Ashley Hall grad and weekend John's Island resident
in a relationship
good food, but too crowded now. Also, sad to say the owner, though Irish, has NO idea how to cook a proper scone!
Omg, you're going to be slammed for writing this. You obviously aren't a native...
Pride of place is common throughout the US particularly in tony places like Ann Arbor (lived there once), Chapel Hill (ditto), Austin, etc. It can get annoying for sure. But the difference Mat (is that your real name btw? Are YOU being authentic?) is Southerners have a reverence for the land having grown up with grandparents anyway who had farms. My grandmother grew up on a farm in eastern NC and it colored her view of the world, made her simple in both good and not so good ways, but I digress. My Yankee grandparents on the other hand struggled in a small Ohio town during the depression and didn't own a car, much less land.
We can also quickly do genealogical research and pinpoint our ancestors back to 1670 or in my case Virginia in 1630. Hoards coming thru NY circa 1900 can't do that and so don't understand our pride. I have ancestors who fought Indians outside New Bern, having come over by ship only a few months prior.
Also, Charlestonians (of which I am not exactly one, but I went to high school there) are well aware not much is local anymore, but don't want to be reminded of it. So thanks for rubbing it in today Mat. Go to "You Might Be from Downtown Charleston If You Remember.." site on FB. I don't go much 'cause it's too depressing frankly. I still miss the old Charleston of circa 1970 dude - Charleston's golden age imo.
For me as a progressive, it's not so much about not wanting progress or growth but in protecting the lifestyle and ambience we've always had- til recently. I left Atlanta after twenty years 'cause it was no longer the South and I left when it got increasingly hard for me to get eye contact and smiles returned. To me life is too short to live in an unspiritual, urban area for long....Charleston is probably on that trajectory despite all the hype and the very thought sickens me.
Re the Pig- WE consider it local. It might be hqed in TN but its always been a Southern fixture. Rather like Belks, which I frequent for that very reason (and its excellent sales). And the Beaufort and John's Island stores anyway make an attempt to stock SC products (like Blenheim's magnificent ginger ale- it has a real kick to it. In glass bottles only.) and produce.
My theory is outsiders come and go (how many will retire and/or die here? I rest my case), but true lovers of SC will remain or return wherever they are. The only way to become an insider imo is to give a damn and actually care about the LOCAL environment. Join CCL or something similar. Do volunteer work. Find things about the city you like, not just disparage everything (the true Yankee m.o.). Not just live downtown, go to brunch often somewhere chic and then brag you're a local. That aint a local. Being a regular at the Bluerose Cafe on West Ashley might make you a local. Knowing how to boat and fish and hunt the rivers and forests here makes you a local imo. Knowing how to catch crab, clean them and make a crab cake might make you a local.
Al Neuwirth is a well-known conservative- THAT's why she's in USA Today. It's all about national exposure. Haley cares little or nothing about this state. She is another Palin and she doesn't have the intelligence to make it on the national stage imo.
Saw this today.
Obama's gdp = approx. 7/2011. Source: The NY Times:
Barack Obama, 1.2% annual G.D.P. growth rate (previously 1.5%)
George W. Bush, 1.6% (previously 1.7%)
George H.W. Bush, 2.1%
Gerald Ford, 2.2%
Dwight Eisenhower, 2.5%
Richard Nixon, 3.0%
Jimmy Carter, 3.2%
Ronald Reagan, 3.5%
Bill Clinton, 3.8%
Lyndon B. Johnson, 5.0%
John F. Kennedy, 5.4%
ps. Both parties are fiscally irresponsible, but stats I think show deficits go down and gdp goes up under Dems more often than Repulsives. On average anyway. So its this huge, unfortunately accepted, fallacy Repulsives are better with budgets and money than Dems. Yet, yet, Clinton for some odd reason (probably a deal) repealed the Glass Steagall Act. That was one factor that pushed us into the financial crisis a few years back probably.
I am frightened by mission-creep, in-your-business big government too, petrified lately (and it takes a lot to petrify me) by the NSA, but having worked in both the private and public sectors I can tell you there are plenty of smart people in the later. Sooner or later I've noticed a lot of people, especially men whose wives don't work, women and minorities*, because they are stressed at home, seek STEADY, saner employment (better hours, benefits) and only gov't can nearly guarantee that today. Only government probably. Gov't has become the job creator of last resort in this country and in Britain actually. (and probably dozens of countries). So imo a larger than necessary gov't workplace is probably still better than millions chronically unemployed or underemployed (which is more of a problem in the US right now) and ultimately good for economic growth if entitlements can be kept under control. That struggle is playing out finally before our eyes and it's going to get ugly before it's over. At least we recover fairly quickly: Yesterday I read South Africa, Greece (still), Brazil, France (STILL), lots of places you wouldn't think, have huge unemployment rates now. *probably drawn to gov't work in the first place 'cause of their anti-racist stance and policies.
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