day 102
going to graceland

"So you're from Canada? What famous
people are from there?"
- Graceland tour guide.
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Little Known Elvis Fact #1:
Elvis was (is?) an 8th-degree black belt in Karate.

Little Known Elvis Fact #2:
He showed up unannounced at the White House bearing a present for Nixon. It was a gun. He was brought straight in to the Oval Office with open arms. Nowadays something like that would get you shot in the knee.

Little Known Elvis Fact #3:
Then, as now, you are not allowed upstairs at Graceland. This was (is?) Elvis' private area.

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22,827 Kilometers to Graceland
Dec 6 - Kevin wanted to go to Roswell, New Mexico for his birthday. Our only chance of getting there in time was to be abducted by aliens who could drop us off over Area 51 after conducting the requisite anal probes. This didn't sound ideal (we're not wearing our clean underwear), so we settled for the next best thing: Graceland.

Not a bad choice, since Graceland is one of three most recognized American landmarks around the world. The other two, in case you're wondering, are DisneyWorld and the Piggly Wiggly. We Love the Piggly Wiggly! Graceland sums up for many people the feeling that is America. And Elvis was (is?) the golden child of Rock n' Roll. Nay. The King.

And Kevin is the King of this Website. So it all made sense.

As so often happens, our expectations of Graceland were wrong, wrong, wrong. What do you think of when you think of Graceland? Rooms and rooms full of freaky statues and mirrors and patterns and monkeys hanging from stuff? Well, that may be Michael Jackson's home, but that ain't Graceland.

Graceland is just a guy's home. A guy who happens to own an extraordinary number of gold records, yes. But it's just a home that happened to be last designed in the 1970's when shag carpeting was the way to go.

I mean, I once saw a picture of Kev's dad taken in the 70's. He was wearing a plaid shirt and plaid pants, and sitting on a plaid couch. This was much creepier than anything we saw at Graceland.

This doesn't mean that we didn't enjoy the visit. It certainly felt as though we were in the home of the King, we just didn't feel that we were in the home of a demented King.

Speaking of crazy Kings, do you think one day they'll rope off Mel as the Home of the King of this Website?

Email the King and tell him he doesn't look a day over 40!

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Television Room

Living Room

Pool Room

Gold Room
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We've got mail...

We'd send you an e-card, but we don't want to clog up your computer.
- Kev's Mom & Dad

- Dean

Email Subject: coke makes you sweat
Email Contents: hah fooled you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Dan

Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!
You would think I would have remembered on time, since we share the same day, but sadly I did not. :(
Graceland was an excellent choice. I spent my birthday in the beautiful town (city, perhaps?) of Moncton. I was running a training session there and had a blast! 'The people in Moncton were very friendly. (My cab driver decided to take me for an unrequested tour in which he actually pointed out the operating hours of the nearby Walmart).
Yes, I agree, you don't look a day over 40. I , on the other hand, turned 16 again! Hope you had a great day!
- Leslie
(Sent Dec 16)

A great big Happy Birthday, Kevin.
- Aim's Parents

Happy Birthday old pal. I hope you had a good day. Let me know if your travels take you anywhere near Morrocco in the next while. I should be heading there after leaving Portugal with another stop in Spain on the way.
- Jamie

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Memphis, TN

Next Stop: Tuscumbia, AL

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Today's Weather:
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Daily Stats
Gas: None

Available Tours:
Graceland: $16.00
Auto Museum: $7.00
Lisa Marie Jet:$6.00
Sincerely Elvis: $5.00
Elvis Movie:Free!

Package Price:$22.50
(It's the better value.)

Sleeping Quarters
John's Bachelor Pad

We all stumbled in late after spending the night at various dive bars throughout Memphis. Unfortunately, John has to get up at 6am. We get to sleep in.

John's Pad
Downtown Memphis
The BBQ Shop
Midtown Memphis
Kevin:Regular Ribs, Wet
Aimee:BBQ Pork Sandwich Plate
John:BBQ Bologna Sandwich
Cost:Our Treat!

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