Yes, receiving!Hope all's ok with you.
Everybody is fit and working maam. Thank you. I have been less perturbed than I am right now...I have to admit.
Glad you're all fit and well. But I've been thinking of you each time I see a news article about the flag...
Well thank you maam. The word genocide has been thrown around. They're trying to ban the flag from CSA graves on fed prop. Almost all those sites are down here. Soon will have nothing but monuments of invaders. This blog has always been about The South as it has me. Y'all have always been great but I'm not much in the mood to share anymore. Again nothing to do with y'all, and certainly not you, but the submissive nature of the act. I'm just not going to put my world on display for anybody's approval anymore. I jerked the website last night but that seemed silly without saying something. It's not like y'all have done anything. The vitriol that's been unleashed because of one un affiliated gunman has been eye opening. I know how to get hold of y'all and you all know where I am. I'm not disappearing. I just don't think I can do this anymore.
I'm sorry. It's painful to see history get rewritten as an alternative to addressing the present, and it's painful to see that re-writing hit you so close to home.
I appreciate that. I don't want to be too dramatic I just really don't feel like sharing this stuff. There's no joy in it for me right now. The biggest issue right now is trying to pass on an identity to my son in the midst of an assault.
Oh shit, that's what I'm thinking... oh shit, Erik. So sorry you feel that way, but I do understand.I must tell you: If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have understood any of it; I had no concept or appreciation of any of the things you taught me, because I didn't know anyone like you, nor anyone from the South, and I had no personal reason to delve deeper. You opened my eyes, you made me question things I may have previously (wrongly) assumed or accepted, you're the reason why any news item about the flag now makes me stop, think and feel in a way I never could have done before.Thank you... thanks for the most genuine and unpretentious and thought-provoking education about the South that I could have had. I can't help but feel that it's a truly sad irony that all the aforementioned vitriol that has been unleashed should make you feel you can't carry on with the blog... when it is exactly due to this blog that I have had my eyes fully opened to the injustice of all that vitriol you mention.Please stay in touch, I think of you often!
That means a great deal to me C really. That's what I wanted for this blog. My attitude is not good right now though. I've always tried to maintain an open exchange here and in my daily life but things don't work that way in the US. I'm in a very nasty mood and I doubt I could keep it off of here. Again I don't want to be overly dramatic. There's just no fun in talking about jukes and songs right now...singing and shuffling. Maybe it'll pass...maybe in another form. Even if I shut this thing down forever you know I'll be in touch with you. I'm not disappearing though. This is turning embarrassing and I didn't mean for it to.
The golfer Bubba Watson apparently now owns the General Lee the Dukes of Hazard car and is proposing to paint over the flag on it's roofhttp://insider.foxnews.com/2015/07/08/museum-wants-buy-dukes-hazzard-car-bubba-watson-preserve-confederate-flag-designBe sad to see you go Erik - think you should hang on in thereDon't be a stranger
It's sad but there are people I've admired like Bubba who are folding because they don't want to deal with. Basically they are verifying every heinous thing that's being said about our kin by doing so. The pressure is ridiculous. People like bubba just want to get along they aren't thinking about the narrative that's being presented if as one congressman said the confederacy was about genocide. How can you let any of it stand? My six year old has a better understanding of what history is than most of these people. Son do you know what history is?"It's what people TELL YOU about the past."You know how to get hold of me big man.
Sorry you're stopping Erik. I'll miss those completely incomprehensible posts about American Football. And the talk of snakes. And the bans for not liking your music.
Surely I'll be back in some kind of form by the time football season starts again. Until then yer banned.
One of C's replies nails it. I too have learned so much about the South from what I've read here. Surely if you shut down, the people you rail so eloquently against get to carve another notch into their bedposts?
Thanks Swede. I really appreciate that. Maybe just a break then. I don't want to be on here every other day telling somebody to f*** off or worse...and that's where my head is right now...and I feel like a drama queen for saying anything but, I'm in a foul mood dude.
Try not to stay away from us for too long. You can't let the idiots win. Love your blog, Erik and thanks for your wisdom and the fun I've had here.
Thanks Bear. I'm afraid they have won a victory here...a historical victory. Every flag that's taken down or painted over is confirmation of this slanderous nonsense. They have done to whole The Confederacy what they did Nathan Bedford Forest. It's disgusting and I'm just disgusted right now...all I've got is bile. Who'd want to read that?I don't know talking with y'all puts me in a different space though
What everyone else said goes for me too, Erik. I can’t tell you how much fun and enlightenment I’ve got from your marvellous blogs. How are we supposed to survive without the road-trips, the reminiscences, those brilliantly evocative photos, your occasionally splenetic outbursts, news of what your boy's been doing, the music, the video chats and the incomprehensible college football stuff??? I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read and how much music I’ve listened to over the last few years as a result of reading Flimsy Cups and Low Cotton: there’ll always be a little corner of West London that is forever the Deep South.Fingers crossed your mood lightens and you return to us refreshed and raring to go before too long. Given you’ve already produced the two most compelling personal blogs I’ve ever read, I’m already dying to see what you come up with next time.Y’all take care, y’hear?
I'm honoured to occupy that space. I might like to physically occupy a space over there at some point. Me and a friend joked about joining the Confederados in South America. See...I've just had to delete about three paragraphs of this response. When I do come back and after talking with y'all it may be sooner rather than later...my name cannot be anywhere on this thing.I'm honoured to know you Scott, and all of you, and I am not disappearing...but we just need a reset here. If I'm to continue I need a place where I can truly speak freely.Y'all take care
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Hey chickadee. Long time no hear. It's been a while since I stalked your blog and I'm sorry you decided to leave (hopefully only for a while) because I really enjoyed reading it - it was something unique for me.Anyhoo, I thought of you as I eventually got my blog back into a vague running order - I've missed your incredible insight!Take care,Nancy http://www.whathaveidonethistime.com/