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The Prater's Creek Gazette

" THE UPSTATE'S SHINING COMMUNITY "

23rd Issue Fall & Winter 2009

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 It's an Uncle Carl Kind of World

By Irving O. Tarbox


SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

It's been a busy couple of months for Uncle Carl, banjo player for hometown heroes The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show. After being harassed by President Barrack Obama (see page 3 of the 2009 Summer issue of The Gazette) for not accepting a position in the newly elected President's cabinet, Obama invited Uncle Carl to his speech in September. Being from South Carolina, Uncle Carl was seated next to Joe Wilson when  he yelled out his now infamous comment. The banjo player was as surprised and embarrassed as the rest of us from South Carolina, no the entire United States, were that night. But Uncle Carl was was the only one of us sitting next to the Republican with a bad case of diarrhea of the mouth.  Uncle Carl later took Wilson out back of the Capital and showed him a little Prater's Creek discipline, and showed Wilson you do not disrespect the President in the Senate chambers. "This ain't England" Uncle Carl told Wilson between kicks to the abdomen, "this here's America!" As you can see in the photograph at right, Uncle Carl is none too pleased about Wilson's outburst.

Later the bluegrass banjo picker sat down and had a beer with the President at the now famous picnic table where Obama likes to drink beer. They also had some pickled eggs, Vienna sausages, potted meat and saltine crackers.

Obama came up with the idea that Uncle Carl would be a Bluegrass Ambassador to the world. "I'm going to send you all over the world and spread the word of hillbilly music" the President told the banjo picker.

First, the President sent Uncle Carl to Emory University to hit a certain computer geek over the head with his banjo. This delighted the undergraduate and graduate students alike. "I've never liked Mack Thurner" one student told The Gazette, "he was always trying to tell us he was the 'dog whisperer' a 'real Renaissance man' he thought he was, when he's w really just a wife beating jerk'". Uncle Carl repeatedly whomped the computer programmer over the head with the banjo, then hit him again for knocking his banjo out of tune.

Uncle Carl then went to the Varsity in Atlanta and had some onion rings and two hot dogs, all the way of course, and shed a tear as he saw the photo of Slappy White who used to be a carhop at the renowned greasy spoon. (cont'd on page 2)


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