Saturday, February 20, 2010

Smokey's Mobile Light Show

Fully caffeinated the next morning, I drive into the Smoky Mountains.  Jolene tells me where to turn.  I want to stop off at Toccoa - the birthplace of "the sepia Mae West," Ida Cox, who famously opined that wild women don't get the blues.  Jolene advises me to keep on straight, so I put the pedal to the metal, and cross on over into Georgia.

Every bend in the road reveals another pretty rural church; one even offers free nutritional advice:

"For a Christian, the best vitamin is B1."

Once we cross the border into North Carolina, antique shops hug the hilly highway.  Some of my favorite singers came down out of these mountains:  Rev. Gary Davis; Rev. Julius "Junie" Cheeks of the Sensational Nightingales; Ira Tucker of the Dixie Hummingbirds. I'm trying to make up for lost time when the silver car behind me suddenly starts flashing blue and white party lights.  


I've blown half my honorarium on a speeding ticket.  

Jolene doesn't say a word.