Anyone from Charleston out there?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
*****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.