Capital D Dover

State Capitals that start with the letter D are Denver, Colorado and Dover, Delaware. I chose Dover as it reminded me of a girl I met once on IRC.

IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat which was a pre world wide web way of speaking to people on computers. I used IRC when I was in college they had it at the computer lab where I printed my papers. I usually chatted with my friend Amy, who I married some years later, who was usually sitting at the computer next to mine. 28 years later we still sometimes do the same thing and talk on facebook when we are actually in the same room together.

On other occasions I would meet people on IRC such as this girl from Dover. I don’t remember her name or what university she was from but I do remember her being from Dover and me not being aware at the time that Dover was a capital city.

This reminiscence got me to thinking about the covid 19 crisis. What if it happened in the mid to late eighties or early 90’s. There wasn’t internet. I knew one guy with a cell phone and one guy with a pager. In the mid 80’s not everybody had vcrs which are now obsolete. Most families had one phone line. Answering machines were getting popular but who would need an answering machine since everybody’s going to be home?

In the mid 80’s there was no MSNBC, there was no Fox news. CNN existed but it didin’t really compete with the big 3 news networks until the Gulf War in 1990. A global pandemic in the middle of the previous decade may have put CNN on the map a little earlier but Cable wasn’t nearly as accesible back then.

E learning, and E commerce were non existent so the closures of schools and non essential jobs would be even harder to resolve and the solutions would be much more 20th century then 21st. Also the geo-political landscape was much different back then so it’s difficult to see how things may have worked out.

This line of thinking is a little random either from me. It’s just what I came up with when I thought of Dover. For more A to Z blogging click here. To see my D post from my sports blog click here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I’ll be back on Monday. No current state capitals start with the letter E, so I’ll be looking into a former state capital or more likely a World capital on Monday and back with Frankfort on Tuesday.

Capital C Columbia

Today’s choice of capital cities was very easy for me as Columbia, South Carolina is the only capital I have ever called my home. I lived there between 1995 and 1997. I left Columbia to pursue the great love of my life, Amy with whom I will celebrate 22 years of marriage on the Saturday before Easter.

While in Columbia, I discovered another great love, The Krispy Kreme donut.

One of the best things about the Krispy Kreme Donut beyond the flaky creamy tenderness found in every bite is the Krispy Kreme donut shop itself especially the cascading waterfall of glaze, which I renamed the wall of glaze. Eventually The Wall of Glaze came to mean the Krispy Kreme itself.

The Wall of Glaze

I am something of a song writer. I say something since I can only carry a tune in a bucket and I so seldom have a bucket with me. It’s often on a list of things I need, but hardly there when I make up songs.

So in the Fall of 1995 I was driving to a job interview and I made up a song about a relationship that takes place over several years but entirely in a Krispy Kreme Donut shop. I named it of course ,The Wall of Glaze.

I sang the lyrics to my friend Jeff. But because I did not bring my bucket with me that day, he recognized it as more of a 50’s do -wop song and not the Bob Seger like ballad I intended it as. He performed it at a campus function and probably promptly forgot about it. It has lingered with me these 25 years and I endeavor to share it with you now.

Here are the lyrics …

The Wall of Glaze Lyrics by Dave Roller Music by Jeff Half Dozen (actually Jeff Six, but half dozen has a more donut themed approach)

It was our first date On a Friday night.
She got a blueberry donut and a medium Sprite
She looked so good and I stood amazed
That I could lose my heart 
At the wall of glaze.
At the Krispy Kreme
At the Wall of Glaze
Just a memory
of my younger days
Of how she looked so good
And how I stood amazed
That I could lose my heart
At The Wall of Glaze .

End of senior year 
Going separate ways 
I was off to the army
Her to the college daze
We promised to write every week 
It would be like we never went away  
How we cried and cried at The Wall of Glaze.

At the Krispy Kreme  
At The Wall of Glaze
 Just a memory 
Of my younger days 
Of how we promised to write every week 
It would  seem like we never went away 
But the tears fell like rain 
At The Wall of Glaze

Well you know the story
 Left a boy came back a man 
I wrote her in my letters 
Things I still don't understand
 Oh my love for her just grew and grew 
I was longing for that day 
When I'd ask for her hand 
At The Wall of Glaze

So on a Friday night 
Got down on my knees 
Put a ring on her finger
 Said will you marry me please 
She said I'm sorry 
But you were just a passing phase 
And she broke my heart 
At The Wall of Glaze

At the Krispy Kreme 
At The Wall of Glaze 
It's the end of the story
 Not the starting page 
I put a ring on her finger
 She said "Boy, you're just a phase" 
And she broke my heart 
At The Wall of Glaze 

(Poignant Musical Interlude) 

Now I sit alone 
On a Friday night 
With a blueberry donut 
And it don't feel right 
I know I shouldn't be here 
But I feel trapped in a cage 
Since she broke my heart 
At The Wall of Glaze

 At the Krispy Kreme 
Called The Wall of Glaze
 Just a memory Of my younger days 
I know I shouldn't be here
 I feel trapped in a cage 
since I lost my heart, 
since she broke my heart, 
now that we're apart 
At The Wall of Glaze.

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