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Thursday, June 29, 2006

BT - going home

Beach trip – 5 – Our adventure of Thursday evening was to attend a performance at the Carolina Opry – the tickets to which were purchased while we were out and about Wednesday.

We arrived about 7pm for the 8pm performance as we had been informed that a very good concert pianist would be playing in the atrium for a pre-show. Such was the case and his performances were enjoyed to the extent my music preferences would allow. We found our seats and after a short wait an inside comedic pre-show took place that exercised the funny bone and even brought tears of laughter to the eyes.

The main show began and almost every style of music was presented – pop oldies, blues, jazz, show tunes, country, bluegrass, classical, gospel, patriotic and a mix of comedy throughout. Even though the tickets seemed a bit pricey, we left feeling that we had received our money’s worth from the performance.

We slept in on Friday morning and then did some beach observation from the balcony. My spice and I then went for our farewell leisurely beach walk since this was our last full day of vacation. We came in, spiffied ourselves up and went out for our fancy meal of the trip. The meal was good and to help it digest, we went down to an outlet mall to look around and get a couple more gifts for the ‘grands’.

It was about dark-thirty by the time we got back and it was out to the balcony for more observation. Some folks were setting off fireworks on the beach and some of them were near professional. It was a beautiful sight for our last evening at the condo.

Saturday morning came much too soon and we had to load up and check out by 10am – which we did with about 10 minutes to spare. On our way out of town, we stopped briefly to pick up one last gift and we were headed back home. We started out on the by-pass and although many others were headed home everything was moving along just fine – until the by-pass ran into the old highway.

For the next two hours we averaged about 25 mph until the congestion finally cleared up. We drove a short distance on I-95 and then the rest of the way on I-20. Just as we got to Columbia, SC, we ran into construction that had all three lanes bumper-to-bumper for several miles. We had already decided to get off to eat in Columbia and at the first chance we got we slipped off the interstate.

Both of our daughters had attended college in Columbia so we knew our way around just a bit and stopped at our favorite greasy spoon to dine. The place is named ‘Lizard’s Thicket” and they serve just plain ole food that just happens to be good as well. We ate our fill, then left and by-passed a couple of exits by going through town, and missed the rest of the interstate construction.

Even though we had much fun and relaxation and didn’t want to leave, it was still good to get home. Can’t help but think that this is somewhat the way I will feel when it’s time to go to my final home – plus I will get to see Jesus, the one that made forgiveness and peace possible in this life and eternal life a reality in the next. ec


Blogger Granny said...

Sounds like a good time. Just letting you know my blog is down - i hope temporrily. It can be read on bloglines or the other feeders but not on the blog itself.

Pulling hair out - my own fault.

6/29/2006 10:20:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

granny - These computers - and blogs - have a mind of their own and I hate it when they are doing their own thing and not what I want. ec

6/29/2006 11:37:00 PM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

Hi, I, again, enjoyed your trip with you. Tell your spice that you must take more trips like that, good for both of you and your memories.
And I appreciate the way you don't forget the Lord when you post.
And isn't it true, it isn't pearly gates we long for, but being with Jesus and seeing Him face-to-face.
All in His good time.
See you, Betty G

6/30/2006 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hello Mr Eddie ~~ Sounds like a wonderful trip for you and your wife.
The trip home was a bit slow in part and lucky you knew some of the territory and could escape..Thanks for comment "if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy". Ain't it the truth.
Take care, Merle.

6/30/2006 07:27:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

boopchile - It was a good trip, even with the delays in returning home. Jesus is included, even in some small way, in most all I write.

merle - It was good to know a shortcut in that case, and miss all the traffic. ec

6/30/2006 11:44:00 PM  
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