The King Just Ain’t Worth It
Posted by Heliocentrism on August 6, 2010
July 17, 2010
When in Memphis, see the King.
We were in Memphis which just happens to be the city of Graceland. The song, Graceland, by Paul Simon was in my head during the whole drive from Kentucky. Unlike Paul, my marriage was not falling apart — I’m not even married. I still felt obligated to see Elvis’ home.
We tried to get out of paying the $10 parking fee. We drove around looking for a Wal-Mart or shopping center for free parking, but there wasn’t one close enough. We paid the parking fee.
Then we got to the ticket booth. The cheapest ticket was $30. There were three of us. None of us really liked Elvis’ music. Mark and I were here, because it was what we thought we should do when in Memphis. My mom came because Mark and I dragged her along.
I remembered my brother telling me that Graceland was quite disappointing. So, we didn’t go in. We just walked outside the gates of Graceland and took a few photos. We went to a gift shop and to the Heart Break Hotel next door. The King was just not worth it to me.
Our first stop in Little Rock was to the Clinton Library. It was like walking through my childhood. Even though Carter was president when I was born and there had since been Reagan and Bush, I don’t remember much of them.
1992 was the year I first asked, “What’s the difference between the candidates?” Let’s see, if I can remember… Clinton was the candidate that was more in-tune with the younger voters. He went on MTV and told the nation that he was a boxers man. George H. W. Bush was the candidate not unlike your grandfather. He was the incumbent, but I got the feeling that he didn’t deliver on his promises. Plus, his vomiting on the prime minister of Japan didn’t help.
Third guy, Ross Perot, was the crazy uncle. His full crazy potential wasn’t realized until the ’96 election, but the buds of craziness had already began to bloom in 1992.
Teaching Men to Fish
Right around the corner from the Clinton Library is Heifer Village. Heifer International is the charity that I give money to each month. I try to give at least 50USD a month. It doesn’t change my life at all by decreasing my income by 50 bucks, but it could change the life of someone out there.
Heifer International, to me, works by the “teach a man to fish” principle. You know — “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; you have fed him for a lifetime.”
When going to the Heifer International website each month I buy a family somewhere an animal or insects, either entirely or partially. This animal is then used by the family to generate income. The family sells the wool from sheep, the milk from goats, the honey from bees, etc.
At Heifer Village you can read literature on the many programs they have set up to help people around the world. They also have exhibits on tools and equipment, like the rolling bucket, that people in poorer countries can use to make their lives easier. They also have lots of information booths about, on the economics of the things we buy.
If you are looking for a charity where most of your money goes to actually helping people, then Heifer International is a good option. Look through their catalogue and give what you feel you can.
A shared contribution can be low as $10. That’s where you put $10 towards a gift and they add that to the $10 donations of other people until they have enough to buy the entire animal for the family.
Personally I like buying bees for some family. I like honey and I feel it makes the world a sweeter place. (Pun intended.)
How to get there:
You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.
I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.
- Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
- Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)
- Crash Course:
- CGP Grey:
- Mental Floss:
- American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
- Area 51
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X
- Dandelion Wine
- Girl in Translation
- The Hemingses of Monticello
- The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
- The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
- Notes from a Big Country
- One Summer: America, 1927
- Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes
- Stealing Buddha’s Dinner
- That’s Not In My American History Book
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
- The Water Is Wide
- Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
- It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.
- 35°02’51.7″N 90°01’33.8″W
- Website directions
734 Elvis Presley Boulevard
- (901) 332-3322
- Parking – $10
- Adult admission – $34 – $72 depending on the tour
- Kids under 6 – free
- It costs $10 to park
- You can get a 10% discount if you show your AAA card or if you are a senior citizen, student, solider, cop, or firefighter.
- 34°44’47.1″N 92°15’30.0″W
Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
1200 President Clinton Ave
Little Rock, AR 72201
- (501) 374-4242
- Free on President’s day
- 7USD for adults
- Sun 13:00-17:00
- Mon-Sat 9:00-17:00
It’s just around the block from the Clinton Library. It’s a 10 minute walk.
1 World Ave
Little Rock AR, 72201
- Mon-Sat 9:00-17:00