Mr. Carson and My Library Visit


I’ve written about Downton Abbey and my favorite character, the butler Mr. Carson, played by Jim Carter.

    Today, I was at my local library, the Wilmot Branch of the Pima County Public Library.  I was going to the front desk of the library, so my friend Karen, who works there, could change a five dollar bill for me so I could use the soda machine.  A young girl, probably about eight was with what looked to be her Grandma, (I certainly didn’t ask, that can cause all kinds of embarrassment).  

I was wearing my red shirt that says Carson’s Butler Service The Way Things Used to Be.  It has a black figure, who is supposed to be Mr. Carson in his black tuxedo to serve dinner.  

    Grandma was reading the writing on my shirt out loud.  She asked what it was.  I asked if she’d seen Downton Abbey on Channel 6, KUAT here in Tucson.  She said, she’d never seen it or heard of it.  I asked what she thought it was.  She thought it was a local catering company where I was employed.  She neglected to read the bottom of the shirt which says Downton, England.

     The little girl then asked me if Mr. Carson is black.  I answered “No, but the one Downton Abbey episode, where the character of Mr. Carson had to deal with a black, it was different.  (I speak of the episode, where the jazz musician, played by Gary Carr, came into the kitchen).  I told the young lady, the character that is Mr. Carson was shocked when a black man walked into HIS servant quarters.  Mr. Carson had to grab the table from the shock.

    I should’ve stopped at no with the young lady.  The two men on line behind me are African-American.  As my London friend Sue said on Facebook.   OOPS.

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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