Posted by Diana on February 16, 2000 at 18:35:30:
In Reply to: Re: G2000 Lodgings posted by Doc M on February 16, 2000 at 18:15:59:
: : : LOL! The first time I drove with a friend to Chimney Rock,
: : : we ended up in the middle of Charlotte, and I still
: : : don't know how we managed that. We pulled off at a
: : : motel and went in to ask directions. The desk clerk
: : : said, in a Scots burr as thick as a bowl of haggis, "Ye
: : : lasses arrrren't from arrround here, are ye?" To
: : : which I said, "Look who's talking, bub!" Being told
: : : how to head west instead of south, we ended up in
: : : Black Mountain a couple of hours later, and promptly
: : : got lost again. I went into a gas station and asked
: : : the owner, who was chewing an immensely large wad
: : : of tobacco, for directions...to which he replied
: : : "Raaatnaaaansaaaath." I got back in the car and told
: : : my friend "We have to look for a Raaaat something or
: : : other." After driving in circles for a half hour or
: : : so it finally occurred to us that raaaatnaaaaan could
: : : mean Route 9, so we eventually ended up on the right road.
: : :
: : : I shudder to think what would have happened at night --
: : : our bleached bones would still be mouldering in a
: : : rusted-out Chevy ... and we would have missed all the
: : : roadside stands selling rubber tomhawks and Elvis
: : : paintings on black velvet!
: : : Doc M
: : Now Doc M,
: : Being that I live right in the middle of tobacco growing country, it took me a minute to reck-a-nize that phrase "wad of tobacco." It is most commonly referred to as "chaw o' tobacky" round these here parts. I was wondering though, as you was studin' (studying) our backroads, if you happened upon any of our famous "bald peanut" stands. If cooked with a can of beer and the brine gets just the right amount of salty - they are quite a de-lite, right Ilsa??? But you must watch them carefully if cookin' 'em yerself. If the water balls (boils) off, they get "burnt slam up" real quick.
: : Lovin'livin' in NC,
: : Diana
: You're absolutely right -- "chaw" it is. Being the proud
: descendant of West Virginia mountain folk, I should have
: known better. You can suitably punish me by forcing
: me to eat fried pork rinds and okra, and watch me
: die a slow, lingering death. Now GooGoo Clusters, on
: the other hand, are a whole different story!
: Doc M, who would be most happy to live in NC as well!
I knew I liked you for some other reason than your sharp (as a diamond-cutting laser) wit. I too am descended from West Virginia mountain folk - from Boone county, a little town called Racine (a little northwest of Charleston.) Did you happen to be acquainted with any Clendenin's or McCormick's while living there. No offense intended, but it gives one a might bit of a shudder to think one may be distantly related to the infamous Doc Mary, seein's how my folk settled the Kanawa Valley (right along with ole' Daniel Boone himself. Great.........Uncle Oscar Clendenin is said to have coon hunted with the boy.)But that kind'a thinkin' ranks right up there with "Oh, you're from California...Do you know Bob? Since it's a remote possibility though, us might bein' kin an' all, if you need any Gnomely related duties tended to at the Gathering, I'd be happy to oblige.
From WV to NC,
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