“You don’t skimp on socks, underwear, good liquor, or bananas.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    May 19, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Bananas are a waste of money. Once you skin ’em and throw the bone away you ain’t got a thing.

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    Wanda Devers
    May 16, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Well, I am bad about skimping on most of this stuff!! Not on bananas though so we always have banana bread.

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    May 16, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Or BANANAS?? That made me laugh for some reason!

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    Jeff Loflin
    May 16, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Any Loflins in Appalachia, I grew up in Welcome North Carolina. Just curious to see if any of my people came from Appalachia.

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    May 16, 2020 at 11:36 am

    My wife buys my socks and underwear. There’s only one store I won’t buy bananas from no matter the price. I try to eat 1-2 every day and save the peelings for the garden. Banana peels make tomatoes less acidic.

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    Hank Skewis
    May 16, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Banjos neither! Nor creeks or love or singing (probably more I could think of).

    Thanks for the daily dose!

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    Ken Roper
    May 16, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I had a friend, Dale Tindell from Fort Myers, Fla. He had 4 girls, I know the youngest, Susie, who lives pretty close to me. She is the same age as my oldest girl, Lauralea, and they went to school together. They never hit it off because Laura had other friends.

    Dale had a CB handle, the Florida Golpher and he CB’d with a bunch of us folks. His Dad had lots of land and they one time farmed in Cuba. When Castro took over, they seized 42 John Deer tractors and they just got away by the skin of their teeth.

    When I turned 40, Joy, (his wife) called me on the phone and said , ” Lordy, Lordy, Ken’s 40. ” Golpher had passed out on the couch, he drank alot, but he got Saved while in the hospital back Home. I know his girls were glad. …Ken

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    Sue McIntyre
    May 16, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Nothing purtier than frost on kudzu. LOL Throughout high school, I worked had worked hard for my grades, as a result, I was on the honor roll since my freshman year. I was blessed with an English teacher from England. He challenged me in ways (at the time) I could not appreciate. I made a -3 on an oral report. He replied he had taken 3 points off an otherwise perfect grade for misprounciation of a word. Then he replied if I could find the word “git” in the American dictionary, he would change my grade to 100. Still looking. LOL

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    May 16, 2020 at 8:48 am

    I do not skimp on 3 out of 4. Cheap liquor and good liquor would all taste the same to me.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 16, 2020 at 8:42 am

    I don’t wear underwear, I don’t drink liquor and I don’t eat bananas. I do wear socks, sometimes.

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    May 16, 2020 at 8:34 am

    And a good cup of coffee.

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    Ron Stephens
    May 16, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Surprising that bananas should be on the list. I do not know the whole story but I think historically bananas are more of a Deep South thing. I think it had to do with distributing by ship and train and they didn’t get too far north? But then nanner puddin is a staple at dinner on the grounds at least up through Kentucky.

    If I were making such a list, I think mine would have to include boots, pocketknives and anything wooden. Get the real wood and not the pressed sawdust.

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    aw griff
    May 16, 2020 at 7:55 am

    To me that sounds like a strange combination to run short on,
    One of the things we don’t skimp on is peanuts that are supposed to be good for your brain. Can’t tell that they help one bit.

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    gayle larson
    May 16, 2020 at 7:27 am

    I agree with Miss Cindy. Very , very discerning.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 16, 2020 at 6:22 am

    Obviously a person of discerning taste!

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