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Monday, February 14, 2011

Lowcountry Blues

Gerry gave me this new Greg Allman CD for Valentines. Since I grew up in the low country of South Carolina and I grew up on the Allman Brothers it was a great gift to get. Run out and buy it tomorrow, don't wait one second! It is fantastic!!!!!
So here is my contribution to the Stylin award that's being handed out. If you are reading other blogs you know the deal, 7 things about myself that I have not shared before, though I was hard pressed to find anything since I seem hell bent on spilling my guts here on this blog! First off, the above photo was me at 19 years old when I met Gerry. I was a runway model in high school and when I got to RTC, a lot of the photographers asked me to model for them. I was very skinny and had great clothes since I had been modeling for pretty nice stores in Myrtle Beach. This was a photo a guy named Joel Laws took, wonder where that boy is now. I still have that turquoise ring and still wear it, I do not have those size three Calvin Kleins, nor do I have those inch long red finger nails. And I have a bit more hair now.
I had my picture taken a lot when I was a kid. Our neighbor was the photographer for the local paper, I was in a lot of activities and whenever she covered something, if I was there she took my picture. Here I am selling Girl Scout cookies. I was the top seller one year in my troop. I stayed in scouting until high school and the humiliation of wearing that uniform to school finally took it's toll and I quit. I have badges on my sash all the way up the back. Some of the best days of my life! I still have my uniforms.

Here's one nobody else will have: Gerry's cousin took a cup of water that Elvis Presley drank from off of the stage one night at a concert and he goes around with the Elvis Cup Tour (I shit you not). He keeps it in a freezer and he has this CD of music he has made to go along with the tour of the cup. We have a t shirt and a CD, lucky lucky us! This is a postcard he sent us from the tour.
Still with me? I love Richard Petty, and once when Gerry was covering a NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, I walked around until I found Richard not too busy and had someone take my picture with him. I can't find that pic just yet, but here is one I took just before down in the pit area.
This was my high school graduation present from my dad. One BAD ASS car. It's a Volkswagon Scirroco, five speed and I frequently ran it at 120 miles per hour on the highway. My nickname after I got this was Speed Racer. I loved this car, my dad bought me another one when I graduated from college and he drove this one. That was back in the day when you could actually pay cash for a car if you saved your money. He finally sold it to a guy that totaled it. he was probably doing 120 also!
and so I'll wrap it up with a shot of my crazy parrot Sam. This was a college bird and he was high a good bit of the time, people seemed to find it interesting to blow pot smoke in his face and he didn't seem to mind too much. Sometimes he got a little hash and sometimes some opium. We would take Sam for rides in the car, he would perch on the steering wheel and walk along the wheel as it turned. He was a pretty good talker and a screamer. When we brought Wesley home, he started screaming and would not stop. I finally had to sell him, he freaked her out. People of color also freaked him out. We had a red headed friend that Sam took a curious interest in and we had an African American friend that caused him to turn his head upside down and stare. What a great party bird he was. I wonder if he is still alive? I am supposed to name 15 other bloggers, I will spare you that but later I will list a few that I have recently found and enjoy. Let's spread the love, shall we?!
peace ya'll.....

13 comments:

ang said...

setting the bar high broomester!! I'm still working on todays :))

Kari Weaver Hopkins said...

Didn't know there was a new Greg Allman anything. I'd probably go to jail for that guy. Where did you grow up? We lived in Allendale for almost a year and a half.

I'm pretty much speechless about the rest of your post. You are one of a kind and I'm honored to know you.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Ang, just trying not to put anyone to sleep :) Kari, you are too funny. I grew up in Myrtle Beach, go get the CD, if you would go to jail for Greg, you will like this CD. There was a feature on him last week on some news show, that's how I knew about the CD.

Michèle Hastings said...

what a great post... i love the pic of you at 19... don't we all wish we could still fit into those little jeans :-)!

Liz said...

Greg Allman!!! He's playing at the Jazz and Blues fest in my hometown in September... 9 hours away. I am thinking I should probably make the trip home to see the family coincide with his show.....

cookingwithgas said...

love Greg Auman and the new CD is pretty damn hot- but not as hot as you as a model!
You are still a knockout.
Ah- my first car was a VW but it would not do 120!
and a party bird- funny- he could still be around.
and hey you did not put me to sleep do you more?

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Michele, I figure when my bones settle and I'm 90 I will be back in those jeans! Lix, YES! Go see Greg and Meredith the photo of that bird was shot in front of the 5th Floor, the ghetto house I showed you in Asheboro, and thanks for saying I'm a knockout! Looking at those old photos makes me feel old and wrinkled....

Judy Shreve said...

Great post Tracey -- love seeing you at 19! And what a crazy bird - lol

My best friend grew up in Daytona Beach & went to high school with Gregg and Duane Allman. We used to party with them when they came to Atlanta to play at Piedmont Park - oh those were the days! Oh youth - where has it gone?

Laura said...

wow, fun post! thanks for sharing.

Linda Starr said...

Are these new songs for Gregg Allman? If so I have to get this CD; oh I can look it up. I love him; Kari will have to share. Remember when he was married to Cher? Great photos and stories.

Patricia Griffin said...

I just got that CD a couple of days ago!
And, girl, you are a KNOCK-OUT!!!
Great fun to read more about you. Thanks!

jimgottuso said...

hi tracey, you were quite the looker in that picture of yourself at 19... and such a serious look on your face. who'd a thunk you get rid of those fingernails and immerse your hands in the muddy world of clay. funny that you pet bird had such a wide range of recreational drug experiences, i've had trouble relaying the drug context of the day to younger people. great bird tho. they are supposed to live quite long lives so maybe, he's still alive

nick friedman said...

You were right about the Scirroco. It was "one bad ass car." My dad bought a new one the year they came out-I'm thinking 1975. When you pulled into a gas station, people would always come over to see it, not believing it was a Volkswagon.