I'll start with some of my "likes" — there are many — then go to "dislikes" — there are not too many, but a few. Then, I will confess and "correct."
Likes: I like chocolate milkshakes. I do not want them to be too thick or too "chocolatey." If they are so thick you can hardly suck them through a straw or are dark brown with chocolate, the shakes move from "likes" to "tolerates." By the way, I think Mike at Twila Faye's in Bolingbroke makes the best shakes I've had since Mozelle Sutton's at Houston Drug Company in Perry, in the '50s and '60s. I've, of course, not tried all the shake places in Middle Georgia, but I'm trying to get to all of them!
I like quail hunting. It's the only hunting I now do. It's the dogs (first and foremost), the dog handlers, the out-of-doors, your companions, the birds and, invariably, a wonderful host. I experienced all of this just last week. Everything was superb. Note, I've said nothing about how many you kill. It's the hunt and the fellowship and not the number of birds killed.
A dark suit, perhaps with a small pinstripe. A white shirt with a modest matching tie and polished shoes. Go to see the new movie, "Race," about Jesse Owens, and the Berlin Olympics, and observe how sharp folks dressed in the 1930s. This movie may win an Oscar for its costumes.
Speakers, including, preachers and politicians (especially politicians), who know when to use humor and know when to quit. I never heard anyone leave a church service or any kind of a meeting and say: "That speaker did not talk long enough." Have you?
Dislikes: Most television commercials. Some are way too explicit to suit me. Also, their creators have gotten so "creative" that it is often difficult to tell what they are trying to sell.
There are a few things I've eaten, or when young had to eat, that I don't particularly like. This goes from just don't enjoy to can't hardly get it down. Let's talk about can't stand. First, I do not like liver of any kind. I do not want to ever eat any more liver. I do not believe I could get any calves' liver down.
On the other hand, there are Brussels sprouts. I can eat them, but I do not particularly like this vegetable. George H.W. Bush (my favorite Bush) and I 100 percent agree on this. I feel about English peas like I do Brussels sprouts.
I've eaten all kinds of wild game. I've eaten rabbit, squirrel, dove, antelope, rattlesnake, buffalo, quail, etc. Some was delicious and some was fair. I've never eaten any goose, pheasant or much duck that I thought was very good.
Believe it or not, I once tried dirt. I saw some folks eating dirt (kaolin?), and asked Papa if I could try it. He gave me permission, and I took a bite. It tasted like, well, dirt. I spit it out.
I don't like rude shop clerks or rude fast-food clerks. I don't like rude television talk show hosts. I don't like Judge Judy. I think that clerks — store and fast food — are better as a group than they were when everyone had a job and employers were looking for help. I think politicians have gotten worse. Judge Judy has always been harsh and ugly to people (I know it's only a show), and gives the legitimate, real judiciary a bad name.
I talked about people that talk too much — preachers, politicians, etc. Let me add that I don't like gossipers and tale totters. "They say" and "I heard" are the two biggest liars in America. But social media users — many of them — are giving "They say" and "I heard" a run for their money.
Correction: Last week I wrote about Georgia counties and initially (my email list to 170 or so) had at least two errors. I said that there were nine counties not named for a person. Actually, as it appeared corrected in The Telegraph edition, there are 10 — I had initially left out Union. Thanks Buddy DeLoach and Tricia Chastain. I also wrote that there was only one county with two names — Ben Hill. I left out Jeff Davis. How could I have done this? As much as I have read about the Civil War and the Confederate government, how could I have missed Jeff Davis County named for Jefferson Davis? Thanks, George Nunn.
REMINDER: The Perry Rotary Bass Tournament is the second Saturday in April, April 9. You bass fishermen need to get registered. Call Penny Byrd at State Bank, 478-796-7134. It's $150 a team (two people).
Larry Walker is a practicing attorney in Perry. He served 32 years in the Georgia General Assembly and presently serves on the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. Email: email@example.com.