Those of us closely following the Randy Jones/Katie Burchell
celebration of life and love were excited about this. The holding
hands and walking around town in a state of bliss and benediction
had escalated. Somehow or other, Randy had asked Katie on a real
And she'd told her mother and her mother told Mrs. Greer,
and Mrs. Greer lived next door to Olivia, who cooks at the Mule
Barn, and Olivia told Loretta the waitress, and by that time, it
might as well have been on the Channel 4 news.
Randy and Katie were coming to the Mule Barn for dinner on
Tuesday. Shortly after 7. It would take them a few minutes to walk
over there, hand in hand, and then?
Well, that's what the topic of discussion was Tuesday morning
among the members of the world dilemma think tank. They all agreed
it was time to take their wives out for dinner, maybe at the Mule
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So in came the two shy teenage love birds at 7:10 p.m., and there
sat the Supreme Court of Everything That Goes On in Our Valley,
sitting there with their wives, and everyone was smiling. The kids
looked self-conscious for a minute, but then Katie found them a
booth and they both sat on the same side so they could hold hands.
Then here came Loretta, with a checkered tablecloth she'd brought
from home. And Olivia came out of the kitchen with a candle in an
empty wine bottle. Doc got up and found some Johnny Mathis snuggle
music on the juke box, and Dud unscrewed two light bulbs in their
portion of the dining room. For atmosphere. It was romantic enough
to hug a cactus. A night to remember.
Oh ... and Randy and Katie enjoyed it, too.
[Text from file received from Slim Randles]
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