Tidbits -July 16, 2020

TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY



TWITTERVERSE
  We have a President who is a Twitter king, but most of us underlings like the app, too.
  I like to follow politicians, like the president, sports figures, entertainers, and people I actually know.
  I got excited a few weeks ago when  I learned the much acclaimed Broadway musical “Hamilton,” was going to be broadcast on Disney+.
  This is a musical that was demanding up to $1800 a ticket when it opened. I don’t know what tickets are going for now, but I get Disney+ for free through Verizon.
  The broadcast came on July 3, a appropriate date for a play about our Founding Fathers.
  As the play got underway, I started reading some tweets about the play. One of the big tweeters was Iain Armitage, the star of “Young Sheldon,” one of my favorite TV comedies.
  Iain asked if anyone was watching for the first time and how they liked it.
  What the heck? I typed in, “So far, so good.”
  Almost immediately “Young Sheldon” responded, “Get ready.”
 I know a 69-year-old shouldn’t get excited at having a 12-year-old TV star respond to his tweet, but I was.
  That my third interaction with somebody famous. USC women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley retweeted one of my posts, as did WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter.
 “Hamilton?” It was great. I call it a Hip-Hop “Les Mis.”
  In these times of social unrest, one great thing about “Hamilton” is most of the main characters are played by people of color.
  One of the Sunday news program showed at three-year-old girl of Asian descent watching “Hamilton.”
  The actress who plays Hamilton’s wife is half Chinese.
  She was the favorite of the little girl, because, as she said, “She looks like me.”


CLOSE TO HOME
  Judging from social media posts, I know some of you don’t put much credence in the coronavirus, but your tune may change when it hits close to home.
  Most of us heard the bad news Sunday that numerous cases had  been detected at our beloved Saluda Nursing Center. One of those who has contracted the disease is my 92-year-old aunt, Anne Thompson.
  My mother is also a resident at SNC, but in a different wing from Aunt Anne.
  Whether you believe in this virus or not, please pray for those who have it, their caretakers and their families.
  It’s not a joke to many people who are legitimately scared.


WE’LL MISS
  I was saddened at the passing of several friends this week.
  Weyman Webb will be remembered for his long-time operation of Webb’s Farm Service on the Batesburg Hwy. in Saluda’s railroad terminal.
  His dad, Frederick, began the business and his mother, Hortense, worked for many years at F&S Drugs.
  Weyman was a fine man.
  Joyce Arthur was loved by all who knew her. Her late son Kent and my brother Jamie  were good friends and roomed together at Carolina.
  Her brother was “Preacher John” Griffith. I remember how shocked I was to learn Joyce and John were twins! My mother told me. She knew, because Joyce and John were SHS Class of 49 classmates.
  I’ve known Jim Padget since his father Ben retired from the military and brought his family of his wife and five sons to his hometown of Saluda.
  His brother Gene was my age and through him I got to know Jim, Joe, Ricky and Gerri, too. His mother Edith was the long-time Saluda County Clerk of Court.
  Jim was very talented and could fix anything. He was a well-liked Saluda plumber and electrician.
  Weyman, Joyce and Jim were lifelong contributors to the betterment of Saluda County. They will be greatly missed.