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Old 08-06-2013, 07:18 AM   #2446
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The Floyd Enquirer
Floyd's Literary Enema

A Publication of the Republic of Floyd, LLC


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Old 08-06-2013, 10:05 AM   #2447
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We first met Tom Ryan, owner and creator of Republic of Floyd, on September 25, 2011. We chronicled the visit on these pages.

Tom's a cool guy, obviously a recovering hippy, sparkling eyes, sharp wit, hugely irreverent, would be equally at home slinging umbrella drinks at a tiki shack in Jamaica or growing weed in Northern California.

This is one of several photos we took of Tom that day. We were his only customers, he was in a yakky mood, and it was an awesome visit as we got to know him and learn a little bit of how the Republic of Floyd came to be:


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Old 08-06-2013, 10:16 AM   #2448
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During our visit this past Sunday we met and got to know Connie, the store manager as it turned out, a little bit. Connie is WAY cool, also very probably a recovering hippy, and just as genuine and warm and smart and funny as they come. I asked about Tom.

Her face quickly took on a sad expression. "We lost Tom several months ago."

I was pretty much speechless.

Connie quickly turned the moment around, and instead of sadness, we all laughed and told stories about the guy. Connie told the most, and the best, as she was a good friend of Tom's. Denise and I told of our visit with him several years prior, and how friendly and funny he was.

And when we finally left the Republic of Floyd on Sunday, we felt like we had just partied hard with good friends, a bit of an odd feeling considering we had just learned of someone's passing, but true to character for Tom Ryan - I'm sure he wouldn't want it any other way.

Connie showed us a portrait of Tom hanging high (of course) on the wall that I had noticed when we first walked in, but hadn't put two and two together; now it all made sense.

Ride in peace, Tom. Adios, amigo.


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I managed to sneak out today and get in another 125 miles between weather systems.



This is my favorite way to get to Galax and beyond from the Parkway. Or used to be, anyway. This is near the Blue Ridge Music Center. They've been working on this project for months. Well, actually, they haven't been working on this project for months - it's like they got this far putting in new culvert and abandoned the job. There's been zero activity here the last three times I've checked. Puzzling.
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