Saturday, April 18, 2009

I've Been Everywhere, Man. . .



We've had another busy week here in "Nash"ville: school and kids and dogs and mud and husbands and airports and "Fiddler on the Roof"(highschool-style) and papier mache and deadlines and watching 9 minutes of Susan Boyle at least 2 million times. Whew, I've barely had time to breathe!


But I did manage to do a little blog-patrol recently and this post by Pam reminded me of my days living in Tennessee. One of my favorite places to drive through visit there is called Bucksnort. (Unless one blinks and misses it!) No joke, Bucksnort! I'd love to live in Bucksnort, TN--wouldn't that be a hoot on your mail! Another favorite town from "my old stompin' ground" is called Bell Buckle, Tennessee. It sounds like a city from a 60's sitcom. I've also been to Paris (there's no Eiffel tower in this one), Pigeon Forge (appropriately named -- eeeew), LaVergne (there's no city named "Shirley" anywhere nearby), Eagleville (a place to soar), Mt. Juliet (never saw Romeo while I was there, not even once.) And once in highschool we got lost on a roadtrip to a football game -- our caravan ended up in a town called South Pittsburg! Thankfully, we weren't that lost--it's also a town in Tennessee. As is Cleveland, Charleston, Athens, Dayton, Monterrey, Sparta, Troy, Carthage, and Lebanon. You can be a world traveler and never even leave the state!


And there are other fun places I've visited in Tennessee as well. I like Cookeville and Crossville and sweet, sweet little Maryville. Other names are more unique. As if living in this world isn't hard enough, imagine growing up in a town called Defeated--it's where my grandfather was born. Oh, the humiliation the local Little League team must suffer! And then there's Hohenwald, Tennessee. If you say it quickly, it sounds like, "Hole-in-the-wall."

Not that Tennessee has a lock on interesting names. Here in Georgia, we also have some doozies. Apparently many of the founding fathers had food on the brain--there's Coffee County, Bacon County, Baker County, Cook County, and Bibb County. We have places with low self-esteem like Butts County (no comment---they've probably heard it all) as well as Quitman County.

Georgia is the location of towns such as Po Biddy Crossroads, Jay Bird Springs (I'm guessing that clothes may be an option here), Trickum Hills (not to be confused with "Treatum Hills"), Flea Hills (pass the itch meds), and even one called Destitute Acres, Georgia, which is probably the next stop on the train from Defeated, Tennessee or Quitman County, Georgia.

15 comments:

Pam said...

Oh, Cathy- you know a LOT about my corner of the world. Don and I lived in Mt. Juliet for 3 years before we moved to Hickman County (that was 20 years ago!). We are VERY familiar with Bucksnort and lots of similar places just around the corner! Would you believe, we were in Hohenwald this afternoon? Grandson played a soccar game there!
I really enjoyed your post!
Blessings-
Pam

The Stylish House said...

Cathy,
I saw your blog name Tadpoles and Teacups at the Graphics Fairy, and was intrigued so came for a visit! Great site.
~Cathy~

Designs By CK said...

Popping in for a quick hello!

Have a great upcoming week.

Chris (-:

Artfulife said...

You are too funny! When driving through Oregon, & California on my way to Nevada we saw some funny names for towns. My favorite had to do with the town of Weed. I joked how Mary Jane lived there with her dog Juana. Probably not funny to most but we got a good giggle out of it. Hope you have fun on the rest of your visit.

kaniki's said...

OMG- Cathy- you make me laugh so much!! I just love your wit and humor!! The only one I can think of to add to this- is PoDunk... Not really sure if it's a town or not- but sounds hilarious!!

Blessings To You!!

Niki
Kaniki's Prims & Whims....

Amy said...

This was a fun post!!! I have driven through a couple of those places! We ate in Cleveland Tenn and my husband joked about the tower being nowhere in eye shot in Paris!
Thanks for the fun with this read.
Amy

Suzanne said...

I visited some of those towns of which you mention when I was in TN last summer visiting Lana...very pretty state, with very interesting town names! :)

My hubby's HS choir is performing a medley of Fiddler on the Roof songs....must be that time of the year!

Jann said...

Loved the post, and all the interesting info about the town names! What a riot! Thanks again for a good laugh, Cathy!

Frivolitea said...

Just discovered your blog - and added it to my favorites. Your work is wonderful! I'll be back.

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Ahh! This was so fun to read, my mother was born in a town called SoSo in Mississippi. Nearby is a twown called Hot Coffee! Love your blog....

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

SoSo!! That's awesome! And Hot Coffee, Mississippi is even more fun than Bucksnort!

twinklescrapbooks said...

This is my fave Johnny Cash song and when I am sad I play the Susan Boyle clip. I love her!
tina :)

Carolee said...

TOO funny!! I live in Lancaster County PA, where you'll find towns like Intercourse and Blue Ball, Bareville and Bird-in-Hand....

Although to be fair, we also have Churchtown and Goodville. :)

~ Carolee

Susie Q said...

I love reading this today! I so enjoy the names of towns and how they got them!

Love,
Sue

tipper said...

Makes you wonder-who named the places!