The Legend-News

Monday, 2003 February 17 : Volume 6, Number 4 Latest⇒

What We Got Here in this edition of The Legend-News.

The Bill Fries interview that was scheduled for this issue has been delayed, and will appear in the next issue (March 3). The editor apologizes for the delay, and if you ask of him the reason for the delay he will whine and moan about the horrendous cold with which he's been suffering. So don't ask.

Meanwhile, Back At The Critter Ranch

New Critters: No new Critters this week. They saw their shadows, and went back to hibernating.

KC, whom you may remember as the supplier of those "Old Home Café" articles from about a year and half ago (and which Ed. swears he'll collect into a understandable archive, one of these days) sent to us a flyer from the Sundowner Country Music Theater in Oak Grove, Missouri. Leroy Van Dyke — whom you'll remember as the composer of "The Auctioneer" — made an appearance there on January 4th; further evidence that he's still around.

(By the way, that's the "Oak Grove" that's about 30 miles east of Kansas City. There are three towns named "Oak Grove" in Missouri.)

Bob Norton, otherwise known as "the guy that drove from Albuquerque to Gallup and back in a failed attempt to join Convoy 2000", points out that the April issue of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine presents on page 70 "2002 All 4 Fun: A Week of Family Four-Wheeling in the San Juans", about Bill Fries' backyard. The article begins

"The San Juan Mountains," says balladeer C.W. McCall, "are the roughest, toughest, steepest mountains in the West." Well, the San Juan Jeep trails really aren't the roughest, toughest, or steepest, but they are the most beautiful and the most popular alpine four-wheel-drive trails in America. They also have the highest average elevation.

The article opens with a beautiful picture of the town of Telluride, as seen from the outlet of Black Bear Road. The April issue is currently on newstands, but it's not yet on the web site.

Cat Escapes From Bag, Bag Declines To Comment. A report from the East: Vin Perrotta tells us

I wanted to let you know I was listening to the syndicated "Howie Carr Show" from WRKO in Boston, where Chip Davis was promoting a new Steamroller Valentine CD. The host asked about how he went from "Convoy" to Christmas music success, and marvelled at how different they were from his point of view. Chip responded by saying they were going to have a new surprise product coming in June bringing back McCall on a project called American Spirit. It will feature "Convoy", plus patriotic themes.

What does The Legend-News know about this? Well, American Gramaphone has yet to make an official announcement, but our source tells us that American Spirit will include one or two new McCall items, although they may not be songs. Bill Fries has reportedly been "working late" into the night on the project.

Lastly, Bill Fries has been interviewed for an article to appear in RoadKing. We'll inform you when the article will be published, as soon as we know.

Old Home Café: The Next Generation

Episode XI: The Happiest Mob On Earth

Pisgah hadn't seen this much excitement since the last Fireman's Ball in 1987. That was the year when local boy and outgoing mayor C.W. McCall was honored as Pisgah's "Man of the Year" for his efforts to promote Pisgah as a nice place to visit. Town events since then had attracted many visitors; but no one could have anticipated the townfolks' reaction to the reopening of the only restaurant in town.

In the middle of the dining room of the Old Home Café, Sergeant Roy Hudson confronted a stunned Jon Bach. Surrounding them were about five dozen people, most of them awaiting table service, some of them actually eating breakfast, and the rest looking as bewildered as Jon. But despite the obviously too-large-for-the-room population, no one was angry. The customers were happy, talking to their friends and neighbors and marvelling at the crowd. A few people remarked that the Café could use another waitress or two.

Sergeant Roy was there to investigate the report of a disturbance. The cause was obvious: too many people in a too-small area. But before he could act, he had to know the facts. "Are you the owner, sir?" he asked Jon.

"Yes," said Jon, slightly emerging from his deer-in-the-headlights daze.

"What's your name?"

"Jon. Jon Bach."

"Hello, Jon. I'm Sergeant Hudson, Harrison County Sheriff. We've had reports of a disturbance here."

"Disturbance? There's no disturbance here, officer. A lot of people, though."

"That's 'Sergeant'."

"There's no disturbance here, Officer Sergeant."

"No, I meant that my title is 'Sergeant'. It's not 'Officer'."

"Sorry, Sergeant."

"What's the maximum occupancy of this room?"


"Looks like you've got more than 47 people here."

"Looks like."

"You'll have to ask some of them to leave."

"Leave? They haven't been served yet."

"That doesn't matter. Some of them need to leave; you've got too many people in here."

"I didn't ask them to come."

"Doesn't matter, sir. They're still here."

"I didn't ask them to come."

"But you'll have to ask them to leave."

"But I haven't served them yet. Not even a cup of coffee."

"They still need to leave. If you don't reduce the number of people in this room to 47 or below, I'll need to close the restaurant."

"That would reduce the number, wouldn't it?"

