|Just the right thickness for a wobbly chair leg|
And I'm not even that far into it, to tell you the truth. I've read up the part where his mother, having left his father, supports herself by striking up friendships with Hollywood notables such as Hoagy Carmichael.
I am telling you, there is a world out there in which people do such things. Then again, there is a world out there in which people used to be able to spend their vacation at Twitty City, the Hendersonville TN home of country music legend Conway
|Conway Twitty (1933 - 1993)|
And people planned their vacations to be in Twitty City for this.
|George Hamilton IV|
Hamilton IV, the country singer from North Carolina who had such a big hit with "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" in 1956. But no. Here's the angle:
Hamilton had an older brother Bill who was interested in decorating and had a real flair for design. His mother let Bill decorate their apartment in New York, and Bill got the idea to put one of those velvet ropes in front of the door to a rarely-used closet. People walking by were to get the impression that the door led to another whole area of the apartment, but it was currently closed for renovation: hence the velvet rope.
I'm not kidding you. There are people who actually think like that, deceiving people into thinking there is more to them than the eye can see at first glance. And the velvet rope is all that stands between them and reality. Then there are people who will cluster on the east side of a velvet rope while Conway Twitty goes about his life on the west side.
I just don't think that Conway would have fronted in any way. He seemed like a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of guy. Hamilton comes from that there-must-be-more-to-see-than-just-this school of thought.
I think I prefer the Conway.