11 July 2016
Ever Been To Merritt?
Ever been to Merritt? And I do not mean an emergency roadside beer shit stop. I mean, have you ever really been to Merritt?
Stopped there a couple days ago to take a break from driving through a violent rain storm. Had a hamburger and a big old beer shit in the Desert Inn. Heavenly hamburger, sparkling john with Steve Earle singing in it. Fuck Tripadvisor, this here is Beershitstopadvisor.
Sun came out so I had a look around. Turns out Merritt is where a Time Machine takes you if you want to get as far away from the 21st century as possible - to the days Anne Murray was young and teeth were either not white or plain gone.
Merritt is also home to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame which you simply must visit. You can put your hands in Anne Murray's hand prints as I did.
There is also a display of Ian Tyson's hat, rope and boots. Very cool. After I looked at those three fine objects for a spell I told the two young museum staff on hand the story about Tyson smoking up Bob Dylan for the first time. Looked like they believed me. Gave me The Look young people save for '70s survivors like me in any case. Looking more than a little like Willie Nelson makes my dope stories more credible than some people's I suppose.
Us Canadian country motherfuckers have long been quick on the draw when it comes to sharing our marijuana. Fucking museum should add one of Tyson's special roll ups to the hat, rope and boots display.