“She’s my ‘Tallahassee-Lassee… down in F-L-A…” What a great song…. Been singing it all day.
I had lunch with one of my all-time favorite buds this past Saturday, Clayton “Corky” Harris. He is a fellow, ‘raconteur’, ‘rake’, and a ‘ramblin’-man’ I went to high school with. When we were in high skool, he and I “Tee-Peed” Angelon Gafford’s house so many times.. her FATHER fired a shotgun up in the air to get our attention (it did.)
On other occasions, we drank whiskey, looked fer girls, and had your general “Happy Days” blast. It was actually hard for me to conceptualize, — while I was sitting across from him (over turnip greens / fried okra / catfish / “sweet-tea” / and ‘chess-pie’…) that it had been 53 years since we had graduated from high school. Much of the stuff we reflected on, I can’t share with you; suffice to say, we had a good time.
From B’ham, I went to Shelby, Alabama to see another ‘half-century’ friend, Jerry (Bull) Dozier.
Jerry’s from my hometown of Graysville, one year younger. We communicate regularly, via email, and I told him I’d come by to say ‘Hello’. He lives by ‘Lay, lake’ (great name for a lake, don’t you think?)
It’s kinda odd how we all went in so many divergent ways. Bob went into the Navy; Jack into electronics, and Jerry had a long career with the football team of “Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith”, later to be called just ‘Merrill Lynch’.
The diversity of our hometown was weird / gigantic / even strange. One of our hometown buddies went on to be president of Alabama Gas Corporation; another was a multi-millionaire ‘coal-broker’ in Kentucky. Another is a software hot-rod in Philadelphia… I myself became a ‘pole-dancer’ out in ‘Vegas at the ‘Razzle-Dazzle’ Club. (Get in touch if you want any tickets.)
Back to Jerry, he was the perfect host and took me for multiple boat rides on ‘Lay’ lake… (Lotsa jokes there…)
fed me dinner of grilled cow, and ALL the fixin’s (including chocolate ice cream for desert.) It really was great to see him, and we picked up just like we had left off… 50 years ago.
From Shelby, I went down to Daphne, Alabama (think Mobile, here) to see Corky’s (above) fraternal-twin sister, Cathy.
She fixed this fabulous ‘vegan’ lunch,
and showed me around FairHope, Alabama;
arguably one of the prettiest little cities I’ve ever seen. (My hometown of Graysville could take a tip or two from Fairhope.)
I had a little dental problem early on in my trip, a dental-bridge dislodged and I had to have it cemented back on. Sooooo… I was blasting through Foley, Alabama, and noticed over on my right “Dentistry of Foley”, with young Dr. Alan Allgood presiding. (“Allgood” is a pretty good name for a dentist, don’t you think?) – I did a standing-wheelie-U-turn and roared in to see if they could work me in. “Sho-huff”, no problem…” I asked him if he had any other patients from Las Vegas, and he said I was the first. He quickly put ‘Humpty-Dumpty’ back together again, and I was on my way.
I stopped a bit early in Tallahassee today, cuz I was ‘tard’… Cumulatively, ‘motor-sickle’ ridin’ gets to you, and every now and then you have to ‘get off the road’ and chill… so that’s what I did.
In the morning, I’m going to make a ‘fast-blast’ to Tampa… gonna try out for the ‘Buccaneers’ while I’m there.
I’ll be back in touch… enjoy the pitchers…
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