Saturday, January 08, 2005


Last night after dinner, talk turned to hitchhiking. Al Scarborough, always a source of entertainment, shared a story. Al, whose family has lived on Ocracoke for generations, went away to college and "made good," landing a position with the prestigious Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC.

About twenty years ago Al moved back home with his family to run the old Trolley Stop restaurant. He continued to work as a consultant with the Center for a few years. One winter he was offered a lucrative speaking engagement in London.

At the time Al was without a car so he decided to hitchhike to the airport in Norfolk. The first ride he got was with Monroe in the garbage truck. After he arrived at the London conference, surrounded by high-powered corporate executives, he was reflecting on the different pace of life on the island. "I might be the only high-paid speaker who's ever arrived at a conference by garbage truck," Al muses.

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