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THE SLG HOUSE WARMING PARTY


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  • house lighting party Dec. 31st
    By : NANCY ROUWHORST On January 3rd 2019
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    Bummer ... missed it just saw this now. However received the email at 8:41 AM this morning. Am I unconscious ....? :) Happy NewYear !! ... would love to come. Let me know it the dates changes.

  • Special Sauce
    By : Cynthia Harris On December 30th 2018
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    5.0

    Well, see? That’s a sports statement worthy of print! You could voice that verbatim at the Piggly Wiggly, and your reputation as Southern Gentleman would be as shiny as any of them. And, oh yeah, of COURSE it would be the BBQ mastery. Silly me. But I’ll tell you a Southern Secret about that Special Sauce. I’ll bet that 99.9% of the BBQ Masters originally got their sauce recipe from their Grama, or their Mamma, and then maybe tweaked it a little bit. These things get passed around for generations and guarded jealously, and therefore very few of them actually originate with the SG who is doing the BBQ. I would say release your Celestial Fragrance Anointing peeps into the lab to hammer out an official SLG barbecue sauce recipe. Who knows – maybe soon you’ll have bottles of it next to the CDs for us to order as Christmas presents. I sure would. Especially if it had just a dash of cayenne…

  • Around in Circles
    By : Cynthia Harris On December 29th 2018
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    5.0

    I have to agree with you that watching people go around in circles, in sports or in life, is a dismal proposition. (BTW, “that redoubtable stronghold of gridiron excellence,” best line EVER). My husband solves the problem of team loyalty by always rooting for the underdog. I have observed a fair amount of Southern Ladyhood making pilgrimages to the Kentucky Derby, fancy hats in hand. I’ve never been, but I imagine that the circular frustration of the course would be offset by the charm of watching the synergy between horses and riders. THAT I could watch for hours, oblivious to who actually wins. So! Now tell us the third pillar! Perhaps it is something as simple as regular attendance at Waffle House or Bojangles?

    Replied by : Arthur Burk Waffle House. Sigh. Not even. But there is food involved. A Southern Gentleman needs to be able to serve a formidable BBQ, defined by his very own secret sauce. Now I have no fame anywhere for my BBQ skills and certainly have no secret sauce. I do understand that it is possible to acquire a fancy schmantzy tin pot to put on the back patio to convey the illusion of some level of competence, but the secret sauce is where I am stuck. I am pondering whether the Guardian of Southern Culture would buy off on my subbing the job out to one of my two peeps who have a celestial fragrance anointing. One in particular in quite inventive in her kitchen and could conceivably turn out an SLG sauce for the ages. But I just can't suss out whether that would invoke another encounter with the noun in the Steel Magnolia. That I don't care to risk. Once was enough. Therefore, I am considering the option of simply conceding the challenge and just being me. But then that is what invoked her wrath to begin with. Decisions, decisions. For now I will dodge the secret sauce question and observe that Clemson savagely spanked the Irish tonight and will be lining up across the chalk line next week with the national championship on the line -- presumably against Nick's nickel defense. Maybe I can get by with a tiger paw mouse pad instead of a flag out front.

  • Pondering Pillars
    By : Cynthia Harris On December 29th 2018
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    5.0

    Okay, I’ll bite. Cultural EVENTS. Hmmm. The first one I observe as a Pillar Cultural Event For Southern Men is Hunting. Deer hunting & Duck hunting. Preferably up in the mountains somewhere. Your level of manliness seems be assessed with how many days you can stick it out up there, and how many furry or feathered carcasses, oops, trophies, you bring back with you. Everything you shoot can engender a long hunting story with expected hyperbole, and guarantee party conversation for a whole season. If your wife can cook the stuff, it's more to brag about. Second for men would be the Sporting Event. It's IMPERATIVE to know what season it is, who's playing, and what team you're supposed to root for, depending on your location. If there's one conversation that will come up while waiting in line at the Piggly-Wiggly, it's how the Carolina Heels did this season. Memorizing specific coaches' names to drop into the convo also gets you lots of cultural points. For women, pillar events seem to relate to social niching - choosing your first monogram to inscribe on everything you own; learning to write handwritten thank you notes for EVERYTHING; attending requisite showers of all kinds, learning how to navigate social events to practice the art of polite southern female conversation. Southern women seem to do clubs: Book clubs, Garden clubs, Junior League, Swim clubs, Walking clubs. Church is often a cultural event more than a spiritual event, especially the Christmas Eve service, and the Easter service. Getting all dressed up & being seen coming out of the church at least twice a year is expected for much of southern culture, regardless of what they actually believe...... Well, did I get any of your pillars?

