The Carriage Driver 4 - Jerry Lewis

Updated on May 18, 2018
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Griffin stood by Nuelle. They shared their apple while waiting. It was an unusual morning. Across the street there was a black carriage with a black horse waiting. The driver wore black and had a confident look about him. Nuelle stood tall, relaxed yet alert. The angels had groomed her, she was ready for the journey.

A lanky man stood in the middle of the road. He looked from one carriage to another. Griffin waited patiently. He had all the time in the world. The man looked like he had made up his mind. He toddled over to Griffin eyeing him closely. Pointing to the carriage across the street, he said, “That driver over there says he will take me anywhere I want for a dollar.” He cocked an eyebrow, “How much do you charge?”

Griffin smiled a knowing smile. “You have already paid the price for your ticket.”

“Yeah, but he says, he can take me where there is temptation.”

“What need is there of temptation at this point?” Griffin looked this man over. He certainly did not care about the fit of his clothing. His pants were too short; this matched the cuffs of his jacket sleeves. It just seemed the suit was two sizes too small.

“Yeah, but he says that many of my friends are where he plans to take me. He says there is some kind of a roast planned.” He pointed to the black carriage.

“It is my understanding that many were not satisfied with the roast, once they arrived there.” Griffin eyed the man, wondering how his mind worked.

The man seemed to twist his arms about and put his chin in his palm. “Yeah, but he says, that I will never be cold again if I go with him. I did not bring an overcoat.”

He started to speak and then stopped short. His attention was drawn to Nuelle for the first time. “She is a beautiful animal; so well groomed, she stands proudly. Wait a minute.” He tottered over to the black horse which shied and reared up at the sight of him. The man stepped back and looked at the coat of the black horse. He saw it was thick and tangled, in need of brushing.

Griffin could not hear, but watched the man talking to the driver of the black carriage. Jerry turned and ambled back to Griffin. “He says, there are treasures beyond measure, like Las Vegas.”

Again, Griffin smiled, “You worked Las Vegas. The pastry was always a day old. The hours were long. The air was thick with smoke. The crowds shifted here and there, without direction, mulling over their circumstance. The atmosphere created from cold, flickering neon. The antithesis of nature, is not treasure.”

A second black carriage arrived. The driver climbed down and went over to the first driver and said something to him. The first driver whistled over for Jerry. Jerry’s eyes dropped half way down in their sockets. His jaw drooped. His nostrils flared. “Wait a minute.” His long crane like legs, sauntered back to the man who whistled. He listened for a moment, and then he ran back.

“Yeah, but what about Dino?” He smiled. “I was hoping to see Dino.”

“I can’t help you there,” Griffin said. He was growing concerned. He reached beneath the seat and glanced at the book. “Joseph Levitch?” Griffin turned the page to Jerry. “That’s you, right?”

“Yeah, but I go by Jerry.”

Two more black carriages drove up. Nuelle was not amused by this. The drivers all climbed down and were talking amongst themselves. Then the first driver whistled again to get Jerry’s attention. “Ask that guy why you had to wait so long. We would have taken you at any time. Ask him why, if his place is rated so high, why so few obtain entrance. Ask him…”

“Wait,” Jerry held up his hand. He ambled back over to Nuelle and Griffin arriving short of breath, he said, “Why?”

Griffin held up his hand. “Are you through clowning around now?” He walked over to Nuelle. “Come meet Nuelle. She is your guide today.”

Jerry walked over and stroked Nuelle’s cheek. “Hello beautiful. I could not ask for a better guide.”

The four drivers climbed back into their carriages and drove off hastily, after their black horses were given the whip. Jerry watched, eyes wide, as the black carriages entered into walls of fire and disappeared.

“Come,” Griffin walked to the step and held out his hand.

Jerry took his hand and stepped up to the carriage and took his seat.

Griffin watched Jerry as he rubbed his hands against the upholstery; then a second time against the front of his suit jacket. “Am I the right religion for this journey?”

Griffin took a deep breath, “Religion is an earthly pursuit. There is no need of it on the next stage of your journey. Everything has been proven. What is in you, brought you to this point. What is in you remains. There is an equality that awaits you; it is unlike anything that is imagined. There is no competition; that has been replaced by cooperation.”

“Where are you taking me?”

Griffin never tired of this question. The last earthly concerns would fall away shortly. The concept of existence without worry is only known to the largest of hearts on this earth.

