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    However, I have a good friend who works there who strongly prefers that I keep the name to myself. I'll say that it is in East Texas, in oil-time oil country. It is not a big place. If I have occasion to meet you in person, I'll happily confess.
    •  Piney Woods - say. no. more. (none)
      Why all mah relatives live out in them deep piney woods! I got just buckets o' cousins.

      One of my uncles (mom's side) decided to move from Palestine/Rusk "to the city" down south to work for Dow Chemical in Freeport/Lake Jackson. My mom was 8 yrs. old when they moved from the with my uncle's fam. They were farmers. My great-grandpa (dad's side) moved from Lufkin and ran the general feed store in Clute. We used to have both family reunions in East Texas, so I have fond memories of riding the train, eating homemade ice cream, and getting dirt from head to toe.

      To his dying day my uncle farmed 40 acres of watermelons, 'maters, canteloupes and squash no matter where he lived. He had those huuuuuge farmer's hands. Could poke a stick in the ground and it'd have fruit on it the next day.

      I love East Texas -- but only to visit. Those tall pine trees start freakin' me out after awhile. And lordy, what a nice long visit does to my cultivated academic accent! I would go nuts if I had to live there.

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