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Mis-Adventures in Graceland

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  1. ssjones

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    Liz and I left New Orleans Monday and headed up to Tupelo and Memphis. My wife is a major Elvis fan, so we had to do the whole Graceland experience. Five hours of E is a bit much for me, but it was fun to see her so excited.

    This evening, we were heading down to Beale Street, which is more to my liking. My wife suggested we drive out to see what was visible of Elvis' old ranch, the Circle G, of which his honeymoon house and ranch remain in decay. The gate to the ranch was open, we had her 4x4 truck, so we drove on in. I saw a guy working some equipment off in the distance, down by the lake. We took pictures of the house, stables and big cross. I noticed the workman leaving. We headed back to the gate and found this:

    Locked up tight with darkness approaching. I eyeballed the chains and gate for a while, before determining we weren't leaving the way we came. I also found a "KEEP OUT" sign, face down in the dirt...

    I drove the perimeter hoping for a whole in the fence or another access. The property must be several hundred acres, criss-crossed by farm trails. I was really starting to get worried that we were either spending the night there or getting a ticket/arrested for trespassing. I remembered the gate near the house looked to be in pretty rough condition. Sure enough, it was barely standing up. I pulled it down, drove the truck across the cattle barrier and out to freedom. I did put the gate back up. I snuck out onto the main highway and I believe no one was the wiser. We do need to get her black truck washed tomorrow..

    The Kings honeymoon hacienda.

    Stables & Cross

    We headed back to civilization for dinner and music on Beale Street. Memphis is pretty smoker friendly, so I was able to enjoy a pipe on a patio.

    This guy put on a great show and did several early Elvis tunes, so that made Liz very happy.

    We visiting the Rock & Soul museum tomorrow morning, then off to Nashville. Stay tuned....

    Al

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    I visited Graceland 25 years ago and it was......informative.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Wow...a Graceland misadventure indeed. Great pics. Glad you managed to escape Al. I shudder to think of what the locals there must do to those caught on the King's property.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDXzLeFUkpc

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    Very cool, and sounds like some of the pickles Lora and I get into when out and about. How did you find out about this place?
    I am a huge elvis fan also. There used to be a "restaurant" in Memphis that was set up with all of the dining areas were livingrooms of a mobile home with El is playing on old radios. They served Elvis's favorite foods and microwave pizza. The staff were all rockabilly and surly, to say the least. I wouldn't want to go back, but back when I was in college, I thought it was neat. And, I'd never had a fried banana sandwich, ha ha.
    Great pics!!

    Michael
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    I'm married to an Elvis freak, she knows every detail, every song and movie. We also meet a Belgium rock-a-billy band yesterday at Graceland, "Smooth abd the Bully Boys"

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    You two make a handsome couple.

    I was actually hoping this story got more complicated, including dodging security and finding Elvis' ghost, but I'm glad you made it out OK.

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

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    ...or yeah, running into the living Elvis in a wheelchair in the back room.

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    Great story. Glad you made it out. For a second, I thought we were headed for something along the lines of "So we backed the truck up about 30 feet, fastened our seat belts..."

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    I'm married to an Elvis freak, she knows every detail, every song and movie. We also meet a Belgium rock-a-billy band yesterday at Graceland, "Smooth abd the Bully Boys"

    I wonder if that's easier than a Beatles' freak!?

    Great story!

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    Good stuff Al. Entertaining to say the least.

    Jason
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    If you ever find yourself in that position again, let me know- I lived in Memphis for 25 years and know some good bail bondsmen...

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    My late mother-in-law and my living older sister were/are both big, if belated, Elvis fans. Joyce, my mother-in-law, made the pilgrimage to Graceland. For her 72nd birthday, I bought my sister an Elvis tray (for sandwiches and drinks) I spotted at a candy shop where I went with my wife. Also available right now for the Elvis fans in your life are Elvis postage stamps which come on a CD-looking stamp sheet; I also bought these for my sister. If you're only so-so on Evis' top hits, he did great gospel, which really seemed to be his personal forte. Heck of a voice, and iconic stage presence. A cruel reminder you can't stay twenty forever. The honeymoon ranch is really forlorn; I had never heard of it before. Now I have something to tell my sister she probably didn't know. I think Elvis was enabled by his male groupie yes-men who catered to his fantasies and neediness -- but I ain't no psychologist.

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    I agree mso489, everyone around Elvis was an enabler. And he was an easy target. Too bad.

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    There was only one King.

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    My wife and I dont share the same level of admiration for Elvis, but seeing her so happy all day made me smile.

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    Dang ! That almost sucked. I tend to carry around everything but the kitchen sink in the back of my truck, including bolt cutters just for such an occasion I know my luck though, they would have rattled around the back of the truck for years, but I would have taken them out when I cleaned the truck a week before the trip Glad you found a way out of there !

    -Ryan Alden
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    [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUOBR21Uo_4]null

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    Good story Al, and I know you had a chain in that Truck, Adventure to Remember.

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    Haha..great story...I'm checking to see if the reward for the trespassers is being offered yet?

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    Bradley: this was my wife's truck, so no chain. But I'm getting one when we get home...

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    I think Elvis was enabled by his male groupie yes-men who catered to his fantasies and neediness

    I agree mso489, everyone around Elvis was an enabler. And he was an easy target. Too bad.

    I like how WZ put it, "Eating fried chicken with his regicidal friends".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NvUEOPqY6c

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    Liz Jones realizes a dream, to talk to DJ "Argo" on the XM Elvis channel which broadcasts from Graceland.

    We made it to the "Rock & Soul Museum" before leaving town. And, I snagged a "Speedway" jacket at Lanskys, an early Christmas present from Liz. That will look cool in the MGB.

    We made it to Nashville last night, and got to hang out in some Broadway honky-tonks till we crashed...
    We're doing the Country Music Hall of Fame today, more honky-tonks tonight.

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    Our last day on vacation was a dozy in Nashville.
    We spend a large part of the day at the Country Music Hall of Fame. My wife noticed one of the attendants at Guest Services name badge said "Hagerstown", which is our small little town in Western Maryland. Sure enough, "Rose Lee" was from Hagerstown. I asked what brought her to Nashville and she said she was a session musician for 50 years. Bingo, I remembered a local newspaper story about Rose, when she turned 90 (she is now 92!). We chatted with her for a while and she tolds to watch in some of the videos, she was playing fiddle and her husband the double neck guitar. Sure, enough, in this Wanda Jackson (Queen of Rockabilly!) she and her husband are in the band.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRPs6Srvovc

    We were too bushed to stay in the downtown area, but happened on a little honky tonk near our hotel (the Nashville Palace). They had a great Western Swing band playing. Jack Pearson, the guitar player for the Allman Brothers even stopped by and played a few song.

    What a day and trip. Tomorrow, the 10 hour drive back to the real world.

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    Sounds like a very cool trip Al.

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