I guess it's more politically correct to portray sexually amoral people than a perceived moron. At least, I thought Gomer was a moron after watching this show as a kid. However, what he really is is a fish out of water. A country bumpkin surrounded by people who don't get him. Actually, the Gomer character evolved from Andy Griffith, where he was more of the town idiot. In Gomer Pyle, USMC, Gomer takes the moral high ground. He represents all that is good about small town America, even as his fellow Marines (or locals he meets) look to cheat their way through life.

I binge-watched these shows after Jim Nabors's recent death, and I saw actual wholesome laughs that came not from Gomer being stupid, but from him being honest to a fault. Rather than being the clown, like he was in Mayberry, he's the Everyman in this show. He's who we SHOULD want to be. But we also see the bullying and head shaking directed his way. And we also see that it's often dumb luck that allows Gomer to prevail, since many of the plots are too easily solved by his innocent honesty. Is he as role model? I'm not sure, but he's a good person in the show, and that's actually fairly rare in sitcoms.

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  • Florida Tourism - The Destination Funeral
    I was trying to find out what happened to the lovely 33-acre May Mann Jennings Park over on the North Side when I had this great idea for tourism in Jacksonville. It's mostly because Streetview of the park seemed to only show the Evergreen Cemetery, which kind of shares (or overruns) the park. In fact, COJ says the May Mann Jennings Park has "been returned to a natural, undeveloped state." For those of you who don't know government code, this means there's no funding for a park in an industrial/hood area of town. Anyhow, my search for a forgotten gem of a park was thwarted, but the cemetery next door got me to thinking about Florida/Jacksonville tourism, and I wondered if anyone had ever considered a destination funeral. 
  • This Article is Not a Paid Placement Written by a Guest
    I get contacted all the time about allowing someone to write an article on one of my websites, many times about a topic I've covered. These people either want to send me full text articles or links to articles that I can copy from another site. They never say how much they want to pay me to host their articles, and I don't really know how much to charge (if I were to do it), but I got a bit of an idea what it might be worth based on a Craigslist ad I saw. Still, I won't be offering my website to the highest bidder like the local news sites do. 
  • 5x110 16" wheels and tires in Jacksonville - $150 (from a Saab 9-3)
    I tried posting these tires and wheels on Craigslist, but I think everyone in Jacksonville is scared of the website, so I'll post it here instead. If this article is still online, then I have the wheels with tires in my garage, and I want them gone. The wheels came off a 2008 Saab 9-3. The tires are not matched, but they have a lot of tread. I'll share the original posting and reiterate that the wheels should work on the vehicles I list with the same bolt pattern and similar offset.