HEY HOWDY PARTNERS!!!  I hope your day is exactly what this chart says!!!


This blog is only here today because of the wonderful folks at Pierson Ford in Aberdeen, SD.  Are you ready for one last fun ride before the snow flies?  Pierson Ford has exactly what you need!!


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This one made me giggle to the BONE….


It’s almost Halloween, so why not a couple of “pumpkin” jokes.


I think I’m going to do this decoration!!

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I don’t think that this is what Pink Floyd meant.


If you have issues, don’t worry. Apparently EVERYBODY does.


2.  We unfortunately start out today’s blog with some sad news.  Pop music sensation turned country star, Billy Joe Royal died unexpectedly on Tuesday at the age of 73.  He apparently died in his sleep.  How sad, but what a way to go, right?

As I mentioned, Billy Joe Royal started out in pop music back in the 60’s, and had some tremendous hits, none bigger than this one.



And then, in the late 80’s, he turned to country music and actually had a few nice hits, including this one that kicked off his country career.



Here’s Billy Joe Royal in concert just a few short months ago.

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3.  Crank up your speakers and listen to some great music from a great superstar.

Here’s the classic “Down In The Boondocks” performed a few years back.

I remember this song as a big hit for Linda Ronstadt back in the 80’s, but it is originally done by Billy Joe Royal.  “I Knew You When.”

And here is one more. It’s his first country hit “Burned Like A Rocket.”

4.  If I had my way, I would re-do my basement bathroom to add this ULTIMATE SHOWER.  I would probably have trouble leaving the shower every morning if I had this.  WOW.


5.  I try to attempt some humor when I change the signs at my church in Hecla.  Here is one of my attempts.  I actually saw this in Sioux Falls and used it.  That way you don’t think that I’m this creative.  Ha ha.


6.  Any time I can spend time with my boys is a special time.  We just spent five days in Nashville, TN, and Montgomery, Alabama.  Here some special moments from our trip.

The best part of the trip was the 18 hours down in my car and 18 hours back.  Seriously, it was.  Just being with my sons that long warmed my heart.  And we had some great conversation.

The first thing we did was absolutely my favorite part of the trip, as far as sight seeing.  We made the four and a half hour trip to Montgomery, Alabama to see items about my musical hero, Hank Williams.  We all thought that we were crazy making another four hour trip after just traveling 18 hours the day before, but it was SO worth it.  People ask me why Hank Williams is my favorite.  Well, here’s the deal.  Hank Williams had an 8th grade education, and wrote some of the biggest songs in country music history!  And he did it all before he died at the tender age of 29.

*****A little “Hank” trivia for you.  Do you know which one of his songs was number one in the country the day he died?  IRONIC…

It was called “I’LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE.”  Unreal, right?

The first thing we did was go to his museum.


It’s inside a very small store on main street, but it houses incredible Hank memorabilia including the car in which he died in the backseat.  I spend almost $175 dollars on store items before I left.  I probably shouldn’t tell you that.  Ha ha.

Here is a picture of the loves of my life with a statue of Hank Williams in downtown Montgomery.  The statue is across the street from the Municipal Auditorium which housed Hank’s funeral.


After the museum, it was time to make the trek to the cemetery and see the grave that I have wanted to see since I was five years old!!!

It was extremely emotional for me.  My son Mitchell has also become a huge “Hank” fan, so he was “in the moment” as well.  My son Tyler also likes his music, but graves aren’t something on his agenda.

When we pulled up, my heart was pounding once we saw the graves from the distance.




Hank Williams sang and recorded under the alias of “Luke The Drifter.” 


I still look back at that day, and I can’t believe I was actually there!

Back in Nashville, we also found another grave.  I had seen pictures that George Jones grave was pretty spectacular.  IT WAS.



When “Take This Job And Shove It” star Johnny Paycheck died, Johnny didn’t have any money for the funeral or burial.  His good friend George Jones paid for it all, and buried Johnny a few feet from his own plot.  Great guy, huh?


