Friday, December 23, 2016

Here n' there and all about the town



My goodness, but time gets away!


Thank you so much for everyone's thoughtful comments on my last post. I apologize for not taking time to respond to each one.  What can I say?  ... Holiday hiccups and copious amounts of laziness got the better of me.  (BTW, BF Debbie is doing wonderfully.)



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Let's see.  When we last spoke, I mentioned a little getaway down south.
Truth be told, not that far south.


A few months back I spotted something about these guys' upcoming appearance at Wild Horse Pass, and hustled to order tickets.
(The last time we made plans to see CDB, Tom had the nerve to go and get his hip replaced.  LOL!)

I wanted to get us a hotel room there so we might enjoy some adult beverages and a nice late supper at Shula's after the concert -- without worrying about getting behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, when I checked reservations, that little plan got hurled out the window.
(I'm sure some people don't bat an eye about paying $200/night for a soft mattress and shower ... but this gal's not one of them!)

Then again ...
I summoned my moxie and asked my boss what she thought if I asked our former DOS - now WHP's Rooms Mgr., if she would consider extending me a "friends and family" discount.
Crazy, but Michele went above and beyond, and got Denise to comp our stay!

A random Brit came along as I was taking this and asked, "Is he holding still for you?"
(Giggle)


Some would call the room's decor 'top-shelf' -- but its modern (aka, stark) design and gray/blue palates left me underwhelmed.  Not our idea of comfort, but I suppose that's what's popular right now.  
  
I totally messed up and didn't think about making dinner reservations until the 11th hour.   They were totally booked, but rather than getting back in the car and up the highway, we decided to try their 24/7 cafe.  
WOW.  I take back any misconceptions I may have had about casino-food.   Our prime-rib dinners, the presentation ... even the service was amazing, and given it being on an Indian reservation, very reasonably priced.

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Totally disgruntled by the huge crowds and ill-mannered attendees at other huge concert venues, WHP's more-intimate venue was really refreshing.


And Charlie?  
Whoa.  That fellow has more vim-and-vigor at 80 years old than I did at 8!

He kept everyone chuckling, recalling stories of his youth - eavesdropping on his mother's (phone) party-lines ... even his son's attempts to drag him into the electronic age.  
"Why do I need e-mail?  Here's plenty of envelopes and postage stamps."  
(Don't even get him started on Twitter!)

Sure, some of it's probably contrived.
But there's no mistaking his love of God and love of the United States of America.
Neither Tom or I'd ever seen a more stirring rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Truth be known, I liked his music, OK - but I never loved it.  
That's Tom's department.  
Except, since I've been following CDB's Facebook page, I've come to Really Respect that whiskered fella and his weekly "soapboxes."
For those who don't know what I'm talking about here's a sampling.  Kinda sums up what I feel myself, but never had the knack to express it in so many words.
(No, I don't mean read it Right Now.  I figure y'all have one or two more important things on your plates right now.  *smile*)


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So! ...
Our itty-bitty trees and significant holiday touchstones are in place ...  baking's done ... packages have all been delivered (love you, UPS!) ... and we've but one obligation remaining this evening.

For Yule's sake, here are a few of my favorite and/or meaningful holiday moments frozen in time.


ca. 1953.  Wish I had a pair of those bunny slippers right now!

Abilene, TX, 1979.  How I loved that fireplace!

My dad's last Christmas, 1980. (Far left.)  
With former in-laws, Bartow, FL

Son Troy, me and mother.  (1982)

G'daughters Sarah and Chloe.  Port Charlotte, FL.

When Tom met Caraleigh he observed,  "She looks like a tamale with eyes."


Wild Horse Pass, Dec. 2016

Always and forever ... I'm so grateful for your friendship.
Y'all are a honest-to-goodness blessing!


Merry Christmas n' hugs from Phoenix,
Myra

30 comments:

  1. Hey Jay Leno is wearing those bunny slippers in a commercial selling Michelin Tires. And for the record my momma was born in Abilene, TEXAS. LOVELY pics of you and company. Your little jaunt sounded like alot of fun. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours.

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    1. I've not seen that commercial, but Jay's humor's so versatile ... I'll bet it's adorable.

      Happy New Year, Taryterre!

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  2. Myra, Merry Christmas to you and yours! I really enjoyed reading this post and seeing the 'old' photos! Bartow is just down the street from us (as you know!). Love & hugs!

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    1. Aw, thank you. :)
      It sounds as if we were both very blessed.

      Happy New Year to you and Joe!

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  3. How fun with the mini getaway to see Charlie Daniels and to have the rooms comped :) A delightful evening that I am sure you and Tom will remember fondly for many days ahead! So sweet with all the pictures. I was touched with the picture of you, your son, and your mom. A tender moment I bet that was. I don't blame you for not wanting to pay $200 for a hotel room when you are barely in the room anyway (isn't that outrageous??) Though I have to say in my youth in 1994 we payed $150 a night for a 2 night minimum at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas to see Phil Collins in concert. I didn't regret it then, but now I wonder if perhaps money could have been better spent.

