Splash Valley + Tattoos

On Wednesday of this week, I took my granddaughters, Emma and Hattie, plus their friend Lauren to Splash Valley, which is a water park run by the County of Roanoke.  It was my first time at the park and I was quite impressed.  It was pristine and well-patrolled by diligent lifeguards.  You cannot bring any food into the facility, although you can bring in water.  “They want you to buy their stuff,” an economics lesson delivered by Emma.  All three girls frolicked in the water. Hattie loved the slides.  The two older girls spent most of their time under water.

The girls all had chicken fingers and fries.  I had an item from the “healthy” menu, a fruit cup. The fruit was good, but was covered with high fructose corn syrup.  It was all i could to do to keep from slurping down the corn syrup.

I was mesmerized by all the tattoos.  Actually, tattoos have diminished my ability to bikini watch. It seems that more women than men have tattoos these days.  Many of them tell stories and I try to figure out what they mean without being too obvious. Also I tried to find one woman there without a tattoo. I thought  I had found her in the food line.  As I was giving her an inspection, she stared back at me with a VERY mean look.  I smiled back as I discovered a small rose on her ankle.

I am taking my granddaughter to the park again. It was great fun.

Katie Morgan Gibbs

Katie Morgan Gibbs is The Anorexic Assassin in my latest book. The Anorexic Assassin (the book) is a character study of one Jimmy Joe Jeter.  Actually, by ignoring the content of his character, he was caught in the web of Katie Gibbs and lost his freedom and his wife.  Katie Gibbs is modeled after a real life assassin, Kelly Cannon.  I first met Kelly when she was a student at Harpeth Hall with my daughter.  Kelly and Susanna went to Rhodes College together and were sorority sisters and roommates. Kelly eventually married Jim Cannon, a Nashville lawyer. She ended up strangling him and is now serving a life sentence at the Tennessee Prison for Women. In early 2015, her lawyers filed a motion requesting a new trial.

Katie Gibbs married a lawyer, Bobby Gibbs, and eventually strangled him. But she manipulated the facts to entrap Jimmy Joe, a person she loved to hate.


IS it about me?

I love to write, tell stories, play bocce ball and be with my four grandchildren.  The character in the story of THE ANOREXIC ASSASSIN, Jimmy Joe Jeter, has been rattling around in his head for decades.  Finally, he has emerged from the shadows to combat the anorexic assassin and relieve T Mike of his obsession with this fictional manDSCF0072 (2)



I have written two other books.  The first is THE ORGANIZED EFFORT which details a selling system for investment specialists.  I was in that business for 35 years. The second is Real Battles, Real Dragons, a heart wrenching story of my wife’s battle with breast cancer and my attempt to solve the problem as a patient advocate.

I currently resides in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia in an independent senior living facility named Brandon Oaks.  I have plenty of opportunities to write and tell stories.  I hang with an active and hip crowd that provides a lot of material. A cane, iPhone and tablet go hand in hand with this bunch.

I have lived in Richmond, Nashville, Washington (DC), and Miami, but my favorite is my home in the valley.

You can purchase my book at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007HR0S5Q.