Skip to main content

Margie's Kafe, Vienna, Missouri

The place is deserted--well, it was when I arrived--an elderly couple have just walked in. Margie's is a fairly typical rural place of eating. There are chrome and brown vinyl chairs around square chrome and arborite tables and some forest green vinyl upholstered booths. A young girl serves and when she is asked if she is Margie, she says, "I wish!"

Margie's has a bit more class than some rural diners I've been to. The cinder block walls above the cheap wood panelling has a fresh coat of white on them, trimmed at the top with a strip of Fat Chef wallpaper border and tasteful framed art work hanging between country-style, fluted wall sconces. The windows are large so the place is bright and cheery and the wood laminate floors are clean and relatively new.

I could have ordered Country Ham from the one-page, laminated menuy for eight dollars, but the specials on the white board attracted my attention: BBQ Pork Steak for $4.50 including two sides. I have neer seen such sides offered anywhere: Egg Drop Soup, Mashed Potatoes (okay, that's fairly standard), Green Beans (a southern favourite, I've been told), Applesauce, Cottage Cheese, Peaches, Slaw, Beets and Fries. When I travel, I like to try new things so I ordered beets and peaches with my pork steak--not that I've never had either, but it's so unusual to find them served with a meal. The peaches are from a can--that's okay--but the beets were interesting: sliced, cold and with some sort of flavouring added. Were they pickled? I enjoyed them. It's so easy to not get enough fruit and veggies when travelling and eating in restaurants.

It's 3:00 p.m. I had planned to eat earlier but a little "tour" of Jefferson City (capital of Missouri) turned up nothing but standard fast food chains. No thank you. Linda's not going to be too happy when I show up on her doorstep in an hour or two with not much of an appetite, but it's better than arriving so hungry I'd eat anything in front of me. Besides, my eyes needed a break from driving.

US 63 south of Jefferson City is narrow, winding and hilly, providing several vantage points from which many miles of the vast valley below can be seen. In winter the view is rather barren but in the summer or fall, I think the forest of deciduous trees would be spectacular. One cool thing about winter is that with all the leaves gone, bird nests can be seen in the trees. I wonder which birds made the large ones.

The day is delightful and the bright sun in the clear sky is a warm companion. The local radio is calling the weather "bitterly cold," but compared to what I left back home yesterday, I find the weather delightful with not a snitch of snow anywhere--though I did see large icicles hanging along the side of a bluff against the road. That was cool.

My two-day drive to Cuba, Missouri is nearly over. It will be nice to see Linda again and spend the evening chatting. Maybe I'll get the chance to beat her in some board or card game. Then again, we'll probably talk so much we won't have time for a game tonight. The games will have to wait for another day. I brought my own so I have a chance at winning at least a couple games. She always beats me at online Scrabble but my time is coming. Soon.

The afternoon lull must be ending; a crowd of young teen boys just burst into the room, followed by a fatherly chaperone. Are they a sports team of some sort? It's hard to tell.

It is time for me to leave. There's a friend impatiently wondering where I am.

I'm on my way, Linda!


(Written January 15, 2009 but posted January 21, 2009 and backdated to January 15.)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Monogamous, Homosexual Unions--My Position and the Story behind it

I've been asked to be one of two participants at church each representing opposing views on the matter of monogamous, homosexual unions, moderated by the pastor.  In preparation, I have written the following.  In the comments, please do not post any vitriol--from either side. If I think any comment is hateful, I will delete it. Respectful disagreement or questions are welcome, however.















My Position and Values:
I believe that sexual relations between two people of the same sex is contrary to God’s will.I would like to say otherwise but I find nothing in Scripture that allows me to do so.BEING homosexual, having a longing or desire for someone of the same sex, is not condemned in the Bible.  We all have desires that are contrary to God’s will.  The sin occurs when we feed those desires, like Jesus talks about when he calls lust adultery (Matthew 5:28).Much cruelty to LGBTQ people has happened because of the stance of the Church. We have not acted with love, compassion and listening ear…

In My Prayer Room

Oh God
You surround me with your love,
with memories
of who you are
of what you've done
of promises you've made
of who I want to be
of who I am because of you.

You give me hope and joy,
peace and gratitude.
You convict me
and teach me
encourage me
and remind me
of what it means to follow you.












You listen to my prayers
and grant my requests
in your time.
You give me insight
and knowledge
and words to write
to share your presence
your goodness
your love
your admonition
with others.























You expand my love
to pray for friend and foe
near and far
family and stranger
people as pins on maps
clustered and scattered
who know you and reject you
for those in need
and those too full to need.


















You draw me close
and then release me
to bring you close to others
to serve
and love
and give
all I have received.

You fill my heart with joy
that warms
and glows
and bursts
into laughter,
song
and even dance.

You wrap me in your arms
and tell me
"You are mine"
with intensity that burns
and smoul…

What Is Separating me from the Promise?

This is the question Andy Wood asked us each to consider this morning at the end of his sermon and it hit me like a thunderbolt.

Imagine the Jordan River on the eve of the Israelites crossing it into the Promised Land.  The river was at flood stage, so it was moving quickly (even the Red River here in Winnipeg moves quickly during flood season) but this particular stretch of the river near Jericho is narrower than the rest so that as the rushing flood waters reached the point where the people were waiting--all two million of them--it became even more turbulent.  Anyone who's witnessed a flood knows that it doesn't just carry water; there is debris like fallen trees, parts of sheds and houses and perhaps even animals unable to escape the river's grab.

Back in the days of Abraham, God had promised the land of Canaan to him and his descendants but during the days of Abraham's great-grandson, Joseph, the whole family had moved out of the Promised Land to Egypt because of f…