Monday, September 14, 2009

En Route to Raleigh


I have had an Internet friend Beth Wicker, from Ganoksin for some years now, and driving up from Charleston to Raleigh meant that I would pass quite close to her house.
So a detour was definitely worth it to put a face to a friend, as it were.
It was great talking to her and seeing her studio. And meeting her cats and dog too.

This is Beth's house in Cheraw, a very quite farm-ish area of South Carolina. Sort of like Bronkhorstspruit, for my South African readers.

The following two pictures are also for the SA's.
Here in America, at least in SC, there are no walls around the properties.
Also, a lot of the houses are made of wood.
Some are brick but mostly wood.
But no fences, no walls, no barbed wire, often just this house in the middle of a lawn, like the one above.
Really weird. Like anybody can just walk up and look in your window.
Not like in South Africa, with 8 foot high concrete walls, topped with razor wire, electrified fences, motion detectors and flood lights.

This is a classic American country house. ( my opinion) Note, no fence.

The other day, Anne and I went to a good restaurant called S.N.O.B.S, in Charleston, which was recommended by Linda from the furniture shop next door to us in St.Maarten.
And excellent it was, too. And the meal came to $85. That with a glass of wine only, since a bottle cost around $50 plus.
So yesterday, we went to a supermarket called Pubix, no sorry, that's wrong, it's called Publix.
They got a food section, where there are super friendly staff that go out of their way to help you.
Not like in St. Maarten Grande Marche, were the staff regard you as an irritation standing in the way of a paycheck.
Anyway, I'm getting to the point.
Bear with me.
This packet above cost $10.
It consists of 8 pieces of chicken, that is, two wings, two tits, two legs and two thighs.
Basically a whole chicken, done in KFC style.
And six pieces of bread, and two side portions consisting of potato salad and a cheddar cheese salad. And not small portions either.
All for $10.
There is no way that Anne and I could eat all that in one shot.
In fact, it was enough for two days easy.
It certainly made nice sandwiches for the road.
So that works out to $2.50 per person per day per person.
Food in America can be expensive, like in a restaurant, but boy, it can also be really cheap.
And as a final note, this was not your Pretoria-West Porro take-away, my china.
This was VERY well prepared.

Lastly, another one of those 'to the point' signs so prevalent here.
And finally,
The American Medical Association has weighed in on the controversial US new health care plan. Allergists voted to scratch it while dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. Radiologists, he says, could see right through it and gastroenterologists had a sort of gut feeling
about it, while neurologists thought the administration had a lot of nerve.
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