….one of my regular readers and commenters, a person of immense energy, enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. In fact, this person has been commenting since February 2012, and has contributed 449 comments to the Accidental Cootchie Mama. For this contest, this person shared on FaceBook, and Google+, and re-tweeted on Twitter, plus commented and liked and +1’ed….a real warrior for the cause.

Today I passed mile marker 333, which puts me over three-fourths of the way on my 444-mile walk of the Natchez Trace, so what better day to announce the winner of the Accidental Cootchie Mama’s Halfway to Nashville Book Giveaway?

That’s right, following a random drawing from all the names of those entered, the winner of the very copy of To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis that I signed as I was shivering by the roadside of the Natchez Trace at MilePost 222 is….

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Tarakian Warrior, or Lori O’Leary! Congratulations Lori, and thanks to you and to all who entered, and helped spread the word about my novel.

On to 444!

Downtown Tupelo is anything but dead. Funky? Yes. Cool, even. I wandered the streets of Elvis Presley’s hometown on Friday, and I could almost imagine a diner between the galleries and the department store. Maybe it was even called the SkyView.

Elvis enjoyed diner food. His love of peanut butter and banana sandwiches was legendary. He bought his first guitar (instead of a gun) at the hardware store, in the block where I placed an imaginary diner.

I’ve always wondered if he missed his identical twin brother.

Elvis Aaron and Jesse Garon were born in this two-room house.

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Elvis popped out crooning a song to his mama. Jesse was silent. Stillborn.

When Elvis died in August of 1977, I wonder whether he found Jesse again? Perhaps he started singing a little, as one-half of Siamese twins.

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Click here to see the best photos from Day 24 of my Natchez Trace 444-mile walk: Andra Watkins Tumblr

Win a FREE TRIP to Charleston, South Carolina. Tweet, Facebook, type and review your way to Charleston, South Carolina in the To Live Forever Journey to Charleston Contest. The more you enter, the better your chance to WIN. Click here to find out more: Support My Aching Feet.

A book that’s even for people who don’t like to read. To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is available in paperback and e-book formats at these outlets: Click to Purchase To Live Forever.

Today’s Reader Question. About near misses and autographs seekers.

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Do you have a favorite Elvis song, Dear Reader?

 

 

I didn’t think my parents could traumatize me anymore. I mean, didn’t we leave all that drama behind in our teen years? As adults, aren’t our parents supposed to be normal?

“I took a crap behind that tree. Right there.”

“DAD!”

“And, I peed up that hill there.”

“DAD, I DON’T CARE WHERE YOU—”

“I got about to go back right there, and I rode all the way to the end of that road, and there was people there, so I came all the way back and went down the other road several miles, and when I got to the end and squatted, there was one of them cun dumbs.”

“A WHAT??” Mom’s perverted expression said it all. “OH………YOU MEAN A CONDOM.”

“Yep. One of them cun dumbs.”

Mom cut her eyes sideways, lustiness etched all over her face. “Was it used?”

“Don’t know. I didn’t get down and examine it.”

I curled up in a ball in the backseat, plugged up my ears, and chanted, “IamnothearingthisIamnothearingthisIamnothearingthis” all the way back to Tupelo.

Click here to see the best photos from Day 22 of my Natchez Trace 444-mile walk: Andra Watkins Tumblr

You’ve still got more than three weeks until April 15. Tweet, Facebook, type and review your way to Charleston, South Carolina in the To Live Forever Journey to Charleston Contest. The more you enter, the better your chance to WIN. Click here to find out more: Support My Aching Feet.

Read the book that started this insane journey with my parents. To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is available in paperback and e-book formats at these outlets: Click to Purchase To Live Forever.

Today’s Reader Question. About timing.

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