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Don't Wake Me Until It's Time to Go
by Gerald W Darnell   

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Publisher:  Gerald W. Darnell ISBN-10:  055764643X Type: 
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175

Copyright:  August 31, 2010 ISBN-13:  9780557646432
Non-Fiction

A collection of stories, events and humorous observations from the life of author Gerald Darnell.

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Don't Wake Me Until It's Time to Go

 A Florida native, Gerald grew up in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee. He attended high school and was a graduate of HHS class of 64. Following graduation from the University of Tennessee, he spent time in Hopkinsville, KY, Memphis, TN and Newport, AR before moving back to Florida – where he now lives.

The stories and events included in the book span times from pre-high school to his now retirement in Longwood, FL – near Orlando. As an avid hunter and fisherman, many of the events involve activities and stories from his personal outdoor adventures. As a business executive, and extensive traveler, he gives us some playful observations accumulated from the millions of miles he traveled across the US. As someone who loves animals and adventure, he offers thoughts and observations that are probably outside most reader’s imagination.

Not a ‘tell all’ narrative, real names and real people are included. If you know the author, you might find yourself – or one of your adventures – included. If not, I’m certain you will find a real familiarity with the stories and the times chronicled in the book. A must read if you enjoy hunting, enjoy humor and can laugh at yourself – while others are laughing at you.

 


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PLEASE DON’T WAKE ME UNTIL IT’S TIME TO GO


FORWARD

Truth and reality are always more humorous than fiction. What follows is, for the most part, both true and real – I hope you will find some of it funny. I may have borrowed a tale or two from some of my friends (you will know who you are), but most is true and accurate – at least as I remember.

About me. Well I have always wanted to be James Bond – why not? Not Superman, Batman or some other cartoon man, but a REAL man. Forget all the women, this guy could do it all. Fly planes, fly helicopters, fly space shuttles, operate all types of underwater craft, drive big boats, small boats, submarines, classic cars, and even lunar landing vehicles. He could ski better than any Olympic athletic, dive underwater without the aid of oxygen and sky dive (sometimes without a parachute). He could disassemble, assemble and shoot every type of weapon known to man. I assume he spoke over 35 native languages because he never needed an interpreter. Knife throwing, sword fighting and all oriental fighting methods were second nature. He knew every wine, every entrée, every desert and he played all musical instruments – along with card games that I can’t pronounce. Hell, he knew EVERYTHING. What a guy.

Several years ago I wrote a story about a duck – from the ducks point of view. Outdoor Life published my story and sent me…$300 I think. I also sent the same story to Ducks Unlimited. Not only did they not publish; they wrote me a crusty letter along with their “No Thanks”. Obviously they didn’t appreciate ‘real life’ mixed with some humor.

I started this by just writing down adventures. It quickly got out of hand. As I got into writing I realized that it was impossible to tell everything – at least tell everything so readers would understand. I have omitted a lot – so those not named be aware.

I write like I talk, as you read the narrative remember it is story telling – from a storyteller’s voice.

In my quest to do everything, I have probably done very little. But I have had some fun trying. Perhaps in writing my exploits to share with others, I can both relive those adventures and pass some small humor along to others.

Some names were changed to protect the innocent – but there are few innocents in the pages that follow.




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Reader Reviews for "Don't Wake Me Until It's Time to Go"

Reviewed by Diane Kelley 11/8/2010
Subject: Still laughing - thru the tears
Loved your book. The girl at Crown Winery told me that your new book had arrived, but they didn"t know what to charge, so she wouldn't let me have one. I did get an autographed copy, though. I have something for you. Sandy will LOVE that chapter about Kelly - so did I!! Thanks for sharing your memories with us - can't wait for the sequel! Keep 'em coming. Love you! Di

Reviewed by Jake Patterson 10/23/2010
Jake Patterson October 23, 2010 at 10:58am
Subject: Don't Wake Me...
Hey Gerald,
I'm walking through the new winery in Humboldt last night and saw a copy of your book on the counter for sale. I picked it up and saw a couple of stories that I remembered my dad telling about you guys. I also noticed that there was a Jimmy in the dedication and thought that may be him as well. I immediately bought the book and took it home. It was really entertaining. As I looked through the "Quotes" section, I saw the one from my dad and his relating weddings and funerals. Both my mother and I laughed until we cried. Now that I have a daughter that will never know her Grandad, I can't tell you how proud it made me to see those stories in print. Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I'm enjoying the book and also to say thanks.

Best Regards,
Jake Patterson
Reviewed by Gerald Darnell 10/5/2010
This afternoon, right after lunch, I came in and literally had nothing to do so Hello recliner and get Gerald's book...Gerald I could not put it down...It was kind of like looking at a good movie...What I considered the best kept coming and coming...From the dedication to your father to Jimmy's commit at the last page, it was tremendous...All the way through I could see all of us (the reunion group) sitting and listening to one your stories...Yes I was so impressed and I know it will be a success...Got another in the oven...Great...Go to it...Hey, I did not even take time this pm to get up and get another beer...Yep, I am a few behind...
Here's to you friend...Keep up the good work...Peace...Joe Richard Gray


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