It’s pretty bad when fourth graders are asked to find Rhode Island on the map and point to Georgia, but I am amazed at the amount of people who think West Virginia is in the western part of Virginia. They don’t know it is a state all by itself. Even a commentator from ESPN called WVU, Western Virginia University. Stupid goof-ball head. Someone asked my daughter one time how we like our beaches. Say what?
- See, we are like a little tea-pot…
Why can’t people take a look at maps once in a while? I am an atlas geek. When I was little, I would just sit and look at the maps that came with the National Geographic. I just loved following roads and noting weird towns along the way. Which brings me back to the strange names we have in our mountain state. Which, again, does not have a beach.
A lot of places in West Virginia have Indian names. I am sure that is the case in many states. They were here first, after all. It was nice to keep the names. Names such as Seneca Rocks, Pocahontas County, the Monongahela River, Kanawha county, and even a state park called Tu-Endie-Wei.
Just like every other state, we have our share of weird names, such as Albatross, Algeria, Alaska, Amigo, Black Betsy, Box, Buttermilk, Buzzard’s Glory, Coffee Town, Cow, Crack Whip, Cucumber, and Pinch. I live near Hog Lick Hollow. I guess you can tell I am not living in a city.
West Virginia became a state in 1863. I think that is long enough for people to realize it is a state. But, they don’t. I just think people don’t care where things are. Even John Denver got it wrong when he wrote, “Almost Heaven, West Virginia.” We don’t have the Blue Ridge Mountains or Shenandoah River…both in Virginia….sigh…
I remember being embarrassed a long time ago when I found out the Winter Olympics were in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For some reason, I thought Calgary was someplace in India. Pretty hard to have winter olympics in India. I mixed it up with Calcutta. And I was about 30 at the time, so I knew better.
I wonder how many people would do well with a geography quiz. Try taking this quiz and let me know how you did.
See how there is a line separating Virginia from the blob of mountains to the west? Well, that is in fact, West Virginia. Not Western Virginia, but WEST by GOD VIRGINIA, whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.
So, next time you want to go to Virginia Beach, don’t forget to ask the person at the front desk if there are any good restaurants in the western part of the state. We are well known for our pepperoni rolls.