Take a small town in southern Alabama, and a young lady, just slightly out of step. Add gnarly family trees, entrenched traditions, and everyone living with skeletons in their closets - welcome to Gallagher. There one will find an extraordinary cast of insane characters. And, it could only happen in the South.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

An Establishment of Faith and Culture

A trip to the local BBQ establishment reminded me how they are truly a location of tradition, a beholder of faith, and, truly, a barometer of our local culture - good, bad, and ugly.

Whenever I feel the world is moving too quickly and I yearn for some grounding, (and a good meal sans any nutrition) I head for BBQ. It is the true comfort food, with a heaping of entertainment thrown in.

Besides the mouth watering food for a few bucks one can procure a t-shirt sporting a fat pig's face and the establishment's name, various swine figurines, silk flower arrangements, and used books. Did I mention their offerings were fairly eclectic?

Last weekend, I noticed a new addition to the non-food offerings - crosses. Two foot tall wooden crosses decorated with bright colored plastic flowers - the kind one sees on the side of the highway in memory of a loved one lost at that particular location. Really? Stick with the pigs and the t-shirts.

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