From time to time I have written about Asheville, the place I call home. It is honestly one of the most beautiful places I know. Not that I’m a world traveler. But I have seen my share of “pretty places” and Asheville ranks right up there. In fact, my little town has received many accolades and much media recognition for all it has to offer. That’s the up side.
As with every “up”, there seems to be a “down”. The flip-side of all the praise we receive is that we are also known as a not-so-good place to live if you are single. Kiplinger’s February 2012 article ranked us 8 out of the 10 worst cities for singles.
8 out of 10
Think about it, it is really 8 out of 10 of EVERY! FREAKIN’ city in America!!!!!!
And I’m single.
But this place is a part of me. It’s in my blood. In spite of all my childhood dreams of moving to a big city and becoming famous, my heart will forever be tied to this place often referred to as the Land of The Sky. No doubt this place is unique. It is a small town with a big city “feel”. It is also home to a very diverse population. People watching is a prime activity. In fact, the last few years there have been various “campaigns” aimed at keeping Asheville weird. What I saw today is proof the campaign is working.
While at the Post Office, I saw a man getting into his car. A manly man. Masculine. Looking as if he just left the gym. As I walked past his car, I caught a glimpse of his feet. He had brightly painted pink toe nails.
Chipped polish, no less.
I would have assumed they were the result of a daddy letting his little girl have her way with nail polish. You know, a willing participant in a game of dress up. Not sure why he would wear it long enough for it to look so worn, but whatever.
However, my assumption lost all merit when I realized he was also wearing pink and purple plaid sandals.
Perfectly fitting, bright pink and purple sandals.
You know…you just gotta love this place!