“My wife watched Heart of Dixie and loved that show. People were talking about Daphne and Fairhope and we had to see it. We had our picture by the clock in Fairhope and made a five-year plan. Last year was year five and we moved here from Louisville, Kentucky. We love it. It is paradise until the day it’s not, and then it’s back to paradise again.
Sally hit at 4:30 in the morning and just wouldn’t stop. Trees fell onto my house and the car. There is water damage in all of the rooms but two. The doors and windows won’t open. The wind blew so hard it dented the garage door. We aren’t alone. We are just taking it in stride. I now know camping is not for me. But it could have been so much worse. You have a choice every day and we are okay. Everything is replaceable.’
Our business is in the shop behind us and I walk 80 feet to work. We manufacture banjos and turkey calls. My father started the Sullivan Banjo Company 50 years ago. We love it. We do a lot for the bluegrass community. The secret to calling turkeys is being subtle, don’t overcall. Then go out for a good dinner with your friends. Banjos have to be made from perfect wood, but the turkey hunter will pay extra for a defect or knot in the wood. It is two different points of view. I can’t play a lick on the banjo. We did a commercial for a national bank with our line, ‘still making them, still can’t play them.’
Time slows down here. The hardest part is remembering what day it is here because all of the days are great. Our rule is if you have any complaints right now, you have to say something good and balance it out. The bubble burst on Tuesday night, but we will build a new bubble.”