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The Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night back in the good old days. You work all week, but on Saturday night all work came to a halt! After dinner we all gathered up the chairs and sat them around the radio. My Uncle would say “Boys and Girls its time to go get the “R. C. Cola’s” and Moon Pies”!  We slid out of the chairs and went lickitty split to the ice box and grabbed them!

Back in the living room my Uncle would turn on the radio and tune it to the Grand Ole Opry. Sometimes he would have to check the ground wire on that old radio to be sure every thing was ok. You talk about some of the best foot stomping, and hand clapping music you have ever heard! It would be coming out of the radio like it was live from Nashville Tennessee. Some one at the Grand Ole Opry would step up to the microphone and say “Ladies and Gentleman this is the “Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville Tennessee!”, and if Minnie Pearl was there she would say “Howdy glad you all could come!”

The music would excite you so much that it was hard to keep still in the chair with all the hand clapping, and foot stomping we were doing! Why sometimes it felt like the whole house was rocking! Ha. Good thing it had a good foundation.

Remember the next time you tune into the Grand Ole Opry, take a minute and be sure to have a R.C. Cola and Moon Pie!


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Oranges in O’Town

Orange groves around Orlando, Florida now that is a story! Most folks around Orlando today have no idea how it used to be there. When driving around Orlando when the Orange trees were blooming you could smell the Orange Blossoms in the air, and what a great small that was.

If you have never walked through and Orange grove when the Orange Blossoms are in full bloom, you have missed a great experience in life. Here’s a good one for you: On the South East corner of Orange Avenue, and Michigan Street was a large Orange grove. All the old folks, and the younger ones around this area knew better than to pick an Orange off the first row of trees NEXT TO THE ROAD! If you did and you were a new comer, after you take the time to peal it and you are thinking how good it will be when you bite into it you discover it is so bitter your mouth would swivel up and you had to spit it out! The grove owner planted those oranges there on purpose so people would not pick them again. If they would have picked an Orange off the second row it would have been delicious. But when you are holding up traffic, you don’t have much time to do that.

When you were young did you ever go out in an Orange grove, find a good tree you could sit in it, pick the perfect Orange, lean back and peal that nice juicy orange and eat it? Well I have! When sitting in that tree eating the Orange it’s so nice and quite, and nobody is around to bother you.

Let me tell you where all this happened! In the Holden Heights area off of Rio Grande! Back then, there were Orange groves almost everywhere. It was so nice back then. When I, and some of my buddy’s was riding around on our bikes, one of them may say “I’m hungry!”, one of my other buddies would say” I know where a good Naval Orange tree is”! We would jump on our bikes, and we were headed for the Orange grove! I remember picking a box of Oranges and hand squeezing them, or using an Orange squeezing machine. it might have been a lot of work but they “SURE” were good!

We used to get orange juice from the Blue Bird Canning Plant. I knew someone who worked there that was very special to me. She would always bring home the bent cans of juice!

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