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Old 08-13-2004, 09:02 PM   #1
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West Virginia Declares Official State "Car"

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West Virginia Declares Official State "Car"
The Spoof (satire), UK - Aug 8, 2004
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You can take the boy out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the boy. Curtis Spleeth, West Virginia Secretary of Official Emblems, announced the naming of the "mobile home" as West Virginia's official "State Car". It joins other official emblems of the state such as the Cardinal (state bird), the Black Bear (state animal), and the Mullet (state hair style).

Spleeth made the announcement last Thursday at the openning of the 43rd Annual Charleston Manufactured Home Convention. The declaration was greeted by cheers and "yee-haws" by both convention attendees and exhibitors. Spleeth pointed out that he himself was born and raised in a mobile home outside Elkins, WV. "I look back on that double-wide and a tear just swells up in my eye. The worst day of my life was when the creek overflowed and washed the house about a mile and a half downstream because it meant I had to change schools."

Spleeth acknowledged that the whole idea of a "state car" seemed to imply that it should actually be motorized and capable of propelling itself. "While its true that you have to hitch most trailers,....er...I mean manufactured homes to a pick-up or station wagon, there are manufactured homes that have been fitted with aftermarket engines and steering wheels. My cousin Rick and his brother, Dick, made their very own Winnebago out of their house." Spleeth added that only double-wides had to have an "oversized load" escort car when taken out for a spin.

As part of the festivities, the Hixenbomb family of Big Ugly Creek were given an award for most extensive renovations of mobile housing. Family members had, beginning in 1952, begun the creation of what is thought to the largest mobile home in the world. "It started when we welded an old Airstream to my great-grandpas trailer," said Norman Ray Hixenbomb. "Once we done that, it just sort of took off." As of present, the Hixenbombs have used 43 "manufactured homes", 6 semi-trailers (from over the road trucks) ., and the bed of a 1985 Ford F-150 pick-up truck to create a complex that houses 127 family members as well as a substantial herd of goats. Their prize is a new Wood-Aire Deluxe manufactured home which they plan to install as a post-office substation. Norma Rae (Norman's wife of 18 years) explained the need for the post office trailer, "Right now we got to go all the way into Big Ugly to get our checks and food stamps. This way, we don't have to leave home at all."

Secretary Spleeth also indicated that West Virginia has only just begun adding "State Emblems". He said that folks should look for a State Turkey Call and a State Smokeless Tobacco Product.
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Old 08-31-2004, 11:47 AM   #2
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You know your from West Viriginia when you have to walk your son to school because your in the same grade. Or you have to climb the water tower with a can of spray paint to defend your sisters honor. Or theres one full set of teeth in the whole church congregation. Or....................
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Thumbs up Most wonderful people in West Virginia

My Hubby Marvin is from West Virginia.. and it is just like that John Denver tune .. almost heaven.. nicest people and would help anyone out in a heartbeat.. great scenery also... My second home away from home.. Annie
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Hope you didn't take offense. I love West Virginia. My mother and her family is from Virginia (close enough)and they are the nicest people you'll find anywhere. Did you hear the one about..................

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No offense taken.. Annie...
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CarFax note: To identify a car originally sold in West Virginia the note on the bottom of the right (passenger's) mirror reads:
CARS IN MIRROR ARE BEHIND YOU

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West Viginians take great offense to "hillbilly" jokes. It's okay to tell them, only if your are a true West Virginian. And we are NOT Virginians, we suceeded from them in 1863.

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We do take great offense, but as soon as we get down the road we tell them as Kentucky jokes.
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From my travels up and down I-77, and multiple trips in and out of the hollars, I was betting for sure it would have been an old beatup multi-color Subaru, darn, how'd I miss this one.

Many a great Thanksgiving week spent in Ritchie County, hoping for a chance to tag one. I miss those days bigtime.
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