I grew up in a small, dusty hamlet in southeastern Illinois. I tend not to mention the name, because most people readily admit they have no idea where it is, and that’s perfectly fine. Other folks chew on their bottom lip, and think they might have heard of it, driven through it, or know someone who might have heard of it or driven through it at some unspecified time in the past.
Let me assure you, few people have ever driven through it. As for hearing about it? While possible, its not entirely likely – I gravitate towards telling people that its “middlin’ between Bone Gap and Blood” – of course Bone Gap has 272 residents, and the town of Blood is long gone, a mere relic of old timey maps.
But, hey, the devil’s in those pesky little details, I say.
The houses aren’t those charming Victorians you see in reruns of The Andy Griffith Show – most of them are old, small, and habitually square with an old hound sleeping on the porch.
For most of my youth, the big event was The Chowder and Homecoming.
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