December 25, 2001

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We celebrated Christmas Day with lunch at the Dennies and then over to the Brocks that night for some leftovers!

December 19, 2001

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We celebrated Christmas with the Thursday night crew at our house with food and presents.

December 1, 2001

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We begin putting up our Christmas decorations today.  Later we took Jenna with the Rocketts and Goudys to the River Market to ride the carousel and see some Christmas lights. Tara, Jenna, and I met the Goudy's, Stuckey's, Rockett's, &  Chumley's for dinner at Firehouse and then looked at the Christmas lights at Riverfront Park and the kids round the Merry Go Round.

November 18, 2001

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Debbie Dillon’s family hosted a surprise 50th birthday party for her at the Otter Creek clubhouse.

November 17, 2001

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It was our second week in a row in Fayetteville for tailgating and football game.

October 27, 2001

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With an early kickoff, we opted for donuts and milk & juice before the game instead of the standard tailgate.

It was a great game with Hogs pouncing Auburn 42-17 led by a two quarterback scheme of Zac Clark and Matt Jones.

Following the victory, we headed to Ozark Brewery for a great post game meal. 

Instructions from the Head TailgaterMon 10/23/2001 10:07 AM via e-mail


To: Wayne and Bev Johnson; Tom Brock; Todd Mcguire; Terri Pruitt; Stuart and Jennifer Goudy; Shelley & Allen Williams; Scott Hogue; Robby Dennie; Nikki and Brett Chumley; Kyle Brazzel; Joy Burroughs; Jo Ann Burroughs; Jacqui Ketcham; Chad and Stephanie Rockett; Brad Johnson; April Stewart; Anita & Rodger Woodall; Amber Masengale; Lynn Hargett
Subject: Game Day

Actually, this is about tailgating more than the game. TV has really changed the game times this year. I don't know about you, but it is really odd that we are on TV so much with our performance this year. Maybe it will entice some good recruits to come see if they can help out. Tom thinks we have a good chance to win. He was right about SC, so maybe he is again. I just want to know if the Fayetteville crowd can come close to the LR crowd that showed up for the SC game. I will do my part for sure!

Obviously, the game time offers up some challenges to tailgating. This is the plan for now. We will try to gather in our usual parking lot around 10:00 for some breakfast snacks. Robby and I will grab some donuts and maybe some juice or something. If you have any ideas, just email!

One of our fellow tailgaters wanted to eat out after the game. We thought this would be the best time to try that...with the early kick-off. The plan is to try to EAT at the Ozark Brewery on Dickson immediately after the game. Any thoughts? Everyone is welcome. We need to know if you plan to join us so we can get a big enough table. Sharing cell phone numbers will probably be a good idea in case it is hard to meet up. Hope you can make it!

Tom's: 944-5013
Debbie's: 804-9756

October 21, 2001

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A few pictures from Sunday School and then we celebrated Tom’s birthday atSunday lunch at the Brocks.

October 21, 2001

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The Davids hosted us, along with the Babbs and Hallums, for a pumpkin carving evening.

October 16, 2001

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Aunt Mary was in town to visit and she stopped by with the Brocks to see our house.

October 15, 2001

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Tara and I visited the State Fair for some fair food.

October 13, 2001

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We experienced all four seasons of  weather for the Arkansas - South Carolina game.  It was a dreary and misting rain as we set up to tailgate (including 20-30 mph winds as we tried to s wind died down and we had scrumptious lunch of chili, sandwiches, and desserts.

The game topped of the day as Arkansas blocked off a field goal late in the 4th quarter to beat Lou Holtz' 9th ranked South Carolina Gamecock winning 10-7. 

Instructions from the Head TailgaterMon 10/08/2001 8:47 PM via e-mail


To: Wayne and Bev Johnson; Tom Brock; Todd Mcguire; Terri Pruitt; Stuart and Jennifer Goudy; Shelley & Allen Williams; Scott Hogue; Robby Dennie; Nikki and Brett Chumley; Kyle Brazzel; Joy Burroughs; Jo Ann Burroughs; Jacqui Ketcham; Chad and Stephanie Rockett; Brad Johnson; April Stewart; Anita & Rodger Woodall; Amber Masengale; Lynn Hargett
Subject: Game Day

This Saturday the Hogs will go for 2 in a row.  I am sure the crowd will be a LOT better for this game.  The weather couldn't be any better.  (Robby has a report and pictures on his web site.)

We will tailgate this Saturday at the same spot that we used at the last Little Rock game.  You can get chairs and stuff to us anytime before Sat. so you don't have to carry it.  Please respond via email and let us know who is coming.  We will be there by 11:30 AM.  (Let me know if you think we need to be there sooner.)  The menu for game day is chili.  We anticipate a cool afternoon.  I will bring the chili.  I will also have drinks if you let me know your preferences.  Other things we need are:

crackers, grated cheese, Fritos
bowls, spoons, dessert,maybe some other side item, if you know something good with chili

Be sure to pass this info on to anyone else who wants to join us.  As in the past, please respond to this by "replying to all" so we can all keep up.

