White Lightning

“Her name was Astrid Jason,” said Colonel Bob. “She was old for her age and I was young for mine. That maturity gap sound familiar?”

Bernie laughed. Love human laughter – have I mentioned that already? – and Bernie’s is the best. “Suzie says that if men lived to a hundred and fifty or so they still might not catch up.”

Colonel Bob laughed, too. What was funny? Don’t ask me. “Astrid came from some pretty rough people, the white-lightning type. Her uncle was a buddy of Junior Johnson back in the day. But that’s not the point. The point is she wanted to see me in my brand-new uniform. And then she wanted to see me out of it.”


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48 Responses to “White Lightning”

  1. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:49 am on March 30th, 2010

    Whoo-eee!….Sounds like Colonel Bob had a good going over by that fast moving Astrid … snort!… before he was shipped out….wheeze!…I bet she never passed any napkin checks!… heh!

  2. Melanie
    6:39 am on March 30th, 2010

    Well, Chet should like Junior Johnson. He makes fried pork skins and country ham. He was NASCAR after he was a moonshine runner.

    Colonel Bob was probably lucky that he was leaving for deployment after he "met" Astrid.

    So Chet, enjoy the fried pork skins and keep listening!

    I bet C. Bob and Bernie would enjoy the moonshine. I had a shot once. Nearly burned my throat out.

  3. Sam
    6:50 am on March 30th, 2010

    Mom finally put my picture out on Friends of Chet. You can see how Princess-like I am.

    You should see me run – legs all blurry. When I run, I hold my head in a very determined way.

    This is why the whole family thinks I am like Princess.

  4. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:01 am on March 30th, 2010

    Sam-I-Am!…Have you been hitting the moonshine this early in the morning?…. snort!.

  5. Sam
    7:03 am on March 30th, 2010

    And Rio – guess what! Molly is teaching me to use the computer. Like how to order dog toys. We have to be careful Mom doesn't see.

  6. BStover
    8:24 am on March 30th, 2010

    I'm wondering what "white lightening types" are.

    Rio: I have many good writers in my classes. Since a lot of people have been laid off, I also have a number of non-traditional students….over 30. They are especially fun because they can bring life experiences to class discussions.

    Gus and PooBear: There are many things that I don't know and it's a lot of fun learning about some of them.

  7. Siberian Husky
    8:25 am on March 30th, 2010

    Suzie is very wise.

  8. Siberian Husky
    8:39 am on March 30th, 2010

    White lightening types are hillbillies that make and run moonshine going way back to the days of prohibition and up to now. There is a very famous country song from probably the late fifties called "White Lightening". "White lightening types" is probably a more politically correct word than hillbillies.

  9. Gus and BooBear
    8:40 am on March 30th, 2010

    But B.Stover, you've known so many of the facts and tidbits we've all posted about….it's easy to assume you know all the trivia tidbits.

    And we're sorry, Sam …. Still think Princess is a Pom. But we will check out your pic in "friends" to see.

  10. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:47 am on March 30th, 2010

    Hmmm!…. Sounds to me the “white-lightning types” are Moonshiners!… snort!….Maybe even Tennessee hillbillies…

    wheeze!…Ever see the movie “Deliverance”?… gasp!… I wonder if Colonel Bob was squealin’…. Heh.

  11. BStover
    8:50 am on March 30th, 2010

    Thank you SH. White Lightening as in fast? and moonshine made on the sly at night?….interesting. Doesn't it also make you wonder where we get the term "hillbillie"? The "hill" part is obvious but why "billie"? I'll stop now.

  12. BStover
    8:52 am on March 30th, 2010

    The movie Deliverance was scary as was the book it was based on.

  13. Siberian Husky
    9:31 am on March 30th, 2010

    Rio and BStover, The movie and book Deliverence was the extreme

    end of the backwoods hillbilly culture. The vast majority of hillbillies are harmless even if they did make and run moonshine.

    I get this stuff from mom. She grew up in Oklahoma and has known a few hillbilly types in her lifetime.

    It is actually more of a culture-you can be a white lightening type without ever having anything to do with moonshine. That's the way I imagine Astrid.

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  15. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:50 am on March 30th, 2010

    C. Bob!… Said “Astrid came from some pretty rough people..”….snort!… and then he referenced Junior Johnson…. Grunt!… which we know from Melanie used to run moonshine!… wheeze!… So I am imagining Astrid as a more extreme hillbillie…. Snort!

  16. Lexi
    10:30 am on March 30th, 2010

    You go Suzie! My mommy believes the same thing! I guess they are alike.