    Merry Christmas dear friend (and see you at Cheesecake Factory 12/31; looking forward to it!) (and we are not talking about "it"). We are moving forward :)

    betty

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    1. Oh, I used to love Phil Collins. That had to have been a fun adventure!

      I'm looking forward, too ... mostly to Cheesecake (to be honest), but cautiously optimistic for 2017.

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    2. Oh how I wish I could be there too!!!

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    3. You've no idea how much I'd like that, Paula! Have new, cute Mitsubishi will travel?

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  4. First of all, I love that photo of the horse. Second, in my humble and hopelessly frugal opinion, forty bucks is too much to pay for a motel room Okay, I'm jesting....sort of....

    It sounds like you had a delightful time on your recent getaway. I've always liked Charlie Daniels - I hadn't realized he's 80. The guy is obviously navigating better than I am.

    Caraleigh is so sweet. She definitely does look like a tamale with eyes!
    I haven't seen a pair of bunny slippers in ages.
    Your Texas fireplace looks very similar to my TX fireplace....and I do definitely miss it!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Ya, I was transfixed by that horse sculpture. 'Wish I had a better quality camera than that on my ailing cell. The plight(?) of the Salt River wild horse population (in and around Wild Horse Pass) is near and dear to my heart.

      Happy New Year, Jon!

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  5. I really enjoyed Christmas past in your family photos. and wow on the comp for the room that night. love those bunny slippers and the fur coat, I remember both of them when they were popular. Merry Christmas and so glad you had a great time with Charlie and of course your husband.

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    1. Thanks for saying that, Sandra!

      I recall your mention of being drawn to posts containing photos ... so I'm going to do my best going forward.

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  6. We saw CDB just after his first hit Uneasy Rider. He was touring with Lynyrd Skynyrd. There were some greT pickers on that stage.
    Sounds like your getaway was a good one.
    R

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    1. What a memorable evening yours had to have been! I'm more a lyrics person - v. Tom's instrumentals - but we were both blown away by Charlie's lead guitarist. Passion personified.

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  7. You really had a wonderful trip south! Nice to get away and relax and enjoy life. Sounds just perfect! Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Ma ... glad you stopped by!

      As we get older, I'm not so fond of travelling long distances. This - but an hour from home - was perfect, indeed.



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  8. As always a beautiful to your life and family. Love the tale about CDB and getting there. I am always amazed at folks who can easily drip $200 for a bed and bath. But to each his own credit card bills.
    Loved the family pictures, THANKS!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND TOM, WISHING Y'ALL THE BEST!

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    1. How is it, I wonder, your comments always resonate so sweetly.

      Sometimes I wonder if the "rich and famous" really appreciate what they've got when they go around slapping down hundreds without a qualm. I don't know about you, but I'll never forget the first hundred-dollar bill I owned and how I hated to cash it.

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  9. If I ever see Charlie in person, I'm sure I would sit there in goose bumps the whole time. He is so very patriotic and I wish would perform for Trump's Inauguration Day. Great about the comp. I guess if we don't ask, we don't receive. That's what Scripture says. Still, I admire your moxie! Merry Christmas to you and Tom and I wish you guys a very healthy and prosperous New Year too.

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    1. Ya, there were a few goosebumps moments. :) What warmed my heart, there were more than a few good-old boys and unashamed rednecks in the audience.

      Wishing you and Tom a peaceful week and a very Happy New Year!

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  10. Sounds like a nice little get away.

    Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Thank you, Kim!
      Happy New Year back at-cha. :)

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  12. How awesome to get to stay and enjoy those adult beverages!! Absolutely love the photos from the past. Merry Christmas, hope you day was a beautiful one.

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    1. Ha. 'Just wish I still had the stamina to fully enjoy more than one 'adult' beverage!

      Yes, our day was quiet and lovely. Thank you for your sweet wishes!

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  13. Love Charlie Daniels. I am a country girl at heart!! I was 'country when country wasn't cool" Sounds like a great trip! Loved all the pictures. Your dad looks like a man who knew how to have fun!! Hope your Christmas was the best!!

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  14. Funny, I never thought about my dad as being 'fun' ... rather a strict, silent type. Looking back and remembering his PASSION for good food and travel ... yes, I'll bet he was fun. I foolishly believed he'd be around forever.

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  15. Merry Christmas and now Happy New Year, Myra!

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    1. Thank you!
      Happy New Year to you and yours, Dayle!

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  16. What a fun time you and Tom shared! Charlie Daniels is some kinda talent! I have always admired him. Glad you enjoyed a terrific weekend.

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