    Replied by : Arthur Burk First of all, she was talking about Southern Gentlemen, so I have nothing to say about the last half of your comment. And yes, being passionate about some sport was one of the three. And most pro sports don't count. Has to be Nascar or NCAA. Now Nascar is simply out for me. I respect the fact that millions of Southern Gentlemen hugely enjoy the pass time, but I just can't engage with something where people put out so much energy and money and all the get is back where they began. I spend my life fielding emails from people who are deeply vested in going around in circles endlessly, and they claim vast legitimacy from the prophet who put them on that race track, or the spiritual giants who drove around those circles before them, or the amount of time and money they have spent going in circles and they are just baffled that they can't get ahead when they go around in circles and have such great vision. And when I suggest they get off their race track and go somewhere else, they are horrified, offended and scandalized that I should display such callous irreverence for their golden calf -- I mean race track. So Nascar is out. Too many bruises from people in our Tribe who revere going around in circles even while they complain about forever starting over. That leaves collegiate sports, with all their scandals, egos and and endless legitimacy battles. I should, presumably, hang a tiger paw flag out my front door, since I am just up the freeway from that redoubtable stronghold of gridiron excellence, but I just haven't found the love yet. I will confess that my favorite team is whoever is playing against Nick Saban this weekend, which means I don't have much to cheer about most of the time. But the pressure is on to find some love and ramp up the personal ownership of at least a pigskin contest and possible March Madness as well. Sigh. Being a Southern Gentleman is challenging.

  • Two More Pillars
    By : Cynthia Harris On December 19th 2018
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    5.0

    Huh. Nimbly dodged. Well . . . if we shift the word from "cultural events" to "cultural values," I think the three pillars would be pretty clear. 1) Assuming that the Housewarming would have represented Southern Hospitality, I think you are still safe, given that both of the first two in-house events in SC opened with a party. Your incipient Southernism is good on that front. 2) Another pillar that is a hallmark of the Southern Gentleman would be Courtesy. This would probably actually be the first pillar. Courtesy is offered to all, most scrupulously to the weaker, the elderly, the infirm, those not as strong as oneself. My observation is that Courtesy is a hallmark of SLG, going back to the very earliest foundations of Plumbline. The offering of Dignity is the ultimate manifestation of Courtesy. So, no red-headed stepchild there. 3) The third pillar would be Family Heritage, or Legacy. In addition to Dignity, Legacy is one of the things in SLG we hear talked about the most. Again, a complete score on that front. Housewarming notwithstanding, you clearly meet all the standards necessary for adoption as a Southerner. Therefore, as a card-carrying born & bred Southerner, I hereby extend to you the honorary office of Southern Gentleman. May you inhabit it with your own peculiar grace.

    Replied by : Arthur Burk Ah, but it was cultural events . . .

  • Hanging question
    By : Cynthia Harris On December 19th 2018
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    5.0

    What are the other two pillars?

    Replied by : Arthur Burk You are a certified, card carrying Southern Woman (even though you skipped the cotillion). What do you think they are?

  • To Change A Light Bulb
    By : Cynthia Harris On December 19th 2018
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    5.0

    How many Contrarians does it take to change a light bulb? Three plus a Curmudgeon. One Contrarian to analyze the situation around the lightbulb socket, deduce why the change is necessary, and what deeper changes could lead to real transformation. One to delve into the history of the land beneath the light bulb, and bring it back into alignment. One gets dispatched to the laboratory to learn how to build a better light bulb. And a Curmudgeon to make acerbic comments that will keep them all laughing while they work.

  • Housewarming
    By : Bethany On December 19th 2018
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    5.0

    Just a thought but I think an accent wall of wood would look amazing in the space where I believe you are thinking of. Especially since it speaks to your love of carpentry and its a great way to reuse and recycle. Just looking at the space, I got all kinds of neat ideas :)

  • Southern Housewarming
    By : Gordon Haggerty On December 18th 2018
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    5.0

    What does a curmudgeon up in Seattle know about Southern housewarming tradition? Absolutely NOTHING! ...but I’m still rolling in laughter at the imagery of the struggle. Not something I could fit into any better than a tuxedo...but very entertaining to watch...from a safe distance. But in spite of all the jostling and awkwardness, I’m sensing that the outcome will have an elegant beauty, with the land itself feeling very warmed. Perhaps...if the studio lighting fund gets sufficiently satisfied, might the auctioneer drop his gavel and release the mysterious edits that Megan left on the cutting room floor? Here’s hoping.... Merry Christmas...and see you at the lighting. P.S. Still hoping to see you in the outdoor studio from time to time....

  • Kindred spirit
    By : Amy Dudley On December 18th 2018
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    5.0

    I would say contrarian fits. I like it.

  • Studio
    By : Chris On December 18th 2018
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    5.0

    Get that silly ear-hung Mic off your cheek and go with a true studio recording Mic with a dampening disc, on a real double braced mic stand. Run it through a portable 4 channel mixing board and for a few hundred dollars you'll have a powerful tool that you can dial in to pinpoint perfection in that setting.

    Replied by : Arthur Burk And be nailed to one spot? Hardly sounds like me.

  • House Lighting Parties - the New Southern Tradition
    By : Cynthia Harris On December 18th 2018
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    5.0

    The mental image of acolytes reverberating like entrained metronomes has so entranced me that I cannot move on, but sit, reading that bit over and over. Perhaps your role in your neck of Southerndom will be to begin a new trend of the HouseLighting party. I can see hostesses carefully cutting out little lightbulb-shaped petit fours, wreathing a tiered cake in strings of miniature Christmas tree lights, sending out cunning invitations shaped like candlesticks . . . the possibilities are endless. I'm quite sure it's that type of thing that was engaging your imagination over the Atlantic. No wonder you were overwhelmed.

    Replied by : Arthur Burk Utterly, irretrievable overwhelmed. Demons in fractal structures associated with synthetic time attached to an office that was grounded in an ungodly cornerstone facing north, I can handle with panache. Southern hospitality crushed me.