Thursday, July 17, 2008

The trashiest place in Delaware?

This, for those of you who didn't know, is a glimpse of our nation's first state. Like many people, I'd imagine, I've never paid much attention to Delaware, thinking of it as a brief strip of land that connects New Jersey to points south--a brief stopover before one travels on to Baltimore or DC or even Florida.

Upon further exploration, however, I found much to recommend it. There are scenic old mills:

Rustic diners:

Charming (if underexposed) ice houses:

And, of course, the requisite nudie bar:

I was kind of fascinated by many elements of life in Delaware. Firstly, the community pictured in the first photo is called "Leipsic." Obviously this is a derivation of the more Germanic-sounding Leipzig...but why alter the name like that? Secondly, how long has that nudie bar been there? Frighteningly enough, it appeared to be operational, as evidenced by the open door, beckoning purveyors of nudity within. Who goes there? What are the dancers like? A brief search of the internet turned up intriguing "amputees," "lack of teeth" and "the trashiest place in Delaware." Dang!

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