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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Pt3

So mom and dad had a most enjoyable sleep at the Hilton in Huntsville.  Unfortunately, it was a case of up and out and on the road at 8am.  No more visiting with June and Jim….mom thought of phoning them around 6:30am and thought better of it.  Dad adjusted the GPS on their little car and off they went back to Memphis.  Mom says the car ride was uneventful.

Mom and dad went cruising through Memphis and were crossing a bridge when mom hollered, “We’re in Arkansas! Let’s stop and get a souvenir of Arkansas.” Dad looked at her like she was acting weird again but stopped at a gas station. Mom jumped out….or should I say crawled out…she’d been sitting for over 4 hours. Inside the gas station, she didn’t see anything like a souvenir so asked the man behind the counter. He looked just like a serial killer off of Criminal Minds as he said, “NO..we don’t have that kind of stuff, lady!”

Arkansas gas station attendant looked just like this Criminal Minds serial killer

Arkansas gas station attendant looked just like this Criminal Minds serial killer

Look at that face…he would have scared me.

Mom went back to the car and told dad that Arkansas peeps didn’t seem that friendly so let’s get back to Memphis. Dad set up the GPS. They were back in Memphis very quickly and went to Sun Studios. This is where Elvis recorded his first songs. This place was just a “hole-in-the-wall” type of place.

l-r Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis and Johnny Cash

l-r Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis and Johnny Cash

The singers in the picture had their start at Sun Studio.

Mom was anxious to go and meet my friend, Pete Saunders mom for lunch. Pete is the co-leader of the ThunderCats Patrol in Cat Scouts. Off they scurried and had a terrific chat and lunch with Teresa.

Mom and dad piled into the car again and headed to the Civil Rights Museum. The museum is situated right beside the Lorraine Motel…where Martin Luther King was shot.

moments before the shot

Moments before the shot

A charismatic and power leader....what a waste?

A charismatic and powerful leader….what a waste?

One cannot help but get choked up at the plight of the coloured man/woman. It’s hard to believe that this is the United States and not some fascist country!  Can you imagine being in chains and forced to work without enough water or food? Your family was taken away from you and sold to plantations far away. Never, ever knowing where your child ended up…is he alive or dead? In western Canada, we heard some news about the struggles of Negroes and saw some riots on TV but we were not in the climate of anxiety like the southern states were. To do this museum justice, you must spend at least 4 hours combing through the exhibits and write-ups. Fascinating!!

The pawents headed back to the hotel. Mom says she can’t remember if she ate out….although she must have. They were very tired because they did all of these activities in one day. So it was time for a little shut-eye.

Feb 23rd. Monday morn at 4am they were up to catch. “The City of New Orleans,” to Nawlins’. Mom says the strange thing about Memphis was there were hardly any cars on the road. It was quieter than Prince George. She figures it was because of the freezing rain.

Look at the ice on this truck!

Look at the ice on this truck!

Mom and dad went slippin’ and slidin’ onto the train. Hey, this looks familiar, those steep stairs again. The bathroom is downstairs and coach isn’t.  Hmmm.

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Agh….comfy. Mom brought some sandwiches for lunch and accidentally sat on them. Whoops, she tried plumping them up a bit. A little fluffing here and there….good as new…well almost. The train started up and that was it for mom….

The busy schedule caught up with mom

The busy schedule caught up with mom

There were many sights one doesn’t see here in western Canada. The Spanish Moss hanging from the trees was beautiful. Mom wondered if the moss actually killed the tree or was it just the time of year they saw them.

Spanish moss on this tree...awesome!

Spanish moss on this tree…awesome!

Lunch time. Dad declined the squished sandwiches saying he wasn’t hungry….. ENOUGH. Mom dug into an Italian sandwich…pepperoni, Hungarian salami and cervelat salami…Mmmm. Ohh that’s another thing mom noticed…everywhere there was Coke no Pepsi. The little cafeteria on the train had Coke so a diet Coke it was.

