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Happy Hour

November 10, 2010


The Charleston area has been the subject of some fantastic press lately. Named one of the Best Places in the Southeast to Retire by The Wall Street Journal. Profiled in The New York Times “36 Hours In..” series. And, randomly, in Travel + Leisure’s List of America’s Most and Least Attractive Cities. (Sorry, Santa Fe, times are tough.)

Those of us who live here know the magic of this place. How it can leave even the most jaded souls gob-smacked and struggling for description. We don’t mind. It’s a rather nice problem to have.

With all that said, here’s the latest ad for the town of Mount Pleasant for the South Carolina Vacation Guide. Design by Mark Lawrence from Gil Shuler Graphic Design; copy by me.


It’s happy hour somewhere

March 26, 2010


Mom & Aunt Beth: Happy Hour circa 1978

It’s Spring in Charleston and that means:

1. Nearly nude co-eds sunbathing in Marion Square

2. King Street car accidents caused by male leering at aforementioned co-eds

3. Pollen: that thin veil of yellow dust guaranteed to make you sneeze, wheeze and lower your voice to Bea Arthur octave (I say that with love. I miss Bea.)

4. Outdoor Happy Hour!

I mention Happy Hour because I found the great photo of my Mom and Aunt Beth, above, enjoying a cocktail on our patio back in 1978. Doesn’t my Mom look positively, exuberantly, HAPPY? All from one unassuming gin and tonic.

And now that I think about it, I remember that for a while when I was young, when my Dad would come home from work, we kids were told to make ourselves scarce while the parents sat down for a cocktail (plus peanuts for my Dad) to relax, catch up on the day’s events and decide who was getting what punishment for which horrible thing that happened. Ah, the suburbs.

Anyway, it’s Friday. Happy cocktailing to you and yours.

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