Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Derby

Hello darlings! Welcome to the first of many posts regarding the vacation... My mom, pumpkinbutt and I went to Mount Airy, NC which is the town that Mayberry from the Andy Griffith show is based upon. She and I are big fans and have been dying to visit for years.

The first cool thing we discovered was The Derby Restaurant which dates to 1947. I LOVE finding quaint, oddball, local type places...and flipped when we just happened to drive past this place while we were exploring the town aka getting lost. The neatest thing to me is that this place isn't listed on the "tour guide".
Here is a newspaper spread from when the Derby first opened. It was originally called the Derby Cottage and had a separate small building donning a derby hat out in the front that was a gas station and later became an ice cream stand, but has now been torn down. Click on the image to read about how the Derby was the newest, the most modernest, up-to-date eating establishment and it featured tomorrow's lighting!!!
The Derby serves yummy greasy southern food for cheap and they load you up with it! I absolutely recommend stopping in if you are in the neighborhood. I don't have the phone number or address but the town is small...ask someone, anyone that lives there and I'm sure they will directly direct you in the right direction.

Now....For the most exciting thing ever!!!!! I am an absolute freak over old fortune telling type things and I LOVE these wate/fate deals!!!!!! I actually found one for sale once and was dying to purchase it, only it was $500...damn. This one at the Derby is the coolest though! It still worked and was only 1 cent!

Now, here is my dilemma... I have an awful memory so I took a picture of the fortune. Well, I then discovered that the picture is not completely legible...Click on the image for a larger look-see and tell me if you can make it out.. At this point I don't care if it's just an educated guess! In part it says "Don't expect miracles but _____k fact(s?) ____. "

It's driving me crazy that I can't figure this out....
I had a picture of me standing on here but I looked like Dorkus McClod so I decided to not embarrass myself by including it.

Stay tuned! More installments to follow!


pirata segreto said...

Don't expect miracles but overlook fact(s)? In other words, keep your sense of whimsy but don't go overboard? This is the sort of thing that would drive me crazy too. How cute is it that The Derby used to look like a Derby Hat! I love theme architecture.

Sarah said...

I think it says "don't expect miracles but look fast"? as in, don't expect them but if you pay attention they might happen anyway? Love that restaurant!! We might be in NC next year, we will SO be going there!!

Dr. Rochelle said...

I think that the third line goes all the way to the right hand side of the viewer with a 'y' at the very so...uh, "Don't expect miracles but look factually"....meaning, take an objective look at things. Is factually actually a word?

I would love for the hat shack to still be there. Wouldn't it be great to have a great big road trip to see themed architecture restaurants?

Tonya said...

Sounds like you had fun. Now you've gone and got me wanting to take a trip.

Tammy said...

I've been looking at you blog for a while now. I found it from a friend of mines site the suburban apron company. I really enjoy reading your blogs and now that I've seen this one about going to Mt. Airy, I think I'm really hooked. I will be going there in Sept for the Andy Griffith Festivel which I'm sure you know is held every year. I will be looking for this resturant. Since I'm sure we won't be able to get into the Blue Bird Cafe'

my house is cuter than yours said...

tammy~ you lucky girl! you're going to Mayberry Days! If i had to pick between going to the blue bird or the derby, hands down i would pick the derby. i wasn't impressed with the blue bird diner at all. The interior was kinda ick... and not the cool kinda ick. matter of fact i am not even going to be doing a post on the blue bird diner.
and fyi, if you mail out stuff from the mt. airy post office during Mayberry Days they stamp it's from Mayberry (or so i hear)!!!!!
Have fun! i think my mom is going to try and make it out this year to M~days.

thanks everyone for helping me figure out my fortune...when i read the one from dr. rochelle it seemed really familiar(i think she may have got it)... however i like pirata and sarah's cause they are more of my frame of thinking!

Pat (Mary's friend) said...

Hey Mel-
Does it maybe say "... but CHECK facts."?

Jennifer said...

I thought perhaps it said "Don't expect miracles but look facts up." Of course, that doesn't make much sense...though you really SHOULDN'T expect miracles if you're browsing in an encyclopedia. At any rate, this is a fun game.

Glad you had a good trip. I have loved your blog for months now, and missed you while you were away (and I'm sorry for how creepy that sounds. I'm really very un-stalker-ish).