I'm Seventy Nine, I Reckon I'm an
thousands of miles trying to find them and once in awhile, I
would find one.
When I would try
to buy an Amusement Business magazine, none of the new breed
of carnies would sell me one. They said they never heard of
Fats Usher and this went on, and on, and on.
I finally woke up to the fact that I had been out of
circulation for over twenty five years. That was more than
Rep Van Winkle!
It was like going into a new world. The cities, the towns
and the villages had grown so big. To me they were
unrecognizable. Most of the small fairs that we used to play
were nonexistent. On the grounds where they used to be, were
shopping centers, fast food restaurants or government
Owing to the fact that I had no relatives left and was all
alone, except for Gee Gee, I figured that I would go back to
Mountain City, Tennessee. I thought that I might be able to
rent a low-cost apartment in one of the government housing
complexes. I was able to locate one that I could afford, but
they said no pets.
Then I remembered that David, a friend of mine, had told me
that his mother's home had been destroyed by fire and that
the dog she had for five years died in the fire. He told me
that if I decided to find Gee Gee another home, she would be
the one to see.
He also told me that she had a nice home with plenty of
room, well off the main highway. His mother had met May and
seen Gee Gee about a year or so before and had commented
that she would love to have a little dog like her. I thought
it over for a minute and told him that it sounded good to me
and asked him how I could get in touch with his mother.
David said he would call her right then. He went in the
house, got the cordless phone and called his mother, who
lived down in South Carolina, about a hundred and twenty
miles away. He talked for a little while, then handed me the
phone, saying that she wanted to talk to me.
After I said "Hello," she said, "Are you Gee Gee's owner,"
and I said "Yes, ma'am I am."
She said, "I sure would like to have her. I'll guarantee you
that she will have a good home with plenty of food and love.
Honeybee, my dog that I lost, used to sleep with me every
night. If I had some way to get up there, I would come up
and get her and bring her back home
with me." I thought
that I would like to see what kind of environment Gee Gee
would be moving into, so I told her that it would no problem
that I would bring Gee Gee down there to her. She sighed,
"Good! I'll be glad to pay you for making the trip."
It was early in the
morning, about nine o'clock, so I got her phone number and
address. Gee Gee and I left for Union, South Carolina, to
meet her new Mom and to see where she was going to live.
When I drove into the driveway and parked, two little kids
came running out of the house, followed by a woman in her
early fifties. As she walked up to the van, Gee Gee wanted
out to wee wee, so I opened the door.
She ran across the lawn to the far side, squatted and wee
weed. Then, like always, she stomped her back feet on the
ground and ran over to the kids, barking and wanting them to
play with her. She jumped on one and he fell backward onto
the ground, starting to cry. Gee Gee put a stop to that real
quick, by licking his face and the kids laughed.
The woman called to Gee Gee and she came on the run. She
picked Gee Gee up, held her in her arms and gave her a kiss
on the top of her head. I knew that I had made the right
choice, so I got Gee Gee's leash, water bowl, dog food and
blanket and handed them to the woman.
With big smile, she said, "Do I get the auto tag along with
her?" I had forgotten that I had painted a tag for the van,
saying, "Beware of the dog, she's small but she knows
Well, after she took the tag off the van and handed the
screwdriver back to me, she reached in the back pocket of
her jeans and took out a billfold. She got a twenty out and
started to hand it to me.
I told her no way and pushed her hand away and told her to
just give Gee Gee a good home. She assured me that I could
be sure of that. I reached over, rubbed Gee Gee's ears and
said, "Now, you be a good girl and listen to what you new
Mommy tells you." While I talked, she cocked her head and
raised her ears, just like she understood every word that I
I rented the apartment, bought furniture and moved in. Now,
all alone, unable to do manual labor, I write video
musicals, stories and a few jokes to keep from going
I'm seventy nine,
so I reckon that you can say that I am an Endangered
So, when you see
You may think that he's no longer a necessity, But every
nursing home you see They say, Welcome the retiree. But if
it's up to me There ain't no nursing home gonna get me,
"Better get you tickets now, while the bargain sale is on,
after the sale is over, it'll cost you the regular price to
see the half boy and half girls, and the world's fattest