“We are here to take you anywhere you wish.”

Jerry leaned back. He extended his arms out hands raised, fingers up, thumbs pointing towards each other, as if viewing a scene. “Jerry Lewis Playhouse. No, no, let’s see. Jerry Lewis Hotel and Casino. No, no, that won’t do. Um, Jerry Lewis Film University.” He put his arms down. “I never gave this any thought. I was too busy. Do they even have entertainment where we are going?”

Nuelle kept walking at a slow gait. The afternoon was perfect. The sun graced her coat with a glow. She knew where she was taking them.

Griffin looked back at his fare, “There is less need to escape on this part of the journey. If you want a Playhouse, one will be provided. That goes for a university as well. All the reasons to gamble have been eliminated; as there is no need for money.”

Nuelle turned down the Avenue of Prayers, and Griffin realized where she was headed. She pulled to the side of the road in front of the tallest building.

“Are we here?” Jerry leaned forward.

Griffin smiled, but did not answer. He climbed down and held out his hand to Jerry.

“No neon lights, no glittering marquee.”

It was the way he said it that brought another smile to Griffin’s face.

Jerry climbed down. He felt great, his revitalized body full of the energy of his youth.

The twenty foot wide doors opened as Griffin and Jerry approached. Griffin led them to an elevator; here also, the doors opened at their approach, a young angel greeted them. Her smile revealed her pleasure, “I heard you were coming. Floor please.”

“Top floor,” Griffin answered.

“Of course,” Her energy was contagious.

The doors opened, Jerry’s eyes grew wide, looking at the room full of phone banks manned by people of all ages. Their dress, revealed no dress code requirement, the costumes were of all ages and styles and fashions. There were men, women, and children of all ages. The energy level was so high that Jerry felt like he was on stage, in front of a great crowd. “What is this place?”

“This is a call center; it is a prayer call center. This group handles the entire western region. St. Maria Goretti is around here someplace, she usually keeps the place running smoothly. You can attend here as long as you like, while you are deciding what options that are ahead of you.” Griffin shook Jerry’s hand. “Enjoy,” he called over his shoulder as he returned to Nuelle waiting on the street below. It was a perfect afternoon.


Jerry Lewis Jitterbug

Jerry Lewis - Hit the Road To Dreamland

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    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John - Thanks, I always liked Jerry Lewis. He was more talented than I knew as I began to research this piece.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Jerry was a very funny and talented man. The world could do with more like him. A good choice for a carriage driver journey, Mike.

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      mckbirdbks 

      4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Shy - Thank you. Jerry Lewis was more talented than I was aware. He sang, danced, and made us all laugh. That is a talent. I am glad he chose Nuelle and Griffin also. Thanks for the blessings, needed more than ever.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 months ago from Texas

      Oh Mike, I see Jerry also liked Marilyn, Glad he did not go in black carriage. I love this series.

      Blessings as always.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - Jerry and Dino were superstars in our generation. They entertained millions and became giants in their industry. What I did not know the range of Jerry Lewis' talents. Good to see you.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Shauna - The Carriage Driver 4 series is gaining a little momentum. I appreciate the visit. So far I had the most fun writing this particular episode.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I was a fan of Jerry and Dino back in the days when we laughed so easily. I know Jerry is happy doing what he loved, helping children with disabilities. I remember when he and Dino parted ways and it made me feel sad. Your story is wonderful, full of promise and brought back fond memories. He was a gifted dancer. I hope he, Frank and Dino are having a rocking good time together. I loved this. Hugs...

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      Mike, I love the Carriage Driver 4 series. I always learn something about the subjects that I didn't know before. In this case, it's Jerry Lewis' real name.

      I really enjoyed this and the videos you chose, too.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Genna - Jerry Lewis was a fine example of how a life should be lived. Nobody is perfect, but that is why there is forgiveness. He was a singer, songwriter, film maker, dancer, and the King of Comedy. I appreciate you.

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      mckbirdbks 

      4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg - Jerry Lewis seemed to be talented in many areas of entertainment. Moreover, with his wealth he decided to 'giveback' for which he is equally famous. Not many people in that category.

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Again, Griffin smiled, “You worked Las Vegas. The pastry was always a day old. The hours were long. The air was thick with smoke. The crowds shifted here and there, without direction, mulling over their circumstance. The atmosphere created from cold, flickering neon. The antithesis of nature, is not treasure.”

