Back in Omaha now, thank goodness, but the Cheekymobile has been traveling. I went to Branson with my mom - we both like the same sort of things, and she didn't complain once if I made the wrong turn, or comment ever on how Iwas driving on the VERTICAL roads in Branson. (The rule there is to strategically place a 4 way stop at the top of each mountain.) The Cheekymobile may have to have its clutch or its emergency brake looked at (joking-I think they are ok), after all the stop and go on the hills that I did. We had a marvelous time.
Thursday was shopping and one more show-Moe Bandy. Mr. Bandy was the only 'country music' show we saw. He was performer of the year in 1979, so I remember hearing him on all of my road trips, truck driving days, and driving to and from college, then again on AFN in Germany when they would have their country music hour in the day. He stood up on stage and admitted that our group of 60 or so in the audience was 'light', but he and the band would play as if we were 3000, which is what the theater held. And he lived up to his promise. His troupe included a funny comedian/clown named Harley Worthit. Mom got to get up close to one of her favorite singers, and he gave me the chance to get their picture. He promised to stay as long as people wanted to talk with him, and I bet he did. One of the great parts of his show - he sang all the top songs that he had originally said 'no' to when their writer sent them to him to consider-and each one of them had gone on to number one by another artist. Not sure I could be that big a person about what I passed up-gave me something to think about.
The coolest thing was - each of the 5 shows had a different tribute to the veterans. The Irish Tenors played the songs of each of the branches, and asked people to stand when theirs was played. Brule gave a special drum tribute to honor veterans. Moe Bandy asked veterans and spouses to stand as he recognized the branches-I got to stand for Rick's (and my) service. The most touching was at the play-they had a color guard on horseback come in, and the audience sang our national anthem, and pledged allegiance.
The trip was good, and even though I was only a few hours away from where I did most of my growing up, I felt like we were on another planet while there. I had very few food issues - having menus on the web gave me plenty of planning time, and staying in a condo meant that most of our meals we cooked. Mom had a great time, and I was happy for that too. Collecting memories is about the best thing I can spend my time doing, these days!