Sunday, October 09, 2005

Location: Ohio

Disappointed that we missed the Crayola factory in Pennsylvania, we stopped by an X-mart store and bought Tater the big 64 box. As we crossed into Ohio I grew almost giddy with excitement. I heard legends of the grandest type. Screw the baskets, we were looking for Big Muskie. Last seen in Cumberland, Big Muskie weighed over 13,000 tons and was longer than a football field. The world's largest earth moving machine was unfortunately scrapped in 1999. Undaunted , we continued to Lima to see "The Museum of Things Swallowed by Mental Patients". We arrived to find that we had been duped. Lima is the home of Dr. Yingling , who has a personal collection of abnormal things normal people swallow. Lima at one time was also home to a hospital for the criminally insane. The confusion was understandable. The Allen County Museum does however have a fine collection of stuffed albino animals.

We trekked North and West stopping at other tourist highlights, visited a few flea markets where I purchased a fish locator for $4. Nearing the Indiana border we spied Raymond's Pot luck drive-in movie theater. It was almost dark so we decided to pull in where $8 a carload made it inviting. Raymond stopped us at a little shack where we paid him and he handed us a grocery sack. Since we had the camper he asked us to park in the back. We drove up the lane behind the house to find his back yard had room for about seven cars. We, being the only patrons, parked behind the clothes line as instructed and could see a large screen TV perched atop 55 gallon drums at the other end of the yard. We opened the sack to find two bags of post-microwaved popcorn, a 2 liter bottle of soda, and a note saying that the movie was free, we paid for refreshments. It also had a map to his and hers port-o-let's as well as a two dollar off coupon for their Thursday night sardine extravaganza.

Showtime, Raymond's wife Maud came out of the house wearing her house coat and slippers. Balancing a cigarette and beer in one hand, a TV-guide and flashlight in the other, she informed everyone that the evening's performance would be " Ready to Rumble " starring David Arquette. At that point she turned the television on and tuned in HBO. well, all I can say is Tom Hanks step aside, David Arquette has Oscar winner written all over him. After the movie we turned on the toon channel to watch Magilla Gorilla and Tater entered seventh monkey heaven playing on the swing set, eating his crayons. Raymond commented "Your KTM jackets tell me that you are bike riders. Let me show you something." at that point he motioned us to the garage where he uncovered an old BSA flat tracker. We spent the rest of the night reminiscing of races past.


At 4:03 PM, Blogger josh williams said...

Gawd this is cool its like TV but real and real cool. Tater is the best!

At 1:56 AM, Blogger PPPMoney said...

My record is 53 out of 64. How many did Tater eat?

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Roscoe said...

PPP, don’t forget the crumbs from the sharperer


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