Is “The King” in the house?

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Hi, me again.

Last weekend was a blast.  My wife and I attended a 50th wedding anniversary of some members of our family.

I know that you don’t want to hear about the party, who attended and what people were wearing.  Don’t worry… I wouldn’t do that to you.  This is not a Society Column.

But something happened during the party that was an absolute hoot.  I still laugh when I think about the event.

The husband of the couple is a great guy and he wanted the party to be special.  So he arranged for two very special surprises for his wife of fifty years.

I am sure that with the title of the blog you can guess one of the surprises.  His wife was an avid Elvis Presley fan so he arranged for an Elvis impersonator to perform.

Let the Show Begin

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As you can see it’s obvious by the picture that this was not Elvis in his prime.  In fact, it was Elvis about 10 years older than he was at his death.

I know that I cannot do the scene  justice, but I will try.

So here’s the picture… you have an ample sized older Elvis in a skin tight white studded jump suit with powder blue accent in the bellbottom pleats with the top opened to his navel exposing his overly hairy chest.

To add to the persona he carried himself as though he thought he looked – gooooood!

You know what I mean… the self assured look with the confident gentle strut.

The first thing that struck me was… is this guy serious?  I honestly couldn’t tell.  What makes it interesting is that as the show progressed I concluded that – he was!

Side Note: It may sound as though I am making fun of the guy.  I don’t intend to.

I am serious when I say that I am really glad there are people like this in the world.  They make life so much more enjoyable.  What a boring world without characters like this.

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Amazingly, the fellow sang just like Elvis… off pitch most of the time and not very good.

Yes, I know… I just riled a lot of Elvis fans.  I think Elvis was an amazing entertainer and fantastic showman – just not a very good singer.

But the fellow did not have the famous “Elvis moves”.

I am not exactly sure why he didn’t wiggle very much.  Probably it was because he was too old and he would throw his hip out of joint, he wanted to keep it rated “G” because there were a few kids, or he didn’t want any of the older ladies to have a stroke.  I think all three are valid considerations.

As he sang he strolled through the room to make sure he connected with the audience.

To add that special “Elvis” touch he made sure he placed a scarf around the neck of all the ladies in the room.

The Sidekick

As everyone knows… every star needs a sidekick.

  • Butch and Sundance
  • Batman and Robin
  • Bert and Ernie
  • Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon
  • Ferris Bueller and Cameron
  • Rocky and Bulwinkle
  • Fred and Barney

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…and of course there is impersonator Elvis and the guy in the Hawaiian shirt.

He was about the same age as Elvis, on the plump side, and wore a nice (somewhat understated) Hawaiian shirt.  You could tell he was comfortable in his role.

This may sound odd, but he was cute.  He stood behind Elvis and took care of the soundtrack equipment.  But the fun thing was that he mouthed all the words to the songs as Elvis sang.

As Elvis made his way around the room the sidekick discreetly followed with several scarves folded over his arm.

After Elvis put a scarf on one of the adoring ladies in the room, he would turn toward his faithful companion, bend at the waist, and the sidekick would drape another scarf around the “King’s” neck.

It is important to note that the scarf had to be draped around the neck touching skin… not around the oversized collar of the white studded jumpsuit.

It was great fun.  There were lot’s of smiles, laughing and memories.

The Second Surprise

Uh… you will have to wait until Monday to find out.  See you then.

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