No other place like West Virginia!

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  1. tinytim

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    WEST VIRGINIA:
    Because of our mountains, we have rivers. The oldest river in the Western Hemisphere, the New River (quite appropriately named, don't you think) ends in West Virginia. We have the Gauley River, which confluences with the New River in a magnificent cascade to form the Kanawha River, which in turn flows through the center of the State, and directly through the capital city of Charleston, the largest city in West Virginia. These rivers in addition to the Cheat, Blackwater, Tygart, Monongahela, Ohio and countless others offer tremendous recreational opportunities.


    The tallest building in Charleston is barely 25 floors tall!, which, if you think about it, is a plus; how could you possibly build a skyscraper more beautiful than a mountain?

    The capital city stretches throughout the long river valley encompassing both hill and dale.


    The Charleston airport, the largest in the State, sits on top of a mountain. The crime rate in Charleston, including the entire population of the Kanawha Valley (around 200,000), reflects that of the entire State, the lowest in America. No more than a handful of murders are committed each year.


    Charleston has no subway systems, but, truth be known, you can get from one end of town to the other, even in rush hour traffic, in less than ten minutes.


    There are three major interstate systems going through Charleston, the smallest city in America to make such a claim.


    The entire State has six different interstate systems, meaning, from Charleston, you can reach Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Louisville or Charlotte in four hours or less....Ah, but once you leave the interstates, the drive becomes a thing of wonder. Two lane roads, winding up and down the mountains, offer amazing views and historic places, small towns, poor in wealth but rich in history.


    West Virginia is the birthplace of Mother's Day, in Grafton; and Father's Day, in Fairmont.


    We have the oldest covered bridge still in use. We have walnut festivals, strawberry festivals, apple festivals, pumpkin festivals, and buckwheat festivals, and arts and crafts fairs and stern wheel regattas and ramp dinners.


    We have Bridge Day, on the New River Gorge Bridge over 800 feet above the New River; the only standing structure in the United States that, one day a year, allows parachuting and bungee jumping.


    We have college basketball, and minor league baseball and hockey, and, just like all of America, Friday night high school football.


    We have white water rafting, and skiing, and hiking, and caves and waterfalls, and camping in every direction. We have Sundays where a leisurely drive in the car can take eight hours, and only cover 100 miles.


    We have bed and breakfasts, and resorts, and golf courses, and museums, and the Greenbrier Hotel. West Virginia has more natural beauty and wonder than any person could ever imagine.


    We have all of this, and yet.... our greatest asset is our people. West Virginians are good people. We care about each other. We talk to our neighbors over the backyard fence. We grow tomatoes for the entire neighborhood. We turn around in each other's driveways, and yell 'howdy' when we do. We sit on the porch on warm summer evenings, listening to crickets, and watching kids catch fireflies.


    We loan a hammer, or a cup of sugar. We don't take two-hour lunches, but we do spend a few minutes each day with a cup of coffee, and our feet upon our desk, shooting the breeze.


    We rarely get in a hurry. We have relatives just down the street. We don't just loan someone a socket wrench, we help them fix their car. We share recipes, and gardening tips, and our last cup of coffee. We baby-sit each other's kids, we housesit each other's dogs while we're on vacation, and we loan each other our cars if we have to get to the drugstore. We ask each other if we need anyt hing as we're going to the market.
    ( we dont go to the market,We go to the store! lol)

    We celebrate each others accomplishments, and we cry over each other's disappointments.


    We are a friendly folk. We are West Virginians.

    Mountaineers are always free! Free to take the time to enjoy life, and hold each moment in our hearts, forever.
     
  2. annsni

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    Hey - You in need of an associate pastor? It sounds LOVELY!! :)
     
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    Come on down.. we will find something for you to do!

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    In the tradition of Kentuckians telling West Virginia jokes, West Virginians telling Tennessean jokes and, Tennesseans telling Kentucky Jokes....

    Bro your list forgot one great accomplishment...

    West Virginia also holds claim to inventing the tooth brush.










    Had it been invented anywhere else it would have been called a teeth brush. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    hahahahaha... NOT! It would have been toothsbrush....:laugh:
     
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    :rolleyes: Hillbillys... sheesh..


    :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    We have ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE football here in the Heart of Dixie!!!!!!

    We have ummmmm

    We have ummmmmm

    Lets see what else there is besides TIDE football

    Lets seeeeeee

    Ummmmmmmm

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    Nuff said :)
     
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    I have many relatives in WV and have loved WV all my life. I absolutely hate what the strip mines have done to the beautiful mountains there.
     
