Almost Heaven, Indeed


My sister-in-law, Annette, was born and raised in Wild & Wonderful West Virginia! Her and my brother had their reception in Wheeling. My husband, Gary, got his BS from West Virginia University located in Morgantown. That’s also where I earned my MS degree. Heck, my parents live only 10 miles from the PA – WV line.

Needless to say I’m shocked but not quite surprised that as of this writing WV is still the last state standing without a coronavirus confirmation. But Gary and I have our theories.

Exhibit A: Moonshine has a very high alcohol content.

See Annette below? That’s her, on the way to the wedding reception drinking what appears to be a bottle of gatorade.

Oh hell no! That’s homemade moonshine, people! Apple pie flavor if I recall.

It was a golden, brown color, similar to whiskey. Not something you’d want to drink in a limo traveling 70 miles per hour while wearing a wedding dress. But when you grow up in WV you don’t spill a damn drop of your moonshine! Ever! Not even while speeding over Pennsylvania potholes. #JohnDenverWouldBeProud


Exhibit B: Couch fires have been banned for years.

In fact, back in 2015, outdoor furniture became illegal in Morgantown. Obviously not having large groups of students gathering together in front of a flaming sofas has been for the greater good this past month or so.

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(Photo credit: mamajedi)

So, to the fine people of West Virginia, I salute you.

Proud to be your Pennsylvania neighbor growing up. Honored to be a resident back in the early 90’s. Thrilled to be your Maryland neighbor today.

Now stay safe out there everybody.

(Featured image photo: WTOV9)

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