A “Side” Of Memories

As part of my continuing birthday celebration, Motor Man, Marshall and I ate at a local barbecue restaurant Friday evening.  It was Marshall’s first visit there, and Motor Man and I hadn’t been in several years.

Imagine my surprise when, located behind the counter where you place your order, I saw this sign:

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For those of you not from our area, Smithfield is the name of a pork producing business, based here in….Smithfield, Va.  George Hamilton, now deceased, was president of the company for many years. And I was his secretary for five years prior to leaving the company when Marshall was born.

While Marshall and I were ordering our food, Motor Man found a seat at one of the booths.  The restaurant has several vintage record albums as wall decor.  This one was on the wall by our booth.

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Back in the 60’s, Motor Man was at a short-track race in Columbia, South Carolina as the engine builder for one of the cars.  Not only was Marty Robbins a well-known singer, he was also a race car driver. At the Columbia race that weekend, his car was pitted right beside the one with Motor Man’s engine.  Marty wrecked his car in practice, so, since he couldn’t race, he just took out his guitar and began singing for the guys in the pits.

Marshall graciously endured listened to our stories the memorabilia brought to mind.

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It was nice to have a side of memories with dinner.

~These Days Of Mine~

15 responses to “A “Side” Of Memories

  1. FUN! What a nice surprise to find that poster on the wall and the reminder of Marty Robbins – that was “double memories” ! Glad you shared them with your two men for your birthday……….we made more memories yesterday – it was tons of fun!

    Hugs, Sammy

  2. That was the the perfect bithday meal- barbecue plate, side of nostalgia, and a slice of walk down memory lane for desert. I had not heard any of those names either so it was interesting to me as well. I know Marshall is interested in vintage music. I hope he can get a copy of that 45 and play it. Again, another interesting lunch. You know my mantra, you cannot have too many birthday celebrations!

  3. I’m so happy you had a nice time celebrating your birthday, Dianna.Great picture of the three of you!

  4. Making new memories and enjoying old ones. Perfect way to celebrate another year!

  5. That album cover looks like you standing by the car.

  6. Sometimes things just work out the way they should! So glad you had a wonderful birthday!!

  7. It was a great early birthday celebration !
    & a story like the one about Marty busting out his guitar for an impromptu jam is one I’ll listen to anytime !

  8. What a happy crew you all are! And what a fitting “down memory lane” dinner celebration. 🙂

  9. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I remember Mr. Hamilton well, I always liked him. What fun it was to bring back old memories and story. Sounds like a great start to your birthday!!

  10. Wonderful memories – new and old. Loved the story of Marty Robbins. He was a favorite of my Dad’s – didn’t know the racing connection, but I’ll bet he did, since he was a NASCAR fan too. Thanks for prompting my own personal memories. Glad you had such a good outing.

  11. Great memory. I love Marty Robbins’ music. Cute little weiner dog on the window sill.

  12. Some great memories as you celebrate your birthday! Yes, and that little weiner dog caught my eye, too… 😀

  13. Well, what could be better? The two fellows you love most, a barbecue dinner for your birthday, AND nice memories to talk about. Glad you had a memorable time! That’s a great story about Marty Robbins; I remember his music too.

  14. Great family photo and memories thrown in!

  15. Wonderful photo. You all look like you’re having a great time celebrating your special day. I remember Marty Robbins. He was a fine singer/musician.
    That’s neat about the memorabilia. 🙂 .

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