Recently Flat Tony flew from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia to Mena, Arkansas, USA via e-mail. Tony decided to send his Flat Self around the world and he would love to have you join in the fun. So if you would like to help him out and take part in his World Tour 2008 by Hosting Flat Tony at your home, please email Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Name (blogging username will do if you wish to be less conspicuous), Email Address, Blog URL & your Home Town & Country. He will then email a full sized Flat Tony to you. Flat Tony arrived in Mena in time for the weekend. Skye Baby is always happy when we have company, and greeted Flat Tony with a warm welcome. She wasn't as sure about him when he sat on the couch with her and shared her blanket.
Whatever we did all weekend, Flat Tony tagged along. When we went to church, he was with us. Everyone at church was interested in meeting our guest from Australia. He went with us to Sabbath School Class and had his picture taken.
During the church service Flat Tony went up front with the children for the childrens story. After he had his picture taken, he had to go back to his seat so the children would pay attention to the story.
Today we had planned a trip to Hot Springs to go shopping for Autumn and Rebekah's birthday party next week. Since Flat Tony was visiting with us we invited him to go. He really liked Gina's Mini Cooper.
When we got to Hot Springs, we went to the Mall. While Gina and Deanna were shopping for clothes, Flat Tony and I went to the bookstore.
After finding just the right birthday gifts, we left the mall and went driving to the old part of Hot Springs. We drove up on West Mountain and stopped at a turnout that overlooks Hot Springs. There Gina and Deanna had their picture taken with Flat Tony.
We were hungry, so we decided to go eat at La Hacienda. Flat Tony said that he would go with us, but because he was flat, he didn't eat very much. I offered to take him to McDonald's, and he said absolutely not. The food was awesome at La Hacienda, and we told Flat Tony that he didn't know what he was missing.
On the way home we stopped at a great little store because they had gas for 3.19 a gallon. That is the cheapest that I have bought gas for a long time. There was a beautiful sunset as we were nearing Mena, but there was no place to pull off the road so I couldn't get a picture. You will have to take my word for it that it was beautiful. I hope that Flat Tony enjoyed his weekend in Arkansas.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.