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Re: “Radney Foster and the Confessions w/ the Blue Dogs & Friends

Radney's show at the Windjammer last night (May 14) was outstanding!

Posted by wickedmark on May 15, 2011 at 9:35 AM

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Re: “Charleston next city in line for lawsuit over tour guide licensing

Not sure where Rainbow Road is. As a tour guide for 15 years I've never heard of it. Now Rainbow Row is a different story.

8 of 9 people like this.
Posted by wickedmark on January 30, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Will tourism officials rein in the city’s carriage industry?

As a carriage driver for 15 years, I can tell you that we have to be out of the residential neighborhoods by 5:00 pm, (not 7 p.m.) during standard time, and 6:00 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time. The committee also suggested new routes that would force carriages to drive the wrong way up Market Street and King Street in order to avoid certain other streets.

Weekly, I ignore rude locals who stop my carriage and lecture me about what I do for a living. They also complain that we never pull over for traffic (which we do!) and then, if I happen to pull over in front of their house, they come outside and tell me not to stop in front of their house.

When you are dealing with people who have no concept of what they are doing, and their main agenda is to get rid of the carriage industry altogether, nothing positive can be done.

I have never supported the Charleston Animal Society because of the anti-carriage stance. All my business goes to Pet Helpers.

2 of 5 people like this.
Posted by wickedmark on December 1, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Dig a Little Deeper: Confessions of a former DMB junkie

You've got a ways to go Kellie Rae. When I was a teenager, all those artists you are learning about could be heard on a transistor radio on a daily basis. Got the original vinyl LPs of most of the artists you have discovered. I got into a discussion the other day with a younger (20ish) black man about music. He slightly belittled me because I wasn't familiar with current popular black musicians. I told him once he could explain to me the importance of James Reese Europe, James P. Johnston and Jelly Roll Morton, then I'd worry about the new music.

5 of 7 people like this.
Posted by wickedmark on December 1, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Two little-known Charleston legends that time has nearly forgotten

These are only forgotten to the writer of this article. Most tours mention these stories on a regular basis.

5 of 9 people like this.
Posted by wickedmark on October 28, 2015 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Protesters threaten to shut down Ravenel Bridge toward Mt. Pleasant at 4 p.m.

Apparently, you have to be black to be concerned. If you disagree with someone, then you're just a racist according to this thread. If you empathize, you're just trying to clear your conscience....so you all tell me...who continues to perpetuate racism? Methinks Ophelia doth protest too much....after all, blacks can disagree with whites all the time, but THEY don't ever get called racist. Get over yourselves.

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Posted by wickedmark on April 9, 2015 at 8:58 PM

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