Appalachia Overheard


“I told them I didn’t think I needed it, but she just kept on till I agreed they could bring it. I figured they just wanted to make a showing.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia


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    Ed Ammons
    March 11, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Sounds like a vacuum cleaner salesman is on the way!
    I went to a campground like place that was selling timeshares and offered a free grill if you would just come and look around and listen to the spiel. I warned the man who met us I wasn’t going to buy anything and only wanted the grill. So, we spent a couple of hours looking around and listening to all the details of how a timeshare works. How we could trade for time at the beach etc. and all we had to pay was for the timeshare and a low monthly maintenance fee. And on and on! After all that he looked at us and asked “What do you think?”.
    My wife said she loved it and tried to convince me to buy in. I looked at her and said loud enough for him to hear “I told you and I told him before this all started. I am only here for the grill!” Then I looked at him (by then he looked like a pickled beet) and said “Can I have my grill now? It’s getting dark and we need to be heading home.”
    He was gone for what seemed like an hour before he returned and without a word handed me a little campstove, shoebox sized grill (nothing like the one pictured in the ad). I was polite and thanked him for the gift and reminded him that if he had only listened to me in the beginning he could have saved himself 3 hours and the $3.00 he paid for the grill.
    I didn’t even open the grill. We used it as a gift at a Chinese Christmas game my wife’s family does at Christmas.
    So, If you try to sell me something and I tell you I ain’t buying, I ain’t buying! I have no problem accepting the free gift though!

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    Ken Roper
    March 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Last night as I went home, I stopped by the Post Office and there was the “New Birth CD, Shepherd of my Soul.” I been listening to it for the past hour or so, and I noticed you have it in your ITSY Store, just below Chitter’s stuff.
    I may have to change my mind about my favorites now, cause “Shepherd of My Soul” really hits the spot. I was there when some of those songs were made, like at the Blairsville Courthouse where Paul poured out his heart singing “Until Then.” Thank you and all the family for setting an example for everyone.

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    b. Ruth
    March 11, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Now figuring out this “overheard quote” could open “a different can of worms”!
    Were the folks that “wanting to make a showing” really sincere in what they insisting on doing…or as the person questioning the fact that she “didn’t think she needed it”, think they were trying to pat themselves on the back and show off in front of others. All this for something she really didn’t want or need in the first place…You know some folks won’t take NO for the answer!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Joe Mode
    March 11, 2016 at 10:22 am

    We hired a gal at a local lumber company to answer the phones. One day the phone rang and she answered it. I overheard her say, “I don’t know what it is you’re talking about, but we ain’t got it.” I said, “Ginger, what do they want?” and she said, “I don’t know, but I told them we ain’t got any.”
    Needless to say, Ginger didn’t last too long.

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    March 11, 2016 at 8:18 am

    hoooo – – this used to happen every family gathering (which, by the by, have been held at our house 95% of the time). I’d plan and prepare, then at the last minute folks who said they didn’t have time to host the family started saying “don’t you want me to bring. . .?” or some such thing or possibly just show up with something. End result – too much food – too many leftovers (I like ’em but got tired of finishing Christmas leftovers around Easter!) They all always arrived late and in a dither because of all the work they’d done because “I” wanted them too. I finally announced that I loved having everyone here but I’d fix the main dish and that was all. If they wanted to bring something – wonderful – . If they were too busy to do so – don’t worry about it – I’d pull something from the freezer or the pantry as needed. (Hear the grumbling: “But this is supposed to be a party. Everything is supposed to be fresh and festive!”) End result: folks still find a reason to be in a flurry about something and to complain that things weren’t well planned; but, at least I haven’t done a lot of wasted preparation. – And – folks still get to “make a showing”. – And, better yet, leftovers only last until Presidents’ Day. 😉

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    Ron Stephens
    March 11, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Much of that sounds so familiar; ‘needed it’ and ‘kept on’ and ‘make a showing’. Ends up being about the message behind the words. Wish I was a lot more gifted at hearing those.
    In particular, I’ve heard ‘kept on’ all my life as being about somebody who was not wise enough to leave well enough alone and just had to keep agitating it until things went bad. A very similar idea was ‘picking at’ mostly about hurt places the kids wouldn’t leave alone to let them heal.
    Enjoy the early spring while we have it…..

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    Miss Cindy
    March 11, 2016 at 7:22 am

    OMG, that statement makes no sense at all and I understand it completely!

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