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I made the one hour drive into town this morning for a quick breakfast at Waffle House. The place was packed with happy, smiling faces. People of all ages and different walks of life. Lots of laughter filled the diner. The jovial banter from servers confirmed the tone of a people at peace with themselves. An oversized American flag prominently displayed on the wall. The jukebox played a Conway Twitty tune followed by Bing Crosby's White Christmas. Old pickup trucks and 8 cylinder cars throughout the parking lot, relics of the past. For the 30 minutes I was there, it was like a Norman Rockwell scene. But this is rural Appalachia... not the tumultuous America offered up on our tv screens. The resistance to change runs deep here.
 

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Great report Coal Miner! I miss getting my omelette smothered and covered if I recall the lingo correctly.

We don’t have Waffle Houses in my parts, but we have old Alaskan road houses (places where you can spend the night and has a restaurant). A couple days ago the misses and I had a meal at one and the scene was exactly the same minus the jukebox. Hardy souls enjoying life in defiance of the BS that appears to be sweeping the county.

Happy Thanksgiving and I am thankful the old America still exists in places. No doubt that my Appalachian kinfolk are holding fast to tradition!
 

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I've never eaten at a Waffle House (yeah, I've been told I'm missing out. Never had Skyline chili either. Who puts cinnamon in their chili anyway?) but have been to enough "Mayberry" towns to know tradition runs deep. Even here in the Prescott / Prescott Valley area you don't see the crap you'd expect to see in Atlanta, Chicago, or any of the other "usual suspect" cities.
 

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You will find that in the future decade Balkanization will increasingly become a factor in a number of western societies.
Divide and conquer is the goal. Which is the policy of maintaining control over one's subordinates or opponents by encouraging dissent between them, thereby preventing them from uniting in opposition.
This generally maps out to regional and area cultural patterns. Living in a area where one does not fit in with the prevailing views and culture can be very hard. There is a reason in Western History why people tended to move into ethnic neighborhoods. An area with a much higher concentration of a particular ethnic or cultural group that doesn't dominate in the general population.
The question of why we live where we live is something that will be a factor in SHTF. Even in posts I read the subject of BOL, where to live, etc. comes down to Location, Location, Location. But the factors making up the ideal location can be very different in each post. Why do we live where we live. Why do we want to move from location X to location Y.
 

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Oh, there's still lots of normal in the U.S. Of A. Not all that hard to find it. What gollywood wants us to be like, what "those people" are trying to make us like and what the MSM tries to tell us we're like are not America. Not hardly. Oh, there's some really f'ed up places and what the future holds I do not know. But I have faith in my fellow Americans and the two recent court decisions should be enough to comfirm that faith is not misplaced. Gonna take some time and effort to put things right. We'll see what happens but for now, I'll take my omlette smotherd and covered(y)
 

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I made the one hour drive into town this morning for a quick breakfast at Waffle House. The place was packed with happy, smiling faces. People of all ages and different walks of life. Lots of laughter filled the diner. The jovial banter from servers confirmed the tone of a people at peace with themselves. An oversized American flag prominently displayed on the wall. The jukebox played a Conway Twitty tune followed by Bing Crosby's White Christmas. Old pickup trucks and 8 cylinder cars throughout the parking lot, relics of the past. For the 30 minutes I was there, it was like a Norman Rockwell scene. But this is rural Appalachia... not the tumultuous America offered up on our tv screens. The resistance to change runs deep here.
Thank you for sharing this with us! It’s really nice hear something positive and upbeat, in this day and age. I’ve always been a fan of Waffle House. I’m not one to frequent IHOP and haven’t been in a Denny’s, in probably 20 years.
 

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We were just up in the hills, on the way back stopped at a bar restaurant on a lake formed by the second dam on the missouri river. The headwaters where three rivers come together is less than 100 miles away.
We walked in and one of the owners who can't be over 30 calls us by name and asked my wife if she wanted the usual (she eats there occasionally). The bar was half filled with younger working type crowd and the parking lot had pickups and full sized SUV's . Good people enjoying a day off work.
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Guys and gals ... I work at a large hotel near a very large airport. There are more of "us" than you know. While I NEVER broach the subject of politics or "those survivalist folks" I have lost track of the number of guests willing to share, unsolicited, with me.

