Observations on South Carolina

So I’ve been back in South Carolina for my third trip in the last eight weeks or so, and I’ve had some thumb-twiddling time here so I’ve done a bit of driving around and sampling local cuisine at non-chain restaurants, and one trip to a local movie house (tiny, two-screen, one-show-a-night), and I’ve noticed some things.

  • Apparently there was a helluva recent storm (I expect it was Hurricane Matthew).  There are trees and highway signs down everywhere in various stages of being cleaned up. 
  • There’s a lot more swamp in South Carolina than I realized.
  • There’s a lot more trees in South Carolina than I realized.  Damn those woods are thick!
  • There are more churches per square mile than I would have believed.
  • Palmetto State Armory has a LOT of billboards up on major thoroughfares.  Black rifles – with suppressors! – don’t seem to frighten the natives.
  • I’ve lived in the South before, and South Carolina is hands-down one of the most polite and friendly places I’ve ever been.
  • Even small towns seem to have 2-3 Japanese restaurants of some kind or another.
  • BBQ appears to be the State Food.
  • At least in November and December the combination of cool air and lots of water makes for a lot of morning fog.  Coming from southern Arizona that’s kinda cool.  Haven’t seen fog in a while.

Anyway, that’s what I have to report.   Oh, and I saw a couple of deer this morning crossing a fairly major road.  Lots of “deer processing” places advertising on the side of the highways, too.  Given the thickness of the local woods, I don’t imagine there are a lot of long shots during hunting season, unless you’re on the opposite side of a farmer’s field.

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