The show was entertaining. Lyle has a very talented line-up of musicians. His backup singers, 3 dapper gentlemen, and talented, gritty, female singer, put on quite a show After a few sound glitches, they sounded great. Lyle Lovett's on-stage banter is also quite entertaining, though hard to hear at times - which brings up the only down side of the evening. There were groups of people congregating in the back of the room that insisted on talking through most of the show. We were seated toward the rear, center stage. The back two rows of our section also talked through most of the show. A few brave souls attempted to shush them, but were ignored. The staff of Minglewood Hall wisely moved their portable bars outside the room to the large outer hallway just before the show started to try to discourage this type of behavior, but failed to even attempt to move the loudmouths out there (where they would still be able to hear the music) where they could make noise to their hearts content. For God's sake people, go to a bar to drink and yell over the music.
Colbert County, Alabama, in the NW part of the state, has a program whereby they will loan you live traps - and they have them is all sizes, from small rodent sized to large dog size - and actually come by and pick them back up, trapped animal and all. They did not even used to charge a refundable deposit - that may have changed, as I have not used this service in years. It certainly is a great way to encourage people to participate. FYI - I had a problem trapping a cat that was "trap-smart". I finally added a little catnip to the bait and caught the critter that same day.
By Leonard Gill
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