Charleston's Good Morning Lowcountry column has filled the top half of Page 2B in The Post and Courier every day since its inception in 2000. GMLc celebrates life in a particular place (the South Carolina Lowcountry) with a particular voice and a particular perspective: That the world is a fascinating place, but not until after we've had our coffee.
I am just back ... after suffering through the stomach flu that has been going around. I had a mild to moderate case, which was wretched. I heard (from my doctor) that the extreme cases have been more awful. Missed the bloggers meetup. Did watch the Academy Awards in a sick stupor. They were, how shall I say this?, boring, boring, boring. Moved at a glacial pace. Gave up and went to bed to read the following shocking articles in Vanity Fair. Well, not so shocking considering the history of this war, but still...
Hello buckaroos. I've been out of commission for a couple of days with a stomach thing. Not a tainted peanut butter thing, but a stomach ACHE. Thanks to ... somebody here... for the Wednesday and Thursday GMLc assists. Speaking of tainted peanut butter, I know at least 2 people who had bad jars of that Peter Pan and have heard a few stories of people in the Lowcountry getting sick from it.
Things are moving fast. The Charleston Food + Wine Festival is next weekend, same weekend as the launch of the Spirit of South Carolina. Mardi Gras was Tuesday and it blew by me in a whoosh. Lent has begun. I give up nothing. I'm the aunt of two new nephews, one born Feb. 4 in Greenville during halftime of the Super Bowl and the other born early this a.m. (George Washington's birthday) in Savannah. Missed Hillary. Missed McCain. Missed the the Blues Bash entirely (except for shared time with Gary Erwin on Michael Feldman's "Whad'Ya Know?" show). For great Blues Bash coverage and pix, we refer you to Chuckography.
Today's GMLc is at the (noisy) mothership. My favorite story ANYWHERE this a.m. is the on Chinglish. It's about the English signs going up in Beijing in preparation for the 2008 summer Olympics.
"...Llike this warning about a hazardous walkway:
“Take Care of Your Slip.” And this one near a lush lawn: “Show Mercy to
the Slender Grass.”
Or: "THE MORE CARE YOU GIVE, THE MORE GLORY THE PALACE MUSEUM WILL HAVE." Handicapped bathrooms are marked "Deformed Man."
A Singapore blogger has been documenting Chinglish signs, which he considers pure poetry. His site, he writes, "displays Chinglish beauties, the wonderful results of an English
dictionary meeting Chinese grammar. This is about passion not mockery."
My favorite on his site -- a sign in the subway: "After first under on, do riding with civility."
We are having a meeting here at The P&C Friday to meet and welcome blogger and supermom Heather Solos. Heather, as most Lowcountry bloggers know, is doing our Lowcountry Blogs roundups on a freelance basis and we are so grateful to her for her fun, informative samplings every day.
Today's GMLc, a photo show we'll call "That's What We Like About The South," is at the mothership although you cannot see the pix there. When the new charleston.net debuts, that will change.
Felicity's Diamond Jim, an English springer spaniel known as James,
wins the Sporting Group category at the 131st Annual Westminster Kennel
Club show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
I had a great time on "Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?" live from Gaillard Auditorium on Saturday! Listen to it here if you want to. It's divided into segments. Feldman is so very sharp and witty and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with him. Plus... great house band featuring Clyde Stubblefield, formerly with James Brown. Feldman seems to like shrimp... A LOT. Frank Lee, executive chef of Slightly North of Broad; Gary Erwin, aka Shrimp City Slim, and his band; and Mark Jones, author of the "Wicked Charleston" books, were the other Lowcountry guests. Backstage, Frank cooked shrimp creole over Carolina Gold rice with sausage and okra -- yum. The audience of 1,800 was gracious and welcoming and much fun.
Below... Michael Feldman, musician Gary Erwin, Chef Frank Lee, and author Mark Jones.
These cool Air Force pictures show jets unloading anti-missile countermeasures, i.e. flare that distract heat-seeking missiles. After flares are deployed, they create a "smoke angel" that looks like the picture below.