Friday, January 2, 2009

2009: Heading to South Carolina

Welcome to 2009…surely it can’t be as unnerving as 2008…right?

On Sunday, I’m heading off to teach for a month as the visiting writer at Converse College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and I’m thinking it will take me a while to get settled and figure out the internet etc., so I’m pre-posting a few quick items to show up in the early part of the week. But I hope to be up to full speed ASAP.

I taught for a month in Spartanburg several years ago and am very much looking forward to a return visit. The students are fun; I get to eat dorm food (!!); I will get to spend time with some lovely friends; and I’m looking forward to stuffing myself with chili cheese a-plenty at the famous Beacon Drive-In…last time I enjoyed that delicious treat, I didn't feel like eating for approximately 24 hours afterwards.

Here’s a quote from their web site:

“Famous for our Chili Cheese A-Plenty, a chili cheeseburger on a bun buried on a plate underneath piles of sweet onion rings and French fried potatoes and the great drive-in tea of the South – generously sweetened, laced with a touch of lemon, served over a pack of shaved ice . We sell more tea than any other single restaurant in the U.S.A.!”

Yes, the tea is amazing, too. Between this and the delightfully starchy dorm food, I will return home F-A-T.


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