HALF A LEAGUE, HALF A LEAGUE, HALF A LEAGUE ONWARD! (Why only half a league? Another major league baseball strike?) Who knows. CANNON TO RIGHT OF THEM, CANNON TO LEFT OF THEM! (Oh wait, those are toll booths. My bad.) Well, as you can see, my spring road trip/book signing tour got off to poetic and humorous start. (Surprise, surprise.) How so you ask? Well, my darling wife decided to wash my sneakers the night before we left. (She wanted me to make a good impression when we reached Tupelo!) My friends, sneakers take a while to dry. I won’t belabor the point, but let’s just say that the incident encouraged me to write a new screenplay….. “Honey, I Shrunk The Keds!”
I could have reacted violently, or “conversely” I could have let bygones by bygones. I took the high ground. (I left her at a hilltop rest stop!) Then I realized she had my wallet in her purse, so I returned to the scene of the crime. How could she ruin my new sneakers? Well, my friends, you are never too old to learn something stupid. Thus began our memorable road trip!
Our first (planned) stop was Baton Rouge, which in French means “Baton Rouge.” (Fooled you, didn’t I?) In English, Baton Rouge means “red stick.” (The city was built on the site of a tall cypress tree, redish in color.) It must have been a mighty big stick, and it certainly has affected the residents. (Most of them talk softly, but carry a big stick.) I often talk softly and perform a little shtick.
According to a recent article in Garden and Gun Magazine (one of the best magazines in America) the very best hamburger in the country is to be found at Fat Cow Burgers in Baton Rouge….. close to the L.S.U. Campus. Naturally, I had to stop there and see for myself. Patty and I ordered the featured burger, which consisted of the following ingredients…. A toasted “potato bun” with a hand ground 8 oz. angus burger topped with Benton’s apple smoked bacon, Gruyere cheese, caramelized onion, fresh arugula, sliced tomato, and….. horseradish mayonnaise! (Accompanied by thick, hand cut french fries!) The verdict? OMG. They were truly wonderful! (The draft Abita beer was also a nice touch.) If you’re within 1,000 miles of Baton Rouge, just go. You’ll thank me later!
Hey, today is Mother’s Day, and since I have the most wonderful mother in the world, I want to remind you to call your own mom and tell her how much you love her. If you can’t get through, call my mom. (But don’t call collect!) I already tried that, and she won’t accept the charges. (Hey, what’s up with that?)
Earlier today, I drove up to Tupelo, Mississippi in a VERY unusual fashion. I was completely naked! (Just kidding) I drove up on the Natchez Trace Parkway, one of the oldest and most scenic routes in America. The experience was nothing short of incredible, and I will go into more detail later. My God, do we have a beautiful country!
Well, I’ve been on the road (actually inside a car) for the last 6 hours, so I need to bathe and go sleepyville. I will write again soon, so look for my next post! If you’ve enjoyed my writing, just remember….. stealing ideas from one person is plagiarism. Stealing from a group of people is called research!
Love to all,