12.19.2013

Road Trip Coverage Continues: Where's Tikki?


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You:  Tikki, you're looking strrreeet in th flat brim.  Dope photo, where were you?
Tikki:  I'm gonna let you guess, but I'll give you a hint: the next ones were taken in the same locale.
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You: Oh, I know that wall...Berlin pre 1989.
Tikki:  Good guess, good guess, except you're totally wrong.  Wrong location and wrong century.
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You: Cuba?
Tikki:  What's with you and your communist guesses?
You: What's with you and making me guess?
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You: I want to say Berllin again, but I know you'll mock me.  A rock quarry in Turkey?
Tikki: I was on a road trip across America.  We didn't go through "the state" of Turkey.  

You: Although, you were gone during Thanksgiving, so you went through some sorta state of turkey.
Tikki:  ummm...horrible joke, but yes, I took the gravy train through the state of turkey.



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You:  Dude, you're in a Daft Punk video! 
Tikki: I don't think that counts as a "location," but it's your best guess yet.
You:  Wait, is that a Kinkade painting?  My mom has one of those in her living room.
Tikki:  Ohpe, you guessed it.  It's your mom's house.  
You: Did ma do a remodel?

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You: Oh my gosh...you went to Heaven?  Is that in America?
Tikki: This picture is a little misleading.  It was taken in neither Heaven nor Minneappolis, Minnesota, which, I guess, some people think are one in the same.

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You: Does that say Billy Graham?
Tikki:  Yesss.  You're starting to get the picture.
You: I still have no idea.
Tikki:  Ok, I guess I had no idea where this place was before my trip.  We were at the Billy Graham library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
You:  So let me get this straight...you were posing all street around the Billy Graham library?  Isn't that place quiet and full of elderly people.
Tikki: Yes.
*awkward silence*

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The Billy Graham library in Charlotte, North Carolina, the birthplace of Billy Graham, is a mecca for the elderly and a quiet sort of place.*  Needless to say, Colin and I were a little out-of-place...looking a little silly posing for photos as the rest of our tour group passed us, many of them using canes and walkers. However, I promise you, I can pose for photos and still be reverent.  

The set-up of the library was surprisingly fresh and interactive, really making Mr. Graham's legendary story come alive. My favorite piece of memorabilia were those letters pictured above.  This mail was all meant for Billy Graham but was addressed to all kinds of vague or bizarre addresses, mostly completely incorrect spellings of Minneapolis, Minnesota. One of them reads "Many Afflicts, Many Sodo."  Angels must have delivered these letters to him.

I was most affected Mr. Graham's steadfastness and one-mindedness toward his calling.  His fame began in 1949 when he preached at the Los Angles Crusade, which was scheduled to last for three weeks but ended up going for eight. After the Crusade, Hollywood wanted to snatch him up as a film star. He resisted the opportunity, knowing his life's purpose was to preach the gospel. Most of us would be easily swept away from our calling by the promise of fame or fortune.  Billy said, "No," and instead of becoming a film star, perhaps only famous in his day, he became an icon of the 20th century.*** I think it's like that for all of us, maybe not on such a grand scale, but if we say no to things that are just distractions from our calling, we will reap the reward.  Preacher Graham, you da man.***

*Case in point: my grandma's eyes lit up when I told her I went to the Billy Graham Library!
**He didn't completely snub Hollywood; Mr. Graham was intelligent enough to use media to get his message to millions of people.  And talk about iconic, this guy has his own LIBRARY.  Only PRESIDENTS get Libraries, but, of course, he has counseled every U.S. President since Harry S. Truman...
***Wait, was that irreverent? 

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