Elvis Week 2017 ~ A Review by Guest Author Nana Ames

August 23 at 6:03pm

— I HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH GRACELAND FOR 33 YEARS, (NOT COUNTING BEING THERE EVERY YEAR FROM 1969) THE FIRST YEAR THE TICKETS WERE $5. (I KNOW JUST LET ME FINISH..) ONE OF MY FRIENDS AND I WENT THROUGH THE HOUSE SEVERAL TIMES A DAY.

THEY HAD ROOM GUIDES, (PATSY ANDERSEN WAS ONE) AND IT WAS ALWAYS FUN TO HEAR WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY ABOUT EACH ROOM… YOU COULD ASK THEM QUESTIONS, AND FOR THE MOST PART THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS I HEARD WAS WHAT I KNEW ABOUT THE ROOM…

THE NEXT YEAR THE PRICE HAD GONE UP, BUT NOT TO THE POINT YOU COULDN’T GO THROUGH SEVERAL TIMES A DAY, I THINK THEY WERE $10…

THE NEXT YEAR THEY ADDED SOME THINGS ACROSS THE STREET AND BY NOW THE LISA MARIE WAS IN PLACE. (INSTEAD OF A NEW THEATER THEY NEED A HANGER FOR THOSE RUSTING OUT AIRPLANES) THE TICKET WERE $15 FOR THE HOUSE AND AN EXTRA $20 FOR THE PLANE AND “WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES” A MUSEUM TYPE BUILDING… AND THE CAR MUSEUM

THEN IT WAS $35 FOR THE HOUSE WHICH WAS OK THEY OPENED, AND ADDED SOME THINGS TO THE RACQUET BALL COURT.

OVER THE YEARS THEY ADDED SOME LITTLE THINGS, LISA MARIES BABY THINGS, ETC AND THE PRICE INCREASED…

THESE PRICE INCREASES WERE WITHIN REASON FOR THE TIMES… YOU WERE IN ELVIS’ HOME AMOUNG HIS BELONGING… YOU LOOKED AT ALL THE ITEMS IN AWE, AND PRIDE OF HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS… THIS WAS ELVIS AND WHAT HE LEFT BEHIND FOR US…

THIS YEAR I WAS IN TOTAL SHOCK… WE WENT THROUGH THE HOUSE FIRST AND IT WAS STRIPPED OF ALL HIS BELONGING, THE HALL OF GOLD WAS EMPTY NOTHING “IMPRESSIVE” IN THERE, A FEW RECEIPTS, A COUPLE SLOT CARS..(HIS WAS BLUE) RED AND WHITE DISPLAYED… HIS PRIDE AND JOY THE TROPHY ROOM, HAD BLOWN UP PHOTO’S AROUND THE WALLS, PICTURES WE ALL HAVE. NOTHING NEW THERE. IN FACT, THEY HAD THE WRONG HORSE AS SUN (IT’S SUN’S REFLECTION) THE ONE THEY PURCHASED WHEN SUN DIED. AND NOT ONE PICTURE OF BEAR, HIS TWO FAVORITE HORSES ARE MISSING… OF COURSE, THE WEDDING ATTAIR WAS ON DISPLAY A BABY BASKET ELVIS DESK AND A RED SETTEE..THE RACQUET BALL COURT WOULD BRING YOU TO YOU KNEES AT ALL THE GOLD AND PLATINUM, AWARDS, MEDALS COVERING THE WALLS… NOW IT IS EMPTY, HIS RACQUET AND GLOVE LOOKS SO VERY LONELY SITTING THERE… I COULDN’T WAIT TO GET OUT IT WAS SO VERY EMPTY..

THEN YOU WALK ACROSS THE STREET. A WORD OF CAUTION KEEP UP WITH YOUR TICKETS THE BAND ON YOUR ARM MEANS NOTHING. AND HIS CAR MUSEUM IS DARK DULL AND LOOKS LIKE A DUNGEON.. NO LIGHTS TO HIGHLIGHT EACH CAR NO BACK DROPS, YOU COULD NOT EVEN SEE THE FRONT ON THE STUTZ, (JUST ONE THERE) THE CARS WERE DUSTY. AND THE MORE YOU EXPLORED THE WORSE IT GOT… THINGS JUST HAPHAZARDLY WELL I STOPPED GOING IN IT WAS JUST SO DEPRESSING… I WAITED ON THE BENCH WHILE MY GROUP WENT THROUGH THE REST OF THE PLACES… ONE WAS GOING TO BUY A SHIRT, AND THEY WERE POOR QUALITY, HE SAID: “DID THEY GET THESE FROM HONG KONG?”

WE WENT INTO GLADYS RESTURANT, HAD A PIZZA, WHICH WAS REASONABLY PRICE, AND AS WE STARTED TO LEAVE A GIRL WAS AT THE DOOR, STOPPED US AND DEMANDED TO SEE OUR TICKETS. WE COULD NOT LEAVE WITHOUT SHOWING OUR TICKET… I ASK HER HOW DO YOU THINK WE GOT IN? THANK GOODNESS JENN HAD ALL OUR TICKETS…

WE STARTED DOWN TO THE CANDLELIGHT AND THEY HAD 8FOOT FENCES ACROSS THE STREET FROM PILLAR TO POST ONE END OF THE STONE WALL TO THE OTHER… BY THIS TIME WE WERE ALL DISGUSTED WITH THE WHOLE OUT FIT…

MANY MANY PEOPLE WE SAW WALKING AROUND THE COMPLEX SAID WE WON’T BE BACK… THIS IS NOTHING BUT GREED. PLAIN AND SIMPLE USING ELVIS FOR THEIR OWN MEANS… NOT FOR ELVIS OR FOR THE FANS. JUST HEARTBREAKING…

WHO WILL KEEP HIS NAME AMONG THE LIVING? WE WILL WE WILL TEACH OUR CHILDREN ABOUT A MAN WHO ROSE FROM RAGS TO RICHES, WITH HIS DETERMINATION, DRIVE, AND TALENT… HE HAD A LOVING GIVING HEART AND WAS LOVED BY THE MASSES… THEY TEACH YOU NOTHING….

 

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