Today, "Random Thoughts" gives some updates on earlier columns from this summer. When I wrote about disappearing drive-in theaters, I also mentioned other ways to watch movies under the stars. I just heard that Sparta has offered a free movie every Friday night at the Sparta Amphitheater. Friday night, Aug. 24, is the last time this summer. Maybe it will continue next year?

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A letter from Bill Bruce appeared in the Chronicle Aug. 14 pointing out the kudzu menace on U.S. 70 North. He outlined his idea of how the pest could be eradicated.

Some of you may remember several columns earlier this year that told how Chattanooga brought in goats to take care of the serious situation kudzu had caused around Missionary Ridge.

The experiment was so successful the goats were brought back to continue chomping away for second year. The animals tear the kudzu leaves and vines back to the plant's roots which kills the vine. In addition their hooves grind organic matter into the ground helping to clear underbrush. Lee Norris, deputy administrator of the Public Works Department in Chattanooga, could give advice if local officials are interested in getting rid of kudzu.

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One of my favorite columnists is Craig Wilson at USA Today. His "The Final Word" appears each Wednesday. In a recent column he mentioned standing over a sink while eating. By e-mail I wrote, "And I thought we were the only family who hung over the sink to eat. What a perfect place for crumbs or watermelon!" He responded, "Thanks Dorothy, there are millions of us sink people. Believe me!!!"

Is he right? How many of you are sink people?

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This column told about South Carolina winning the Blue Bell Creamery contest for suggesting a new flavor of ice cream called Southern Hospitality. The winner explained pineapple is the symbol of hospitality and in Charleston, SC their Pineapple Fountain welcomes visitors.

Shortly after that I read that in Charlotte, SC, they also were proud of a pineapple fountain but in late July someone took the cement pineapple-shaped top of the fountain. That was certainly not an act of hospitality.

This summer, the lakeside home our son owns in Virginia suffered just such an act of vandalism. They had a number of huge planters filled with flowers around their front entrance. When the family arrived for their weekend visit every planter was gone.

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It's coming so start lining up every cotton shopping bag you can find. As of yet the bagger at grocery stores only asks, "Paper or plastic?" But in the future you may be given a scowl if you don't produce your own reusable bag. This is one more step in the "going green" movement. Restrictions on plastic bags have been in place globally for some time and now many American cities are considering anti-plastic bag bills.

For years I always bought a cotton shopping tote when I traveled to remind me of the place I visited. Since I save everything I am well supplied but designers have joined the protest and offer bags for a hefty price. Bags have been posted on eBay, some for as much as $300.

Consider it can take as long as 500 years for a plastic bag to degrade and Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags a year. Less than one percent recycle them. They kill birds, fish, turtles and sea mammals if they are ingested if they get entangled in them. With those facts in mind I'll furnish my own bag.

Dorothy Copus Brush is a Fairfield Glade resident and Crossville Chronicle staffwriter whose column is published each Wednesday. She may be reached at dcb1@frontiernet.net.