They arrived in New Orleans around 3:30pm and headed straight for the condo. They walked into the building just off of Bourbon St. The facility was under construction…men were scuffling back and forth.  Mom was wondering if they got a “pig in a poke.” Finally they found their floor after going through several doors….which cut the noise down. Mom and dad then walked and walked and walked some more. There wasn’t a peep out of any construction folk by the time they made it to the condo. They were delighted when they opened the door.

Livingroom

Living room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Bedroom

Bedroom

Whoohoo, the same bed for more than one night. They deposited all their luggage and headed out for a bite of dinner.

At the corner of Bienville (their street) and Bourbon was a band in the middle of the street. Bourbon St, was blocked off to vehicles. Imagine….Monday night!

After watching the band for awhile the pawents ate and went back to the condo for the night. Their colds were full-blown by now and they slept like babes.

The final part will cover their stay in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana.

Playing with Canada Post Goodies

The mail lady came today with a happy surprise for all of us.  This lady snuck up onto our porch and rang the doorbell.  I screamed. “introoder alert,”  Then I hot pawed it under the bed.  Tyebe looked at me as if I was nuts.  She’ll learn one day.                                                      

It was a parcel for us from the Overlook Twins.

No, no, not those two.  They’re girls.  The Overlook Twins I’m thinking of are real he-men and they’re from France.  You can see them on Easy Blog.  Just call them Phenny and Neilson.                                                         These are the guys I’m referring to.  Don’t they look like they could do serious harm?  My kind of dudes.

Look at the stuff they sent us.  Mom also got a package from the Overlook Twins mom.                                                                            There is a Play and Bowl.  It’s cool.  I’s didn’t use the bowl but mom is going to put treats in it and see if mes can sniff them out. mol *hic*

Me’s fuzzy cause I’s so fast that no camera can catch me’s without going blurry.                                                                         Shoko had to try the Play and Bowl too.

The velvet lips are just me size and mes planning on hauling them around the house.

It has been a fun playing day thanks to the Overlook Twins. Thanks doods.

Night all!

SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE

Christ-Mess At Shoko and Kali’s

 

Dudes!!  We get to put out the Christmas stuff today.  I can now officially call the special day Crisp-Mouse….one of my favourite times.                                                 cm1Hey, my toys are here too!  You got us in a real mess mom.

cm2Did you get my cards off in Cat Scouts?  Whaddaya mean, “Not all of them.”  *sigh*

shoksantacapeHo Ho…even.  donechrispmouse

Wednesday’s Wordy As….. Hi There!

When mom and dad were in Barkerville they got their picture taken.  Prepare yourself…..this is unique my friends.

Mom in a bonnet and dad looking like he’d beat the cwap outta anybody interfering with his family.  MOL

Today is also Collect Rocks Day so Bashful and Chip went out to the Lane to chat with the local stoners and rockers.  I see them headed for home now.  They have some pebble with them.

Hey Shoko  I would like to introduce you to my new friend.  She is very shy.

What is her name Chip?  Gee, I don’t know.  She grabbed a ride with us when we left Barkerville.  Really?  Where did she hide?  She climbed into the bag with the other flats.  She must be hungry….what does she eat Chip?  The same as you and Bashful?  Yeah, let’s get your mom to give  her some of the good stuff, sifted sand.  Is she alone or did someone come with her from Barkerville?  Another stone came with her.  This little pebble is quite young.  How old is she Chip?  I don’t know for sure but she is around my age.  Bashful is talking with her friend and thinks he may stay with her as she is very upset about leaving Barkerville.  OK, I’m sure Bashful will help her.  You make her comfy Chip and try to find out her name.

Mom is very happy with her canning from the other day.  The end is now in sight.

Kali is delighted with our Yeowwy Green Fish mom got from the opening of Pet Smart.

I wonder if Bashful will bring the upset stone home?  Guess I’ll find out soon.