When you say "SEC" in the South and you aren't talking about the presumed best college athletic conference in the country, you'll have to be a bit more specific.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was speaking at the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum Monday night when he referenced the SEC as he talked about the accusations he engaged in insider trading.
After saying "SEC," Cuban quickly followed by saying he was talking about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, not the Southeastern Conference, noting he realized he was in Georgia where we take our football serious.
Another funny moment from the forum was when Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg mispronounced TSYS. Instead of pronouncing it "Tee-Sis," Sandberg said "Tie-Sis."
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Funny how no one corrected her.
But the most laughs came from Spanx founder Sara Blakely who spoke about crotches, panty hose and a mic man who said he wore his wife's shapewear.
Blakely finished her remarks by giving the crowd a special discount for her products (which now includes menswear) on their website.
We wonder how many men in the audience went to spanx.com Tuesday night. No telling how many were looking for their significant other or for themselves.
Also going on Tuesday night
As he introduced the speaker Tuesday night in the Carver High School auditorium, Muscogee County School District superintendent David Lewis listed several organizations that helped make "Schools Cannot Do It Alone" author Jamie Vollmer's visit to Columbus possible.
The spunky Bunky McClung Clark stood from her seat on the top level and hollered that Lewis forgot to mention the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries.
Lewis noted that if he tried to bring Vollmer to his former school district in Polk County, Fla., he'd still be searching for sponsors. So his problem here, omitting one of the sponsors, really is a blessing of abundance.
It was an eloquent moment blended with humor as Columbus Councilor and Mayor Pro Tem Evelyn Turner Pugh stepped to the podium Wednesday during the ground-breaking ceremony for BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia's new office in northeast Columbus.
"I have Parkinson's, so I'm not scared," the longtime city leader said as she looked out at several dozen people gathered at the site. It easily could have been a reference to stage fright or the debilitating brain disorder she has suffered for some time, an illness that causes tremors, with perhaps its most famous victim being actor Michael J. Fox.
But did you know that Turner Pugh also worked for BlueCross BlueShield, landing a job with the insurer's Columbus operation 45 years ago? She left the company about 15 years ago.
"It was an intention of just being a part-time job, and I ended up staying 29½ years. I got married, had two children, finished college, got a divorce, and became a politician. That was my life," the councilor said, drawing the biggest laugh of the morning.
Turner Pugh, filling in for Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, then presented a proclamation to the insurer -- honoring the company for its past body of work and future growth -- and establishing Wednesday, Aug. 27, as "BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia Day" in Columbus.
The street that was created to allow access to the City Services Center is known as Citizens Way officially. But it also has a secondary designation as Carson McCullers Drive, dedicated to the memory of the author who grew up in Columbus.
At the behest of Councilor Judy Thomas, Columbus Council recently passed a resolution dedicating the road to the famous author.
McCullers, author of "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" and "The Member of the Wedding," among others, lived in Columbus before moving to North Carolina and then New York, where she died in 1967 at the age of 50.