Post by Mike Powell on Feb 3, 2007 14:51:13 GMT -5
At a visit to LBH in 04, I was hoofing it back up the road to LSH coming from Keogh's site. As I neared the Monument, I could hear a single voice topping the general crowd noise. Definitely female, it was shrill and had a gum snapping punctuation to it. My bimbo antenna went up; the Tappet Brothers essay on the correlation of Camaros, big blond hair and the name Donna flashed back on me. Sure enough, there she was all done up in biker leathers and yakking for a companion to come see what she had found. Her arm pointing toward Deep Ravine Trail, hopping with excitement, she yelled, "Come here! Look'it where all those guys got killed down on that sidewalk!" About 30 minutes later, I bumped into her again as I was leaving the Indian Memorial. She was a few yards off and heading in, still hopping, still trying to attract a friend to her latest discovery. This time she was popping her cupped hand to her mouth, emitting Woo, Woo, Woo, as she came to pay her respects.
Post by harpskiddie on Feb 3, 2007 17:40:44 GMT -5
It wasn't at LBH, but at the Grand Canyon. A woman with a heavy NewYork accent was complaining to her husband [male companion, at any rate]: "I don't know why they don't put these things closer to the city!!"
One day I was on the visitor center back porch with the normal June crowd listening to a ranger talk given by an Indian park ranger. He said that before the whites came to America an Indian battle was no more violent than an NFL football game on a Sunday. When he finished his talk and invited questions, you can bet that I had one. He sheepishly admitted that his remark was not exactly accurate.
This wasn't LBH either, but I like it ... A colleague who'd just come back from a business trip to Russia. We asked him if he'd been impressed with St. Petersburg. He replied, in all seriousness, that it was a beautiful city all right, "but what they really need is for Disney to take it over".
Post by Treasuredude on Feb 4, 2007 3:55:41 GMT -5
This also has nothing to do with LBH.
I remember when Cher delivered Sonny Bono's eulogy. She stated that at one time she thought Mount Rushmore was a natural phenomenon and it was amazing we just happened to have four guys who were President that looked like the guys on the rock.
7thtroopers.blogspot.com "For our class reunion, we wanted to hire a Molly Hatchet tribute band. They were too expensive. So we hired Molly Hatchet instead."
Two things from LBH visit two years ago on the anniversary of the battle:
Standing near the monument with my wife above LSH. Another couple beside us. The man obviously idolized Custer. He clearly attempted to physically look like Custer (and since then I've often wondered if he may be the mystery poster here who disappears when the Custer myth is challenged). With his arm around his companion he surveyed the land and remarked: "Look at this. This hill was his best chance to win. What else could he have done?" When I started to answer, my wife elbowed me in the ribs.
Second story -- I didn't travel from PA to LBH to spend a leisurely couple of hours, so I "snuck" up the hill at Weir Point to get a "realistic view" of what may or may not have been seen on June 25 of 1876. A tourist with his family in a van came by and, rightfully so, asked me what I was doing on the hill (he couldn't park and get out because we were clogging the spot). I apologized and explained the distance of my travel and my interest in the battle. He replied, "Well you don't need to be up there. You can see just as well from down here!" Perhaps this explains what happened at Weir Point those many years ago?
I had lived in Seattle for one year when another couple we knew in Tennessee also got transferred there. They had driven their own moving van across country. I asked him if he had stopped at the LBH. His reply, " Yea, we stopped there...what a ripoff!" I think I went a little slack jawed at the response and asked him, "ripoff?...what did you expect a old west theme park?" His response, "well...yea, kinda."
I knew they should have put that casino on last stand hill!! unbelievable.
While at LBH this past summer, a woman was looking at the markers inside the fence at Last Stand Hill. She said, "Look, there's two headstones that say 'Custer'--I wonder if they're related?" The man she was with said that he thought Thomas might have been George's uncle.
Post by Diane Merkel on Feb 5, 2007 19:03:49 GMT -5
I know I'm going to regret this BIG TIME, but I'm going to tell a story on myself.
My first visit to the battlefield was in September 1990. I knew virtually nothing about the battle. I was standing on the grass beside the museum as a fabulous female ranger told the story of the battle. I looked down and saw a small round metal marker that said Rainbird. I took a photo of it, thinking it was a marker for an LBH participant.
It wasn't until I was in the cemetery and saw another one like it that I realized it was a sprinkler head.
Post by Mike Powell on Feb 5, 2007 22:18:33 GMT -5
Thank you for the best laugh I've had this year. There's a special place reserved in heaven for those willing to tell a good story on themselves.
A compilation of unusual ideas and questions faced by park staff at LBH might be amusing. I'm sure someone has asked why the cavalry didn't just fort up in the visitors' center and wait for the Hardin police to sort things out.
Post by Jas. Watson on Feb 15, 2007 10:47:45 GMT -5
As a former National Park Ranger I was seriously asked at Gettysburg how the soldiers fought with all those monuments in the way. It about struck me speechless...but when I mentioned it to some of the other rangers I was told that they get that question fairly regularly. I have since found it to be true. I simply cannot believe people!
I hate to revive a old thread. Having worked as a paramedic and now ED nurse for the past 25 years I can honestly say that you people have not even begun to see the brainiacs out there HIPPA stops me from saying any more
Just a quick story that is true but if I was not there I would not believe it. I stopped a university student one night and administered a series of field sobriety tests to determine if he was DUI. One of the tests is the heel to toe walk. Fairly simple test to explain but difficult to pass if one has been drinking. The test requires a person to take nine steps with the heel of the next step to the toe of the previous step for the nine steps then turn around and come back in the same fashion. I questioned the young man if he understand the instructions which he did and I said begin the test, he did He Mooned Walk the nine steps backward! He was charged and convicted of DUI. Regards Dave