10 Days Of Dougie (Day 2)
How Come, Pine Acres and Flash Mobs
April 17, 2018
Happy Tuesday and welcome to the show. It’s Day 2 of the “Ten Days of Dougie” series and you’ll have to excuse me if I’m a little off today. Well I’m actually a little off every day, but fighting a stress headache this morning and my head is doing the bongo-drum special. And between that and my lovely and adorable cat, Goldie, who is being especially affectionate this morning, aka “up my ass every time I move”, it’s a rough way to start the day. But start the day, I will. This will probably split column, not that you’d know it if I didn’t mention it. I have to leave here in about thirty minutes or so to go do my duties as a volunteer for Hope In Christ Ministries and that’ll take about 30 to 45 minutes. I may also, while I’m out, go get a haircut, at Clip’s Haircuts For Men, a proud sponsor of this site and a damn good place to get a great haircut at an affordable price. Quick and quality service. Go to Clips, located at Scotland Crossing Shopping Center in Laurinburg, NC, two doors down from Food Lion, and let Jennifer make you look all great and sexy. Clips – We Want To Cut Your Hair!
Yes, I just did a promo for the Barber Shop. It’s cool though because Jennifer is that damn good at the cutting and strutting and it’s a great shop. And I do highly recommend them for the entire family and all your hair cutting needs. White hair, black hair, straight hair, curly hair, men, women, children, old, young, in-between, whatever… Jennifer can cut them all and do it right the first time. Give her a shot. You will NOT regret it.
And now that I’d gotten my “commercials” out of the way,and by the way, I didn’t intend to actually do that, but it just came out and felt right so I’m leaving it here. She really does give great haircuts. Now, what was I saying? Oh yeah, let’s move on and get this party started. Let’s quit the chit chat and get over to the “Magic Bag” and see what is on the agenda for today. We have “How Come”, “Pine Acres” and “Flash Mobs”. This should be fun. Let’s get busy and do this…
So where do I go with this one? Do I start off by asking the questions that have me pondering day in and day out like, how come people see a sign that says, “No Cell Phones” and then continue to talk on their cell phone? Or how come people smoke pot, reek of the smell of pot and then complain when they get questioned by cops about pot? Or how come people continue to talk when the Miz’s hand goes up. (Wrestling reference). So many questions, but the answer to all of them is the same. People are stupid idiots. And fo you know what happens to stupid idiots who continue to act like stupid idiots even when they should know better? In the words of Chris Jericho, “they just made the list!”. I miss Jericho and I’ll be glad when he’s back with the WWE again.
I could go so many places with this topic, but I’ll go in just one. This is a question I have for a very special person who means the absolute world to me and I love as much as a man can love another man, but in a totally heterosexual way (damn it!) Things change and I get that, but it’s not how or what it was or should be. And in the words of Eminem and the hardest working band in music, D12, I just can’t help but wonder, “How Come?”. Insert song lyrics here…
So I changed huh?
You got a phone
Pick it up
How come, we don’t even talk no more
And you don’t even call no more
We don’t barely keep in touch at all
And I don’t even feel the same love when we hug no more
And I heard it through the grapevine
We even been beefin’ now
After all the years we been down
Ain’t no way no how
This bullshit can’t be true
Ain’t a damn thing changed
Unless its you
I miss you brother. Call me.
And moving on…
And now, we move on to Pine Acres Lodge, a local motel where I’ve got a ton of memories, experiences and moments. If those walls could talk, I’d probably be in prison or dead, but still. I’ve stayed at many motels over the years, but it is and will always be my absolute favorite. Owned by the Riggins family here in Laurinburg, Pine Acres has been around for at least forty years and I believe far longer. It was here when we moved to Laurinburg in 1981 and it’s still here, going stronger than ever.
Okay, I left and now I’m back. Did you miss me? Awwwww. I missed you too. Now what was I saying?
Oh yeah, Pine Acres has been around for nearly forever it seems. And the memories I have of that place. So many parties with twenty or thirty of my closest friends, some of who I had never met before that night nor ever saw again afterwards. It was nearly every weekend for a while there. I would go get a room and Miss Jeffcoat, the woman who worked the desk would give me “that look” before taking my information and asking how many people. I’d always say one or sometimes two and she’d give me “that look” again. And then she’d put me in a room far away from the rest of the guests and we’d party hard. I think we, my crowd and I, saw five New Year’s in a row come in while staying at the motel. It was always a good time. And most of the memories and stories, I can’t even begin to tell you because people are still alive, married and are all respectable members of the community now. But back then? I’m so damn glad we didn’t have the cell phones and camera’s everywhere like the people do now. It would not be pretty.
But closing this, Pine Acres is a nice motel that has a lot of class, a lot of atmosphere and is a huge part of my life, especially from ages 19 to about 27 or 28. And even now, it still seems to call to me sometimes and be a part of my life. Hell, I was there three times last week, and yes, he is kind of cute. So glad the walls can’t talk. And if I ever get in the mood to really tell all about a lot of folks, the stories of Pine Acres would be the place to start. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha! That was my evil laugh by the way. I’m sure some people are stressing now, but don’t worry. The walls of that vintage inn don’t talk and neither will I. But damn, what memories. It’s true. It’s damn true.
The definition of a Flash Mob: A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.
I have spent so much time on YouTube watching flash mobs of people singing songs and it’s so cool. My favorite is probably the one of in a college cafeteria, the music started and people, students, just started singing “Seasons Of Love”, from the movie “Rent!”. The expressions on the faces of the students, who had no idea what was going on, were so amazing and entertaining. And the people singing, were students who were doing a production of “Rent!” later that week and were there to promote the show. It was really cool to watch.
Another favorite is the same song, “Seasons of Love” and it was at a wedding. The groom was a big time “Rent Head” and the bride and the guests arranged, right smack in the middle of the ceremony, for people in the audience to stand up and start singing that song. The guests joined in too. Everyone knew about it but the groom and the look of joy and surprise on his face was magical. And talk about a memorable moment as if getting married wasn’t enough.
If I ever get married (yeah, right), I’d love to see something like that happen. Someone stand up and start singing some Alice Cooper songs or Waylon songs or hell, even “Seasons of Love” from RENT and have others join in and get a full musical presentation, totally out of the blue and unexpected. It would be so awesome and I’d be so touched, I would be estatic. Or have a flash mob happen at the ABC store, complete with a group dance scene like in the movie “Clerks 2”, with the song by the Jacksons playing, “ABC – As Easy As 1- 2 -3”. That would be great and probably scare the hell out of the people I work with. “All of a sudden, music started playing and people starting dancing. They were shaking and grinding! It was terrifying!”. That would be awesome. Someone needs to assemble me a flash mob and entertain me. I want to see it. Please!
And that’s the end of this. Time to go do some stuff and take care of some things and be responsible. Yes, I am going to go take a nap. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you later today with something and then be back tomorrow with Day 3. Take care and have a great and wonderful day. I loves ya!