and the other line for the men who were ruled by their women.

     Also, I want all the women to go with St. Peter.’ With that said and done, the next time God looked, the women were gone and there were two lines. The line of men who were ruled by their women was 1000 miles long, and in the line of men who ruled their women, there was only one man.

     God became angry and said, ‘You men should be ashamed of yourselves. I created you in my image and you were all whipped by your mates. Look at the only one of my sons who stood up and made me proud. Learn from him! Tell them, my son, how did you manage to be the only one in this line?’

     The man replied, ‘I don’t know, my wife told me to stand here.’

  • A Sincere Apology from HA

    Posted on December 1st, 2009 HandyAndy 1 comment

    I am terribly sorry and I would like to apologize to all of you who may have received 3 e-mails from me earlier this afternoon. I was attempting to let you know about a new offer that allows you to get 2% cash back on your online purchases. I did a test before sending out the big mailing to a few of my own addresses and of course it worked fine. But Murphy who never leaves my side made this simple process into a nightmare and sent out 3 copies of the message to each of you.

    Please note: I did not add you to any mailing list, I just used MarketAmerica’s new “tell a friend” mailing system and imported my contact list to it. No DL’s, no yahoo or google groups, just e-mail addresses from my own contacts. I must know too many people because it went haywire. Once again let me apologize for this nuance, if you were a receipient.  I really do feel terrible and wish I could undo it!

    For those of you who are fellow MarketAmerica partners, take this as a warning to you. Do not try to import a large list of names into “tell a friend” all at once, the system cannot handle it. I would not try more than a half dozen at a time, if I were you.

    Thank You for Your Understanding,

    PS if you are wondering about the cash back progam and were one of the few who did not get bombarded by my mailing you can get details at

  • HA needs a hand

    Posted on October 17th, 2009 HandyAndy No comments

    Hi Gang,


    This is a completely backwards from my normal posts.

    I am almost always offering help for some issue or pointing out some cool new tool.

    So let me give this a try, please pardon the intrusion.


    As you may have heard Kathy and I have started a new business venture.
    One of the many facets of this new business is a web shopping portal.
    I know that over the next few months many of you will be doing some of your holiday shopping online.

    So our request of you is to please help us get started in this new venture by shopping through our portal.
    It will allow you to do comparison shop and starting in Nov will be giving you a 2% Rewards bonus on most of what you purchase.
    You will even be able to get a 0.5% Rewards bonus for qualifying purchases of people you recommended to the portal.
    Going through the portal will not cost you any more than shopping directly at the stores websites,
    and may even save you some money through special deals and of course you can use any coupons you may have as well.

    Besides 2500+ branded products we also have 3000+ partner stores, yes even NewEgg and CafePress are partners.


    Kathy and I would be very grateful if you would at least give it a try.
    We would also be interested in any direct feedback from your shopping experience.
    Use for any direct feedback.


    The portal supports shopping from most countries already and does the currency conversion for you.
    More countries are being added all the time, if your country is not supported yet, let me know and I will ping you when it is.


    If you are curious about the many other facets of the business I would love to discuss it with you one to one.

    Ping me at


    To sign up to use the portal go to it is a very short form.
    Once you have registered you can go directly to the site at


    Thank You So Much for Considering to Help Us Launch this new Venture,

  • Friday Funny, Ready for the long weekend

    Posted on September 4th, 2009 HandyAndy No comments

    A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from

    her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.


    “Miss Whack, I’d like to get a $3,000 loan to take a holiday.”


    Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s okay, he knows the bank manager.


    Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral.


    The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.


    Very confused, Patty explains that she’ll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.


    She finds the manager and says, “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $3,000, and he wants to use this as collateral.”


    She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what in the world is this?”


    The bank manager looks back at her and says…


    “It’s a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan, His old man’s a Rolling Stone.”


    Author Unknown


    (You’re singing it, aren’t you? Yeah, I know you are……..)


    Never take life too seriously! Come on now, you grinned, I know you did!!!

  • Apparently I waited too long to become a twit

    Posted on August 25th, 2009 HandyAndy No comments

    Well I signed up for twitter finally; I may be the last person on earth to get an account. But it seems I waited too long, someone took my name, so I had to use which of course is what I am, the original :>)

    Now all I have to do is figure out how it works, I was just getting the hang of FB

  • Keep an eye on this Company, you heard it here first

    Posted on August 12th, 2009 HandyAndy No comments

    The other day the news and record wrote THIS ARTICLE about an up and coming local comany. Keep an eye on them, they are going to be making huge waves in the online shopping business over the next couple of year. Interested in trying out some of their products? Hop on over to THIS SITE, register (it’s free) and poke around some. Just click sign in at the top right to register.