mhenrylucero 
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Christian, writer, reader, husband, amateur folklorist, photographer, anti-hippie nature lover, paleoconservative, introvert, night owl, awkward speaker, INFP. I am much more expressive through writing than… More »

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Re: “In the race for mayor, the candidates are nearly all the same

So they're all in favor of supporting the 526 extension? Well, that's depressing?

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Posted by mhenrylucero on September 30, 2015 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Is it time for a new SC license plate design?

I've never minded them. I actually like them. They're certainly better than at least 70% of other states' options. None of these alternatives are any better, except for the Fowlke one, the design of which is probably too subtle to appreciate from the distance you'd see it from while driving.

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Posted by mhenrylucero on December 3, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Why Mt. Pleasant is called Mt. Pleasant (Hint: Get ready to blush)

I would have no problem with this if it were true. However, the reasoning here seems highly sketchy. First off, just because this slang definition existed does not at all mean that this is what the original namer had in mind when he chose the name. He could have been thinking of another place with that name (a pattern with many place names in America; see George Stewart's book Names on the Land), or he could have named it for a hill (possible though unlikely, here in the lowcountry) he found pleasant in the area. Any number of other possibilities might have been the case. Even if the name had that meaning then, if that's not what the namer had in mind, then it's fallacious to say that this is what the name refers to.

Secondly, the sources given for this are highly suspect. One of them is an Internet forum, and I could be wrong, but I doubt most historians would consider that a citable source. The only one of these sites I consider valid is the slang dictionary. However, even though it attests to the meaning of the phrase, it does not show that this meaning is in any way related to the Charleston area town.

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Posted by mhenrylucero on August 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Ep. 1 Recap: Reckless really, really, really, really wants to be sexy

I gave the first episode a try, and I can't say I'm too big of a fan, so far. While the police corruption storyline is compelling enough, the characters were neither convincing nor interesting, and the fact that the story is set in Charleston felt incidental and unimportant. It could have been set anywhere; Charleston in Reckless is merely set dressing. There's no sense of place or setting. The storytelling is a bit lackluster as well; the dynamic of the two main characters could have been interesting, but we are told that the latter doesn't understand how things are done in the South, rather than shown it, and the tension between them feels a bit forced and on the nose. Additionally, all the actors are simply too pretty to feel relatable. With the exception of Georgina Haig, who was so wonderful in Fringe, I found little to like in this first episode. Maybe I'll give it another shot, but unless it improves pretty dramatically, I probably won't end up watching it.

I disagree, though, that the opening was clumsy and forced. I thought it was a nice plot twist, an effective and surprising hook, a promise that the rest of the episode unfortunately didn't deliver on.

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Posted by mhenrylucero on July 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Summerville can't squeeze the facts out of sweet tea's murky history

It's really impossible to ever find out when or where the first sweet tea was made. All we can ever know is when and where the first recorded mention of sweet tea occurs. Those are two quite different things. It may very well have been in Summerville, or it may have been in England or China for all we know. If it doesn't get written down somehow, it's lost to history. But that doesn't mean it didn't happen.

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Posted by mhenrylucero on November 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

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