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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Jun 6, 2010

Welcome to Tales By Tom. This is the ninth installment of Tom Cagley Sr's short shory collections entitled, “Travel At Your Own Risk.”  

Story 25: Alicante, Spain. I knew it wouldn’t be the garden spot of the universe, but I had to go there on business --- it is the center of the Spanish shoe industry--- and we had corporate meetings. On the surface it would be like any other trip of its kind, except I’d never been to Spain and that alone was exciting.

BUT --- and I say that loud and clear --- a glitch in our departing city of Baton Rouge took that away in short order. Only through a bribe, a lot of telephone time and some help from John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara did I keep my sanity and break out of Alicante after two more days.

Story 26: Five Stages: Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote the book on the subject --- the five stages people go through in dealing with a death or a tragedy. I had never heard of her or her book until a visit to our friends, the Ewalds, in Natchez, MS.

I read her book three years later, but by that time I had dealt with a death and a tragedy of my own. Golf had helped in the first case --- I was young and had a cause. Later, my ability to accept things for the way they were and move past them for my good and the good of my family was what saved me.

Then I read her book and remember saying, “I did that; I did that, too.”

It was a survival instinct I didn’t know I had.

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The music is a song titled "Rhapsody" by Andy Guthrie and was supplied Music Alley from Mevio (

See you in two weeks!

JOHN Manion
ten and a half years ago

FORTUNATELY, I never experienced a screwed up trip as you did to
Europe... and it\'s more likely in today\'s travel world
As you know, your demise from Baton Rouge was similar to mine at that time. Your son\'s comment was so \"right on\". At least, you
were able to continue on... BRAVO