The Lazy Goat, High Cotton, Weinermobile and Woodpecker Lips: A Report From The Greenville Meet-up
A big Bravo Zulu to The Other Diane and her beautiful family for hosting the meet-up in Greenville last night. We had a great turnout at the very elegant Lazy Goat. I was the only local, all the others having traveled out of the hills, and from beyond. Caroline endured a long I-85 traffic jam from GA to reach us. Our celebrity guest was none other than contributor Dave Carter, who left his rig idling on the interstate long enough to tell some lies (well, I really mean “stories”).
We solved the debt crisis by the end of the main course: seafood paella, and hand-tossed pizza baked on the stone (yum!). Dave suddenly asked “you don’t mind if I record the conversation? … it might be good material for a pod-cast”. We all looked worried, since his Droid phone had apparently been recording for some time, Pelosi jokes and all. Two of us at the table are Esquires, and after a careful review of the fine print, we reluctantly gave our consent, in reliance upon the mercy of the Podcast Editors. We moved on to less stressful topics, like desert and the heavenly Baklava Sundae.
Later, I found myself in High Cotton for a second round with Dave, Matt Gilley, Casey Taylor and his lovely bride. Tales abounded of great ingestion adventures in far-away places -- Whiskey with Cobra Venom Sacks (Casey), and Live Octopus (Dave). “It is a delicacy”… sure, if you say so. What do the locals say as to why they ingest such things?
“It make you STRONG!”
Casey and Dave have now firmly established their “manly-man bona fides”.
The best line of the evening was from Casey, who recent sat through a weighty aptitude test, in furtherance of his career. A very difficult aptitude test. How hard was it Casey?
“As hard as Woodpecker Lips!”
[edit: I should add that Casey reportedly blew the top off such test. It was clear after only a few minutes of conversation that Casey is no slacker in the gray matter department.]
After another drink, a serious conversation broke out, relating to Louisiana wetlands preservation. Wise conservatives conserve resources, acting as good stewards, using but not wasting. Environmentalists meddle, preserving, while denying reasonable use of resources. The lines are fine, and hairs are carefully split.
Finally, Mrs. Taylor spotted outside our window, and pointed out for my enjoyment, two groups of young women passing by, obviously bachelorette parties. Following directly behind [I kid you not] was that 70’s icon, the Weinermobile. Dave started to panic, fearing a corresponding appearance of a certain former NY congressman; but after a complete search, the panic abated, and calm was restored.
It was a great evening. You are all welcome in Greenville anytime, here in the heart of the Tea-Party Nation.
P.S. Many of you may not be familiar with Greenville, SC. Bear with me for a moment for a Chamber of Commerce message: Greenville is a beautiful small city, situated in the Carolina piedmont, only a few minutes drive to the Southern Appalachians, and only a couple of hours more to Charleston and the coast. We are shaking off the old textile roots, and have developed a high-tech group of industries in Automotive, advanced materials, aviation, and healthcare. Our Downtown is a sterling example of urban redevelopment using public/private partnerships. We have a vibrant streetscape and nightlife, first rate performing arts center, active theatre scene, and one of the best minor league ball parks anywhere. Come see us!!