Monday, January 12, 2009


We arrived in Branson, Missouri on the last day of The Season. The little town swells from 6,000 to include 8.5 million guests from March until the end on December. This store owner seems very happy about his three month vacation. The foreign tourists in front of us tugging on the locked door? Not so much.

There were some more cheerful signs. We are glad to see that the ice cream that makes Brenham, Texas famous (and all of Texas happy), is also available to the lucky people of Missouri.

There are also many curious signs. Across the street from the Titanic Museum, the four story go-cart ride and the Hobnobbing Hillbillies' Theater, we saw this sign. Branson clearly has something for everyone. Sometimes under the same roof.

My sister's favorite sign: Andy Williams' Theater and Moon River Grill. Made us miss our grandmother who had us watch Andy's Christmas special every year while we grew up. Until Andy's wife left him for that skier that she accidentally shot and killed, and then ran off to Mexico with her defense lawyer. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it?

Some memories are better left unexamined.

Some signs bring back our childhood. Roy and Dale. Happy Trails. And Trigger. Who is now stuffed for time and eternity and residing in this building. You can examine him for $28.00. We did not.

And, the best sign of all, taken in Branson Missouri on December 28, 2008.

They know how to party like it's 1999.
In gas prices, anyway.

Happy New Year.

1 comment:

Craig Weeks said...

Ok, ever so confused here. The folks at Princeton define an asylum as "a shelter from danger or hardship". What does a monster have to fear? I thought *we* were supposed to be afraid of *them*. I guess Missouri monsters are more on the wimpy side. Who knew?