MUSHY'S MOOCHINGS: WHEN JEFF COMES TO TOWN

Friday, July 31, 2009

WHEN JEFF COMES TO TOWN


Yes sir, ol’ “Fat” himself, Mr. Jeff Wilson from Killeen, TX, and famous for his “Fathairybastard” Blog came to see ol’ Mushy for a couple of days this week. This is his third trip and each trip seems to bring us closer together. He’s like a brother to me and I thoroughly enjoy his visits. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed his company so much this time that I followed him part of the way home, to Memphis, just to spend the best of three more days with him – but more on that in the next post!

Jeff got into town on Monday and we headed for the “Good Ol’ days Diner” for a quick lunch. Judy and I decided to feed him enough to get him to Ozone Falls and up on Black Mountain, and then on to Big Ed’s Pizza for supper! We weren’t about to let the boy go hungry!

Jeff loved the huge boulders upon on Black Mountain and promised to come back when all the copperheads were hibernating! However, we did get to the top of one overlook and walked beneath one of the rock over hangs where Indians camped long ago when on “long hunts”.

Finally, we got to one of the things he insisted we do again, and that’s visit Big Ed’s and share a pizza. Terri and Steve met us there and we really enjoyed ourselves over a pizza and beer feast. To our surprise, Big Ed has branched out is now offering a wider selection of draft beers – Fat Tire and Yuengling, to name a couple. What a difference variety makes in the world of beer! (There will be more on what we ate over the last few days on mushyscookings.blogspot.com, later in the week.) We split a couple of pitchers and then broke for my house again.

If there’s anything the boy likes more than pizza and beer, it’s sitting on my back porch with a cigar, a beer, listening to my tunes, and looking out over the lake. The screened porch is situated in such a way that you feel like you are high up in a big tree-house. This July has been unusually wet for East Tennessee and everything is still deeply green and clean looking. When the pollen subsides, I too like to sit our there as much as Judy does. She’s out there reading as I write!

Tuesday morning came and we met Neena and Ron at Mimis Cafe for breakfast. After a very satisfying meal, we broke into teams…the Dragons deciding to go shopping in Turkey Creek, while we, manly men, took off for Smoky Mountain Knife Works and Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, TN!

As you can see Jeff was in hog-heaven at the knife store. I think he touched almost all of them and they got a lot!

So, with the shopping over, we headed back to Gander Mountain to kill time until it was time to meet the ladies, and my son Corey. We finally got to the third place Jeff made me promise to take him back to…Wild Wings Cafe! As Corey is fond of saying, there was plenty of “carnage” after the meal!

We wanted to drop by Steve’s afterwards and shoot Jeff’s M-16, but the rains came and forced us back on the porch. Only the smell of gun powder and sounds from yesteryear could have made the evening better. Like I said, the boy likes his cigars and if you note in one of these shots he has a big tooth pick stuck through the butt of a cigar. He’s “toking” that thing like it was a joint or something! I said something about tar, but he just says, “Dude, these things are expensive!”

Jeff bought the Colt AR-15 (M-16) just because it was early Vietnam vintage and looked just like the one I had in ‘Nam. Here’s a “then and now” shot for you viewing pleasure. No laughing or pointing out what is obvious either guys! I think the photo was worth the price of the firearm to Jeff, who took great pride in bringing a “piss-pot” for me to better re-enact the “mail room” shot from DaNang I had taken sometime in 1966.

Oh yes, if I don’t mention the gun anymore in the Memphis post, please remind me…it plays into another good part later! Of course, Jeff may mention it before me…so check his post out first…if he does I won’t rub it in any more!

Wednesday morning found Judy and I in our car headed for Memphis, with Jeff following along behind us. I was leading the way taking directions from the bossy lady in the GPS and we made it to Memphis in about five and half hours. We booked into the Westin, just a block from Beale Street and set out for our next adventures!

As Jim “Suldog” Sullivan is known to say… I’ll be back with “More better stuff!

15 comments:

Sandi McBride said...

You have the most exciting life, Mushy...I always get a charge out of reading about what you and Judy are up too! Can't wait to hear more...
Sandi

Mushy said...

Thanks Sandi...it don't take much effort...cause I'm to lazy to make much happen!

Scott from Oregon said...

Man! That sure is a collection of poundage!

I wonder why the expression "Boys will be boys" comes to mind?

Hope you guys stayed out of trouble!

Mushy said...

We did until we got to Beale Street!

BRUNO said...

Yeah, a big, hairy "birdie" told me that the Beale Street scene was just "bustling" with various forms of entertainment!

After that much enjoyment, I'd never have lived long-enough to tell about it! Afraid my "oil-pump" would've blown a seal or two...!

Mushy said...

Might be just what you need Bruno!

Les Becker said...

Every time I see a pic of you and Hairy, I am astounded anew at the size of him. WOW.

Shrinky said...

It's beautiful the friendship that has grown between you both - two bloggers, so many miles apart - who woulda' thought, eh? (Smile)

That last photo is priceless! You all look to have had just a perfect time of it, long may they continue.

BRUNO said...

Nah, I couldn't have handled it! I'd have fainted from the anticipation, only...!!!

Ranger Tom said...

Looks like a good time was had by all! And I love the then/now pic!

I might do one some day, if I can find myself a M-60 laying around...

FHB said...

Wonderful friends and wonderful times! I miss it so. I go through a two week funk when I come home. Can't wait to see all y'all again. Love ya brother.

PRH....... said...

Gotta to join you guys next year, if we are all still kicking and the good Lord is willing.

FHB said...

Best $1300 I ever spent, on that toy there, just to see the look on your face when you took it apart.

Mushy said...

Amazing how it all came back to me! Training is training and deeply embedded!

Becky said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! I think you must have your own table at that wings place, right?