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Monday, May 28, 2007

Southern Living

As my visit to Black Mountain, North Carolina (the belt buckle of the bible belt) draws to an end, here are a few random observations.

  • The weather has been beautiful. Warm and sunny, with plants blooming and lots of meals on the deck. Weather like this makes you want to live here.
  • This country here in the hills is beautiful and scenic. Mountains, rivers, lakes.
hummingbirds on the backporch
  • People here are generally friendly and open. Nice vibe where people ask and actually want to know how you are doing. They ask in a thick drawling accent without much regard for grammar, but that's aiight.
nearby Jonesborough, Tennesee
  • Motorcycles have enjoyed a renaissance here to the point of taking over. Harleys in particular. Bikers everywhere. Swannanoa - a tiny country town near Black Mountain - has a Harley Davidson store that is the size of a Wall Mart. There is also no helmet law here; I guess this is Darwin's way of thinning the Redneck population.
  • Monster Trucks are as popular as ever.
The "Pork Chop"
  • One local business advertises: 100% USA Hillbilly Owned
  • The Wall Mart is always packed. The parking lot is full every time I have passed, morning or evening.
  • The food here is seriously rich. No healthy options. Huge portions, cooked in grease, covered in sauce. Even the few veggies on offer.
  • The average person's size is proportional to the uber-caloric nature of the food.
  • Went on a jetboat ride with my family. We did 360's in the lake. Yee Haw, coo coo coo.
Jet Boat
Goin' native.
  • Visited great old college friend Mike Knoblauch and wife Barbara Jane and family in Atlanta for a very nice weekend. Mike has his pilot's license and took me up for a cruise around in the Cessna.
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Pilot Mike

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Lake Lanier from above.
  • Also in Atlanta, I also got to see other great old college friends! David Fowler and his wife Amanda hosted a very nice BBQ at their lovely David-designed home. Anne (Blakely) Sciarrone and her husband Chris were there, as well as Mike and BJ, and a wild roaming pack of child-like creatures. Brigitte Birk made an appearance by phone from Montana, and was sorely missed.
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(l to r) David, Chris, Anne, BJ, me, Mike
  • Great to see my family again! It has been wonderful. Thanks for everything.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers for your safe return back to life in Portland! May God bless you Hunter!

1:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was great to see you - I just wish we could see you more frequently.
Thanks for bringing us together - it was so good to be with at least part of the old crowd - we only seem to make it happen when you make an appearance.
Funny how little we really change.
Keep us posted on how you settle back into being Portland!

2:25 AM  

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