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ON MY SOAPBOX… Tight As Dick’s Hatband



I can remember hearing about Dick’s Hatband all my life. I bet you also remember hearing the phrase.

My Mama usually used the phrase in a financial sense, when she was describing a person as being stingy. I can remember two stories that she told throughout my childhood.

My Grandfather, Richard Gibson, owned and operated Gibson’s Pool in Pike County, Georgia. I was not born at the time, but Gibson’s Pool, (later changed to Clearwater Springs) was so popular that it was an official Trailway’s Bus Stop, back in the day. In other words, you could buy a bus ticket to Gibson’s Pool. I actually have one that I have laminated for posterity’s sake.

Mama said she could remember this one fella who would always bring his girl friend to the swimming pool. She said he always ordered one coke with two straws. When I asked why? She answered, “Because he was Tight As Dick’s Hatband.”

Mama always bought gas for the car at, what was then called, Mc Corkle’s Curve. (The curve was eliminated when highway 19 was changed to a four lane highway.) She stopped one day and was four cents short of having enough money to pay for the gas. Mr. Mc Corkle made her a ticket for four cents so she could pay it the next time she stopped for gas. Yes Sir, He was Tight As Dick’s Hatband.

Remember, I said my Mama usually used the phrase in a financial sense. She also used Tight As Dick’s Hatband to describe my clothes when they were fitting a little too snug in my teenage years. It went like this: That skirt is Tight As Dick’s Hatband…go change into something else.

Where did the phrase AS TIGHT AS DICK’S HATBAND originate?

There is a story that it refers to Richard Cromwell, the son of Oliver Cromwell, who briefly took over as Lord Protector of England in 1658 after his father’s death. Unfortunately,  he was not the man his father was. He was too amiable, thrust into a position of responsibility at a time of national crisis. He was unable to reconcile the various problems in the military and Parliament. He was removed after eight months. The hatband was supposed to be a reference to the Crown of England, something he found too tight to wear with comfort.

Based on this, I can just imagine our history.

My Mama would say:

“Take that slutty, tight, whorish looking skirt off and throw it in the trash….it is Tight As Joe’s Hatband.”


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Some Interesting Facts About The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard of Oz's Stolen Ruby Slippers Have Finally Been Recovered | Vanity Fair


Dorothy’s ruby red slippers were originally silver.

In L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz books, which are the original Oz stories, Dorothy’s slippers are silver in color. They turned red—and became the most iconic shoes of the century—by the time they slipped onto Dorothy’s feet in the 1939 film.

The actor who played the Wizard of Oz had five roles.

Frank Morgan, the actor who portrayed the Wizard of Oz, the fearsome figure behind the Emerald City curtain, actually appeared in the movie in five different roles. He can also be seen as Professor Marvel (in Kansas), The Gatekeeper (in Oz), The Guard (in Oz), and The Carriage Driver (in Oz).

The Emerald City “horses of a different color” got those colors thanks to Jell-O.

To turn the Emerald City horses their different colors, the production used tints made with Jell-O. This delicious and novel technique ensured that it wouldn’t be harmful to the horses and also provided vibrant colors that would show up in Technicolor.

The original Tin Man had to leave the production.

The first actor cast as the Tin Man was Buddy Ebsen. He isn’t in the final cut of the movie, though. As it turned out, Ebsen was extremely allergic to the aluminum dust used in the paint and face makeup used to turn him into the silver Tin Man. He was replaced by Jack Haley, who we see singing and dancing the part in the movie.

Dorothy’s daughter married the Tin Man’s son.

Judy Garland’s daughter, Liza Minelli, married Jack Haley, Jr.—the son of the actor who played the Tin Man—in 1974, thirty-five years after The Wizard of Oz movie had its premiere.

Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume was very heavy.

The furry lion costume that the Cowardly Lion actor Bert Lahr wore for the movie was so heavy, and the lights in the studio were so bright, that the actor had to remove it between takes while filming so as not to overheat. It was made of real lion fur and skin, and some reports say it weighed in at 90 pounds. It was auctioned in 2014 and sold for $3 million.

The Tin Man’s tears were made of chocolate syrup.

Movie magic! The early days of movies saw lots of DIY tricks and techniques for creating effects that would show up (and look realistic) on camera. While the Tin Man is said to cry oil in the movie, the tears you see on his silver face onscreen are actually made of chocolate syrup, which looked better on camera at the time.

“Over the Rainbow” almost didn’t make it into the movie.

According to accounts, some of those who participated in the movie’s editing process wanted to cut the now-iconic scene where Judy Garland sings “Over the Rainbow.” Why? They said it slowed the pace of the film and was too sad. We sure are glad they saw the light and left it in.

Shirley Temple was considered for the role of Dorothy Gale.

Before Judy Garland was cast as Dorothy, a role with which she was closely associated ever after, Shirley Temple was considered for the part. It was decided that Shirley was fine in songs like The Good Ship Lollipop, but she could not match the powerful voice of Judy Garland when singing “Over The Rainbow.”

Several directors were involved in the production.

No single director shepherded the film from beginning to end. Norman Taurog first shot test scenes for the production, then Richard Thorpe shot a section of the film in October 1938. Victor Fleming was then brought on to direct in November 1938 and an arduous and tumultuous filming process, which was riddled with injuries, commenced. Finally, King Vidor joined to help finish the film. George Cukor also participated in several creative decisions but is uncredited and had to leave because he was attached to direct Gone with the Wind.


Judy Garland died from an accidental barbiturate overdose in London on June 22, 1969, less than two weeks after her 47th birthday.


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Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves.  I wonder if the Commissioner who moved the All Star game from Atlanta will show up ?


This is sickening, it’s one reason the U S of A is crashing.

Here are some of the things the dems want to pass in their bill.


The Baldwin Diary.   This is getting weird.


I think the army covered up a disaster.

SNL should broadcast from the DNC office.


Maxine is a thief.  The Golden State wants it that way.

Oh, look.

Biden lowers expectations for 2 Trillion dollar climate bill.   FJB and the climate bill.


The Standard Editor:  For our Oregon Sanctuary State residents who stopped teaching English, math, and reading in schools what is standardization, LL ?

Definition Cat:  It is an effort to make things better, more efficient, easier to build, save time, and a hundred other things.

Here are two examples of physical standards.

Joe is going to speed this up.  They should unload in Mexico and give each illegal a 50 pound backpack.

TSE:  Are there standards that aren’t material things, DE ?

DC:  There are a bunch, laws, customs, languages, beliefs, religions, behaviors, and many more.  Insects and animals have unwritten rules.  No group of lions, apes, birds, or wolves, to name a few have stupid members as leaders.  Ants, bees and any insects that live in large numbers have their own rules.

Here is another WOKE proposal for colleges/universities.  You don’t need to know how to function as a member of society, just how to bounce or throw a ball.

Here are examples on not having any ethics, morals, or other personal scruples.  Your losers in the animal world are thriving in the Land of Woke.

The Bee, and another B.