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    Three words for you: Upper Gauley River.

    Tim, if my back ever gets better, I'm there again. Best rafting there is.
     
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    Fort Ashby to Bluefield! Spent a week in Raysal (McDowell County) about 10 years ago (on purpose mind you). Folks we worked with had neither the pot nor the window but they did have a zeal for life.

    Our mission team was heading for this feller's house and we really didn't know how to get there. We stopped at the store in Raysal and asked how to get to Freddie's house.

    When you get to the third culvert y'all take a rat. When you get to the Jesus Bus y'all take a lay-eft. Freddie is at the first place up the mountain.
    There were no rodents at the third culvert so we just turn down the road that was there. There was a spot where the road split - one up the mountain on the rat and the other into the bottom. We hadn't seen the Jesus Bus yet so we headed for the bottom. In the embankment for the mountain road was a late 50's Plymouth mostly covered with stone. It was part of the roadway and it still had a tag on it. We found the Jesus Bus. It was an old school bus painted white. On the front was a WV license tag that read JESUS. I found that this was a popular accessory in Southern WV. The Jesus bus was parked in the creek because the traveling preacher couldn't make the turn up the mountain. The preacher lived on the rat side of the mountain. Freddie lived on the lay-eft.

    I learned that bottoms have water and hollers do not. Travel is measured in time not distance. Welsh is 40 minutes from Raysal regardless of the miles. The New River Bridge is really, really, really high. I had a slaw dog in Gauly Bridge- mustard on the bun, layer on chopped onion, add the dog, cover said dog in chili (venison preferred but Hormel otherwise) finish with a big spoonful of cole slaw - the drippy creamy KFC sort of slaw.
    One of the best features of West Virginia? Very few New Yorkers.
     
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    Love West Virginia.

    By the way, is WV considered in the South or the North?

    Cheers,

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    Depends...

    We are a very unique type... some north.. some south....

    I would say, south of I-64 would be more like Kentucky... (or like what Padre described)
    East of the Alleghenies (where I live) more like Virginia... slow, relaxed, southern thinking... food is even different here in this part of WV... I miss my slawdogs.. people around here use relish... YUK!
    Central and toward the Ohio River.. more of a northern influence... Think OH... or PA.

    By the Way.. know why we are called hillbillies?

    When the British saw us for the first time during the revolution.. we came out of the hills at them with whatever we had... often, clubs.... Billy clubs...

    We got that name because we were not afraid to stand for what was right, and fight for it. If there ever comes a time that terrorists overtake the US... WV will be the last free place to fall.. It comes from our Welsh-Irish.... (I have a lot of Irish in me) German bloodlines, and our undying pride! I was told that there was NOTHING I couldn't do if I put my mind to it... This type of thinking has permeated my family for generations...(My family has been in what is now WV since the early 1700s) and I am passing it on to my boys. We are tough, resilient, and never, never give up.
     
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    Tim I was taught that folk from West Virginia and eastern Kentucky (capitalization diff intended) were called 'HillBilly' from Civil War times. Kentucky didn't secede, and those crazy folk in western Virginia seceded from the secession forming West Virginia. Billy Yank and Johny Reb were nicknames for the North and the South..
    eastern Kentuckians and West Virginians were known as Hill-Billy's due to the area.


    You know its funny you brought up variance among the State, I've noticed the same about Kentucky. When I moved from Barbourville (south east corner) up to Brandenburg (near Louisville) it was more like moving to a different region of the Nation than moving within the state. Folk up here don't even know what 'soupbeans' are, they are convinced its some kinda wretched whitebean.. blekkkk!
    And most of 'em don't even keep their old cars in the yard (on blocks) to use for storage... Yankees sheesh.:laugh: :laugh:
     
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    When I was a kid growing up in Kentucky, we'd line up at the river and throw hand grenades at the WVians. Those mean ole WV boys would catch the grenades, pull out the pins, and toss them back over the river to us.:laugh:
     
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    Once you pull that pin and release te grenade you only jabe 4 seconds to get rid of it. Are you saying the WV's are fast?

    I heard a story about the WC girls. They go out on a date and before they can say they are not that type of girl they are,,,Now, that is slow!

    Cheers,

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    Beautiful pictures there Tim. No beaches though -- that's a problem for me.
     
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    I feel better now, I had heard all the hill people were cousins, first cousins etc... and all descendants of a guy named Billy... :laugh: :wavey:
     

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