Archive for March, 2009
Back from my trip to Mobile, Alabama, I’m in quite a silly mood.
And while we are on the subject of my upcoming Mobile trip (now just hours away), here’s a film I did featuring several friends that I will get to see down there: Percy, Les Thatcher and Charlie Smith.
I finally got around to having the sound re-mixed — makes all the difference in the world! I hope you all like it. Please let me know what you think, too!
As many of you know, one of my closest friends in the wrestling business is Percy Pringle, a.k.a. Paul Bearer. For the fifth year in a row, I will be staying with him at his lovely home in Mobile, Alabama as we attend the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion. It is always a highlight of my year. The event is for people involved in the wrestling business only. As a professional wrestling fan for over 30 years, I’m thrilled to be welcome, as I am rubbing elbows with true giants of the business.
Sadly, Percy lost his dear wife, Dianna, one month ago. I was lucky enough to get to know her. What a grand lady she was! I spent countless hours talking to her, eating her wonderful home cooking, and getting treated to her true southern hospitality. Being from the West Coast, I never had the opportunity to have homemade fried chicken — it’s not something a lot of people out here make themselves. Dianna was kind enough to make me her special fried chicken a few years back, and I will never forget how terrific it was.
So, it will be bittersweet going to Mobile this year. Dianna will be on my mind all the time, as you might imagine. But there’s so many good memories, and so many good friends out there for me to visit, I won’t be able to stay down for too long. And don’t forget all that wonderful food! I’m going to eat like a horse. Diet be damned! I will stick my head in a trough full of banana pudding and won’t come up for hours!
And, of course, I will do my annual visit to the grave of Stan “Plowboy” Frazier in Biloxi, Mississippi. Yes, I might just wear overalls (just like I did last year). I pick up all my overalls in Pascagoula, MS, where Frazier lived most of his life. He’s a strange role model, I won’t deny… but he’s mine!
Now, those of you who want a letter from me, you better raise your hand now cuz I’m going to be out for a short while. But if you do request it, I will gladly mail you from somewhere along the Gulf Coast… I swear!
Okay, I had best pack. We’ll be back next week!
In honor of my upcoming trip to Mobile, where the food is abundant and glorious, here’s one of the finest eating stops on the West Coast: the world famous Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax.
If you ever come down here for a visit, please be sure to stop by. Heck, give me a call and I’ll show you where to go!