Jimmy Chang (by Uncle Jamie MacBlues)

I was on my way outa Harlan, pretty much at a loose end.I had thought to spend some time with my buddy, Uncle John, but just as I was walking up his driveway, a neighbour sitting on his porch told me that John was not home:

"He's away getting singing lesson, he wont be back for three days" he mumbled (having heard John sing, I was thinking three MONTHS per lesson would be preferable!)

Anyhoo, as I said above, I was on my way outa town, heading in no particular direction. At times I just liked to drive out to nowhere, something, I guess, akin to a mystery tour.

The sun was pretty strong, guess I'd driven about 120 miles, with no idea where I was. Suddenly, in the distance, I was aware of what appeared to be a small group of people, gathering on the outskirts of what I presumed to be an old bygone town, (or a ghost town, as some folks would say). As I got nearer , I pulled over.

There were three guys and a woman; one guy was holding an old beat up guitar.

"Can ya play that thing" , I asked.

"Naw", he replied I just brought it to blend in with the story of the guy writing this! (this made some kinda sense, not much, but I did not dwell on it).

Anyhoo, I soon heard the whole story of why this small group of folks was gathered on the outskirts of a deserted old town:

Seems that Jimmy Chang, an old refugee from China, had a store there; selling gunpowder mainly, to the miners. But he also sold fireworks to the local kids. His store had a sign that was 20 feet tall, and glistened in the almost continuous desert sunshine.

Seems that these four good folks were here to remeber Jimmy, on the anniversary of the day that his store blew up (luckily, that happened one early weekned morning, and only Jimmy was in when it blew.) There wasn't much to bury, I was told; even the famous sign had been blown into a thousand pieces!

Suddenly, the four folks surprised me by all getting up as one, dancing, and singing in Chinese. This lasted about 2 minutes, then they all sat down, holding hands and looking mournful. I let them sit in quiet contemplation; I had not much more to say anyway. (20 foot signs, gunpowder, and an old man from China had not that much interest for me).

After another few minutes, I decided to drive on. Before I did, I walked up to the folks, and asked how often they had this commemoration of Mr Chang "Every Saturday", came the reply. "Even though we all gotta come miles from all over the country now"!

"That's amazing" I said. But why do you NEED to do this little commemoration, especially every week"?!

They all answered in unison : "for the sake of old Chang's sign"!

" Good an answer as any" I thought, as I drove off.........................

THE END

 

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Comment by Jamie MacBlues on April 25, 2016 at 5:08am
Yep, never heard this before, Mr Frog, but great minds and all that ! Lol
Comment by Blues Frog on April 24, 2016 at 10:10pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdOCBFfB2Wo

In case it wasn't clear. this link explains it all

Comment by Blues Frog on April 24, 2016 at 10:08pm

Old Lang's sign

Kinda reminds me of this song by Allen Sherman

Comment by Jamie MacBlues on April 24, 2016 at 2:46pm
Thanks , Digly, ma man. "Water", that's the stuff than ruins good whisky! ;)
Comment by Diglydog on April 24, 2016 at 2:33pm

Nice story Jamie, but ...........have you considered taking a bit more water with it ?    ;-)

Comment by Jamie MacBlues on April 19, 2016 at 5:56pm

Lol Clock. Btw , for a second, thought that was me on right, in the shorts :)

Comment by Clock The Wolf on April 19, 2016 at 5:44pm

Comment by Jamie MacBlues on April 18, 2016 at 7:10pm
Well,ah'll take your word for that, Bug ;)
Comment by BUGGY (C) on April 18, 2016 at 5:40pm
But we all know it's Uncle Jimmy John Day, every Monday at 4pm ?
Unless I am very well mistaken...
Comment by Jamie MacBlues on April 18, 2016 at 10:16am
Lol John; 1% a bit of an exaggeration btw ;)

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