In May of 2004, I was planning a trip to Atlanta to visit my big brother. I decided to make a stop in Memphis. I arrived about 3 in the afternoon and was picked up at the airport by the van from Heartbreak Hotel. There were 2 girls on it and we started chatting. Pretty soon, the driver of the van was involved in the conversation too. None of them could believe that I was there all by myself and I was only staying one night! That night we all went to Beale Street and had a blast! Yes, Tom (the driver from Heartbreak) went with us!
The next morning I got up and met the girls for the tour of Graceland. One of the girls was a huge Elvis fan, the other one not so much. As soon as I got close to those famous front steps, I got teary-eyed. I cried off and on through the whole house! It was just overwhelming being there where Elvis had lived. You could just feel his presence there so strongly! My only regret is that I wasted too much time taking pictures of everything. It took away from the whole experience. Of course after the tour, we went to the shops and spent lots of money on souveniers!
The coolest thing is that the girl who was a big Elvis fan that I met there has become a very good friend! She lives in Florida(I'm from California) and we talk on the phone every week for at least an hour. We used to only talk about Elvis, but now we talk about everything! We have already made reservations to meet in Memphis again next May. It will be her 60th and my 50th birthdays!! This time we will stay for 4 or 5 days and see everything, including driving down to Tupelo!! And I'm NOT going to take pictures inside Graceland this time at all. I'm going to go slowly and drink in all the sights!