Orracle and Family

Orracle and Family

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Catching Up

I had some annonymous comments that I was SURE came from The Rube. I accused him and he declined involvement. I really did not believe him. All along it was an old friend of mine from high school that I had lost contact with. Major Parke Paulson, USMC. I should have figured it out by the "setting your ankle on fire" comment. OK, I was drunk that night....those brain cells are dead.

Since the comments, we have exchanged some email and a phone call. How great it is to catch up with someone. For those of you that do not know, Parke is the reason I now know to ask where a wedding is before agreeing to be the Best Man. Our conversation on that went like this....

Parke: Will you be my best man?
Lyle: SURE - I'd be honored.
Parke: Great the wedding is in June....in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Lyle: Ra-what?

We were virtuously penniless at the time but made the 17 hour drive in 100 degree weather to the plains of Saskatchewan. All in all, it was a great time and as a gift, Parke gave me a baseball signed by every player and coach of the World Champion 1987 Minnesota Twins which I still cherish today.

So to Mr. Paulson, thanks for reaching out. You made my day! Now if we could just find Kosman, Marquardsen, Ellis and Schlagel, we'd be in business!

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Today, Eddy Arnold died. No, I am not a huge fan. Most people have heard "Cattle Call". Why do I post this useless information? Because my grandpa LOVED that song. Made me think of him today.

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Lastly, I promised some pics from The Boneyard...here are a few of my favorites.


The House of Lords Steakhouse was a Rat Pack hangout. If I could go back in time, seeing or better yet, hanging with the Rat Pack would be at the top of my list.

An old Lady Luck sign. Not just any sign though....this is the sign that Marisol Nichols (hottie) danced on in Vegas Vacation. The rails on the other side that you can see were added for her safety.


Lastly (for now) an old Golden Nugget sign. This is one of the originals and was the sign in most of the old "Fremont Street Pics". It had the big gold chunk on it with 1905 which was not the start of the Nugget but rather the year Vegas became a city. There were 3 or 4 Nugget signs from the years in The Boneyard. Very cool!

2 comments:

Robocop said...

I can see the attraction to the Boneyard. Great pics!

jwith said...

I need to get in touch with Major Parke Paulson IMMEDIATLY, We served in Iraq together and I have to fill him in on a friend of ours that was killed, the funeral is going to be this week and I am sure that Parke would want to be there. My e-mail is jwith@hotmail.com my name is Sgt Julian (Jay) With and my cell number is 518-312-8691

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