Happy President’s Day!
I grew up and lived most of my life in the South and Midwest, where President’s Day isn’t really celebrated. I mean — the banks close, and there’s no mail…but businesses stay open, and school kids never reap any benefit from the big day.
Now that I live in the Northeast — where President’s Day gets more attention — I find that I haven’t figured out exactly how to ‘get into it.’
I’m just sad there’s no mail.
In fact, when I think of President’s Day, Kansas City cartoonist Bill Whitehead comes to mind. We worked together during my days at Hallmark Cards.
No one did a butt joke better than Bill. One of my favorite cartoons of Bill’s was “The Other Side of Mount Rushmore”…which featured the presidents bending over, their butts prominently displayed.
Bill still pens a cartoon called “Free Range” that you can enjoy online. Here’s today’s entry which is, appropriately enough, President’s Day-themed.
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The South is often stereotyped as being a bit backwards — deservedly so, I’ll admit.
So when there is a glimmer of forward thinking taking place there, I feel like I have to shine a big ol’ light on it.
In this case, an environmentally-responsible one.
Cracker Barrel, a chain of homestyle restaurants known for their yummy, artery-hardening Southern-style cooking, country stores, and rockers on the front porch, are adding electric car charging stations to 24 of their 50 restaurants in April.
The program is part of a $230-million EV project to provide infrastructure and encourage a market for electric cars. The stations, which require about 30 minutes to complete a charge, send a cellphone signal to owners when their car is ready. So diners can enjoy another biscuit until their Chevy Volt is amp’ed.
The CEO of Cracker Barrel said he didn’t initially expect a lot of traffic at the stations, but he wanted to offer “a bit of future with their old-fashioned cooking.”
He’s right to wonder. Are people environmentally-conscious enough to buy a hybrid or electric car going to want to eat at a Cracker Barrel? Are the two things just too inherently different to co-exist? I for one hope the electric car owners are willing to meet Cracker Barrel halfway.
Because it’s GOOD.
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Looking for the perfect 4th of July family holiday destination?
This one’s a GAS.
Only in the South — land of my birth — would folks erect a museum dedicated to beans. That’s right. Bush Brothers & Co., the baked bean guys, are opening a museum and visitors’ center this weekend in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, at the site of the company’s original general store.
Granted, the television commercials for Bush’s Baked Beans — you know, the ones featuring Jay Bush and his sneaky yet lovable dog Duke — are pretty funny. That alone may spark some curiosity about the place.
But the museum doesn’t sound like it has as much of a sense of humor about beans as Jay and his dog do. The attractions sound fairly standard — a theater showing the TV ads; a display of the original canning tools; a kiosk where you can put yourself in a photo with Duke; and a giant replica of a bean’s journey from field to can.
That’s it? A bean museum that doesn’t poke even a little fun at itself? No innuendo — implied or overt — about the bean and its relationship to the more, well, smelly aspects of our person? Heck, they could have at the very least had Beano sponsor the visitors’ center.
Let’s face it, the movie studios have made several small fortunes laughing at pee, poop and farts. I hate to see the first bean museum lose out due to good manners.
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I’ve said it before — I’m no foodie.
Many of my friends bemoan the fact. Here I am, living in New York City, a bazillion wonderful restaurants literally steps from my apartment, and I go out to eat rather infrequently.
I’m an embarrassment to my ‘hood, no doubt.
But send me back to the South for no more than 24 hours, and every Facebook post I make…is about food. Not the delicacies you would find at the five-star restaurants lining the streets of Manhattan.
I wax poetic about the Southern-style veggies served for lunch at Cracker Barrel. (Sweet potato casserole — I mean, come on!)
Shed a tear at how much bacon they put on a breakfast platter at the airport diner. (Nine strips. That’s just wrong, but oh, so right.)
Smile nostalgically when asked if I’d like “sweet or un-sweet tea.” (I always choose un-sweet and add my own Sweet ‘n’ Low, but you know you’re in the South when you hear those words.)
I guess you can take the girl out of Fancy Farm, and tempt her with ‘fancy foods,’ but I’ll always have more simple tastes.
Or, as my friend Denny Keller would say…
“You’re so simple.”
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