Graceland all about trip - and destination

May 11, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Evansville Courier & Press

Ever since Elvis died in 1977 and his private estate in Memphis, Tenn., got turned into a public shrine, my sister has wanted to go to Graceland.

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May 13, 2013
 
What a stupid article.

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What a stupid article.
Really? You didn't like it? It's just because you can't possibly understand it. A couple yrs ago I casually mentioned to my sons that I wanted to go to Graceland. I never thought they'd want to go too, but to my great surprise they jumped at the chance. My youngest listens to classic rock, metal and hardcore country, in that order. My oldest son is a huge metal head, but will, on occasion listen to some classic rock and even loves classical music (Mozart is one of his favs), he also will listen to a few country songs that he grew up on. Both have very long hair and have been mistaken for anything from members of a rock band to wrestlers. Their looks are quite deceiving as both are hardworking, responsible, Christian men.
I love Elvis! I also like some country, classical and opera. I love Ozzy and Aerosmith, I love Sinatra. You get the picture. We made a quick plan to go to Memphis and along with my oldest son's fiance, we set out at 2 a.m. and arrived at about 9 a.m., found our hotel and went straight to the stone fence! It was magnificent. We signed the fence, gawked at the house and then headed back across to the visitors center. The sheer number of people was astounding. We walked for hours looking at all of E's stuff. Cars, tractor, motocycles, clothes and numerous videos that play constantly on the TV screens that are strategically placed all around. We bought our tickets and moved over to the shuttle bus and then on to the Mansion.
I thought the article you posted was amusing. But for me, the visit to Graceland was not about seeing "Graceland" so much as it was about seeing how and where Elvis "lived". I know that thousands upon thousands have walked there long before I ever did. Still, it felt very personal to me. I can honestly say that once inside the gates at the end of the long driveway, I was in my own thoughts. I didn't notice the other people there, save for my own family members. The house, despite the fact that it is set up much like a museum, is still as he once lived in it. There are a few beautiful things in it, a lot of tacky things and a whole lot of retro colors and styles. It's interesting, colorful, a little sad, and a whole lot of fun. The employees we encountered were courteous and kind as well. Many of the rooms are surprisingly small, like the pool table room. It is tiny. The TV room is oddly built and the dining room is lovely. The Meditation Garden is solemn and quiet, but I didn't feel sad there. It is a little sad to see all the graves, including the marker for E's twin. But even standing there looking at his grave, I didn't feel overwhelmed with sadness. Some people cried, others just walked quietly by or sat on one of the benches.
The grounds are beautifully manicured and the exterior of the house is classic. My family took pictures of me at the front door, on the front steps and on the back lawn. I loved seeing Lisa's old swingset and the little building where E and his family and friends practiced their target skills. The "Lisa Marie" is interesting too. There are original glass bottles of Gatorade still stored on the plane.
And everywhere you turn, Elvis is there. Beautiful pictures, his clothes, his jewelry, his whole life from birth to death. Pictures of his family, some of his parents things, the barn that housed his horses and the kitchen where his meals were prepared, still in the same colors and with the same appliances. Priscilla, Lisa and Lisa's family, when visiting Graceland, still have traditional southern meals prepared in that kitchen and served in the dining room. A part of his spirit still lives in that place and you can feel that everywhere you look.
My favorite room was the den,(the Jungle Room). I bet a lot of crazy things went on in that room.
I hope to go back one day soon. My sons are ready to go too, they totally got it.
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2kingsdaughter wrote:
<quoted text>Really? You didn't like it? It's just because you can't possibly understand it. A couple yrs ago I casually mentioned to my sons that I wanted to go to Graceland. I never thought they'd want to go too, but to my great surprise they jumped at the chance. My youngest listens to classic rock, metal and hardcore country, in that order. My oldest son is a huge metal head, but will, on occasion listen to some classic rock and even loves classical music (Mozart is one of his favs), he also will listen to a few country songs that he grew up on. Both have very long hair and have been mistaken for anything from members of a rock band to wrestlers. Their looks are quite deceiving as both are hardworking, responsible, Christian men.
I love Elvis! I also like some country, classical and opera. I love Ozzy and Aerosmith, I love Sinatra. You get the picture. We made a quick plan to go to Memphis and along with my oldest son's fiance, we set out at 2 a.m. and arrived at about 9 a.m., found our hotel and went straight to the stone fence! It was magnificent. We signed the fence, gawked at the house and then headed back across to the visitors center. The sheer number of people was astounding. We walked for hours looking at all of E's stuff. Cars, tractor, motocycles, clothes and numerous videos that play constantly on the TV screens that are strategically placed all around. We bought our tickets and moved over to the shuttle bus and then on to the Mansion.
