"drunk riding"

Alison Murie sagehen7470 at ATT.NET
Tue Sep 1 19:53:16 UTC 2009

On Sep 1, 2009, at 3:27 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

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> Poster:       Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject:      Re: "drunk riding"
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> I share your confusion! A drunk riding alone on a motorcycle isn't
> just *riding* drunk. He's also *driving* drunk on a motorcycle, (it)
> seem like to me, (as we say in ETX BE; sometimes, it annoys me that I
> have not the least idea of what the local white dialect is/was like,
> thanks to the *rigid*, Deep-South-style segregation practiced in
> Marshall in my day; sadly, according to the blog, _I'm from Marshall,
> Texas_, written by a white woman, things really haven't changed much,
> since she makes a point of calling Marshall "racist") just as a drunk
> riding alone in a car is driving it. Why bleep with the language over
> this triviality?
> -Wilson
Would Bill Moyers' accent qualify as ETX?  He worked for a while, when
he was a kid, on the newspaper in Marshall.

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