Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Friday Show & Tell. Long Live The King!

Friday Show & Tell is hosted every week by Kelli. If you visit her blog you will find dozens of interesting stories and photos from bloggers all over the world, with their own Show & Tell!

Thirty years ago today, Elvis died. Nine months before that, I saw him in concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. We had front row seats, so I got some great photos, as well as one of the scarves he threw to the audience. My Friday Show & Tell is a tribute to the King. Here are just a few of the photos in my album. The concert was on Sunday November 28th, 1976.

This photo of me holding my Elvis scarf was taken ten years ago. I sold the scarf at auction (we were broke at the time and desperately needed money), so I had this taken just to remind myself that I did once own this scarf!


Blogger Isabelle said...

Hmm. I've never "got" Elvis, even though he was young and, I suppose, good-looking when I was young. It's funny how some people appeal to one and some just don't. But I suppose I'm in the minority!

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger Val said...

More astounding than that you saw Elvis, and were in the front row, AND caught his scarf, is that you were actually at the Cow Palace in SF. I wonder if that place still exists. It's sort of like Melbourne's Festival Hall, isn't it? I though Elvis was gorgeous in his younger days, and had a wonderful voice.

Speaking of singers, your Andre is on TV tonight I saw. Hope you've got pay TV, Gina!

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger Barbara H. said...

I remember when he died -- my mom was in the hospital having just had a hysterectomy and was so sad to here he had passed away. I can imagine it was very hard to give up that scarf!

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger Susie said...

The Cow Palace does still exist :)
How neat that you got to see Elvis. I was just watching Larry King interview Priscilla Presley from Graceland..

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger Audrey said...

Wow! How exciting you got to see him live! I still remember the day and exactly what I was doing when I heard the news - and I was only 12 years old! Oops! I think I'm giving my age away!! ;->
Thanks for sharing!!
~ Audrey ~

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger Lee-ann said...

Gina, that is a great "show & tell" the more I read about you, the more I know what a very special, interesting and lovely lady you are my friend :)


Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger Hootin'Anni said...

Elvis was never 'my favorite'---tho I did like his mellow recordings. Love me Tender still today will set my heart on fire.

What a treasure!!

Mine's posted.

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Gina ~~ I have quite a few Elvis Books and Cds and loved so many of his songs. You are so lucky to have seen him live and to be in the front row and get a scarf. Pity you had to sell it, but desperate measures are needed sometime. Connie is coming to see me next month ( and I'm 73) but
I hope she will be my friend too. She is already. The CD is great isn't it? Take care Gina, Love, Merle.

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger charish said...

That is cool. I was in love with Elvis when I was about 5 and told my day I was going to marry him.

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger ellen b. said...

Wow I know a family of 5 girls that would beat you up for that scarf :)
That's a fun historical treasure with the pictures to go with it. Enjoy!

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a 'cool' memory!
Thanks for sharing...

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger jar said...

What a great memory and photos.

Friday, 17 August, 2007  
Blogger Marci said...

I am with Isabelle.... I never "got" the whole Elvis thing either. Maybe I was too young.

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger Marci said...

I thought about what I wrote and realize that when you type something it sometimes seem harsh when it is not intended to. I was not trying to be ugly in my post at all. I am sure there are lots of things in my life that excite me and others don't "get". God bless.

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger Penless Thoughts said...

How neat you got a scarf. I can only imagine how excited you were. Glad you took a picture before selling it. I had an old Elvis 33 1/3 rpm photograph record but didn't manage to keep it.

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger Kelli said...

How neat that you caught one of his scarves! Very exciting! I'm sorry you had to sell it but it was a great idea to take pictures first!

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger Lana said...

Wow what a great treasure. A part of the rock and roll history that lives on.

Lana G!

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger Mrs. C said...

Elvis was a bit before my time, but how neat that you have some personal memories! I'm sure you wish you had been able to hold on to the scarf.

Mrs. C

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool! :)

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger Gretchen said...

He'll always be the king. That's so neat you caught one of his scarves. Sorry you had to let it go, but you'll always have the memories.

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger Julieann said...

Oh, I love Elvis!!!! I was just seven when he died and remember it so well, I had crushed my toe with a metal gutter--and was being taken to the emergency room, when we heard it over the radio in the car.

You lucky duck, being able to see him!!


Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger LBP said...

Awesome! My mother absolutely loved Elvis. She died 12 days before he did. We always said Mom waited until Elvis caught up before she went on to heaven!

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger mockingbird hill said...

You were in the midst of Rock 'n Roll royalty! Wonderful story...thanks so much for sharing!

"Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn’t been an Elvis, there wouldn’t have been a Beatles.” - John Lennon

“If it hadn”t been for Elvis, I don’t know where popular music would be. He was the one that started it all.” - Elton John

“Elvis was the King. No doubt about it. People like myself, Mick Jagger, and all the others only followed in his footsteps.” - Rod Stewart

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger Sara said...

Wow, that was most certainly a big thrill for you to get that scarf! I can just imagine it. I know a lot of people just LOVE Elvis, and look at how he is still in the news! He's a real legend, and you have your scarf story to keep as a legend too.

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger Lynne said...

My mother was a HUGE Elvis fan-one of the few times I saw her cry was on August 16, 1977! How cool that you caught his scarf-thanks for sharing with us.

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger PEA said...

Be still my heart!!! I have been an avid Elvis fan since I was 9 years old and have a huge collection on him but I never had the opportunity to go see him in concert! How very lucky you are that you did get to see him PLUS get one of his scarves!!!! What a shame you had to sell it but it's understandable due to circumstances at that time. xox

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger MomOf3 said...

Wow! This is a great memory! Thanks for sharing!

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Blogger Lallee said...

What a wonderful memory for you. I read on a blog yesterday that you can just see a silouhette of him and know who it is. So true~he is such an icon to this day. The train ride he took in the 50's came through my home town. My sister (who was a teen) got to see him waving on the back of the caboose. My other sister saw him in concert in Vegas. I missed out :(

Saturday, 18 August, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THanks for stopping by!
To answer your question... she painted for enjoyment and was only well in known in the family. ;-)

Sunday, 19 August, 2007  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Thank you everyone for visiting this post. Isabelle, Marci, and anyone who is/was not a great fan of Elvis - I have no problem with that. There are many entertainers who are popular the world over today, but I cannot tolerate them! We are all different, and isn't that a good thing?

Sunday, 19 August, 2007  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Gina, How wonderfull you got to sit in the front row at Elvis concerteven more special you caught his scarf, WE have a few of his records and seen a few of his films.Take care, hugs

Sunday, 19 August, 2007  
Blogger Miss Eagle said...

Thanks for the memories, Gina. I have never seen Elvis in person. But, oh, how I have loved him. It is nice to know someone who has been there!

Blessings and bliss

Tuesday, 21 August, 2007  

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