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   Posted 6/25/2005 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't posted too much.  Every time I tried it wouldn't post.
We got to Memphis yesterday afternoon after visiting the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.  That is very well done and worth a visit.  The tour opens with an orientation film narrated by the former President.  Then there are all sorts of the alcoves devoted to events in the Clinton Presidency.  There is good coverage of the impeachment and the events leading up to it. 
We had lunch in Cafe 42 on the lower level of the Library.  It's called Cafe 42 because Bill Clinton was the 42nd President.  Cute, huh???  Then we went to the Museum shop to look around.  Lots of kitschy things to buy there.  I bought a crystal paperweight and a presidential patch for the scrapbook I'm going to make of this trip.  Lauri mentioned security in her post.  The Library has extensive security.  My purse had to go through the x-ray machine, DH had to empty his pockets and put all of that through the machine as well.  Then we walked through those airport type of detectors.
On Thursday we were in Oklahoma City for the National Memorial.  That was very sad and painful.  Those little empty chairs for each of the children who were lost just about broke my heart.  Afterwards we went to the Museum across from the site.  There is a video presentation done by parents who lost children and THAT did do me in.  I started to cry and I didn't care who heard me.  Outside of the museum we sat quietly on one of the benches.  Barry finally said to me "I can't believe that Americans did this to other Americans."  
One of the most poignant moments of the visit was when I saw the picture of Capt. Ray Downey, Fire Chief of the City of New York.  He's outside the Murrah Bldg. (what's left of it) pointing and talking with an OK City firefighter.  On Sept. 11, 2001 Capt. Downey and Fr. Francis Judge, Chaplain for the NYC fire dept died after being trapped in the collapse of the south tower of the WTC.     
On another note: before leaving Amarillo I bought a new pair of Justin cowboy boots.  I bought them in brown, but now I think I also need them in black.  Thank goodness the store (Cavender's) has a website.  Retail therapy is very important on long journeys, right!!
Now about food.  I had some terrific BBQ in Amarillo at the Country Barn but I think I have to say that last night's dinner at Corky's BBQ here in Memphis was the best I've ever had. But I'm finished with BBQ now.  It's salads and fish for me fom here to NJ or I'll never fit into my dress for the wedding.
Today we're going to Graceland.  We know we won't see Elvis though.  He's standing on every street corner of the Las Vegas Strip, LOL.  It's hot and humid, real summer time weather.  The kind where iced tea tastes wonderful and the warm air feels terrific on your skin.
More later, L&H's, Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.  Albert Camus

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   Posted 6/25/2005 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Luci... between all the traveling adventures I feel like I've been on vacation too. 

How sad and moving your visit to Oklahoma City sounds.    Just seeing those little chairs in pictures is heartbreaking, more so when you see them in person. 

Now about that BBQ... Joyce is probably turning green.  When I go visit El in AZ we go for BBQ at least 4 or 5 times in the 3 weeks. 

Waiting to hear about the adventures at Graceland.  Wish DH was a traveler but at least I'm glad I get to go along on cyber adventures. 

Love and Hugs, Libby 

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   Posted 6/25/2005 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for sharing your visit to many of the places I would love to see. I think I bought a brick for the Clinton Library did you walk on it? LOL I'll bet security was tight there. And the OK City momument, I hardly ever cry but just reading about it makes me want to sob. Yes, Barry, Americans did that to Americans. Some of the radical movement Americans which seem to be around us everywhere wanting to tell us how to live and how to think feel they have the right to blow up others to prove their point. Much of that was a result of the fervor of Waco and I live smack dab in the middle of the road leading from one to another. Quite frankly it scares me to death. OK I won't get on my soapbox this morning. On to Elvis and Memphis. I have tried four times to get to Graceland. Timing has been off every stinking time. Wrong day or too late in the day. My one sil just moved 15 minutes out of Memphis, so perhaps I can go visit her and finally get there. I hope so anyhow. Have a safe trip today and tomorrow. Hugs MK

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   Posted 6/25/2005 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I just love you trips. I am ready to climb in the car. Infact if I had known you were going to stop at so many BBQ places I would have. Libby is so right....Green is the only color that describes me. Are you going to Ireland soon? They say Ireland has more shades of green than anywhere else on earth. Well who ever said that has never seen me when people are talking about eating BBQ. LOL Be safe and be careful. Love and Hugs and can not wait for more. Joyce
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   Posted 6/28/2005 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you are having a great time, Luci. I am so glad you got to see the memorial in Oklahoma City. It is such an emotional experience, I agree. The Clinton Library sounds interesting. My mother has visited a couple of presidential libraries (she even saw Gerald Ford at the Ford library in Michigan on one trip) and has always said they were interesting. Another interesting thing to see in Little Rock is the National Park Service display across the street from Central High School. It is about the seven black students who desegregated the school 50 years ago. It is another incident that makes you shake your head at what human beings were willing to do to each other. I look forward to hearing about Memphis and Graceland. Glad the trip is going well. Safe travels. Hugs and love, Lauri

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Post Edited (MNlady13) : 6/28/2005 8:28:37 AM (GMT-6)

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