That's right! Another year has passed and our Shady Dell blog is two years old today! Time to start potty training!
As we celebrate two exciting years together and prepare to journey out on the new horizon where year three awaits, let's pause for a brief history lesson. Let's travel back in time to the fall of 1965 and see how yours truly became obsessed with the Dell in the first place. Behold the bizarre chain of events that inspired Shady Del Knight to become a Shady Dell knight.
I can remember it like it was only yesterday...............
(please insert your own eerie music here, folks)
Submitted for your approval - one Mr. Delmore Z. Knight (don't ask)...
....an average teenager happily playing with his Lionel.
(As you can see in the foreground, he also happens to own a model train set.) Young Mr. Knight might be an ordinary adolescent, but he is about to have a close encounter of the extraordinary kind. Mr. Knight is about to enter...
Damn! Why does mom make me eat mashed potatoes?
I hate 'em!
Problem is, I can't leave the dinner table and skip rope with the guys until I clean my plate. Oh, well...if I can just get through the spuds...the rest is gravy hee-hee!
Hey, wait a minute! (insert more eerie music here, folks) These potatoes remind me of something. Let me just take my fork and carve away a little here...and a little here...
and a little......
This is driving me nuts! I know this means something!
This means something!
It means there's something a little "strange" with Del!
(insert more eerie music here, folks)
Fiddlesticks! I'm getting close but I still don’t have it exactly right! I think Teddy Roosevelt had a mustache.
That damn blob of clay can wait. Doug and Julie are on their honeymoon and she says she wants sausage for breakfast. Here comes the phat part! Must see TV is born!
Hello, is this Carlo's? I'd like two large pepperoni pies with anchovies and extra cheese, five bags of Bickel's Honey
Bar-B-Que chips and three packs of Hostess Sno Balls. Wait! Hold the phone!!! Nooooooooooooooo! Not a crappy news bulletin at a time like this!!! I hate you Howard K. Smith! What’s that you're saying? Authorities are warning parents to keep their kids away from a dangerous place called the Shady Dell?
Now a news chopper’s giving us a shot of the place.
OMG! - that’s it! THAT'S IT!!!
Dangerous? The Dell? I smell a conspiracy. The guardians of our morals are at it again. I'm going to the Dell and find out for myself.
Snap! The cops have Starcross blocked off at both ends.
I’ll have to go on foot. It's a steep climb up Violet Hill from George Street over rugged terrain but I'm gonna get there somehow...
'cause my mind's made up and I'm glory bound.
Ain’t no use...nobody’s gonna turn me around...no...no!
There it is! Right on top of Violet Hill...the Shady Dell!
That must be the Dell! Awesome!
I can see the colored lights and I can hear the music.
Sounds like the gang's got Dave "Baby" Cortez on the jukebox! I'm there, dude!
The rat pack sent a welcoming committee to greet me!
Hey guys, what be happenin'? I come in friendship!
Klaatu barada nikto and all that good stuff!
(insert more eerie music here, folks)
Is the sound of distant drumming
Just the fingers of your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway
And the fragment of a song.
Half-remembered names and faces...
but to whom do they belong?
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind
And the serenity that will forever be ours
in an ethereal never-never land we like to call...
Again this year I would like to thank my friends, my fellow Dell rats, and all of the kind readers of this blog for their loyal support.
Each one of you is important to me and greatly appreciated! There's much more ahead and I invite you to join me.
Year three starts...........right.............NOW!!!
Have a Shady Day!
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