It’s Spring Again. Maybe.

The average temperatures for this area in April should be mid 70’s in the daytime and mid 40’s at night.  Talk is that, this year, we’ve been paying for having a warm February and winter has made several encore performances.  Still, it officially became spring on March 20th this year and the local festival season is starting to gear up. Continue reading It’s Spring Again. Maybe.

A Jingle that Gets Stuck In Your Head

There is this jingle that plays here that gets stuck in our heads.  It’s an ad for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, so it may be played nationally, I don’t know.  What I do know that it plays here all the time, almost as frequently as political ads in an election year.  Once it sneaks into your brain, you are lost.  You will be singing it in car and the shower.

Myrtle Beach is somewhere between four and five hours away from Henry County.  Virginia Beach is around five hours from Henry County and the Outer Banks in North Carolina are closer to six hours, so considering a trip to Myrtle Beach is not unreasonable.

We haven’t been to the beach yet but we’d like to go.  The lure of the ad is strong but it looks like it has the potential to be crowded.  Anyone have any recommendations for low volume yet still touristy spots?

 

A Little Gilded Age Tobacco Money

I am fascinated by the Gilded Age.  The termed was coined in the 1920’s (credited to Mark Twain) and refers to a period from 1870 to 1900 when a few Americans made obscene fortunes and competed with each other in the ostentatious display of their wealth.  They thought that they were building monuments for all time in the elaborate homes that they built, quite often copying country estates in Europe.  Instead, they built albatrosses that succeeding generations simply could not afford to maintain.  While most of the mansions that I’ve read about were built (and often subsequently torn down) in New York or Newport, RI, at least one – the Biltmore – was actually built not far from here in Asheville, North Carolina.   Continue reading A Little Gilded Age Tobacco Money