Yesterday my mom and I just returned from a three day family reunion in Danville, Kentucky. And like all family you have the funny, the nutty, the good ole stick in the mud (I say this lightly because its very rare in my crazy, chaotic family!), and of course, the wild. And by wild, I’m talking about Turtle Man from the show ‘Call of the Wild Man!’ Heard of it before? Yeah, me either until I met him a year ago.
Last year (our first year staying in Danville) there was a crazy rumor that the Turtle Man and his crew were staying at the same hotel me and my family were. Who in the world is Turtle Man? Some poor, pitiful mascot dressed up in a turtle suit? And then… there he was. In the lobby. My family and I went to him like magnets, drawn by his boisterous manner and famous cry of “Ei-ei-ei-ei!”
And just like that, Mr. Turtle Man gained about 40 fans. He swept my aunt up off her feet when
she asked for a picture and signed my little cousin’s dollar bill. Somehow I nudged my way into a picture with him and my two cousins and now I am proud to say that I’ve met a “famous” person.
That weekend we bumped into his crew and fellow companion, Neal (I believe he calls himself occasionally ‘Banjo Man’…) and we all joked that we’re one big happy family now!
So this past weekend, we had the pleasure of running into Neal again, and enjoyed a morning’s breakfast with him and his crew. Turtle Man, unfortunately, wasn’t able to join us, but Neal did remember that crazy Anderson family from last year. He was so sweet and easy-going, and we’re all excited for next year to see our Kentucky Kinfolk again!