No, I meant it was a stupid article because the writer didn't even particularly like Elvis. Why write a lukewarm article about a trip to a place you didn't necessarily want to go to, and only went to please someone else, to see the home of a celebrity you don't even like very much?
If her sister had written about it, it would have been better. But an article by someone who doesn't even like Elvis, what's the point? I just wanted to slap her.
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2kingsdaughter wrote:
<quoted text>Really? You didn't like it? It's just because you can't possibly understand it. A couple yrs ago I casually mentioned to my sons that I wanted to go to Graceland. I never thought they'd want to go too, but to my great surprise they jumped at the chance. My youngest listens to classic rock, metal and hardcore country, in that order. My oldest son is a huge metal head, but will, on occasion listen to some classic rock and even loves classical music (Mozart is one of his favs), he also will listen to a few country songs that he grew up on. Both have very long hair and have been mistaken for anything from members of a rock band to wrestlers. Their looks are quite deceiving as both are hardworking, responsible, Christian men.
I love Elvis! I also like some country, classical and opera. I love Ozzy and Aerosmith, I love Sinatra. You get the picture. We made a quick plan to go to Memphis and along with my oldest son's fiance, we set out at 2 a.m. and arrived at about 9 a.m., found our hotel and went straight to the stone fence! It was magnificent. We signed the fence, gawked at the house and then headed back across to the visitors center. The sheer number of people was astounding. We walked for hours looking at all of E's stuff. Cars, tractor, motocycles, clothes and numerous videos that play constantly on the TV screens that are strategically placed all around. We bought our tickets and moved over to the shuttle bus and then on to the Mansion.
I thought the article you posted was amusing. But for me, the visit to Graceland was not about seeing "Graceland" so much as it was about seeing how and where Elvis "lived". I know that thousands upon thousands have walked there long before I ever did. Still, it felt very personal to me. I can honestly say that once inside the gates at the end of the long driveway, I was in my own thoughts. I didn't notice the other people there, save for my own family members. The house, despite the fact that it is set up much like a museum, is still as he once lived in it. There are a few beautiful things in it, a lot of tacky things and a whole lot of retro colors and styles. It's interesting, colorful, a little sad, and a whole lot of fun. The employees we encountered were courteous and kind as well. Many of the rooms are surprisingly small, like the pool table room. It is tiny. The TV room is oddly built and the dining room is lovely. The Meditation Garden is solemn and quiet, but I didn't feel sad there. It is a little sad to see all the graves, including the marker for E's twin. But even standing there looking at his grave, I didn't feel overwhelmed with sadness. Some people cried, others just walked quietly by or sat on one of the benches.
The grounds are beautifully manicured and the exterior of the house is classic. My family took pictures of me at the front door, on the front steps and on the back lawn. I loved seeing Lisa's old swingset and the little building where E and his family and friends practiced their target skills. The "Lisa Marie" is interesting too. There are original glass bottles of Gatorade still stored on the plane.
And everywhere you turn, Elvis is there. Beautiful pictures, his clothes, his jewelry, his whole life from birth to death. Pictures of his family, some of his parents things, the barn that housed his horses and the kitchen where his meals were prepared, still in the same colors and with the same appliances. Priscilla, Lisa and Lisa's family, when visiting Graceland, still have traditional southern meals prepared in that kitchen and served in the dining room. A part of his spirit still lives in that place and you can feel that everywhere you look.
My favorite room was the den,(the Jungle Room). I bet a lot of crazy things went on in that room.
I hope to go back one day soon. My sons are ready to go too, they totally got it.
Your review was a lot better than hers.
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Your review was a lot better than hers.
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yep yours was better

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Thanks Lee and Lorraine! I agree with Lee, the writer should have stayed quiet and let her sister write the story. I'm hoping my husband can go next time. He likes Elvis too, although not as much as I do. Maybe he'll surprise me for my birthday and we'll take a little road trip to Memphis. I'd love to see the house in all it's splendor with Christmas lights and decorations.
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2kingsdaughter wrote:
Thanks Lee and Lorraine! I agree with Lee, the writer should have stayed quiet and let her sister write the story. I'm hoping my husband can go next time. He likes Elvis too, although not as much as I do. Maybe he'll surprise me for my birthday and we'll take a little road trip to Memphis. I'd love to see the house in all it's splendor with Christmas lights and decorations.
I'm taking my teenage sons there in July. Graceland, here we come.... Seriously can't wait!!!!!

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JINA WILD wrote:
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I'm taking my teenage sons there in July. Graceland, here we come.... Seriously can't wait!!!!!
Hope you all have a great time. If you've ever been to Memphis in July you know how hot it gets. If not, be prepared. The heat and humidity can be overwhelming, so drink lots of water!

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