1. We drove out to visit in the summer of 1967, when I was six years old.
2. Grandma Davis took me down on the train in the summer of 1971, when I was ten.
And once as a teenager, when he drove up for my Grandma Davis's funeral in October 1975.
What I remember most about my visits was the sizzling heat, the humidity,
and the beefcake. No one in South Carolina owned a shirt. I had never seen so many sleek muscular bodies.
At night Cousin George and I took our baths together together in scalding-hot water, and then slept naked together under thin sheets -- "only fools wear pajamas," he insisted.
It was not erotic, like seeing my older Cousin Joe naked. It was warm and soft and sensual, like falling asleep in the arms of my boyfriend Bill, back home in Rock Island.
The rest of the story is on Tales of West Hollywood.