"Yes, it…" Sergeant Roy began to say. Then he realized that this conversation wasn't proceeding in any useful direction. "You want me to close the place?"

Meanwhile, outside the Café, the Berry brothers had arrived. Normally, 6 A.M. would not be an hour at which they were awake. But school wasn't in session, so they didn't have a need to sleep at any regular hour. In fact, they'd been up since yesterday morning, and a few minutes earlier had decided that breakfast was a good idea. That's when Jerry remembered that the Old Home Café would be open at 5, and it was only three blocks away, and so they walked to the Café.

And as they approached the busiest corner in all of Harrison County, Larry had a thought. "Did Jon hire a waitress yet?" he asked his companions.

"Not that I know of. The 'Help Wanted' sign was still in the window yesterday afternoon," said Jerry. Jerry Too nodded in agreement.

"Did he hire a cook?" asked Larry.

Again, Larry said "No."

"Then who's handling the capacity crowd?" asked Larry. They stopped to watch the crowd, and noted the Sheriff's car outside the Café. "Think he needs help?"

"Well," said Jerry, "I wasn't planning to actually cook breakfast."

Larry agreed. "Neither was I, but if we want food we need to get inside, and that line is pretty long. However, if we worked there…"

"I'm on it," said Jerry, as he lead a charge into the Café. "Employees! Comin' through!" he cried as the trio politely worked their way through the front door. Jerry Too was the last inside, and he grabbed the 'Help Wanted' sign from the window and waved it over his head. Larry attracted Jon's attention. "Hey, boss! We're here! Whaddya need us to do?"

Jon looked up, his expression still a bit blank. Seeing Larry finally brought him back to reality. "Larry! Jerry! Man, am I glad to see you!"

Sergeant Roy interrupted. "You still need to get some of these people out."

Jon thought for a moment. "Which one of you can cook?" Larry raised his hand. "Good. Larry, check the grill; Jerry, ever waited tables?"

"Does McDonalds count?"

"Barely, but it'll have to do. Get a pad, next to the register." Jon turned to the third member of the cavalry. "Jerry, can you do crowd control? Ask 'em politely to queue outside, and make sure that the only people inside are those with a seat." Jerry Too gave a thumbs up.

"Sergeant," said Jon, "give me a couple of minutes, and we'll have this under control. Would you like a cup of coffee? A seat's just opened up by the counter."

"Thanks," said Sergeant Roy, as he tipped his cap and walked to the back of the room. He was planning to stay anyway, until this mess got straightened out.

Jon took a deep breath, and turned his attention back to the customers.

To be continued…

Song A’ Th’ Week

The Only Light

(Walt Meskell, Tim Martin)

From the album Roses For Mama.

Valentine's Day was three days ago, but this song still works.

Just another Texas bus stop
Texas never seems to end
On my seventh cup a' coffee
Waitress, hit me once again
Gotta date in Colorado
With the woman in my life
I've seen enough of fairgrounds
An' singin' in the lights

'Cause the only light I wanna see
Is the light that's in the eyes
Of the woman waitin' up for me again
Yeah, the only light I wanna see
Is a candle in the winda
An' the open door that she'll be standin' in

Driver says, "It's time, folks"
So we straggle back on board
Just me, a nun, two cowboys
An' a guy in back that snored
Been twenty-seven hours
Full a' anything but fun
An' over my right shoulder
There's an early-mornin' sun

But the only light I wanna see
Is the light that's in the eyes
Of a woman waitin' up for me again
Yeah, the only light I wanna see
Is a candle in the winda
An' the open door that she'll be standin' in

Goin' on forty hours
An' I've been too long alone
But it's only just a walk, now
Up the hill and then I'm home
I've seen too many bus stops
An' I've sung my share a' songs
But the spotlight only matters
When it's shinin' in my home

'Cause the only light I wanna see
Is a light that's in the eyes
Of a woman waitin' up for me again
Yeah, the only light I wanna see
Is a candle in the winda
An' the open door that she'll be standin' in

[Fade out]
Yeah, the only light I wanna see
Is the light that's in the eyes
Of a woman waitin' up for me again
Yeah, the only light I wanna see
Is a candle in the winda
An' the open door that she'll be standin' in

'Cause the only light I wanna see
Is the light that's in the eyes
Of the woman waitin' up for me again
Yeah, the only light I wanna see...

Next Issue

An interview with Bill Fries; Old Home Café: The Next Generation heck breaks loose; and a Song A’ Th’ Week.

The Legend-News is published fortnightly — unless the fortnight is the fifth Monday, in which case it's published fortnightly-and-a-half — by TechRen Enterprises, strange visitor from another planet. Contents Copyright 2003 TechRen Enterprises, except for anything that we borrowed from someone else. Thanks to Bill Fries and Chip Davis for the words and music. "Top of the world, Ma! Top of the world!"