You might be interested in taking a look at McClanahan's previous book, Crapalachia: A Biography of Place.
Thanks for the clarification.
Truckers didn't go to those extremes when I was your age. I guess the pressures today are different.
Anyway, excellent article, but one question:
We say that Appalachia is in the South, but isn't it distinctly different from the rest of the South. Look at Kentucky and West Virginia the core of Appalachia; even though they have a racist history, they still refused to join the Confederacy. They're not the same Southerners.
Did the author address that ?
Sorry, didn't mean to go over your head with that one, LWC.
Truck stops used to sell these powerful little ephedrine pills at the register that would help long haul drivers stay awake during overnight drives, so they became known as "trucker speed" or "cross tops" (for the cross that would be embossed on the top of the pill). Back when I worked in restaurants, guys who worked the line would pop a couple to make it through a double. A few years ago, the crackdown on ephedrine forced those manufacturers to change their formulas for the stuff known as "trucker speed." Now, the pills that you'll find at the counter of truck stops are basically just caffeine.
As for your other question, most of my off time is spent drinking coffee and reading books. I'm pretty sure that my bosses are aware of what a nerd I am.
Your drug-of-choice references are a little too hip for the room. We don't know what "trucker speed" is, nor "cross-topped ephedrine".
Do Debbie and/or Sharry know what you're doing in your off time ?
"The Beatles had the same percentage of filller"
Not even close, dude. Do not make me break this down for you in an Excel spreadsheet complete with line graphs and pivot tables.
Haha - should have just let the benign observation sit there...I had to provoke him.
Ringo hit the drums. Charlie Watts plays the drums. The Beatles had the same percentage of filller, just less time, and they couldn't keep it up. The worst singer in the Stones is definitely Keef. Just dig my third favorite Stones tune "Happy." It's horrible! I love it!
Ringo hit the drums twice as hard as Charlie Watt. The Beatles also didn't have entire decades worth of filler, and knew when to hang it up. Lastly, the worst singer in the Beatles played drums. The worst singer in the Stones was the frontman.
the Rolling Stones has Balls
Ain't never heard a no Johnny ORANGE-seed have ya?
Daan-dah daduhdaaa...dadadanana...Daan-daah daduhdaaa...dadadanana....
Apples and oranges. Still, this seems like a good read.
both were great bands but when it comes time to choose a pandora station, i'll take Creedence or Zeppelin.
I haven't read the book yet but I will. Here's my definitive take on the debate: http://jakepollard3.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/beatles-vs-stones/
That thugs-gentlemen commentary says more about Sean O'Mahony's class prejudices than anything else. The Beatles were working class blokes, the Stones from middle class families.
Stones...all the way.
I still remember hearing "Satisfaction" as a yout and realizing that rock n roll would take my soul.
"The Beatles were thugs who were put across as nice blokes, and the Rolling Stones were gentlemen who were made into thugs ... "
I get no emotion from the Beatles. The Stones have swagger and groove.
We all live the lives we choose. If one chooses to sell drugs for a living, it's a pretty safe bet that person will end up doing time, regardless of those snitches.
"CL, please don't let boys write about strong, smart women."
It is true that men have figured out nothing about women.
But "pussy" used as a put down is a valid term that has zero to do with"sexualizing women."
You lost me at using the term "pussies" as a derogatory term. Dude, she IS a pussy...and that's a good thing. CL, please don't let boys write about strong, smart women. They can't seem to get past sexualizing women, while dissing them in some way out of the other side of their mouth.
Vox - they all have/had their biases, even MacNeil Lehrer.
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