Fun Facts about North Carolina!

1) North Carolina geography includes the Appalachian Mountains, which is home to Appalachian State University, which has made the single best recruitment video ever in the history of higher education.

2) North Carolina is home to minor league baseball team, the Ashville Tourists. How awesome is it that the visiting fans get to scream "bunch of fucking tourists" at the home team?

3) North Carolina towns includes Frying Pan Landing, Sandy Mush, Lizard Lick, Whynot, and Climax.

4)The state blue berry is the blueberry. There was stiff competition in the category.

5)Famous North Carolinians include Soupy Sales, Clay Aiken and Gallagher. Famous racist North Carolinians include Jesse Helms.

6)Since every state should honor its own man-eating vegetation, the official carnivorous plant of North Carolins is the Venus Flytrap.

7) There is an exit off rte 40 E called Jones Sausage Road. I know because I passed it this morning.

8)North Carolina is where I'll be spending the next week, on a gorgeous beach, recovering from the past three weeks of work-induced madness in L.A. I will be with Nate, with Thalia, and with twenty (20) members of Nate's family. These family members include his dad who I will meet for the first time, and who refers to Thalia as Althea.

Yes, we are staying in a separate hotel.

Yes, any interesting details will follow.


edited to add: In the spirit of full disclosure, I had originally referred to Senator Helms as both dead and racist when, indeed, he is only racist. In my vacation-compromised head I had created one crazy amalgam of Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond who are more or less the same person anyway. Mea culpa.


Blogger Kristi said...

Well, have a great time! I imagine we'll have lots to read about upon your return.

6/3/06, 8:09 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

whoa... not only did I learn more about N.C. then I ever thought possible, I suddenly craved jimmi deans for the first time in years.

Have an interesting visit!

6/3/06, 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you're on one of the islands on the outer banks. Lovely this time of year.

Further, I praise you for vacationing with relatives.

As for place names in the south, behold:

Toad Suck, Arkansas; and

Knob Lick, Missouri.


6/3/06, 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm.... I think we passed Jones Sausage Road this morning too.... I'll have to send you an e-mail and maybe if things get too crazy with our respective family members we can arrange on a good locale to sneak away to and meet. ;-)

6/3/06, 8:25 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Minnesota also has a town named Climax, but I don't think anyone who lives there actually does.

And Althea lives over at maniacaldays.blogspot.com

Enjoy your vacation with the in-laws.

6/3/06, 8:46 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Well, enjoy the sun, and try not to strangle dad-in-law if you can.
My older daughter has a name that is easily confused with another, very similar name, and it takes all my philosophy not to shake people soundly when they pick the wrong pronunciation.

6/3/06, 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds great. Hooray for beaches. Double hooray from hotels...

Althea. That's pretty funny.

6/3/06, 9:43 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

NC also has a town called Horneytown. And Nags Head, which also makes me laugh because I am immature.

6/3/06, 10:19 PM  
Blogger Perstephone said...

Have a great time- you certainly deserve the break!

6/3/06, 11:01 PM  
Blogger yoo hoo said...

...don't forget to pack your husbands bucket...er helmet! You might need the protection.

6/3/06, 11:15 PM  
Blogger mamatulip said...

I want to live in a town called Climax.

6/3/06, 11:40 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

oh, dear god. lucky you!

I enjoyed the fun facts; now give us the dirt, baby.

and good luck.

6/3/06, 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully no drama will ensue. Isn't there usually drama with in-law type situations.

Enjoy your time off!

6/4/06, 12:22 AM  
Blogger j.sterling said...

i totally want to visit north carolina.. the coast of it.. and wilmington.. take lots of pics, k?

6/4/06, 1:51 AM  
Blogger carrie said...

Thanks for the mini-lesson on North Carolina!

Have a great time at the beach building sandcastles with "Althea"!

6/4/06, 4:09 AM  
Blogger Arwen said...

I almost bought a house in Sandy Mush, it is just north od Asheville. The tourists games have Thirsty Thursdays! $1 beers! How sweet is that? I love NC, I move here form Boston and don't really want to change.

6/4/06, 10:01 AM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

There's a town called Climax, and you're going to some old beach?!?! If there were an reason to believe that a town coul ive up to its name, I'd head there...

Better be a good beach.

(Jealous I am, that's all. Have a great time!)

6/4/06, 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! mama you deserve a vacation. have fun I can wait to hear the fun details. :)

6/4/06, 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHAHA You had me at the USA video! I know that they provide the words so we can all sing along!!!! HAHAHA!

6/4/06, 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that my dear State o' Maine had the blueberry market cornered? Who knew?

Have a great week and remember, the in-laws will be a whole continent away again after this week. Hang in there and keep smiling!

6/4/06, 1:02 PM  
Blogger Pollyanna said...

have fun. Can't wait to hear all your stories, cuz you know there will be stories...