On to happier parts of the trip.  I wasn’t sure that my boys would like the Grand Ole Opry.  But to my satisfaction, THEY LOVED IT.  It probably didn’t hurt that we were front row center for the show.  A show at the Grand Ole Opry is a MUST for anyone who comes to Nashville.

We had a huge surprise that night.  The announcer said that they always have “moments that are part of country music history”. And we saw one.  RANDY TRAVIS SHOWED UP.  If you know the story, Randy had a massive stroke months ago, and probably should have died from it.  He has trouble getting around, but had Tanya Tucker to help him out on the stage to give the crowd a nod and a wave.


Speaking of Tanya Tucker, she was the closer of the night and sounded great!



Teri Clark opened the show.


My highlight of the night was seeing one of my all time favorites, Mel Tillis.


Wade Hayes was one of my faves that I played on the radio in the 90’s.  He was there, and played a couple of great songs, including one I will talk about in a short while.


Both of my boys favorite was former “Hee Haw” star Mike Snyder and his bluegrass band.  Mike has some very funny cornball comedy that my boys loved.  And of course, his music was awesome!


One of the cool parts of the show was a little pistol who was 9 or 10 years old.  Her name is Emi Sunshine.  Look up her music, she is super talented.


On Saturday the boys and I spent a day at “Comic Con”.  Now, I have seen pictures of this event on TV, but have never attended it before.  IT WAS SUPER COOL!!!

Here I am flexing my muscles with a couple of people who decided to dress up.


This next one was, by far, my favorite costume of the day. In case you don’t know who it is, it is Johnny Depp’s character, “Edward Scissorhands.”


And, yours truly had the thrill of sitting inside the “General Lee” from the “Dukes Of Hazzard.”


There were also a bunch of stars at the event, but we didn’t meet them, because it cost MONEY to be able to talk to them and get pictures.  The boys were excited because action star Danny Trejo was there. We also saw “Ponch and John” from “C.H.I.P.S.”.  Actors Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox.  And, the gang from the Dukes Of Hazzard were there.  I’m talking about John Schneider, Tom Wopat, and Faith, SD’S own, Catherine Bach.

And then on Sunday, it was time to attend the event that was the original reason we went to Nashville.


Mitchell and I are huge Washington Redskins fans, but we decided to support Tyler on this trip.  We all wore Titan’s gear, and I got to wear Tyler’s Warren Moon Houston Oiler’s jersey.


Handsome boys, aren’t they? I could never spend enough time with them.  By the way, the Titans lost the game in the final minutes of the game, but it was a goodie.

Trip over.  Major success. Great memories.  Can’t wait for the next one with my boys.

7.  I mentioned a little bit ago about Wade Hayes on the Grand Ole Opry.  As I mentioned, I was a big fan of his back in the 90’s.  I didn’t know this, but Wade is a cancer survivor.  You should google it and find out what he went thru.  Very inspirational.  He has a new song and new album that features the title cut that talks to anyone who has suffered thru cancer, thru depression, thru major losses.  It is incredible.  It’s called “Go Live Your Life.”

8.  One more thing about Hank Williams.  Back in the 90’s, I had the super thrill of sitting at the Eagles Club in Lisbon, ND and talk to Don Helms and Jerry Rivers.  Who are they?  Only the original steel guitar and fiddle player for Hank Williams.  They were in Hank’s band, “The Drifting Cowboys,” and we had them in Lisbon for a show.  I was in heaven talking about Hank with these guys.  here’s a picture of us.  They are both deceased now.  (No making fun of my clothes, my hair or my glasses.)



A man who is just married is flying to the Florida Keys for a business trip. His new bride is to accompany him the next day. When he gets there, he e-mails his wife to let her know he made it there safely. When he sends the e-mail, he mistypes the address. In Boston, a grieving widow, whose husband has recently passed away, receives the e-mail. She reads it, screams, and faints. Hearing her grandmother’s cry, the widow’s 18 year old granddaughter runs into the living room to see the computer on, with a message that reads, “Dear love, I just got here. Preparing for your arrival tomorrow. Can’t wait to see you. Love, Me. P.S. Sure is hot down here.”




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