Appalachia Overheard



“Look at them two going there. Between me you and the gate post I’d say they’re working out some serious issues. By the time that little errand is over I’d say they’ll have fixed some of the problems around here.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    Ed Ammons
    March 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Snowed on me this morning mixed with rain. Snowed on me this evening mixed with wind. Had to get gas. One hand on the nozzle and the other hanging onto the truck bed. Big dabs of snow smacking me in the face. Wind taking my breath away. Calendar says it’s Spring. Calendar lies.

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    March 25, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Tipper, Truman and I were on our way this morning to Springfield, Mo. and I spied a sign saying, Spring where are you? We were supposed to get some snow and it must have changed it’s mind and blew to Brasstown.The strong winds would uncurl my permed hair. It was 32 this morning and has slowly crept up to 39.The sunshine looks warm, but fibs it is cold.

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    Ken Roper
    March 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Watchin’ snow melt is a lot more fun
    than watchin’ paint dry. I had 1 1/2″
    this morning, but the intermittent Sun
    melted most away by dinnertime…Ken

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    March 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Ah, and didn’t my own sainted mother say that? And isn’t it always the gate-post that lets the secret out, for neither you nor I would do so?

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    Ron Banks
    March 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

    We always said between me, you and the fence post. What’s funny is people saying between me and you to a bunch of different people. Kind of defeats the purpose huh?

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    March 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Ah! They may not be fixing problems, but there may be a bit of collusion happening and they may be up to a bit of mischief. Good luck!

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    March 25, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I still use that expression. I always thought it just gave a humorous kick to an otherwise serious comment. Example–Between me and you and the gatepost, that child is as mean as a striped snake.

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    Don Casada
    March 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

    When they get done, please have that pair get ahold of me. There’s a bunch errands that need doing.

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    Roy Pipes
    March 25, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I have heard it all my life. Between you and me and the gate post…
    I think it means this will go no further.

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    Mae Q Ponder
    March 25, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Before anyone questions my logic, I do realize that there are two piece gates with two hinge posts and the latch in the middle.

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    b. Ruth
    March 25, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Spellin’ corrections approved by the author!…where did call come from on my keyboard…supposed to be cold!

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    Mae Q Ponder
    March 25, 2014 at 7:33 am

    OK, here is my quandary. Which gate post are you confiding in anyway? Any proper gate has two posts. One on the hinge side and one on the latch side. Can you tell one and the udden not hear?

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    b. Ruth
    March 25, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Sometimes between two people that care about each other, it takes some serious walkin’, squalkin’ and talkin’ to iron out a problem!
    Is it snowin’ in Brasstown?
    Call as an ice cube here and the wind is supposed to get up today along with a real drop in the tempurature tonight…
    I just know’d I’d have to get my broom to Ole Man Winter before he left outta’ here!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 25, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Yes, hear going(s)on used all the time. It really is a perfect phrase to exactly describe what is happening.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 25, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I love it! Don’t we all like to attribute some outcome to occurrences we see and sometimes, some of them we know absolutely nothing about.

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