Good morning, everyone. We will start promptly at noon. Feel free to ask your questions now.
It's noon. Welcome to our live chat.
First question: Brian, what do you think of the proposed texting ban in Mount Pleasant?
It's good to be back on the air. Just been watching Forrest Gump in preparation for the Lt. Dan Band concert. They could just play the movie's soundtrack at their Sept. 14 concert and I'd be fine with that - Skynyrd, the Doors, Bob Seger.
So what do you want to talk about?
Texting ban? Well, I think the council was wise to scale back the original proposal, which would have banned all cell phones and two-way radios while driving.
It's hard to be against such a measure, even if it is a little nanny state, because no one can argue that texting while driving is smart. But I also can't fault the Mount Pleasant Town Council members who voted against it - they're right, it'll be nearly impossible to enforce.
What's up with LIndsey Graham? Do you think he's got something to worry about with these challengers?
My column on Sunday was about the fact that Graham has little to worry about, except which PAC cocktail party to attend in DC every night.
A lot of people love to hate Graham, but I'm convinced it is a minority of Republican voters whose mouths are larger than their numbers. But this is South Carolina, and he will face the first female Citadel graduate and state Sen. Lee "Ain't Too" Bright in the primary.
Bright is the guy who brought us the guns-in-bars legislation, jokes about secession and belongs to a group that says women should be subservient to men in marriage.
Come to think of it, Lindsey is in trouble. Bright sounds like a South Carolina Republican Primary voter's kind of guy
Tim, I haven't heard anything about the renovation of the Millennium Music building since the Board of Architectural Review turned down plans for its renovation last year. Probably that purple paint they wanted to use....
Yes, they tore down the old library, and it's too bad they didn't put up a parking lot. Because now we are getting a new hotel in that spot and a lot of people are asking, where are all those folks going to stick their cars.
I had one idea...
By the way, no truth to the rumor that the bull shark that got fouled up in the surfing contest over the weekend was in town scouting locations for Sharknado 2: Electric Boogaloo
Brian, is mommy alright and daddy alright?
Is his name Cleve?
I've never seen Doomsday Preppers, but after reading the synopsis, I'm surprised the entire thing isn't filmed in Moncks Corner.
You know, Tim, I tend to avoid festivals - I only socialize with Andy Paras, and then only electronically.
But a quick check of the calendar shows an Edisto Island Bluegrass Festival in October, which sounds like fun.
I think the biggie, from my point of view, is the Southern Ground Music Festival on Oct. 19-20 at Family Circle Cup Stadium on Dan Isle. Zac Brown Band hosts, and Willie is playing this year. Wish he'd do the Stardust album in its entirety.
I also like the Secessionville event in November at Boone Hall Plantation. It's a nice location, a nice way to soak up a little history.
Don't worry, Kaye. There is no topic :)
Kaye, so nice to hear from you. How are things in Skynyrdland?
Hey Brian, do you think the Veronica battle will end soon?
Not soon enough.
Good things the judge in this case isn't King Solomon; they are doing a good enough job tearing the kid apart as it is. I predict this thing will drag on until poor Veronica is 18, at which point she will tell the guy in Oklahoma and the Copacabanas to all take a hike.
Here's an off the wall question, Brian. How do you listen to music? Through your phone? An MP3 player? CDs?
Well Dave, I still haul around CDs, because I'm old school. Or old, not sure which.
Not sure what an MP3 player is - an iPod? Don't have one. I do use my company phone to call up my YouTube app so I can listen to obscure '60s songs while writing my column. Oh wait, need to delete that...
My favorite way to listen to music is live, preferably Bruce, and preferably at the Meadowlands.
Speaking of Lt. Dan, we may have an interview with Gary Sinise coming up before the concert next month. We'll talk about his support of the troops, the Independence Fund and how he liked filming a movie in the Lowcountry.
Also, got to ask him about the funniest exchange in Forrest Gump:
Lt. Dan: Gump, have you found Jesus yet?
Forrest: I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him.
Brian, the New York Times website is down. What are you doing to keep busy?
I know all those people think I'm out frollicking with the liberals on the NYTimes website, but I actually prefer the Washington Post stable of columnists - that's what I read when I'm supposed to be working.
Kaye, there are killers roaming the streets in this town every day - just ask Chief Mullen.
I think we're done for the day, Brian.
Unless we want to have a Cheap Trick singalong
while watching Doomsday Preppers
No, it's time to Stop This Game. Ain't That a Shame?
Now, I might watch Doomsday PEPPERS. Or eat one, anyway
Bravo. Have a great day every one. See you next week.
But we've got enough doomsday preppers in this newsroom. Most of them are in management.
Good night now, ladies and gentlemen, good night ladies and gentlemen...
One final Cheap Trick reference for you.