Tuesday, August 30, 2011
West Virginia has Problems
There are some good things about West Virginia. It's a really pretty state to drive through in the fall. It has a beautiful capitol building with a shining golden dome. When I was a kid, my grandparents moved to Huntington, WV (home of the original Jamie Oliver Food Revolution show because it was deemed the unhealthiest city in America), so we used to visit there a lot. It didn't seem too bad at the time. But then, I grew up and moved to Virginia, and have since had a series of bad experiences there. We always drive through on the way to and from Indiana, and it seems to coincide with eating time. There's never a good meal to be had in West Virginia. Don't get me started on the disappointment of Biscuit World. Even places I love and trust, like Panera Bread, are bad in West Virginia.
We had a pretty good time in Harper's Ferry, once we got to the town, but the drive in was a little dicey. After crossing the state line, we saw, and I am not exaggerating, at least 10 people before we saw someone wearing a shirt. (Cue "Dueling Banjos")
Anyway, West Virginia has problems. And last night, Kev was reading Mental Floss and came across an item about the West Virgina Road-Kill Cook-Off and Harvest Festival. What? I looked it up, and it's a real thing. The main ingredient in the cook-off has to be a critter that is often found on the side of the road, like 'possom. (Sorry, Pancho). As Kev said, W Va isn't doing itself any favors. There is even a Ms. Road-Kill Pageant! Can you imagine the winner of THAT? Good grief. I am at a rare loss for words.
I will still drive through West Virginia, especially in the fall, but I am never EVER going to eat there again.