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Pensacola Named ‘Toughest City in America’

This is from the Pensacola News Journal, I think. I realized I hadn’t attributed it.

Just because our mayor is a pretty boy doesn’t mean Pensacola ain’t got grit.

And if you say otherwise, we’ve got a knuckle sandwich for you.
Pensacola has received this dubious honor via says the Pensacola News Journal:

Yes, little ol’ Pensacola has been named the Toughest City in America by the online news site PolicyMic (

Writer Akil Holmes used a variety of statistics to determine the “toughness” ranking, including the number of first round NFL draft picks, boxing champions, Medal of Honor and other military service citations, violent crime rates, and the percentage of workers employed in protective service, farming, fishing, construction and other tough-guy occupations.

Pensacola ranked No. 1 on the list, followed by Miami, Memphis, Detroit and Washington D.C.

Find story and see the other cities, visit policymic

.com. Look for the headline, “If You Can’t Stand Hipsters, These 11 Cities Are For You.’’ Pensacola might be tough, but it’s far from hipster-free. (Hello, Sluggo’s!)

January 4, 2014 Posted by | Crime, Cultural, Pensacola, Social Issues | , , , | 1 Comment

Naughty or Nice?

Blogger N. at One or the Other asks readers and visitors to vote on whether they are naughty or Nice? Blogger Fourme, rightly comments that we don’t have any definition of naughty or nice by which to define ourselves and that she will refrain from voting.

Most of the voters are naughty, by the way.

It gave me a big grin.

Isn’t “naughty” or “nice” greatly in the mind of the beholder?

Once, when I was the young wife of a young army officer, I got up my courage and wrote a letter to the editor. It turned out to be a controversial letter; I got one very sarcastic response from the authority I questioned, and then, a week later, all hell broke loose as readers from all over Europe bombed the one who replied. I felt scared, but a little proud to have raised the issue.

I was working in the library. THE COLONEL’S WIFE (that is how we thought of her) walked in and said to me “we don’t get our names in newspapers. It isn’t done.” And then she walked out.

Then I really felt scared. And I really felt naughty. And at the same time, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Sometimes, don’t you have to say something? When you see something that is not right? And is that really naughty?

January 10, 2008 Posted by | Adventure, Biography, Bureaucracy, Communication, Community, Cultural, ExPat Life, Generational, Germany, Relationships, Social Issues, Women's Issues | , , | 5 Comments