South of the Border

 

This came up Sunday night at a cocktail party of my pickleball friends: A wealthy divorcee who has recently traveled around the globe on vacations was asked to describe one of the resorts she had visited and she said it was like South of the Border outside Dillon SC. As the host of this festivity, I was greatly offended. “South of the Border! That is where I went on my honeymoon and you come here into my house and mock me by denigrating South of the Border. Shame on you! Pedro will always be welcome here!”

Actually, my wife and I honeymooned in St. Augustine FL 55 years ago because we couldn’t afford Pedro’s resort.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
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    Those who refer to Paris as the City of Light have never beheld Hamer, South Carolina.

    It’s magic … magic, I tells ya!

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  2. E. Kent Golding Moderator
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    I guess you don’t have to understand a post, or the comments,  to enjoy it all.

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  3. Southern Pessimist Member
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    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    I guess you don’t have to understand a post, or the comments, to enjoy it all.

    If you ever traveled down I-95 through South Carolina, you knew that South of the Border was a tourist trap resort that worked very hard to attract customers. They had signs like the Burma Shave signs every 100 yards down the road and they made traveling fun. Which is a good thing.

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  4. GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms Reagan
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    Fill your trunk with Pedro’s junk,

    Chile today Hot tamale,

     

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  5. Blondie Thatcher
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    It is a shell of its former self. I’m glad we are all old enough to remember its hay day. There are still some good fireworks stores near there. 

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  6. Percival Thatcher
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    Southern Pessimist (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    I guess you don’t have to understand a post, or the comments, to enjoy it all.

    If you ever traveled down I-95 through South Carolina, you knew that South of the Border was a tourist trap resort that worked very hard to attract customers. They had signs like the Burma Shave signs every 100 yards down the road and they made traveling fun. Which is a good thing.

    I like South of the Border and similar places. Wall Drug, South Dakota. Little America, Wyoming. Iowa 80 (The World’s Largest Truck Stop).

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  7. James Lileks Contributor
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Southern Pessimist (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    I guess you don’t have to understand a post, or the comments, to enjoy it all.

    If you ever traveled down I-95 through South Carolina, you knew that South of the Border was a tourist trap resort that worked very hard to attract customers. They had signs like the Burma Shave signs every 100 yards down the road and they made traveling fun. Which is a good thing.

    I like South of the Border and similar places. Wall Drug, South Dakota. Little America, Wyoming. Iowa 80 (The World’s Largest Truck Stop).

    Wall Drug is a kitschy messy cluttered warren of junk and old robots, and I love it so very much.

    North west of the Cities there’s a tourist trap on Highway Ten, Treasure City. Kids still clamor to stop. Kids will always clamor to stop. 

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  8. The Reticulator Member
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Southern Pessimist (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    I guess you don’t have to understand a post, or the comments, to enjoy it all.

    If you ever traveled down I-95 through South Carolina, you knew that South of the Border was a tourist trap resort that worked very hard to attract customers. They had signs like the Burma Shave signs every 100 yards down the road and they made traveling fun. Which is a good thing.

    I like South of the Border and similar places. Wall Drug, South Dakota. Little America, Wyoming. Iowa 80 (The World’s Largest Truck Stop).

    Wall Drug is a kitschy messy cluttered warren of junk and old robots, and I love it so very much.

    North west of the Cities there’s a tourist trap on Highway Ten, Treasure City. Kids still clamor to stop. Kids will always clamor to stop.

    Interesting.  We always used to stop at the big gas station practically next door to the south, but I never paid any attention to Treasure City and had to look it up.   That gas station used to have the cheapest gas between the Twin Cities and Detroit Lakes and was very busy, but these days the pricing isn’t anything special.

    After my college days I sometimes used to wonder if that big gas station was the successor to a dingy one-pump station well off to the same side of the road where I used to stop on my way home from college in the 60s to buy gas for something less than 25 cents a gallon (but probably never less than 20 cents a gallon).   I never would have noticed the place even then if a college buddy with whom I once hitched a ride hadn’t pointed out that he always stopped there to get gas.  And I’m not absolutely sure that place was in Royalton, but if not it wasn’t too far away.  And what else could there have been that wasn’t too far away? 

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  9. Headedwest Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):
    I like South of the Border and similar places. Wall Drug, South Dakota. Little America, Wyoming. Iowa 80 (The World’s Largest Truck Stop).

    I think Buc-ees is a modern version of the “attraction on the side of the road”.

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  10. Percival Thatcher
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    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    I like South of the Border and similar places. Wall Drug, South Dakota. Little America, Wyoming. Iowa 80 (The World’s Largest Truck Stop).

    I think Buc-ees is a modern version of the “attraction on the side of the road”.

    We don’t have any Buc-ees around here. The Caseys General Store chain is as close as we get. Great pizza for a gas station. Actually, it’s great pizza for a pizza joint. It’s fantastic pizza for a gas station.

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  11. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    I like South of the Border and similar places. Wall Drug, South Dakota. Little America, Wyoming. Iowa 80 (The World’s Largest Truck Stop).

    I think Buc-ees is a modern version of the “attraction on the side of the road”.

    We don’t have any Buc-ees around here. The Caseys General Store chain is as close as we get. Great pizza for a gas station. Actually, it’s great pizza for a pizza joint. It’s fantastic pizza for a gas station.

    Pretty good doughnuts, too, as I recall.

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  12. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    I am also a fan of South of the Border.  I love it.

    I’m not sure why:

    The Run-Down Beauty of “South of the Border”

     

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  13. Stad Coolidge
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    We honeymooned in Charleston, SC.  We drove neutral observer’s car.  I remember when the AC died on I-26 just outside of Columbia.  It made the rest of the drive miserable!  She was sure the marriage was doomed (it’ll be 37 years this June) . . .

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  14. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    I am also a fan of South of the Border. I love it.

    I’m not sure why:

    The Run-Down Beauty of “South of the Border”

     

    Hah, you took a selfie of yourselves taking a selfie. 

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  15. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    I am also a fan of South of the Border. I love it.

    I’m not sure why:

    The Run-Down Beauty of “South of the Border”

     

    Hah, you took a selfie of yourselves taking a selfie.

    I’m so clever…

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  16. Red Herring Coolidge
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    I grew up just down the road from there. I stayed there once in 1980, at government expense. It was the one place that could hold our convoys of deuces and tows. My folks came over to see me and brought me a case of Blenheim Ginger Ale since I had a truck big enough to haul back that local novelty that I had been missing. No joke, when I was a kid the doctors recommended it for stomach bugs. It  still had real ginger. I don’t know if it still does but is seems to taste the same. Seeing South of the Border now reminds me I am growing old, too.

     

     

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  17. Miffed White Male Member
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    There’s a resort?  I thought it was just a big gas station/Wall Drug kind of thing.

     

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  18. Richard Easton Coolidge
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