Roy Exum: Deion, The Rescue Team And More

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

Back in the day I once interviewed Deion Sanders, who is now in the NFL Hall of Fame after earning All-America honors at Florida State. It was just before the season began for Bobby Bowden’s Seminoles and when we sat down, he was wearing a huge tangle of about 20 gold necklaces around his neck. As a way to break the ice, I asked him how many gold necklaces did he own and he said with an innocent grin, “All of ‘em!”

Ever since he’s been one of my favorite people. So allow me to share two Tweets that went out on Friday when he was finally granted a divorce from his wife Pilar: The first Tweet read, “Thank God Thank God! This 2 year Drama filled divorce is over. Prenup stood, Custody of All kids, pay yo own fees! God is Faithful. Truth.”

Hours later he dished out a second Tweet: “Men listen Closely! Don’t choose a woman with your own Flesh choose her with your Spirit & Heart. Yo flesh will Lie until yo flesh die. Truth.”

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There has been so much in the media recently about how “Big Brother” can find you but here’s something I want you to see for yourself. This picture was taken with a 70,000 x 30,000 pixel camera (2100 MegaPixels). These cameras are not sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations. Obviously it can identify a face in a multitude of people. The picture was taken of a huge crowd at the 2011 Stanley Cup. All you need to do is place your cursor in the mass of people and double-click a couple times (or 'finger-spread' on a touch screen device.)  
http://www.gigapixel.com/mobile/?id=79995

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The Coca-Cola Company in Birmingham, Ala., put a commemorative bottle on sale yesterday that recognizes the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. Coke gave financial grants to predominately black universities and is also the presenting sponsor of an exhibit at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

The bottle reads: “Civil Rights Movement –  1963 - (50 Years) – 2013” and includes the names of seven cities where key events took place.

While I pray that such a terrible chapter of America’s history will never again be repeated, and yearn for a time when we can all live and enjoy one another, I had to admit I won’t be buying one of those bottles. The whole thing was far too distasteful for me, especially as a horrified 14-year-old who still doesn’t comprehend how you can hate anybody because of color, nationality, or religion. Why in the world would Coca-Cola want to memorialize that is also beyond my scope.

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When a climber fell at Lookout Mountain’s Sunset Rock on Sunday afternoon and was critically injured, it brought into view the fact our area rescue teams are invaluable but so often overlooked in both budgeting and appreciation.

I know what the skilled experts and volunteers did to get that guy up the very steep half-mile trail where every step is laborious and every second crucial. What I am trying to say is that most people have no idea what giants walk among us in an emergency. Or how quickly they get there.

And while I am at it, during the warmer months when outdoor recreation hits its peak, be aware that Erlanger Hospital doctors use and need about 90 units of blood every day. If we could get every member of our recreation clubs like the Chattanooga Track Club, the Chattanooga Bicycle Club and others to consider joining Blood Assurance it would be a Godsend.

We are blessed that we have such a great resource for the outdoors but we also should hold hands in being safe, becoming a part of emergency solutions, and making both fiscal and physical donations to the emergency responders who have never failed to answer that plea for help.

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NEVER TRY TO OUT-FOX YOUR MOTHER

One of my great buddies in Nashville just sent me this one:

A Mom visits her son for dinner who lives with a girl roommate. During the course of the meal, his mother couldn't help but notice how pretty his roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between the two, and this had only made her more curious.

Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between him and his roommate than met the eye. Reading his mom's thoughts, his son volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, we are just roommates."

About a week later, his roommate came to him saying, “Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the silver plate. You don't suppose she took it, do you?"

He said,"Well, I doubt it, but I'll email her, just to be sure." He sat down and wrote:

Dear Mother:

I'm not saying that you ‘did' take the silver plate from my house, I'm not saying that you ‘did not' take the silver plate But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.

Love, Your Son

Several days later, he received an email from his Mother which read:

Dear Son:

I'm not saying that you ‘do' sleep with your roommate, and I'm not saying that you ‘do not' sleep with her.

But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the silver plate by now, under her pillow.

Love, Mother.

royexum@aol.com


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