Sunday, May 28, 2006

Super Saturday

What does one do on a beautiful Saturday on Groundhog Mountain? The sun was dappled through the tree canopy and the temperature was in the 70's. There was morning coffee on the deck watching the chickadees and titmice at the feeder and then a romp with the playful dogs.

Several months ago the owners of the Orchard Gap Deli and Market approached Wanda and I and asked if we would consider leasing and running the business. Hmmmm, it's close to home...does a good business...right on the Blue Ridge Parkway...the only store for at least ten miles...has music every Saturday afternoon during the summer...is located next to Randy's art gallery... yeah, we want to do this! Last week love of my life started working there to see if it is something she would really enjoy... and she does. So next week she starts full time (she is so happy to end the insurance saga) and we hope to completely take over come October.

Yesterday she was joyfully making pizza when I stopped by on the way to Mt Airy for a long overdue haircut at
Floyds Barber Shop. Sitting in a chair at Floyds one becomes an instant tourist attraction. Made famous by The Andy Griffith Show , Floyds is subject to a steady parade of assorted tourists. Polaroid pictures are taken and added to the collection papering every inch of the walls, joining those of Andy, Opie, Barney, Floyd, Aunt Bea and the rest of the cast. In the meantime local characters (such as myself) enjoy the $7.00 haircut and watching the line for pork chop sandwiches at Snappy Lunch creeping by the window. And then there's watching the tourists walk in and, with the reverence reserved for a holy shrine, gaze in awe at this icon of American TV.

Haircut and looking clean I headed up Orchard Gap Road (do you see a theme here?) toward the mountain and a two o'clock community board of directors meeting concerning a problem with our community water. Damn, a meeting, but since I was hoodwinked into serving on the board (vice-president, they obviously didn't know what they were doing) I will honor my position. One of the things about living here, the homeowners are responsible for maintaining the community. It's kind of like things were before the triumph of the bureaucrats. Anyway after a hour discussion concerning water I joined Stella and Isabel for a beer on the deck. None for them, all for me.

Back down the road to the Orchard Gap Deli and a dose of bluegrass while sitting on Randy's Gallery porch with a glass of wine and good conversation with Al, a retired airline pilot who lives at Doe Run.

The highlight of the day? Only getting a warning from Ranger Craig for speeding on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

2 Comments:

Blogger threecollie said...

Sounds like you live in a fascinating region. What a wonderful Saturday!
And thank you so very much for the links!

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Lifecruiser said...

OH, NO! WHY did you have to tell me that she was making pizza... now you've woke up the hungry monster! *vrooooar*

You forced me to surf off to a kitchen raid...

That sounds FAB with the new job and everything! Congrats! I'm so glad for you both :-)

Good-luck-Cheers x millions

4:02 PM  

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