Waiting to welcome Lou,

October 11, 2001

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The AbiliTec Product Team had an outing.  I was in charge of preparing the “team building” exercise so the Thursday night group helped me test the exercise before we put it in action with the AbiliTec team.

October 10, 2001

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Mike Wallis, my AbiliTec boss, celebrated his 40th birthday.  We helped decorate his office.

October 6, 2001

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No rain today but it turned chilly for the 6:00 p.m. kick off. Nice day for tailgating though.  We had taco salad with all the fixings plus some delicious desserts.  Hogs easily defeated Weber State 42-19.

RECORDS Arkansas 2-3;Weber State 1-4STARS Arkansas TB Fred Talley (135 yards rushing), FS Ken Hamlin (8 tackles, 1 INT, 2 pass breakups). Weber State TB Johnnie Gray (128 yards rushing), QB Tyler Gladwell (20-36-1, 244 yards, 2 TDs), WR Justin DeFour (10 catches, 138 yards, 1 TD).TURNING POINT Zak Clark threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to GeorgeWilson with 37seconds left in the first half to giveArkansas a 21-0 lead.KEY STAT Arkansas322 yards rushingOVERHEARD “It felt good to have some holes to runthrough.”— Arkansas tailback Fred TalleyUP NEXT South Carolina, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, LittleRock   — Scott Cain

Instructions from the Head TailgaterMon 10/01/2001 11:03 PM via e-mail

OK, we will again have a chance to get together with other Hog fans. Before this Saturday's previously unscheduled game, we will tailgate near Dickson St. by the OLD engineering building and Ole Main.

Kickoff is at 6:00 PM, so I guess we should plan on eating about 4:00 PM. How does that sound? The menu? Taco salad! Robby and Tara have the meat and chips. Tom and I will bring cheese dip, plates, napkins, and forks.

Please let us know if you plan to join us. We don't want to start without you. Everyone needs to bring their own drinks. I will list the other things we need. If you plan to be there, just sign up via email and reply to everyone. If you think of something I have not listed, just add it in your message.Items needed:
grated cheese
chopped tomatoes
shredded lettuce
I am praying for a cool,dry day!
(always rooting for the Hogs)

September 28, 2001

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The Little Rock Zoo regained its national accreditation in early September and celebrated by offering free admission Saturday morning along with education programs and forums throughout the day.  Tara, Jason, and I visited the zoo on this occasion.

September 22, 2001

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We celebrated my birthday on several occasions this week including:

  • Thursday crew with dinner and cake at Kyle’s house.
  • Sunday lunch and cake at the Brocks
  • Lunch and rice krispy cake at Dana’s house with the Dennies

September 15, 2001

Arkansas vs. North Texas
September 15, 2001

By Arkansas Business staffThur 9/13/2001 3:18 PM

SEC Postpones Games

The Southeastern Conference said Thursday it has postponed its game schedule for the weekend.
The announcement means the University of Arkansas will not play Saturday at Reynolds Stadium as previously announced.

On Wednesday, the Southeastern Conference said all conference athletic events would be played as scheduled, including football games on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The Sun Belt Conference, meanwhile, had yet to say whether it would play its games, as it said it would on Wednesday.

Officials at Arkansas State University, an SBC member, on Thursday were awaiting word about whether its teams would play. The university said Wednesday its football game scheduled for Saturday in Jonesboro would continue.

The PGA, Major League Baseball and the National Football League had previously said they would not play games this weekend after terrorist attacks Tuesday in New York and Washington, D.C.

In a brief statement, the SEC said: "The Conference continues to believe this country must begin the healing process following the horrendous events of this past week and will evaluate all future schedules at an appropriate time.

"The Southeastern Conference reaffirms its commitment of $1,000,000 to the funds that will assist the victims of this event."

September 14, 2001

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Tara and I decided to paint our master bedroom this weekend.  We had painted it only a year ago, but the color was a little different than we expected.  We finally found a khaki we liked hoping we wouldn't have to redo the trim.  We did end up having to redo it though.  We're pleased with the finished project.

September 8, 2001

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Game Sketch
Wet, wet, definitely how you would describe the September 8th ballgame.  As we set up for tailgating, we knew there was a chance for rain but didn't expect a monsoon. After moving the tailgate tent, the thunderstorms rolled in and dumped inches of rain.  We persevered and cooked up a great supper of spaghetti, salad, and great desserts.

