Anyone from Charleston out there?

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Anyone from Charleston out there?

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lokakuu 14, 2006, 11:07am

Hi Everyone,

My name is Lynn, and I was just wondering if anyone was from Charleston?

I, as you can tell, live in Charleston. I am a complete book junkie.

Laterz :-)

lokakuu 14, 2006, 1:55pm

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toukokuu 17, 2007, 8:15am

I was from Charleston (OK Dunbar) until last year. I was a Workers' Comp employee. Thanks to Governor Joe, I now work for the feds on an Indian Reservation in Minnesota. Am I bitter?
Actually I have to say it was a great move for me. I do miss Taylor Books. I used to freelance for the Gazettes blog doing band reviews. I also miss Ron Sowells open mic night where I did stand up. I thought I was going to make it in for Vandalia Days, but they moved my divorce hearing to June 13th so... can't really make two trips.
Oh, and I miss Star Bucks and Wendy's. And having a really big library. (Ours has about 12 books) OK that might be an slight miscount.
I don't miss my old job, I don't miss interstate traffic, or the Charleston users fee. I missed TransAllegheny also, I worked in that building when it was S. Spencer Moores. I heard there is a TransAllegheny in Parkersburg.

toukokuu 17, 2007, 9:03am

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toukokuu 17, 2007, 9:35am

They have one at the Town Center and one at Thomas Hospital in South Charleston. Not sure where else.
The Res is a very poor, very sad place. My patients are very stoic about it. Most of them are diabetics who have lost body parts, and their diabetes is escalated by their alcoholism. The younger generation have lots of drug issues, violence is so bad that I can't even take a walk near the hospital at lunch - it is too near the track (bad neighborhood). If you know what Indian time is, I will tell you it is largely true, and unemployment is pretty much the norm.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is very common. Anyone over 50 is an elder because there aren't all that many people over 50 here, due to all the problems.
So can you believe I love it here? Once you get to know people they are very nice, with a dry sense of humor. I was invited to a Healing Ceremony which was quite touching. They are always willing to share what they have, as little as it may be. Many of the older people are constanly working to improve the lives of the children through education and improved tribal programs.
There are less than 1,000 people here (about 860 I heard) and many of them are related as you can imagine. Sort of like any holler in WV or KY, just on a slightly larger scale. They like to tease me and ask me if I am married to a cousin, but I always reassure them that I am not this time - only the first two times.

lokakuu 10, 2009, 10:02pm

TransAllegheny was a terrible loss for Charleston. There's a pretty decent used bookstore on the East End now, but it just can't live up to TA.

lokakuu 18, 2009, 10:54pm

Just moved to Parkersburg about a month and a half ago. Yes, there is a Trans-Allegheny Books here. It is about a half mile from where I live.

lokakuu 29, 2009, 12:48pm

In the days when there was Greyhound bus service through Salem to Parkersburg/Marietta, I recall the bus stop in, I think, Marietta, was at a very good bookstore, but I do not recall the name.

joulukuu 3, 2011, 12:48am

This is quite an old thread, but I'm from Charleston (and actually live IN Charleston). :)

joulukuu 3, 2011, 1:15pm

Hi Meredith, and welcome to LT. You've had time to get aclimated here, I think. My daughter and her family live just north of the West End, so I'm nominally in Charleston fairly frequently.

joulukuu 3, 2011, 9:26pm

Nice to meet you!

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 4, 2016, 9:31am

Just had to tell you about an antique store in downtown Charleston with a dang good book inventory.

Stray Dog Antiques is at 219 Hale Street. There are books mixed in with all of the displays on three levels, and none of it is junk. Though I'm trying not to increase my library, there were three items I could not resist. The proprietor, Gail, is willing to haggle price, and she is a dear. She has invited me back to explore a basement full of books.

I met the stray dog, too. A lovely English Bull Terrier named Pete.

I had Gail read the first page of Dumb-Bell of Brookfield, and she clasped it to her chest and was torn, wanting to keep it for herself.

Also picked up a hardback collection of Victorian photography and a wonderful old pristine copy of Anatole France's The Revolt of the Angels.

I'll be adding Stray Dogs as a venue here on LT.

helmikuu 9, 2017, 5:46pm

02/09: I step out of the post office.........hesitating on the top step as I enter the snow globe world of Charleston, grey clouds shield the afternoon sun from the cold breeze, glistening white icy orbs encircle me as the February air beckons me across the street. Across Lee Street and down Hale Street I go, a copy of Thomas Mann packed in the black/white Vera Bradley on my shoulder. Left-over brown leaves from the past autumn season, twirl & dance beckoning me forward, guiding me on as does the smoky frostiness of my breath as I breathe. Slowly, ever so slightly the trinkets of "Stray Dog Antiques" displayed in the front window came into the peripheral vision of my right eye which is smeared with the blackness of mascara from the icy winter wind.........I quickly switch my gaze, knowing this week the budget is too tight. Frank Sinatra on my I Phone, I lift my face upwards, thinking how spoiled I am at this moment, I catch an icy orb on my cheek and a frigid, abrupt breeze, blows my hairdo-pony tail, into a wild moving trestle. I trek on to the Kanawha County Library, my favorite hangout***

*****the continuation of this writing would be another short story, so I end it now ********

Thanks for the invite to the WV literary world.................a fine tribute to all who read, read, and then read a little more.

maaliskuu 26, 2020, 12:18pm

My name is Nor. Live in the Big Chimney area, 5 miles from Charleston. Ditto on book junkie.

maaliskuu 27, 2020, 8:32pm

Hi Nor! It sure sounds echo-y in this corner of LibraryThing, eh? I continue to hope things pick up here. What is your favorite flavor of book? I collect pre-1950 fiction, but I find myself reading mostly fantasy nowadays.