TIM CHITWOOD: Wigging out on the whitewater

March 3, 2013 

Who's to say who's crazy? It's easy to see: All you gotta do is turn on your TV, and it's Monday Mail.

Statesboro blues

If like me you feel marching drums are underused in today's music, you'll love this news from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro:

Four drummers from the Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band will accompany country music singer, songwriter and Georgia Southern alumnae Elizabeth Cook when she performs on the Late Show with David Letterman on March 14. The show will air that evening at 11:35 p.m. on CBS. The Marching Band members who will perform with Cook include Sergio Arreguin, Baxley, Ga.; Trey Exley, Rincon, Ga.; Jose Morales, Richmond Hill, Ga.; Jimmy Rotureau, Guyton, Ga.

Chattahoochee

"Henry" sends a rant:

OK, Columbus is finally doing something with our river that will put us on the map as a destination for vacationers. I think it is also the first opportunity for Phenix City to have an equal share in the lucrative market of visitors to the area. We have all been waiting for "Whitewater" to begin, and it's been a long time coming. So, here is my rant: We have Columbus, Phenix City, and the Chattahoochee, but apparently using any of these names to publicize our river isn't good enough for those who are making the decisions. First off, do we really have no one locally who knows how to put a damn raft in the water? No one with enough sense to guide it down the swift water? Why did we let an Atlanta-based company take this sweet opportunity from us locals? The other company is from North Carolina for Chris'sake. What were they thinking? Let's look at the outfitter in Phenix City. "Moose Hollow Trading Company"? Are you freaking kidding me? There ain't a damn moose within two thousand miles of Columbus. How is it going to look in all the magazines, and websites, and all other advertising to draw people to this area, when they don't read a word about Columbus? ... At least Phenix City is trying to promote the river, with a new brew pub. The Chattahoochee Brewing Co. There isn't another Chattahoochee in the whole damn world, and I guess that's just not good enough for those who are calling the shots for all the rest of us in this area.

Dear Henry:

When I see how some people wear their hair, I think there's got to be a mousse here somewhere -- unless those are wigs.

If not referring to the river itself as the only Chattahoochee, you could be forgetting that just downstream is Chattahoochee, Fla., where a mental health facility inspired the song "Chattahoochee" by the Jacksonville rock band .38 Special, a snippet of which opened this column.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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