Back home after a great Thanksgiving
11/25/2006 4:39:58 PM
Journal entry for Saturday, November 25, 2006
I rolled back into Raleigh this afternoon with a beautiful sunset at my back, content with the memories of a great weekend up in West Virginia with my folks.
Like many of you, I went home for Thanksgiving and spent the day with my Mom and Dad and my brother's family. We had the traditional turkey and way too many trimmings and enjoyed the day under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures. The weather held for Friday and Saturday and it was, all in all, a wonderful holiday in a perfect autumn setting. The drive across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains is breathtaking at any time of year.
When I got home I checked in and my mom told me that brother Randy who plays with Clinton Collins and The Creek Boys, stopped by the house on their way back from a gig up at Thomas, West Virginia on Friday night. Mom said the band came in and played a few mountain fiddle tunes with my dad and that made his day. He will soon be 87 years old and has been playing the fiddle for about 75 years and can still play a mean Sally Good'un or Black Mountain Rag with the right encouragement. I'm sorry I missed that jam session.
AKC COONHOUNDS ON WTN SUPERTALK 99.7 IN NASHVILLE
This morning I had the privilege of doing a live interview on Supertalk 99.7, WTN in Nashville. I was a guest on the Outdoors With Doug Markham Show. Doug wanted to know about the AKC coonhound program and I was glad for the opportunity to fill him and his listeners in on what's happening at the New AKC. I enjoyed the visit with Doug and really appreciate the opportunity to be on the show. If you are in the WTN market area and heard the show, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be interesting to see how many of you heard the show.
WE'RE TAKING YOUR GIFTS TO ST. JUDE NEXT WEEK
One of the things I mentioned on the Outdoors with Doug Markham Show is the visit Executive Field Rep Jimmy Phillips and I will be taking to Memphis on December 6 to join the Decatur County World's Largest Coon Hunt volunteers when they present the check for the 2006 St. Jude Hunt to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. What a proud moment that will be, to be able to represent all the coon hunters across the land that helped to make this year's contribution of more than $208,000 the largest ever for the charity and fully $28,000 more than the year before. The Decatur County volunteers earned the "Volunteer Group of the Year" award for the outstanding effort. It just makes me proud to be a coonhunter and I know it does the same for you. Thank you to all that made the 2006 St. Jude hunt such an overwhelming success!