Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

To Make A Long Story Short

Last week my mom decided we should go to the Old Mill section of Pigeon Forge, and I was okay with that because I really love neat places and where I live there’s lots and lots of neat places including the Old Mill section. So when we were down there, I noticed a shop I never noticed the last time we were there before, and it’s called Long Story Short.

Now don’t get thinking that just because it’s in a touristy part of Pigeon Forge that it’s probably just got touristy things in it because it doesn’t have just that. It has a lot of great stuff and I mean stuff like really superly old books and other collectables.

When we went inside I felt like we were stepping through a portal into another dimension.  It was kind of like that old-fashioned television show where the man in the black suit says you’ve stepped into another dimension of time and space, or something like that.  Anyway, it was like time traveling.

Most important of all for me was all the books in the store.  They were really old books, and every single book was different.  It wasn’t like a big chain book store where they have bunches of the same book in the stock room in the back and a few on the shelves.  This shop has only one old book of every kind it has on their shelves.  If you want it, you better buy it before somebody else buys it and they don’t have it anymore.  Some of them are ancient texts (I heard that used in a movie when the characters were talking about a superly important book) and cost a lot of money.  Some of them are ancient texts that don’t cost too much.

Know what else I found in Long Story Short?  I found the ancestor of computers.  It’s called a typewriter, and my Grandpa Barrett still has a old one you don’t even have to plug in to make it work.  You just slip the paper in it like for this one I found at the shop, and you make sure the ribbon inside is good to go, and then you type on the keyboard like on a computer except you have to have crazy strong fingers to make the hammers (that’s what my grandpa calls them) strike the page (he says that part, too).  All of your fingers have to be the same kind of crazy strongness or else some of the letters are dark and some of them are not so dark.

Also in the background of this picture is a telephone booth from England from when my two grandmas and two grandpas were as old as Josh and Aaron and me.  That’s the red box behind everything, and you should go see what they did with it because it’s not just a telephone booth anymore (except there’s still a telephone inside of it).

In case you’re wondering where this shop is, it’s at 3336 Old Mill Street, just across from the Smoky Mountain Cat House (also one of my favorite places to go shopping because of Sali Dali Cat and Oreo Speedwagon) and down the street from the Old Mill Restaurant.   That means it’s easy to find.  You need to go there soon but if you go, try to go on not a busy tourist parking day because you might maybe have trouble finding a parking spot.

Anyway, one more thing I have to tell you to make a long story short (get the pun?) and that’s I really like that they put a blackboard where a mirror used to be in this frame, and I agree a bazillion percent with what got written.  I just love this place because it’s a lot like what goes on inside my head sometimes, and how cool is that?

By the way, did you see the rotary dial payphone (my mom told me that’s what that is)?  My mom told me some very funny stories about payphones from when she was as old as Josh.  I think maybe I shouldn’t tell Josh any of them, but I’m going to ask my Grandpa Two Rivers if my mom’s being a fooler girl, or if the stories she told me are true.  If they’re true, then I think maybe she can’t get so upset with Josh when he does some of the stuff he does.  Except probably she still is going to get upset because that’s what moms do sometimes.  It’s their job so kids don’t make humongous mistakes growing up.

So like I said before, you need to go to Long Story Short and see how awesome it is because I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it the minute you step into that new dimension of time and space.



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Up In The Clouds

This week, my mom took me to Anakeesta. We never went there before so this was another exciting adventure for me and my mom. I like that when we got there, I saw this sculpture of a daddy bear and two cubs on vacation at Anakeesta. I took a picture of it and pretended the mommy bear took the picture and I saw it on the Bear Family Facebook page (which does not exist but I was pretending it did).

When we got there, we met Miss Autumn, and we went up to the top of Anakeesta in a chair lift.

Before we got on the chair lift, Miss Autumn asked me if I was scared of heights and I said no because I already went up in Marc Hightower’s 1927 WACO biplane and that was so much fun pretending to be a barnstormer just like him. It was kind of the same as a biplane but not exactly because it’s a chair with a safety bar, not a old-fashioned airplane.

It was a lot of fun, and plus I got to see the Smoky Mountains in a different way than when I was in the WACO biplane and a different way than when I go hiking with my family.

Then when we got to the top, we got off the chair lift and my mom walked superly fast like she was getting chased by a bear. I think maybe she thought if she didn’t maybe the chair lift was going to scoop us back up and take us back down to where we started, and then we would have to go back up all over again.

That didn’t happen, so that was very good.

Then we got to meet Miss Karen and she works at Anakeesta, too! Miss Karen and Miss Autumn showed me and my mom around, and you probably won’t believe how amazing this place is until you go up the chair lift or up on the chondola to see it for yourself!

There’s lots of very cool stuff for everybody, and if I wrote about everything that’s up there, this blog entry would be a bazillion words long with a bunch of great photographs, so I’ll just mention a couple of things you need to check out.

For one thing, they have a tree walk rope bridge of sixteen bridges and trees connecting all of them. I was thinking it was a great place for lots of make believing. For part of it I pretended I was Maid Marion from Robin Hood, and for part of it I pretended I was a Ewok from Star Wars, and for another part of it I pretended I was in the movie ‘Willow.’ I really love I could do all that pretending and I didn’t have to worry I wouldn’t have enough time to do all that pretending.

In case you’re wondering how safe the tree walk rope bridge is, here’s a picture that shows how strong they made it.  Superly strong.

Also, they have people that always are making sure that everything is safe, And you know what else they have besides people making sure everything is safe for people? They have people making sure Anakeesta is safe for trees and flowers and plants and animals and stuff like that. I know because Miss Karen told me they have a real arborist and a real horticulturalist working there. If you don’t know what a arborist and a horticulturalist do, this is what the dictionary says.


And plus, Discover Life in America (DLIA) is at Anakeesta, too. Scientists and volunteers are on the lookout to discover life forms in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that we didn’t know about before, and Miss Autumn and Miss Karen told me that already they identified thousands and thousands (for real, I’m not making that up) of life forms that nobody knew about before they got discovered here.

Another thing you need to know about is they have ziplining and I took this picture of somebody that ziplined to that tower and then rappelled down to the ground. That’s the right word for what he was doing because that’s the word Miss Karen said when I was taking this picture.

There’s stores and places to eat up here and other stuff still getting put together that I’m going to write about in other entries on my blog. You are going to be so surprised at all the great stuff up there.  It’s like a dream in the sky!

Then we had to say good-bye. I didn’t want to go but sometimes you just have to go home and come back another day. Besides, my mom said we were going to come back so I don’t have to worry about that because my mom keeps the promises she makes.

Then we got to go down in the chondola. My mom said it would a good idea to have two different experiences so I was a hundred percent okay with that.

I can hardly wait to go back. Anakeesta is one of my brand new favorite places, and when you go there, for sure it’s going to be one of your brand new favorite places, too.

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