We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Spring Island, SC, is just a stone's throw from Savannah, GA, one of my favorite towns in the US.
If I planned to remove myself from Yankeeland when I get tired of working, I think I'd like Spring Island.
However, I will never do that. I have roots where I am, and the idea of leaving real life behind for a WASP ghetto of prosperous aging golfers has only slight appeal. Might be nice for a getaway place, though.
I wonder how the duck hunting is down there.
The comfortably unpretentious Spring Island bungalow pictured is here. The two guest cottages are great additions. Here's the Spring Island website.
I am a native of Savannah, and you definitely do not want to move here. Not only do we have the nuclear bomb off of Tybee, but The Bomb Plant, as locals call it, on the Savannah River near Barnwell, SC produces nuclear triggers for our nuclear weapons program.
In addition, the mosquitoes and sand gnats are terrible, and in August it is very hot and humid. People here are rednecks who cling to their guns and bibles. Yes, its best that people who enjoy the cold winters, stay in where they are.
The peaceful, scenic life that we have here would quickly become incredibly boring.
By the way, that nice person and great cook Paula Deen also lives in Savannah and has a restaurant there. You hunters and fishermen ought to watch Paula's Food Channel program. She has lots of fish and game recipes, because her husband is a commercial fisherman. She cooks the way I like to -- plenty of butter, old fashioned recipes and no margarine in the house. Ever.
No big portions either. That's the way to hold the line. Portion control.
WASP ghetto? My family landed in 'Charles Towne' in 1682 with a King's Grant for property from north Myrtle Beach to Savannah. The plantations were broken up with the main one (my family home) on Edisto Island - one of the Sea Islands north of Hilton Head in what is now referred to as the Ace Basin. The Yankees used the plantation as a headquarters during The War of Northern Aggression and we have some very cool photographs they took. Shelby Foote used the plantation and those photographs in his special series on the Civil War. It is just beautiful! The people on the island still speak Gullah, and my dad has a trace of it, as well. Most graceful language in the world.
But yep - the heat and mosquitoes are deadly. WASP ghetto? :) I can go for the 'WASP'...not so sure about the ghetto part.
But the good news is that the gnats are only really bad right after the summer thunderstorm season. Plus you used to be able to see 10 foot gators near the Savannah airport. Rednecks? Lots of military folk, tourists and upwardly mobile afro-americans make up for the hicks. St. Paddy’s day? Octoberfest? Um.. Chippewa Square where Forrest Gump sat, though the bench is gone? Proximity to Charleston and Central Florida?
And most house roofs dont have gutters to clean out which more than makes up for the occasional fire ant colony relocating to inside your car... well, roaches too but only if the kids are messy eaters. The lowest low country houses are elevated - kinda cool - makes for a handy storage unit underneath for stuff you dont mind having submerged once in a while. But we are coming up to the season when it can be shirt sleeve comfy by day but bitterly cold at night if you forget your heavy coat. Also be sure to carry at least a golfers-sized umbrella (unless it's windy). It can really rain down there.