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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Some laughter by way of Pap and an old friend Ollie.

Horace was well known for being a prankster-never one to pass up a chance to poke some fun at someone. He had a new tool in is arsenal-a dog whistle. One afternoon Horace went up the road to visit Ollie. After arriving on the porch to sit a spell, Horace told Ollie to call his dogs-he wanted to see if they were any good. Ollie called to his dogs and one came bounding up the steps just in time to hear Horace allow "that dogs crazy". Ollie said "why thats one of the best dogs I got!"

As was typical with most older gents in those days-Horace always had a black gum "toothbrush" hanging between his lips. Right quick like he replaced it with the dog whistle and gave a good blow. The dog began whining and scooting around. Horace said "see I told you Ollie he's crazy." As Ollie examined the dog to see what was the matter-Horace took the opportunity to give another blow to the whistle. The dog went to wallowing and whining all over the porch floor. The third blow sent the dog careening off the steps wildly running for the woods. Just at the wrong moment the dog snuck a look back and ran straight into an old turn plow. Now convinced, Ollie yelled "Lord Della get the shotgun that dogs gone straight crazy."

When Ollie and Della were newlyweds, Ollie cut timber for a living. After a long hard day of being on the mountain he came home to no supper on the table. Having quite a temper, being slap worn out, and hungry he flew into a rage, grabbed a bowl and threw it against the wall. He looked at Della and said "now how did you like that?" Della picked up a bowl threw it against the wall and said "pretty good now how did you like that?" (I think this was the way Della showed Ollie she could handle anything he put out there)

Part of the fun for coon and fox hunters, is standing around the fire listening to the dogs run waiting for them to bay or tree. Ollie had a dog, Old Joe, that really wasn't much of a hunting dog. Everyone teased Ollie that Old Joe would just get out of the circle of light, made by the fire, and lay down to nap-leaving the rest of the pack to run.

One night Ollie and some fellows were out hunting. Ollie went to check on the running dogs, while some of the others were standing around the fire. One was whittling a stick-he cut 2 holes in it-just fooling around. One of the others noticed-remarking it looked like a pair of glasses. As they started laughing about the glasses-one of them came up with the idea of tying them on Old Joe-and they did. A little while later Ollie showed back up and said he'd been thinking about it "Old Joe wasn't lazy-he was probably so old he was going blind." The fellows couldn't believe their luck-they quickly told Ollie they agreed and he should call Old Joe in so they could look at his eyes. Ollie called Old Joe and there he came-trotting up to the fire wearing those homemade glasses. The men he-hawed and agreed yes Old Joe must be going blind. Ollie-he got very very mad.

I hope you enjoyed the memories of Ollie-people like him-they're what folks refer to as salt of the earth. Ollie was good, decent, honest-and funny too. Ollie is long gone on-yet Pap still wishes he could walk over the mountain and sit a spell with him. If you know someone like Ollie-I urge you go for a visit-enjoy a story or two-it'll do you both good!

To read more about my Appalachian Heritage please visit me at the Blind Pig & The Acorn.


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