“I went out there and told him what happened. He said he was glad I was alright and then we went to the house.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    aw griff
    August 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    What I overheard while talking to a friend today. He was talking about a fellow he knew that had all his marbles but had lost his tall.

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      Earl Cagle
      August 5, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Misunderstood. The gentleman was referring to his “taw”, the marble you shoot with. It was generally a little larger than a regular marble and often had tiny chips out of it from. Some folk would use a ball bearing “steely” which, being heavier would stay in the ring for additional shots. Maybe, Tipper will post the “Marbles” article from “Reflections on Mountain Heritage”.

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    August 3, 2019 at 11:56 am

    There’s a saying on the job if someone falls ” well if I’d been there I might could’ve caught you on the 2nd bounce but not the first”.

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    Ed Ammons
    August 3, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Home is where you stand and look at the pitcher then wave the bat at the ball as it flies by. “to the house” is where you go when it’s too dark to play.
    Thomas Wolfe said “You Can’t Go Home Again”. Maybe so, but by golly you can “go to the house”.

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    Ron Stephens
    August 3, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Well, whoever and whatever I’m glad they are alright to. Those stories about what happened are usually not very happy when you have to tell somebody else. And my Dad would say, “You can go home when you can’t go anywhere else.”

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