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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Is That Like Butcher Hollow?

One of the most perfect films ever made, and the autobiographical song which preceeded it, is "Coal Miner's Daughter". For a foreigner like myself, the arched Kentuckian vowels and consonants heard in both are endlessly fascinating. My favourite is how "hollow" is pronounced holler by Loretta Lynn and all like her.

So it was with this mindset that I approach the news that President George W. and Mrs. Laura Bush have purchased a new Dallas residence, ahead of their forthcoming move to Texas in January.

You know the neighbourhood's name? Preston Hollow. Magic.

First lady Laura Bush’s office declined to specify where the house is, but it appears likely the couple will live on Daria Place, a cul-de-sac in the upscale neighborhood.

(Wait, Daria Place? Corner of Quinn and Morgendorfer, no doubt)

It's very pretty, in a suburban sprawl chocolate box kind of way. The Bushes remain faithful to their unpretentiousness, so at odds with the stately affectations of the Obamas with their seignorial Tony Rezko pad in Hyde Park.

Not that I'm suggesting this home could double as Granny Clampett's homestead, you understand. Back in September, gossip queen Cindy Adams broke the story about the Preston Hollow purchase, and she described it thusly:

Described as "a big house on five acres," Adams also said that this house would have "horse stables, lake views, mountain views, golf club views".

That certainly doesn't sound unpretentious, but my point is that it looks it.

Come on, seriously. Even his dad has a better place than this in Houston. Can't Junior, to use Oliver Stone's ubiquitous nickname in "W" for him, have gotten something more, you know, upscale?

All I'm saying is even Loretta Lynn, that girl who got shoes once a year from her daddy over in Butcher Hollow, knows how to retire in style.

Now that's a home for an ex-President. They could call it the "Little White House".

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  • "Stop your growlin', Doo, you sound like an ole bear"

    Coal Miner's Daughter, one of my all-time faves!

    By Blogger knox, at Thu Dec 04, 05:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Would the English equivalent film be set in Wales? And in Welch?

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu Dec 04, 05:47:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hey Vic --

    According to Drudge it is only 1.13 acres -- although a total of >8000 sf (including small apt for the help). The spread next door is 20 acres and rather more palatial (in a John Edwards way).

    By Blogger JAL, at Thu Dec 04, 08:29:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Now that's a home for an ex-President. They could call it the 'Little White House'

    Those Greek columns remind me of something: Tara

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Thu Dec 04, 08:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The thang I love about Coal Miner's Daughter is that she rhymes hard with tired.

    'The work we done was hard,
    at night we'd sleep, cuz we were tired
    I never thought of leavin' Butcher Holler.'

    And I like the house, but I wonder about the Crawford Ranch?? He had them build a big ole' stone altar. I'm still bettin' he becomes Catholic.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Thu Dec 04, 11:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My mother was born at Wheat Hollow, WI. Note the preposition "at". Wheat Hollow isn't even a town and it's too hilly to farm. I'm not sure what folks did in those parts. Her family was itinerate and moved on after a while.

    My favorite part of "Coal Miner's Daughter" is the Patsy Cline role (Beverly D'Angelo).

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Thu Dec 04, 11:29:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Vic, perhaps the fascination is with the Bard's English?

    Is it mere urban legend that the Scots-Irish of Appalachia best preserve the Elizabethan pronunciations?

    Whatever the case, you know I love that movie as well. As for W and Laura, I'd be a lot more pleased to give them their well-earned post-electoral due if I were sure they were the last Bushes in national office. It looks, however, that Senator Jeb Bush won't be far off.

    By Blogger JSU, at Fri Dec 05, 01:28:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'm from Frog Pond North Carolina

    You know where thats at? ..
    right near Big Lick

    I love accents , all kinds ..
    I hope to christ we all dont start talking just alike..we'll all sound like news people

    By Blogger Cynnie, at Fri Dec 05, 07:02:00 am GMT-5  

  • To a degree, the retirement home of ex-Presidents rightly or wrongly reflects the popularity they carried through their office with them and left with.

    Hence the Clinton's very nice home in Chappaqua, as opposed to Jimmy Carter going back to his farm in Plains after being President (and then picking up a hammer and building houses for other people through Habitat for Humanity.)

    The most glamorous ex-Presidential spread I know of is the Reagan ranch (though it would have been rivaled by JFK, had he lived to retirement.)

    However, I'm not entirely sure what your point is. Obama has a nice house. John McCain has seven nice houses. So I'd assume you weren't picking your candidates based on their digs.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Sun Dec 07, 11:24:00 pm GMT-5  

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