    Rio? Astrid-hillbilly? I see her more on the lines of a preppy girl….

  17. Debbie LM
    10:42 am on March 30th, 2010

    Well according to Wikipedia (dubious but always fun) the term hillbilly or hill-billie has its origins in Scotland – the origin of many rural mountain people in Appalachia. Billie referring to "bloke" or "Guy" so bloke of the hills. Learn so much interesting trivia in this blog!

  18. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:47 am on March 30th, 2010

    Lexi!… Preppy!… snort!… That flies in the face of everything Colonel Bob said about Astrid this morning…grump!

  19. Jasper the Poodle
    11:54 am on March 30th, 2010
  20. Lexi
    11:55 am on March 30th, 2010

    Rio! That's my point! The way CBob explains her, it's kind of preppy sounding to me. So I put 2 and 2 together and chazam!

  21. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:56 am on March 30th, 2010

    Sigh!… I wish Bernie would pull out the Bourbon…. Snort!… it’s been a long day so far… grump!

  22. B. Stover
    12:19 pm on March 30th, 2010

    To me "preppy" means college type and I don't think that is the same as white lightening type.

    DebbieLM: That's so interesting about "hillbillie." I remember reading that folks from the Appalachian Mts. spoke (perhaps speak) more like the English of Shakespeare's day and that many of the words and meanings are the same. Fascinating also. I know that when I traveled down south as a kid, it was sometimes hard to understand the spoken word…similar to the difficulty of understanding the Yorkshire dialect in England. But, then, I'm not good "hearing" spoken/foreign languages.

    I think Astrid sounds like a very interesting character. We need to wait and see what develops. Rio: I'm having a glass of Rhone.

  23. Mollypop
    12:20 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Lexi – Preppy and hillbillies don't go together. Sorry, they're almost opposite, at least where I live.

  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:42 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Jealous!… of the wine drinking going on…snort!… We here have watched “All Creatures Great and Small” so many times that the Yorkshire accent is pretty clear to us….wheeze!

    Hmmm!… Maybe that’s how Astrid attracted Colonel Bob!… snort!… He thought she was upper class because she was speaking with a Shakespearian accent!…heh!… See, anything can be figured out…gruff!

  25. B. Stover
    12:48 pm on March 30th, 2010

    I watched all the episodes of All Creatures (loved them) but none of the characters I remember spoke in a "board" Yorkshire accent….really really difficult….even more so then cockney with or without the rhymes.

  26. Mollypop
    12:57 pm on March 30th, 2010

    We watch All Creatures and Mom turns the sound up really loud. Sometimes I swear she just goes deaf.

    Mom is drinking something red, and said I should tell Rio that there are some adorable pug puppy pictures in the paper.

  27. dawson
    1:44 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Thanks Chet: You're really coming through with some good info. Astrid: A Scandinavian name that means divine strength.

    Sam: You are exactly how I imagined Princess.

    Rio: A puglet might amuse you…maybe even make you laugh…and could help take care of you in your old-age.

  28. Melanie
    2:01 pm on March 30th, 2010

    We're watching "All Creatures Great and Small" over Netflix on the computer. Pretty cool.

    James wouldn't have had the Dales accent seeing he was from Scotland. But Helen, Seigfred and Tristan, I thought, grew up there. Seigfred and Tristan went away to school, not sure about Helen.

    The farmers on the other hand have us turning to each other and saying "What did he or she say?"

    I went on Google Earth and looked at the Yorkshire Dales. Wow. Up and down, beautiful and very empty.

    Sam you are very cute, but I always saw Princess as having longer hair.

    But don't stamp your foot at me. I think you are a princess anyway.

  29. Sam
    2:06 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Melanie – I could have longer hair if my family didn't keep taking me to the groomer to have it cut off.

  30. Melanie
    2:27 pm on March 30th, 2010

    I understand Sam. A lot of the Pack have "kennel cuts" and not show cuts.

    The show cut, which is beautiful, collects a great deal of brambles, leaves and branches when they go for a walk in the woods.

  31. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:05 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Dawson!… Puglets are bad news!…snort!… I know, I used to be one….grunt!

    Wow!… Great idea about watching “All Creatures Great and Small” on Netflix!…snort!… My friend has been all upset because the old VCR died….grunt!… and ALL of the shows we own are on VCR tapes…sigh!… So now I’m sure we will be once again be watching All of the Episodes over and over again thru Netflix!…. wheeze!… In between Midsomer Murder Mysteries of course!…gruff!

