OFFICIAL POINTER IN WILSON
Yesterday, I appointed myself the official “Stand in the Middle of Main Street in Downtown Wilson and Point” official pointer as I had my friend, Jesse Manning, in tow. There isn’t any traffic as the street is closed due to construction so it’s a great place to stand and point, as I did and often do. Larry Marker, who is always kidding with me anyway, came out of Ollie’s grinning, and asked what I was doing standing in the middle of the street and pointing upward and around and about. He laughed when I explained my new title for the day and so did Amy Swart, a real city official, who wanted to know what I was pointing at. “I’m the official Wilson pointer-outer today”, I said. “Self-appointed pointing official for tourists”. I knew if I stood there long enough pointing and gazing upward, everyone would come out of their buildings and look upward as well. We gotta have fun. There is a lot to see in Wilson and I didn’t want Jesse to miss any of it.
We went into Ollie’s Antiques so he could meet Corkie Holloway and Glenna Stallo and look around. She had green bean and dumpling soup and some great looking pies. We stopped in La Shiro’s but LaVange was off in the back someplace and didn’t hear my “Yooohooing”. Jennifer said I should always look around, and down, when she doesn’t answer, so I will next time. She has a heart problem. The mountains of bolts of fabric didn’t escape Jesse’s attention and I kept my eye on him so he wouldn’t slip and fall in a chasm of goods.
We had the grand tour of Jennifer Kepka’s new addition in the basement where she has an exercise room, tanning booths and bridal accessories. It’s a splendid addition to the town and very well done. Jesse couldn’t see the Sportsman’s Lodge as she has street construction workers staying there. I’m sorry he missed that as I know he would have loved seeing it and Doc’s woodworking products. Her gift store has about any item you might want including kolaches. I love her greeting cards and usually buy several when I’m there.
I had Jesse in tow, (he’s such a willing tow-ee!) and Wilson is a great town for standing in the middle of the street in order to do 360s and point out all the history that is evident in the second stories of their buildings starting with the Schemmerhorn Lange building. I love the Coca Cola sign on the side of Al’s Bar and Grill. Wilson is a great little town with a rich heritage and wonderful people.
We had lunch at the Midland which was a treat to share with him as he had not been there since it was renovated. I took him on a tour of the rooms and Drummers Tavern. According to plan, he tried their famous chicken-fried steak with “smashed” potatoes, gravy, broccoli and salad…Kansas Explorer Club style. Knowing he loves chocolate cake (he’s easy to feed as he likes about everything!), I ordered the mile high chocolate wonder cake that has layers of rich, moist chocolate cake layered with lots of fudgy, creamy, chocolate icing. It’s the best. They serve it drizzled with chocolate sauce and cherries. Yum! Ally got to sit down and eat with us, which is a treat since she rarely has time to do that. She had a busy day ahead of her..in fact she’s going to be from now on through Czech Fest which is the last weekend in July. I had their low-carb plate that is really good, if you haven’t tried it.
The Testicle Festival is this weekend in Wilson at Al’s Bar and Grill. That’s an all day affair gathering the fun goers.
Dave Criswell has started another straw bale duplex so I took Jesse by there to see the good things Dave does for Wilson. He’s moving to town with his family after he fixes up Peppy Joe Vocasek’s building that he bought at auction a couple of weeks ago. We also did wheelies through Corky’s Das Borell Haus driveway so he could see what a wonderful job she has done with her B and B. I pointed out the old water tower as well. We saw the old jail and drove by Linda Bushnell’s house that I find so charming.
Then we headed north by the XXX Adult Arcade, stopped to visit with Terry but he wasn’t there and whoever was, was very surly, but he did his job in carding Jesse (who is 21 or close to it) so we left as we weren’t interested in what they sell anyway. We think Terry is only there making a living and people should be nice to him. They pay taxes too. Besides, I’ve been told by several people that there are a lot of Wilson people, especially women, who shop there. Whatever floats your boat.
We stopped at Kansas Originals as Jesse hadn’t seen this one before. We browsed around and talked to Mayor Eleanor who was busy as usual doing another stint as a volunteer. She works all the time doing good things for other people and Wilson. I suggested we needed to do something to bring some recognition to Ellsworth County as we’re the self-appointed “Chicken Fried Steak Capital of Kansas” and maybe we could turn this into our “giant ball of twine”.
I did make an observation while we were at Kansas Originals. There were two customer cars, mine and one other and six other vehicles belonging to employees of Kansas Originals. But guess what? I counted 14 vehicles of one type or another…cars, vans, campers, trucks, etc….that were hovering around the Smoky Valley Winery building, the gas station next door and the KO parking area which, in my estimation, discounted the claim that no one will pull off that exit because of the XXX sign. That is nothing more than a ruse and red herring on the part of someone to blame someone else for a business that is having financial problems. Also, in case you haven’t heard, the county commissioners were approached Monday to come to the rescue of Kansas Originals because (this is an approximation of what was said) the XXX has ruined their business and some how the commissioners are responsible for allowing it to happen.They want the commissioners to use tax payer money to bail them out. Hello??? Don’t they have, first out of the box, an idea of the precedent that would set? Sorry, but I don’t want my tax dollars spend that way. There are a few people who are absolutely obscessed with the Adult Arcade’s presence. They need to forget it and go on with their lives…seems to me.
Becky Thaemert’s Stone Cottage Farm is such a delightful place that I wanted Jesse to see it and meet Becky. She is such a neat person…and as I might have expected, was tending her garden that had a beautiful stand of white daisies in bloom. Lots of things are growing there right now and there will soon be another addition to the farm’s inhabitants. She and John have made wonderful strides in restoring the farm and all the limestone barns and out-buildings. I wish her the very best as she’s sure a hard-working, charming young woman. She’ s heading the right direction.
We wheeled through all the development at Wilson Lake. The housing there is rather amazing to me, so many houses and varied in construction. Some, I’ve heard, are slipping downhill on the layers of shale. Of course there is no zoning. Kansans are an independent lot.
It was a delightful day yesterday, the weather was near perfect so visiting and touring around with Jesse was a real pleaure. He doesn’t get home as much any more and is working at the University dairy this summer, probably “shoveling”, but he doesn’t mind hard work. He taking a couple of courses too so he’ll have a busy summer and not be home very often. He’s a very good correspondent so we’ll always stay in touch. We’re going to have our customary breakfast at Orozco’s before he leaves and try to find Jerry Marsh on a free day to join us.
Now, I’m going to post this before I lose it and will clean up the misspelled words later, as best I know how. And I wish Jesse’s dad a very speedy recovery from his out-patient surgery Tuesday. He’s doing fine.