The first game, in the newly renovated Reynolds Razorback stadium, was about as wet as the tailgate. In fact, the start of the game was delayed as well as a portion of the game due to the storms in the area. Arkansas scored first and remained in the lead until the 4th quarter, but with no real offense Tennessee scored 2 field goals and a touchdown to claim victory over the Hogs.

from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
RECORDS Arkansas 1-1, 0-1
SEC; Tennessee 2-0, 1-0.
STARS Arkansas defense holds shutout more than three quarters. Tennessee TB Travis Stephens 41 rushes, 206 yards, 1 TD.
TURNING POINT An Arkansas drive went backward and was followed by a 16-yard punt, giving Tennessee field position at the UA 24-yard line to set up UT’s first field goal.
KEY STAT Tennessee time of possession 36:57
OVERHEARD “We can play with any team in the country if we play with that kind of effort and turn it loose.”
— Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt
UP NEXT North Texas, 6 p.m. Sept. 15, Fayetteville
— Scott Cain

Instructions from the Head TailgaterTue 9/4/2001 10:35 PM via e-mail 

OK, it may not have looked very good...well, it may have looked pretty bad....OK, it looked nasty. BUT we won. I won't make any predictions for this Sat...except to say, that we will be tailgating at the Ole Main location about 5:30. Our goal is to be there between 5:00 and 5:30. I know some of you won't get to be there. Please let us know if you will join us...and as always, friends are welcome. Just let us know so we will have enough food. 

The menu is Italian.  I am making spaghetti sauce and will bring the noodles. Robby and Tara will bring the meat…ground beef and sausage.

We will need others to bring:
* salad
* dressings
* bread
* desserts
* sturdy plates and napkins, forks

Everyone bring your own drink.

Be sure to wear RED and not orange. GO HOGS! BEAT TENNESSEE! (Todd doesn't want to hear Rocky Top ALL night!)


September 1, 2001

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We visited Fayetteville and got a sneak peek at the new club level seating in Reynolds Stadium. We also visited David’s Greystone mansion.  It was Tara’s first visit to their house.

August 30, 2001 - UNLV vs. Arkansas

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With an unusual mid-week game, tailgating activities were moved closer to War Memorial Stadium. Debbie Dillon served up chicken strips along with all the fixings and folks enjoyed the pre-game activities.

Not a lot of highlights were found in this game.  The game was pretty uneventful for the first 57 minutes. In fact, the ESPN commentators called it one of the worst offensive games they had seen.  It all changed with about 3 minutes to go in the game when the Razorback drove the ball in for the winning touchdown with 18 seconds left on the clock.

STARS Arkansas LB Caleb Miller (12 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception). UNLV TB Joe Haro (24 rushes, 131 yards).
TURNING POINT UNLV Punter Ryan McDonald bobbled a snap with 1:53 to play to set up Arkansas' winning drive.
KEY STAT Arkansas five first downs
OVERHEARD "I've never been so proud of a defense." -- Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt
UP NEXT Tennessee, 8 p.m. Sept. 8, Fayetteville

from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
RECORDS Arkansas 1-0. UNLV 0-1.
    -- Scott Cain

Instructions from the Head Tailgater
Tue 8/28/2001 10:34 PM via e-mail 

To verify the plan for Thursday:

Due to outside interference, we are changing locations....again.  I don't know how this will work.  We will meet at our parking lot.  It is the one that surrounds the Health Dept. on the corner of Markham and Monroe, across from the War Memorial parking lot and the Osborne tent (I think).  

Since we have never used this parking pass, we aren't sure how early to go and where to go.  After scouting it out, we will try to park on the front side of the Health Dept. There is a line of several boxes in front for different publications.  There is a grassy open area near there next to the building. This afternoon there was shaded areas from surrounding trees.  We will be there between 3:30 and 4:00.  If you have committed to bring some food, have it to our house by Thursday noon.  I will plan to brings drinks for everyone.  That way no one has to carry anything from their parking location.  

PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE. If you want us to take your chair for you, you'll have to get it to use by Thursday noon also. We'll try to pack everything in the car.  Don't forget to wear your RED! 

Oh, who has the CD or tape with the game-day music?  We might want that. Please let me know anything I am forgetting. OH, BE SURE TO HAVE MY CELL NUMBER IN CASE YOU GET LOST....804-9756.  I'll have my phone on.  If you will be arriving late, let me know.  I'll wait around until about 6:00 or 6:15 so everyone can eat. 

I know the Hogues and Brocks won't be there.  Let me know so I won't wait on you.  As you would probably guess, Tom won't be waiting.....and neither will Todd.

The last step in our plan....beat UNLV! 
Your fellow Hog fan,

August 23, 2001

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We celebrated the Thursday night August birthdays (Todd, Amber, Kyle & Jacqui) with dinner and cake at our house.

August 4, 2001

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Kyle prepared to move into his new house on Brown Street. We helped out with a bit of painting and moving furniture.

July 29, 2001

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Mom & Dad recently visited their 50th state.  We hosted a celebration party at Dana’s house.

July 25, 2001

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Ever what you do before you have kids? You dress your dogs (Bailey & Belle) up in t-shirts.

July 17, 2001

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Tara and I celebrated our first anniversary with our wedding cake from the freezer.

July 13, 2001

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We visited Philadelphia to celebrate our first anniversary.  We flew into Philadelphia, caught the train into downtown and spent the next 2 nights and 3 days covering all the sites of downtown Philadelphia.