  32. Siberian Husky
    3:19 pm on March 30th, 2010

    That explains it–Sam does have longer hair just like Princess, and she is a featherweight, just like Princess. I'm in agreement with Sam that she looks like Princess. I could pick up Sam and I am not as big as Chet. I have decided that I can't pick up Rio.

    Mom highly recommends the biography of James Herriot, written by his son, Jim Wight, after his death. It is probably out of print by now.

    ps: could you please not mention the word groomer any more than absolutely necessary..gag

  33. Debbie LM
    3:28 pm on March 30th, 2010

    We cheat and use the subtitles (closed captions) – makes the plot move along much better in All Creatures!

  34. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:31 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Siber-H!…. The only damn way I could travel with you or Wookie is on your back with a saddle!… snort!… Like in the Wild Wild West!…grunt!… Can I wear Spurs?…heh!

  35. Mollypop
    3:31 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Winston Churchill said that the U.S. and England are two countries separated by a common language.

  36. B. Stover
    3:32 pm on March 30th, 2010

    You can get Jim Wight's memoir of his father on amazon.com

    I love Midsomer Murders.

  37. Siberian Husky
    3:49 pm on March 30th, 2010

    I'm glad it is still in print. It has been ten years or so since it first came out.

    What is Midsomer Murders?

  38. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:26 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Siber-H!… Where have you been!?… snort!… Midsomer Murders is a British detective drama whose main character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Tom Barnaby!… grunt!… He solves numerous murders that take place in the English county of Midsomer…. Wheeze!… All this has been going on since 1997…. Gruff!… We are up to the 2007 episodes now.

  39. Sam
    4:27 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Siber-H – I won't mention that 'g' word, but the family is talking in hushed words about 'buzz cut' for the summer. Oh no! I'll have to run away.

  40. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:57 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Stover!…sniff… Are you an EastEnders fan?… snort!

  41. Siberian Husky
    4:57 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Thanks Rio. Mom would probably like it, she likes all that British stuff. How she has missed it, we don't know. There is talk of making a movie of the tv show "24". That bit of news was in the paper this morning. I thought of you when I read it.

    Oh dear Sam–tell your family you won't look like Princess anymore if they give you a buzz cut. Or, maybe we had better run away together. The weather is getting warmer and I know mom is thinking of a bath. Mom has got it all wrong. I'm not nearly as dirty as my dear friend, Molly, who rolled on a dead rabbit the other day. She was one stinky husky.

  42. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:59 pm on March 30th, 2010

    !… Now Siber-H and I are posting at the same time!…snort!

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:07 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Wha!?… Who in their right mind would want to watch a 24 hour long movie?… snort!… for Pete’s sake!…grunt!… Are humans really that greedy as to try and make a movie out of an amazing TV show?….wheeze!… I won’t go see it!… Hell!… I can’t stay awake that long!…snort!

  44. AbbietheKitty
    5:10 pm on March 30th, 2010

    ~I made my hubbie stop at the Paperback Exchange tonight and picked up a copy of the Tutor. I shall have to see if Rio is right and I love it. I always suspect him of taunting me.

    ~Sam you are way too cute. You are my idea of what Princess looks like.

    Wow, we are really getting the inside news from Chet now.

    ~"she was old for her age" To me that means she has 'been around the block' I didn't get preppy at all 'cause to me preppy means prep school and college. "White Lightning" to me means alcohol, hot rods and wild wild women. The fact that "she wanted to see me out of it" reinforces the wild woman idea for me.

    Interesting how we each bring our preconceived ideas to a few words and make it different for each of us.

    Alice and Abbie's staff

  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:32 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Snicker!.. Whatever AbbieTheKat!….No taunting!… sniff!…Just read the book!…heh!… You have only Stover and Me to blame if you don’t like it!!…. snort!… Oh and that Charming Mr. Abrahams….grunt!

  46. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:12 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Grrr!.. What the hell is the name of Alice’s Flood Video?… snort!… Do you think I can find that piece of crap out there?… Hell NO!…growl!… I am so stinkin’ mad right now…. Wheeze!… whatever!…Video page is very irritating to me right now….gggggggrrrrr!….gag!…spit!..

    Goodnight!. Big busy day tomorrow… blast!… Sucks to be me!…grunt!

  47. AbbietheKitty
    6:22 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Hey Rio

    Search for nad58016 on youtube. there is only one.

    Alice Johnson

  48. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on March 30th, 2010

    Heh!… All mine tonight!… Thanks Alice, will do!

    Good night all!..God Bless!..don't let the bed bugs bite!

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