What An Amazing Day!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End Aug 01, 2010

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dear Vernae,
This morning I drove to down town Shelby to walk around and take pictures.  Quite innocently, I ventured to the "General Shelby" monument and snapped some images.  The court house and square is simply gorgeous.  Of course, for a Arizona Boy everything resembles a park.  It just goes from one park to another because there are no fences in NC!  An unspoken rule is to keep your lawn mowed and pristine.  It almost becomes a contest here.  It's sick.  I haven't mowed a lawn in 25 years. But, alas, to each his own!  But I'm sure The Great Mystery has never mowed a lawn either.  :-)

I would first like to say, please send Shannon's new husband Billy good vibes.  They were just married and he had something critical today.  Newly weds of three months.  Vibes to Billy for wellness!

I loligaged today.  I have a degree in Loligagology.  It is the art of walking nowhere in particular and doing absolutely nothing.  Makes sense to me.  I roamed around the First Baptist Church where I attended Teen clubs and fell in love weekly.   From there, I went to the Rogers Theater where just after World War II, I could get in to see Roy Rogers (cowboy movies) and watch him shoot hundreds off horses without killing ANYONE.  It was simply a miracle.  One could not think too much about it.
On the first picture of the Rogers, there is a funky white door that used to lead to a soda shop where Dad would take us before the movie.  We'd get these huge milkshakes in stainless steel cups there were overflowing with the best milkshakes in town!  From there, I meandered around the town to the Volunteer Fire Department and across the street to the Presbyterian Church where I was baptized almost 69 years ago.  Both ministers that I remember were name Brown.  Walter was the first and John Brown was the second.  He was a magnificent minister with a thunderous voice that could scare Satan's tail right out of its roots!  I went inside the court area and asked if I could take pictures.  This is where the miracles began.  These people were the salt of the earth.  The lady in charge of maintenance gave the the grand tour ending in the Pastor's office.  I related to both the pastor and associate pastor how much this church mean to me.  I was actually christened there.  (That's sprinkled, not dunked)  (sounds like donuts, huh!) 
From there I was led into the dinning hall where I met an old friend named Mable Baird.  Some called her "Piggy".  Don't know why.  Don't want to.  She was a delightful human being.  She immediately acquired my expertise in onion pealing for the poor and out dinner.  Before I knew it, I was out back by the dumpster peeling onions crying like a baby.  There was a huge bucket.  I completed my task at hand and returned to the dinning hall to serve drinks.  We sat and spoke of old times and friends.  It was wonderful!

Next I lolligaged toward the State Theater where I used to have a strange feast as a little boy.  My Father had a friend at the bakery next door.  Dad would take my sister Pat and I to a movie, but first he would stop at the bakery where he had a friend and he would gives us a fresh loaf of crispy white bread before it was cut.  IT SMELLED OUT OF THIS WORLD!  I guess Dad brought a stick of butter.  Pat and I would pig out and "oinking" all the way to the movie.  Well, after I arrived, I discovered it was no longer a movie house.  It had become The Don Gibson Tribute Theater where all the locals could schedule city events.  I peered into the windows and startled a man inside.
He came to the locked door and asked if he could help me.  I explained that I knew Don (somewhat) and as a child, sat on my Grandmothers neighbor's home stairs and listened to him play his guitar with my uncle Paul, Ted Costner, and some guy named Author.  His eyes brightened and he asked me in whereby I was introduced to the manager named David Jenkins.  His associate Summer was also there.  We began what I would consider one of the most interesting conversations of the Century!  David, Summer and I spoke of everything from Launching the Shuttle to belief in God.  (we all agreed that "God" was an overworked name)  I told them that I called God "The Great Mystery" which caused another spring of conversation.  My wonderful friend Marjorie is the originator of that description.  I then began to tell them of Marjorie's adventures of the paintings.  We has such a great time.  I feel I know them now as friends.  David and I had such interesting parallel interests.  Summer will be used by The Great Mystery.  She is gifted.  We just don't know exactly what yet.  That is incidental.  Life will reveal her purpose.  She is interested in Learning more about "A New Earth".  Both are interesting in living more in the moment.  So, my dear Vernae, we affected more people today!  Just you and me and Mystery makes three.  You see, you get around more that you think!
My love love to you and Your Mom!

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m42 on

What a great day you have had. On Sat. afternoon my friends and I would go from the Rogers to the State if we had enough money (or 6 Coca-Cola bottle caps) to get in at both movies. There is a seat in the Don Gibson Theater in memory of my dad. My siblings and I purchased it late last year. He was a musician - sometimes my dad's band would let Don Gibson play with them (before he became famous).

This made me a little homesic Such beautiful memories - not only do I wish we could go home again, but also go back much younger but with the wisdom we have today

Thanks my friend, Max.

Tinkster on

Derick--You may have had more exciting days on your trip (shuttle launch, for example,) but sheer joy just radiates from today's escapades. So glad for you!


mimi.alexander on

Joy abounds each day from this trip but this seems like an especially wonderful experience for you. Hope they just keep getting better and better.
Love You,

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