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A maroon-colored, zig zag-patterned, printed polyester bedspread spread across a sunken, spongy, full-sized mattress. A brown up- holstered chair with snot-green striping, carbon-dated circa 1960 or earlier. Pictures bolted to the wall. No phone. The motel room measures ten by ten, with an adjacent alcove about four feet deep and a folding door that leads to... the bathroom. Resting on the desk: an ashtray and Bible. Resting *above* the desk: a wall- mounted, fourteen-inch, presumably color television. The front door is protected by both a locking deadbolt and a framed copy of Psalm 29. The room is cooled by a window unit mounted three feet above the floor, in a hole cut in the exterior wall. Late-night noise and seeping cigarette smoke are provided at no extra charge. This is where I awoke on Sunday morning, the second day after my 35th birthday, at the $40/night "Martha Anne Inn" on Highway 17, somewhere between Wilmington and Jacksonville, N.C. No, no hook- ers were involved. Driving back to Wilmington and subsequently Southport, my travel companion and I noted the following amusing, Very Southern (VS) street names. I reprint them here for *your* enjoyment: o Cornelius Harnett Rd. o Olde Towne Wynd Dr. o Dosher Cut-Off Rd. o Nashville East Rd. o Jabbertown Road o Big Bear Hollow o Coon Hunter Rd. o Big Buck Trail o Horneplace Dr. o Swartville Rd. o Gladiolus Rd. o Mellaney Ln. o Crofters Ct. o Crowatan Rd. o Jel Wade Dr. o Lord Street (near God Lane?) o W. West St. o Arlene Rd. o J.R.'s Ln. o Rabon Way o Kerr Ave. (pronounced "Car," of course) o Rhett St. o Short St. (it was!) o Chair Rd. Plus one memorable sign for o 25 Hr. Wrecker Service Copyright 2000 by Michael J. Legeros
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