Monday, April 24, 2006

Asked and Answered

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Now, we're not on very solid ground here either literally or figuratively. We are off the road on Johns Island, SC, at the foot of Bohicket Road, in a field and somewhat enchanted by this sign.

We are facing a fork at the end of this road. The path south leads to Seabrook Island, a once pristine sea island now developed into very expensive real estate, home sites and resort opportunities. The path north leads to Kiawah Island, a once pristine sea island now developed as above, but more so. This is to say, if you want to mondo in their condos, it's mucho dinero.

Every property owner, renter, visitor, peddler and abductee is greeted by these signs upon emerging from the gated developments. It's the first thing they see on their return to the real world where three dollar a gallon gasoline seems a relative bargain. Kiawah and Seabrook Islands have been extremely successful, earned tons of cash for savy investors and have highly elevated property values and taxes. Outside of the gates, island folks have only the elevated property taxes to enjoy. Many owners of modest homes, small farms, family businesses have been taxed off their properties. There is no villainy here just the cold heart of commerce beating the exit music for the little guy.

As to the signs, at law, this would raise an objection called " asked and answered ", a gesture by an attorney to make a statement rather than ask a true question. They are written in or a mock up of the Gullah dialect which bedevils standard English and often mixes plurals and possessives among other language gymnastics. We will let readers Google both " Gullah ", a delightful dialect and " Buckra ", decidedly not an expression of flattery. As to the body of the complaint, we will let readers consider what has happened and why. Comments or questions are welcome, but we won't speculate further in this posting. A speaker of Gullah might say simply that this has been " Axed and answered ".

6 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said...

De po buckra took dem !! :)

7:06 AM  
Blogger Windviel said...

Yes, Paul, you got da beat! I know dat you know what buckra mean. "Taint no compliment " Po' Buckra " was an old story written by a Charleston humorist and brought to a spoken record by Mr. Dick Reeves who did an entire album on gullah way back in the mid 1960's. In this case, the writer of the sign is suggesting that a rich buckra done it, that is, a rich buckra what been po' buckra, but got de new money now.

That's my intepretation, at least.
You can e-mail me direct for any further discussion on the matter. Don' wan step on no toe in 'uah.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

Dem buckra mos fo sho watch fo dey hag and dey plat-eye. Maum Sidi like to cast witchin on he.

Really, I'd hesitate to mess with the residents in those parts. They still got the voodoo.

Nice story.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

Dem buckra mos fo sho watch fo dey hag and dey plat-eye. Maum Sidi like to cast witchin on he.

Really, I'd hesitate to mess with the residents in those parts. They still got the voodoo.

Nice story.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Windviel said...

Yes, 'um ! I gwin to leeb well nuff lone. I wan sta clear o bot Sidi en dat Voo Doo. Don wan no curse pon my haid.

Much ablog fo you comment.

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Lee Roy's gul said...

An dem big n rich ums tink dat de nem be "Fresh Field" fo da big sto der.
But wos wontim de big mahsh full o fush e crab e shem. Wair be de ol places fum ma memry? Cannah kepon doin dis to de lan -- de gud lawd mek im payup ledder -- fo id al!

8:52 AM  

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