This morning reminded me of a day in late October as Pheebs and I skipped our walk due to a cold rainy drizzle. Under cloudy skies and intermittent showers with a touch of heat on in the Jeep, we made our way to Goderich, grabbed a McDs coffee, and headed down to the harbor. Two large ships in port with the Algoma Intrepid loading salt and the ocean-going bulk carrier Whistler taking on a load of soybeans for Belgium.
MORNING WALK IN GODERICH'S ROTARY COVE UNSETTLED SKIES THIS MORNING THE OCEAN-GOING BULK CARRIER 'WHISTLER' IS IN PORT LOADING SOYBEANS THE WHISTLER SITS HIGH OUT OF THE WATER SUGGESTING IT HAS NOT TAKEN ON ITS LOAD OF SOYBEANS YET
|LOOKS LIKE WHISTLER HAS HAD A FEW SCRAPES ALONG THE WAY|WORK IS ONGOING IN THE CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND AREA AT ST, CHRISTOPHER'S BEACH A NEW WALKWAY LEADS OUT TO THE END OF THE HARBOR'S SOUTH PIER ALTHOUGH DRESSED FOR THE COOLER WEATHER THESE FELLAS FORGOT TO PUT THEIR LONG PANTS ON I HAVE THE HEATER GOING IN THE JEEP WHILE THIS FELLOW CONTEMPLATES THE WILLOW TREE IN SHORT SLEEVES AND SHORTS
|THE DRIVE OUT TO ROTARY COVE IS OFTEN FRAUGHT WITH FEATHERY JAYWALKERS|
My television time each day usually takes place between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight. I generally look for documentaries, things on the Smithsonian channel, musical groups, history, etc. Monday night I came across a documentary entitled, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge 1970. A film crew follows a short period of time when Elvis played at the International Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. It's a behind-the-scenes look at Elvis as the public never saw him. It shows him rehearsing with his band and singers and the horsing around and kibbitzing that went on. Of particular interest to me was the realization that this documentary had been filmed in the very same hotel and casino I had once stayed in. One time in the mid 80's I had the opportunity to fly to Las Vegas and attend a large photography convention there. As it turns out, the Hotel I stayed at was the very one Elvis had lived and played at back in 1970. I remember the first or second morning I was there I had gone down early to the lobby and casino area to walk around and look at everything. All the carpeting, the golden chandeliers, the sounds of the casino, the grand opulence, glitter, and glam. I'd never seen anything like this in my little hometown village of Tavistock located in the rural farmlands of southern Ontario, Canada. Walking around like a bug-eyed tourist (which I was) looking at everything, I noticed a door with a sign saying auditorium or something. I opened the door, looked inside, and instantly recognized the large room from the many pictures I had seen over the years of Elvis Presley on stage in this very same large auditorium. It was the unique burgundy and white seating I recognized right away, the booths where many famous people had come to see Elvis perform. And there at the far side of this large spacious auditorium was the stage where not only Elvis, but many well-known performers had once entertained. I stood there for a minute, lost in my imagination, gazing into this now quiet darkened room with all its memories. I then closed the door and continued on my way wallowing in thought. I had all but forgotten this memory until I watched the Elvis documentary for a while tonight. Of course, it spurred other memories from my few days in Vegas at that time. I walked the whole Vegas strip all the way to 'old Vegas' itself one evening taking photos of all the bright lights and casinos along the way. I still have all those photos but haven't looked at them in about 40 years. They were taken with my 35mm Pentax camera on slide film at the time. Oh, the wonderful memories we all have.
SKIES WERE STILL GRUMPY ALL THE WAY HOME
GROANER'S CORNER:(( This woman, who believed in natural birth, was having these abnormal contractions, went to see her Doctor. "Doc", she said, "I'm feeling these abnormal contractions". The Doctor took a listen, and said, "My dear lady, you're going to be having triplets!" Baffled, the woman asked: "How can you tell?" The Doctor responded saying, "I'm hearing inside: 'No, you go first!', 'No, you go first!', 'No, you go first!'
Kodak slides ... I must have a "million" of them stashed away in boxes. LOLReplyDelete
Memories are wonderful and you have so many photos to back all of yours up.ReplyDelete
Yes, the memories! I have lots of time to think about them these days too.ReplyDelete