This leads me to a couple of conclusions:

1. "We" are in the process of "feeling out" the competition. They are willing to disparage us while we are willing to let them. Are they willing to do the same when we are a bit more open about our convictions??

2. There are a lot more of "us" than "they" think. snicker At least in this flyover state. I had a liberal from the west coast tell me "Even the liberals here are more conservative than the conservatives back home." Made me feel a whole lot better about where I live ... Lol
 

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Oh, there's still lots of normal in the U.S. Of A. Not all that hard to find it. What gollywood wants us to be like, what "those people" are trying to make us like and what the MSM tries to tell us we're like are not America. Not hardly. Oh, there's some really f'ed up places and what the future holds I do not know. But I have faith in my fellow Americans and the two recent court decisions should be enough to comfirm that faith is not misplaced. Gonna take some time and effort to put things right. We'll see what happens but for now, I'll take my omlette smotherd and covered(y)
I order mine " all the way" with jalapenos, Tabasco and a side of chorizo.

The I81 long haul truckers inform me that the Heartland of America begins at the Allegheny front in West Virginia, being defined as being beyond the daily commuter distance into DC unless you ride the MARC commuter train from Cumberland, MD and don't drive.
 

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I made the one hour drive into town this morning for a quick breakfast at Waffle House. The place was packed with happy, smiling faces. People of all ages and different walks of life. Lots of laughter filled the diner. The jovial banter from servers confirmed the tone of a people at peace with themselves. An oversized American flag prominently displayed on the wall. The jukebox played a Conway Twitty tune followed by Bing Crosby's White Christmas. Old pickup trucks and 8 cylinder cars throughout the parking lot, relics of the past. For the 30 minutes I was there, it was like a Norman Rockwell scene. But this is rural Appalachia... not the tumultuous America offered up on our tv screens. The resistance to change runs deep here.
Let me suggest that there is resistance to BAD change..
 

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Great report Coal Miner! I miss getting my omelette smothered and covered if I recall the lingo correctly.

We don’t have Waffle Houses in my parts, but we have old Alaskan road houses (places where you can spend the night and has a restaurant). A couple days ago the misses and I had a meal at one and the scene was exactly the same minus the jukebox. Hardy souls enjoying life in defiance of the BS that appears to be sweeping the county.

Happy Thanksgiving and I am thankful the old America still exists in places. No doubt that my Appalachian kinfolk are holding fast to tradition!
And improving Alaska John.

Appalachian areas are now highly desirable to relocate to.

I do much volunteer field work there.

The only problem I encountered was Cabela's / Pro Bass of Bristol, Virginia merged with the Pro Bass in Bristol, Tennessee. This "problem" involved the best of all worlds.

Keep warm up there.

Time for a triple hashbrowns and some soothing music at my only real 5 star restaurant but it's too crowded to enter and the line is long. .

Foot Note: Got a copy of the Waffle House franchaise owners emergency plan .... the basic one; not the proprietary one.
 

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Nice to see a post from you again, @coalminer78
Our family is close to where you are from on the VA side, and as time goes on with the problems we are facing in the country, staying right where we are makes better sense. With the new casino that will be built in Bristol, Va, real estate prices have already started to escalate there and on down towards Abingdon and Lebanon. It won’t be another few years till we see it down here on the KY/VA border.

Last summer, about 50 percent of real estate on the market sold to people from California and New York. They don’t live here, they just bought the properties and had utilities turned on in their names. This has alarmed county residents who managed to find out about it.

Enjoy this time, while we still have it. I would say within the next 10 years or so we will be inundated with outsiders.
 

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@BackwaterHerbalist. My Mom is originally from Grayson county, down your way, and people there are strong in their beliefs. Do you think the CA occupiers could change their minds?

I know it hasn't worked in cities, rural areas I'm hoping may be different. 🤔🙏
 
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