6/4/06, 2:02 PM  
Blogger MrsEvilGenius said...

Oh you poor thing.

If things get crazy grab 'althea' and your laptop and drive in a southwesterly direction. I'm down here in South Carolina in a town called, comfortingly: Prosperity.


6/4/06, 2:35 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

hot hot hot, hot hot hot - why did you allow me to get that song stuck in my head? ahhhhhhh!!!! Know I have Bump Daddy singing it too...

6/4/06, 2:57 PM  
Blogger MamaChristy said...

That video was AWESOMELY BAD! I hope they got a student or alumni to sing that song. I can't imagine that any paid vocalist could have made it through that without laughing in less than 50 takes.

Have a good vacation!

6/4/06, 3:11 PM  
Blogger BabyonBored said...

I can't wait to here how it goes. And I can't believe you were here in L.A.

My parents I think purposely mispronounced my daughter's name for months. Is Elby really that difficult. Do you have to keep "accidentally" calling her Elvy?

6/4/06, 4:46 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

There used to be a place here in Ohio called Pee Pee Creek (they changed the name a few years back). And in Kentucky, there is a park named Big Beaver Lick. I kid you not.

I'd say I'm jealous of you, but I'll be down in NC in just 2 short weeks! Have fun!

6/4/06, 8:49 PM  
Blogger MrsFortune said...

Climax is also a town in Michigan! Along with Sprinkle Road, which is an exit off of I-94. Woo hoo.

A "vacation" with 20 of Nate's family members? Assuming you make it out alive, I can't wait to hear the details.

6/4/06, 10:09 PM  
Blogger Sharon L. Holland said...

My North Carolinian father-in-law called me by the wrong name for years. It must be a state thing.

Enjoy the beaches. I hope you like Barbecue. It's a religion in NC.

6/4/06, 10:58 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hope its a great trip. Hope all goes well.

6/4/06, 11:38 PM  
Blogger Lumpyheadsmom said...

I met Jesse Helms once. To my horror, he was likeable. Really. I hate all he stood for and everything about the man, yet he was charming.


I feel so dirty.

6/5/06, 1:36 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Good luck. I look forward to the full report.

6/5/06, 3:06 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

AHHH HHAAAA HAAAAA HAAAA! My worst nightmare.

But I'm sure you will have a great time. Enjoy the beach - I'm jealous. The only trip in my future is to somewhere really flat. And land-locked.

6/5/06, 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

North Carolina is the greatest !

(I hail from the mountains of NC) LOL I'm jealous because I won't get home to visit this year.

Have a wonderful time !!!

6/5/06, 9:43 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

HEY!! ALTHEA IS MY DAUGHTER"S NAME!!! TO which most of Mike's family calls her Allie since they can't seem to promounce it correctly...cause it's SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hard. Remember take deep breaths and smile. Good luck gettin through a week on vacation(??) with 20 or so relatives. =\

6/5/06, 9:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

NC also has an Air Force Base called "Seymour Johnson". I know b/c in college, a friend of mine walked into a gas station to ask for directions. She walked up (it was 3 am!) and said "How do we get to Seymour Johnson!?". (((Say it aloud....its hysterical!!!))

6/5/06, 9:54 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Well, at the very least "Althea" could be a palindrome of Thalia - if you spelled it "Althia."

My FIL doesn't know either of my kids' names, as he has never met them and likely nevel will. So I know there must be some story behind "Althea."

Have a good? time?

6/5/06, 10:16 AM  
Blogger Erin M said...

Oh the beaches of N.C. i love em! Spent many a summer waist high in the surf of the Outer Banks. I hope things are peacful and relaxing

6/5/06, 10:42 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Your timing is impeccable. We leave on Saturday for the Outer Banks, arriving on Sunday. I'll be looking for Jones Sausage Road. And I'll take a picture if I can.

We're also going with 11 other members of the Hubby's family. We're staying all together in a beach house. God help us.

6/5/06, 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A Town Called Climax" sounds like a much better song name than "A Town Called Malice". Really now, given the choice, would you rather live in Malice...or Climax?

Never been to NC. Bunch of fucking tourists there.

6/5/06, 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I don't think Jesse Helms is dead.

6/5/06, 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's wonderful that you and Nate and little Althea are getting to take a much-deserved beach vacation. Have a great time!

6/5/06, 10:23 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Ha, anon! Thank you! Indeed you're right and the apology is added above.

6/5/06, 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops...that was me, not "Anonymous." Not that it matters.

6/6/06, 7:21 AM  
Blogger Mahlers On Safari said...

My favorite NC road is, Squrriel Level Road... which you pass just when you get off 95 for 85. It always makes me laugh to think of what the traffice might look like there :)

6/9/06, 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/22/07, 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm from and live in North Carolina and didn't know as much as you do! (ha ha)..thanks for the info...

2/6/07, 10:04 AM  

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