My next door neighbor here in NC is Jim Arp. Jim was famous once. He starred in one or two movies and is installed in the Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame. He is a song writer and was the lead singer and guitarist in a couple high profile Rock and Roll Bands.
Jim is sort of an eccentric. He owns two older frame houses on our road. He painted one of them completely, with a 2” brush once. That house sorta ‘deteriorated’ and he bought the one beside it and moved in. Jim is 81 now, his mind is sharp and he still remembers lines of jokes he used as the band’s spokesman.
I stopped by and amid the debris (I am thinking Jim is a hoarder) he was sitting painting a landscape, very good, BTW. Anyway I asked him what tree was used for tooth brushes in our earlier years, “The ‘black gum’ Jack. It made the best tooth brush. Do you remember the old ladies also used the black gum brush to install snuff in their bottom lip?”
Yes, I did remember that. I didn’t tell you that one of Jim’s windshield wipers is missing off his car and the back door is tied shut with a rope. He has a tarp over one window that doesn’t close. Right now the thing won’t start and he has a friend coming over to help him start the car.
He sold one of his guitars (1953 Gibson, I think) the other day for a few thousand dollars. I learned that thru another musician who arranged the sale.
I mentioned that because our street is sorta being encroached on by trees, vines and weeds. The city ignores us. I am cutting the tree limbs over the road so I can bring the coach in that drive way. When I started he came out and told me that he and Shirl had wanted the drive like this to discourage traffic. It is a dead end road, our house is at the end of the road.
It was time to quit anyway so I stopped. We do have two drives for our homes but I will go back because it is the best way to our house.
I must tell you who are younger, life’s playing fields seem to become more level with age. There are a lot of retires in Florida. The old man you see at a concert or walking the street could have been a surgeon or an attorney. The musicians you hear could have been at one time famous in their towns. To be honest passing Jim on the street you could think him a bum.
Another buddy up the street who is wealthy ( he owned a machine shop at one time), you would also think as mentally off.
Heck, you might think the same of me. LOL But then I ain’t never been nobody! LOL
One of my jobs here in the motor home is to prepare our morning coffee every night since I am always the last on up. I just stopped this entry to do that. The ground coffee smells so good. I just read that ‘the smelling of coffee can improve your brain function.’ I hope that is true!
Don’t tell anyone but I am snacking on milk, crackers and mild cheddar cheese as I type. I love the combined tastes.