Squirrel Nut Zipping to Saxapahaw-Tarwheels Ride Again! June 16, 2010
Squirrel Nut Zipping!
I usually have all photos in the frequency that they were taken. For this hub I need to start at "lunch" after the ride. I've never told anyone that I "was a fan". I think the term often lowers the person saying this. And- who knows celebs? After all they are just people.
But - I was already endeared to the lady's entertainment prowess. I was now being served by her and graciously. "This" endeared her to me more!
Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers is charming! And- what an entertainer!
Squirrel Nut Zippers "Put A Lid On It"
The Squirrel Nut Zippers were formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill and/or Carrboro, North Carolina. "Jimbo" Mathus (vocals and guitar) and his then wife Katharine Whalen (vocals, banjo, and ukulele) were the founders. Other early members were James Chris Phillips, Don Raleigh, and Ken Mosher.
"Jimbo" Mathus says, "Nut Zippers," is a southern term for a variety of old bootleg moonshine, and the band's name comes from a newspaper account which related the story of a highly intoxicated man who climbed a tree one night, refusing to come down even after authorities arrived. The article's headline read: "Squirrel Nut Zipper." It is also the name of a candy dating back to 1890.
The group can be described as a “retro-swing ensemble”.
The band is an eclectic fusion of Delta blues, gypsy jazz, 1930s-era swing. They are truly unique!
The band was founded by James "Jimbo" Mathus, formerly of Metalflake Mother and Johnny Vomit & The Dry Heaves, and his then-wife Katharine Whalen in Carrboro, North Carolina along with Chris Phillips, Don Raleigh and Ken Mosher. The group made its debut in Chapel Hill a few months later. Stacy Guess (formerly of Pressure Boys) joined shortly after.
We eat, therefore we ride!
Chris, Jose, and I meet at the Gulf Rim for great food. We are initially outside but the heat causes some spontaneous combustion in my beard and after putting the fire out we move inside where that, "hot air" box takes all the hot air and dumps it outside.
See Jose smiling through the window? He's smiling because he's not frying from the heat and because he's laughing at my inability to pass at taking another picture.
Chris had been a donor of some yogurt culture from another country, the old country, another planet or something. Ms. Whalen was an indirect recipient of this yogurt. Small world eh!
Burrito for Chris. Crab and Shrimp enchiladas for Jose and MD!
Cy stops by for some tea.
The Gulf Rim! Check it out! Tell em' Micky Sent you! They don't know me but say it anyway!
Katharine Whalen- I'm a big fan! Okay- I'm only 5'6"- so I'm a fan!
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Ghost of Stephen Foster
Mathews Chocolate Shoppe
If I'm going to be decadent then I'll have good taste anyway!
Like moths to the flame!
I don't think too much chocolate is too much chocolate- once in a while.
Almond Bark, Pecan Bark, Rocky Road Bark! Look!
I'll have to ride further tomorrow!
Where was I? Oh yeah- the bike ride!
Squirrel Zipping To Saxapahaw!
The cute chicks are out today with their flashy clothes!
Too much scenery!
There's really too much scenery around here!
They've been selling some of it!
Have you ever seen a sofa go 40 miles an hour?
Here's Sharon, the Wonder Woman!
Tom and Chris are probably plotting against me here!
I'm not sure I've ever felt this good!
You know- that beard ain't very afro-dynamic!
Baseball very good to me!
Today our route is very different for going to Saxapahaw.
Some of these scenes, I've never scene!
Here's a pretty lady from Hawaii.
What a beautiful day!
"We may never pass this way again!" (Seals and Croft)
My buddy Jose is recovering from injuries from a bad crash months ago.
Godspeed Jose Bro!
Here's an animated scene!
God bless you Sir!
Oops! I cut the top off!
Let's put our feet up a bit! Rest!
Here's a Saxxy girl downtown Saxapahaw!
This smart man is carrying "halt". It's a mild dog repellent that many mailmen use.
And our masters of the "spoke "n" wheel" ride off into the horizon in search of another adventure. But- let's check out the "Gulf Rim" first!
Old 86 June 16, 2010 Cy & MD
Since the very beginning of the ride is for Cy and I to ride out to the start at Union Grove I thought it would be appropriate to put this very beginning here at the end!