February 22, 2003

South Carolina

South Carolina - "The Palmetto State"

RJT: "South Carolina is more militant that the US as a whole, beginning with Francis Marion who held Cornwallis off long enough to give Washington a chance to take him out and culminating as the leader of the 1860s secessionist movement. We have our share of Bubbas and educational woes but I defy you to find a state where the citizens are more willing to serve their country or more generous in responding to national disasters."

Demosthenes: "RJT - I'll add to good things about South Carolina that you also have some of the nicest people in the country. And, you have Charleston. If I got started on the good things there, I wouldn't be able to stop. I'd love to live there."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 11:42 AM

Don't forget Parris Island and it's sand fleas. Go there a boy, leave there a man. Seminary to a very special religion.

Posted by: Peter on February 22, 2003 04:57 PM

Birthplace of Seargent Jasper, too!

Posted by: Acidman on February 23, 2003 10:59 AM

Palmettos. They look like something that came in from outer space.

Posted by: Matt McIrvin on February 24, 2003 08:45 PM

Things to like?

Items of a more basic nature such as: Mustard-based bar-b-q sauce. And instead of Brunswick stew with the bbq, some hash (no, not that kind, legalization advocates) on rice instead? She-crab soup. Benne wafers. Blenheim's ginger ale. Carolina Gold rice. Chicken bog from the Pee Dee region. Yummy.

Inspiring historical SC items conveying a Revolutionary message: The crescent "Liberty" flag, and the "Don't Tread on Me" flag of the South Carolina Navy (yes, the state navy) of the First American War of Independence.

And finally, a stroll atop the seawall across the street from The Battery (White Point Gardens) in Charleston, looking out on the harbor and Fort Sumter . . .

Posted by: Dan Walker on February 28, 2003 05:26 PM

Born in Charleston, raised in Columbia. I might complain a lot about the humidity and such, but I really do love it. Especially the mustard based bbq sauce and hash. Yum!

Other things to love in Columbia, SC: The Green Hole, Sydney Park, and the Columbia Inferno! Yes! We have our own ECHL hockey team now! Wooo!

I'll shut up now. ;-)

Posted by: Jamie on March 4, 2003 05:32 AM

Everybody talks about Charleston, but to my mind Columbia is the jewel of the state. Somehow it has managed for years to be "big enough" without getting unlivable like Atlanta & Charlotte. Of course the locals tend not to realize this -- the city has an awful inferiority complex, but after living in the Augusta area for several years, I know an inferior medium sized city when I see one, and Columbia ain't it!

Posted by: A Sandlapper on March 8, 2003 01:47 AM

The best public library in the United States is in Columbia, SC.


Posted by: Spencer on March 8, 2003 07:15 AM

Don't forget the contribution to pop culture, or rather the keeping alive of '50s and '60s R&B, in the form of "beach music," and dancing "the shag" . . . here's to Myrtle Beach!

Posted by: Dan on March 9, 2003 05:22 PM

40 Acre Rock, Edisto Beach, the Chattooga River, peach blossoms, dogwood, and azaleas, and oh yes, the BBQ. Gators in a swamp, ospreys over rivers. Almost makes up for Hootie.

Posted by: Dave-o-rama on March 11, 2003 02:41 PM