I was in the process of trying to decide the type of wiring I needed on the Fit, to have it ready to tow. I was on the computer researching how to get the wire inside the car from underneath, when I saw a car pull into the drive. My first thought was I don’t have time for visitors.
It was my former neighbor and Shirl’s present neighbor, Jim Arp. He came in and we sat. He said I know I am supposed to call ahead now, not just drop in. Sherry was getting chicken ready for me to pressure cook for her great Chicken A La King. Jim was fascinated by our pictures as they cycle thru, most folks are. We talked. And I put the chicken on to pressure.
We passed the time, Jim has a book he wants to publish, and was asking about my publishing. He has published one book on Hank Williams. Jim is one of the forgotten (rock & roll) heroes of the ‘50’s and 60’s. He was very famous in his time, but is now sort of a recluse. He is about my age, and has had a very colorful life.
He played with some to bigger Rock and Roll groups. he was lead singer of the Del Rays in Florida.
He was the male lead in a couple movies.
I mentioned to him that we spent some time where he toured, in NY. I told about dropping in accidently on BJ Thomas and Billie Joe Royal at at county fair and a girl asking Sherry, “Are there guys supposed to be somebody?”
Jim used to run with Billie Joe and has no use for him at all. He told a lot of personal stuff between the two.
His favorite was Eddie Arnold. Eddie was Jims guest on the Radio when Jim was DJ around here. It was a plus for him to be able to pull that big a string.
Anyway, we enjoyed Jim’s visit, and I began to wonder, why don’t we have time anymore? You would never take Jim for having been out of Belmont, but he is really a great guy, but as I said, ‘a reclusive person’, to have been so out going in his life..
I met Jim Thru his cousin Doug Bryant, one of the best men in business in this area. He worked as a manager and purchasing agent for Stanley Lumber, formerly Belmont Lumber. When I gave Doug a materials list for a house, I KNEW it would be on time and accurate at a good price. Good blood in that family.
Jim was a year behind me in school. He was known as ‘Little Lonely’.
Jim is in the ‘RockaBilly’ Hall of fame. I have a lot more to say about JIM, but it will be later.
We have no idea where our lives will take us, we are just along for the ride.
The Volkswagen futuristic alum. elec. car.
AND in the past, the ‘47 Fleetline Woody!