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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ape Hangers Pt 2

Any mention of the bar Ape Hangers (previous post) always reminds me of a talk that a Jesuit priest gave at the Loyola Retreat House there in Faulkner, Maryland. 

He discussed how shortly after moving to Southern Maryland from Boston he was out exploring the area when he decided to stop in Ape Hangers to check it out.  He then informed us of how he is not even vaguely familiar with anything motorcycle-related.  In fact he didn't even know what the Ape Aanger reference was all about as he pulled into the parking lot.  He said it was mid day and there were a few motorcycles in the parking lot but he didn't think too much about it as he strolled into the place.  Once inside he realized "Oh my God, I am in a biker bar."

He continued describing how he was so not a motorcycle person to the point that he regarded them as annoying and noisy and their owners, with their bandanas and leather and jacket patches, as crazy stupid for owning one.   "Bottom line," he noted "I just don't get the whole motorcycle thing."   

"However," he continued, "I have learned through the years that just because I don't see the appeal of something, does not mean that there isn't something to it.  I may not see it but I am fully aware that there is something there.  This is what is known as faith."    

He then went on to relate a second story to show how faith enables us to believe in the unseen and the unknown and will get you where you need to be even if you are not sure about it.

He discussed how he had moved down to Faulkner the previous fall from Boston.  A city boy, this was his first experience at living in the country and being able to enjoy nature and rural living. 

So on his very first morning after moving here, he decided to walk to the retreat house from the priests' residence located a mile away.  The road to the retreat house is a hilly, winding road thru the woods and he enjoyed walking it in the bright morning sunlight.
However, later in the evening when he set out to return to his residence, the sun had gone down and by now the roadway was completely dark.  Once he turned the corner away from the retreat house parking lot lights, he found himself in total pitch black darkness without a clue as to how the road spilled out in front of him.  "I knew that the road was there but I couldn't see a thing."  So he very carefully and slowly began walking the road putting one foot in front of the other and correcting accordingly whenever he would begin to walk off of it.  He noted how it took him close to an hour to walk that one mile.  He said that he had faith that he could do it again, but the next day he packed a flashlight.  

He summed it up by saying that faith is like walking that dark road: you just have to trust that the road is there even though you can't see it.  If you trust and keep going, you will get to where you are trying to go.  It may be a slow trek thru darkness, but you will eventually get there. 

I couldn't find any video of the road into the retreat house there in Faulkner but this one below of the Jesuit retreat house in Ohio gives you some idea of what it's like.  (The Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner is one of the prettiest and nicest places that I have ever seen.  If you are ever up that way, drive back onto the property and check it out.  You can always go to Ape Hangers afterwards and have a beer.)

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