Moving On

The original purpose behind The Fourteen Percent Ride has long since been fulfilled. So, I've decided that Mighty Proud will be the last posting. It just seems right.

But, don't worry. Or maybe you should. In any event, I plan to continue. I'll keep riding. And writing. Click here to come along in my new blog ~ The Long White Line. <-- check it out!


As I've ridden for the last two years, I've picked up on the fact that Shirley, my darling wife, has been more worried about my safety than impressed with my "accomplishments." How do I know this? Well, when I'd come back and tell her, for example, that I'd hit 53.6 mph going down FO, she'd reply, "I don't want to hear it." Being the sensitive sort I figured out, after many such comments, that just maybe we were not on the same page here. But last week, she told me that she would "greatly reduce her focus on the 'fear for my safety' issue." We talked about the tour, looked at some maps, researched nutrition suggestions on the internet, and so on, just enjoying the idea of the ride. How nice is that? Thank you, Shirley!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Mighty Proud

Wendell "The Mayor" Watterson
1923 - 2008

The Mayor and Buford
Wendell (left) and Jimmy Atkins

He created a comedy-bluegrass music show that would delight people everywhere and everywhere he went he'd make a point of telling his audiences, "We're mighty proud to be here, neighbors, mighty proud." I'll miss him, but I know his new neighbors are mighty proud to have him. Mighty proud.

If I ever figure out how to post an audio file, I'll put up Wendell and Jimmy doing WIldwood Flower. Oh my goodness! And yes, Jimmy is related to Chet ~ a cousin.

Two of Wendell's "grandbabies," our daughters, have tributes to their Granddaddy in their own blogs as well.