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Anthony Bourdain And The Ghosts Of The Barog Tunnel: Shoutout This Week To James Yu

Anthony Bourdain the great storytellerA reader named James Yu wrote something that surprised me in the comments of the Ghost Of The Barog Tunnel Story:

“Anthony Bourdain rode the train thru Barog Tunnel. I would like to walk to Barog Tunnel by myself and see Antony and Colonel Barog having a tea.

I will seat and join them to discuss current affairs. Then ask for some matches and stick so that I can walk out of the tunnel.”

James I loved your comment, it was very poetic. And I want to thank you for bringing it to my attention that Anthony Bourdain rode through the Barog Tunnel.

I have been a fan of Anthony Bourdain for a long time now, being an admirer of how he so easily was able to show the deeper meaning of any particular location he was in. I even wrote a blog about it in 2010 wishing for his superpower.

Entrance To Haunted Barog TunnelAnd being a fan of the ghost stories surrounding the Barog Tunnel, I can’t believe I never knew that Anthony Bourdain had visited the area and had even gone through the Barog Tunnel itself. How cool.

I’m going to track down that episode where Anthony Bourdain went through the Barog Tunnel and watch it.

I’ll probably have a tear in my eye through half of it as I still can’t believe Anthony Bourdain is gone. But I’ll also have a beer in hand to raise a toast to Anthony Bourdain and his great stories!

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10/30/2018
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“Little Red Riding Hood Was My First Love”: Shoutout This Week To Charles Dickens

Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolfOkay so usually my weekly shoutouts are to readers, people who have commented on the blog or written a message or left a voicemail or something. But…

I came across this quote by Charles Dickens today and couldn’t pass it up:

”Little Red Riding Hood was my first love.

I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.”

His first love! I never thought of a fairy tale character as something that could even qualify for such a prominent position in someone’s life.

But for Charles Dickens, Little Red Riding Hood was someone who could make him the happiest person in the world.

I wish I could talk to him and ask him more about this. What was it about the story of Little Red Riding Hood and her character that connected with him so much he actually considered her his first love??

Sadly, unless I come across something by him where he’s written more on this subject I’ll never know.

If you’ve ever fallen in love with a fairy tale character comment below and tell me about it!

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10/11/2018
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I Thought Ghosts Were Normal: Shoutout This Week To Beth K

Scary Ghost For Ghost StoriesThe shoutout this week is to Beth K, who commented on Facebook about the ‘Ghost Children Of The Train Tracks’ story:

“Ha! We had our own stories here in NC that I grew up with. I thought ghosts were normal.”

I have to admit that my first thought when reading that comment was how jealous I was that she grew up in a place where “ghosts were normal”.

How weird! It’s funny because as a kid I was terrified of ghosts, but at the same time I ate up ghost stories like they were candy. I had even tried to conjure up ghosts a couple of times.

Scared Face Scary StoriesWhat the hell would I have done if I’d saw one? Have a heart attack …or maybe be so thrilled that I would never be the same afterwards (probably both).

My friends and I always felt that ghosts were real but there was never any proof. We wanted proof desperately, but were scared of actually getting the proof at the same time.

I am trying to imagine what it would be like to grow up thinking ghosts were just another part of the neighborhood.

What about you…would you rather grow up thinking ghosts are normal or would that be too scary?

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08/22/2018