A knock-out dress, wise words and vinegar

Sometimes the best things in the fridge are the leftovers. Let’s hope it’s the same way with blog posts! Here are some random things we found when rummaging around our notebooks.

  • Get a load of the great dress Allison Burchett is wearing in this photo from the Front Page Follies evening at the downtown Marriott last month! Her husband, state Sen. Tim Burchett, bought if for her – on e-bay!

Allison Burchett, right, chats with Susan Brown at Follies event

Allison Burchett, right, chats with Susan Brown at Follies event

  • If you see Regal Executive Greg Dunn and he’s wearing flip-flops with his business clothes, it’s not because the Knoxville-based entertainment company has totally relaxed its dress code. It’s because he is recovering from a nasty stingray attack he fell victim to last week at Kiawah Island. The day after his family arrived at the beach, he was frolicking in the surf with his two step-daughters when he felt a stabbing pain on the top of his foot. It nearly immobilized him, he said. “At first I thought it was a shark,” he says. “Of all the pain I’ve ever felt in my life, including knee replacement, this was the worst.” The doctor, who said he only treats about two stingray injuries a year, ordered a tetanus shot. The swelling, which is still noticeable after more than a week, has made wearing regular shoes impossible
  • Marc Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League, garnered enthusiastic applause last week when he spoke to the opening session of the group’s national conference in Chicago. Addressing the several hundred high school students who were in attendance as part of the Urban League’s national youth initiative, he instructed them to deliver this message to their classmates: “Pull up your pants! Stand up straight! Quit trying to look like a thug!” And to parents, he urged, “Don’t be a spectator. Get involved with schools and teachers.” The former two-term mayor of New Orleans, Morial is charismatic and smart. Mark my words: he is not yet through with politics. Nine Knoxvillians attended the conference.

Marc Morial: look for him in future role

Marc Morial: look for him in future role

  • Retired basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson was equally direct at the conference with his advice to young people. “You have to over-deliver. You can’t do just enough. If your boss says for you to do 10 things, you do 20,And to the adults he added, “We need to tell our young people to major in something where they can get a job – quit majoring in what you think is sexy.”

Magic Johnon in Chicago last week

Magic Johnson in Chicago last week

  • I was looking over the notes from my canning class (biggest lesson learned: I will NOT be doing much canning!) and ran across this advice from the woman in charge of canning and preserves at swanky Blackberry Farm. “Don’t ever use white vinegar for cooking or eating. White vinegar is an industrial product. Always use wine vinegar in the kitchen.” Who knew?

Have a great weekend. Call me after the canning is finished!

Photo credit: Photos of Marc Morial and Magic Johnson by Jim Nichols

5 Responses to “A knock-out dress, wise words and vinegar”

  1. Great mish mash of a post, Cynthia! White vinegar is the best all-purpose cleaner around the house, it is too acidic to use in the kitchen for edible projects. BTW, I will be canning some beans and ‘maters next week, want to come help?!?!

  2. All the speakers were good, but Magic Johnson “towered” above them all. He put his right arm straight out from his shoulder, and all the other speakers were below it. Magic said ask the community what they want before you attempt to locate a business there.

  3. Hahaha, Allyn. No, but I’ll help you eat them!

  4. Hey guys! Hilarious! That was tons of fun! Do you happen to have any pictures of me and the hubby? if so, I’d love to have a copy!
    Thanks!
    Allison
    allison@electburchett.com

  5. Allison: Will check and send you all we have.

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