Saturday, March 24, 2007

Broken Toy

HELLO MARSTON,
ONE WEEKEND, OF EARLY JULY 1966, DONNIE, STEVIE AND MYSELF WERE ON A TEAR,GOING NOWHERE REALLY FAST. SOMEHOW OR OTHER WE WERE TRAVELLING THE BACK ROADS IN THE ADIRONDACK PARK OF UP STATE NEW YORK. ABOUT DUSK WHAT CAME INTO VIEW WAS AN OLD INN ALL LIT UP WITH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, NO WE
WEREN'T HALLUCINATING, THIS WAS REAL. IMMEDIATE STOPPAGE TOOK PLACE,

THIS WE HAD TO SEE, WE WANTED IN, MAYBE THESE AMERICANS KNEW SOMETHING WE DIDN'T ALTHOUGH WE THOUGHT WE KNEW IT ALL. WELL WE MADE INQUIRIES AS TO HOW COME AND WHY. I DON'T REMEMBER THE REASON GIVEN FOR THEIR PARTY. WHAT I DO RECALL IS WE WERE UNINVITED, TOLD TO GET BACK ON OUR HORSE AND RIDE. OH WELL THIS REJECTION WAS NORMAL FOR US,

BACK INTO THE NIGHT RUNNING THE ROADS. WE ENDED UP AT SOMEBODIES SUMMER PLACE THAT DONNIE KNEW BUT THEY WERE ALL PASSED OUT FOR THE NIGHT. AN EXECUTIVE DECISION WAS MADE TO HEAD BACK TO THE PARK. I KERFLAPSED ACROSS THE BACK SEAT, STEVIE WAS RIDING SHOTGUN,

DONNIE THE CHAUFFEUR. ABOUT 6 AM FOUND US NORTH BOUND ON THE I-87 NEAR KEESEVILLE, N.Y. PROBABLY 15 MILES SOUTH OF PLATTSBURG. STEVIE STARTED SCREAMING AT ME TO WAKE UP,

HANG ON, GRIT YOUR TEETH, SAY YOUR PRAYERS. AT FIRST I THOUGHT WHAT A HORRIBLE NIGHTMARE, I HIT THE BACK OF THE FRONT SEAT KNOCKING THE BREATH OUT OF DONNIE AND STEVIE, THEN IT WAS LIKE A RIDE INSIDE A CLOTHES DRYER. SOMEBODY HAD DARED TO TRY AND PASS US AND THIS CHALLENGE HAD TO BE MET,

THE ROADS WERE WET, PLUS TOO HEAVY A HOOF ON THE ACCELERATOR EQUALLED CRASH.
NONE OF US WERE HURT, DONNIE HAD HIS SEAT BELT ON, STEVIE WAS WEARING AN OLD ARMY HELMET AND MY CUSHION HAD BEEN THE BACK OF THE FRONT SEAT PLUS THEIR LUNGS. FUNNY THING AFTER THE NEW TOY WAS FIXED IT WAS REJECTED BY DONNIE AND SOLD OFF.

THE ONLY OTHER TIME DONNIE HAD SUCH A PROBLEM OF NAVIGATING THE ROADS WAS ONE NEW YEARS EVE DRIVING ALONG FAIRFIELD AVE., IN GPK., ALL OF A SUDDEN MARILYN BLACKWOOD'S FRONT PORCH LEAPT IN FRONT OF HIM.

OH WELL IT'S ALL WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE.



RICHARD..............
Thanks Richard
Bigger tires were needed....

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