I had finally had my dulcimer experience. I loved hearing the sounds of Bob Thomason's dulcimer cassette and wanted to experience more. Where could I find a dulcimer in Columbia, SC? I went to the local bluegrass store thinking I would find an instrument to play on again. The owner told me there was a dulcimer group that met once a month in Columbia. I got the phone number and called a sweet little lady named Fran Cargill. The group was to meet the following Sunday in town. I went to that meeting, even though I did not have an instrument at the time. Someone noticed that I did not have an instrument and loaned me one. There I was sitting in a group of dulcimer players, playing the dulcimer. I went back into playing by ear mode and had a great time. The little beginner instrument that I played that day was made in Alabama by a guy named Butch Sides. It was called his woodpile dulcimer. I envisioned him going out to his woodpile and cutting wood into pieces. When I got home from the club meeting, I called him and ordered my first dulcimer for $80.00. About two weeks later a package came in the mail. It was my dulcimer. Then I had a thought, I had forgot to mail Butch his check. I immediately called him to apologize. I found out that dulcimer people are not only friendly but very trusting. Now I had a dulcimer so I just started playing.