      “This is a call center; it is a prayer call center. This group handles the entire western region. St. Maria Goretti is around here someplace, she usually keeps the place running smoothly. You can attend here as long as you like, while you are deciding what options that are ahead of you.” Griffin shook Jerry’s hand. “Enjoy,” he called over his shoulder as he returned to Nuelle waiting on the street below. It was a perfect afternoon."

      Just brilliant, Mike. These are but a few examples of what makes you a superb writer. I loved this.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Quite a creative destination for the master of all telethons. He will be a natural at the prayer call center. I'm glad he decided against the black carriages.Loved this story.

      Jerry was quite a dancer at that. Loved those retro outfits in the video. Wow.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann – Griffin and Nuelle are good characters. The first set of stories in the series was well received. I will have to figure out a creative way to keep the stories interesting.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Gilbert – Thank you. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, certainly did entertain us in our youth. No easy trick. Thanks for the visit.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Maria – Thank you. Jerry Lewis is a famous comic figure. He was among many in my early years that made me laugh. So, knowing something about him helped in the writing of this story. He was a creative giant, much more talented than I realized.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      I hope you don't stop writing about Griffin and Nuelle; that's what I meant about your ability to use the basics to create new stories and I think that's great.

      Anything else you write will be just as good but I'd be sad to see the end of these two.

      Ann

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      Gilbert Arevalo 

      5 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Very nice creative short story, I remember watching Martin and Lewis, and Jerry's comedy solo movies when I was a young boy. Wonderful ad on clips!

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mike,

      It is easy to see Jerry Lewis clearly through your lens...such a talented, driven, and zany performer. I'm also glad he chose Griffin and Nuelle to be his escort.

      "Hit the Road to Dreamland" ... sounds like a marvelous idea.

      Happy Friday hugs, Maria

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann - I am aware that with the same formula it is tough to get different results. The adventures of Griffin and Nuelle have been on their path for quite some time now. The routine is familiar to all by now. It is past time that I found something else to write about. Wishing you a good weekend also. Thanks for the nice comment.

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      mckbirdbks 

      5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Verlie - Thank you. Griffin and Nuelle are doing their best in this crazy mixed up world.

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      mckbirdbks 

      5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Patty – My guess is to why this story resonates more with you is that I am much more familiar with the work of Jerry Lewis than the first three in this series. There was more character to develop, more mannerisms trying to pinpoint them. And his voice will be in every reader's mind as they read.

      Dean and Jerry worked together, and likely contributed to each others success. I did read that Frank Sinatra brought them back together.

      You may be right about Jerry wearing Dean out. Jerry’s high energy level would likely tire all those around him.

      Thank you for such a concise comment.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      Superb story, Mike. Love the comparisons of the black and white horses. I was actually worried that he'd choose the wrong one , even though I knew he wouldn't such is your talent for creating atmosphere and image.

      These stories always have the same basics yet each is so different and that gives the reader comfort behind the scenes!

      Have a great weekend, Mike!

      Ann

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Nice one Mike, enjoyed this Jerry Lewis story/music/song and dance. Riding with Nuelle and Griffin is always entertaining.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have no idea if Lewis was a nice guy or not, but I do know he was funnier than hell and one of my favorite entertainers while I was growing up. Thanks for a great story!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 months ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      This is the Celebrity Carriage Ride that resonates best with me, although the Glen Campbell story is sweet and touching.

      Jerry's time with Griffin and Nuelle reminds me of a successful version of his 1977 "Hellzapoppin'" that never made it to Broadway.

      I can hear Jerry's voice and see his movements back and forth between the carriages and finally into Griffin's. And where better for that smart horse to take Jerry than to the prayer call center?

      Meeting him just once was not enough and I wish he were still on Earth. The last time I saw him was 2013, but saw online interviews where he broke down crying because he missed Dean so much. He said that after Frank brought them back together onstage, he never missed a day talking to Dean, dead or alive.

      I think Jerry wore Dean out with constant activity and work long ago, in the same way Bill Shatner wore Leonard Nimoy down with it more recently. Dean's daughter feels confident that Jerry found his old friend in the next life and I hope Bill finds his.

      Leonard's probably taking some awesome photos up there.

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