Pluff Mud Chronicles

By David Farrow and Charles W. Waring III

David

Probably the best summer job I ever had was after my return to the College of Charleston in 1977 following a two-and-a-half year stint at George Washington University and a year out of school. One of my dearest friends was the late John Bennett. Sitting around the pool behind the Buntings on Lenwood during spring break, John — what one might call a noted attorney — suggested I start serving subpoenas for him. He had a ‘64 Chevy Impala, which he loaned me, and offered to pay me $5 for every one I served downtown, $10 for every bridge I crossed, $20 for North Charleston and $30 to go out to the rural hinterlands of Ladson, Goose Creek and Summerville.

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Pluff Mud Chronicles 

By David Farrow and Charles W. Waring III

David

The most memorable summer job I ever had was painting the McPherson’s house on South Battery in early summer of 1973. I was part of a crew Harry Cochran had assembled. What a crew that was: Andy Watson, Bubbie Stone, Brad Waring and John G. Thornhill — among others.

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Pluff Mud Chronicles

By David Farrow and Charles W. Waring III

David

It’s here — summer with all of its intendment fun, sun, pretzels and beer. In high school and college, how one afforded the aforementioned fun, sun, pretzels and beer involved various life lessons.

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By David Farrow and Charles W. Waring III

David

When pondering what to discuss this journalistic trip, the wretch pointed out that it was May, which meant graduation. Graduation meant speeches. After being dragged through glass in several states and various schools and colleges, I managed to graduate from two revered institutions:

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By David Farrow and Charles W. Waring III

David

“Come quickly, have found heaven.” Alfred Hutty famously telegrammed his wife this note upon arriving in Charleston in 1920.

Charles, we all know what drove Hutty to send that telegram; it is a form of spring fever from the eyes of once-chilly Northern visitor who is taking in paradise all at once.

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By David Farrow and Charles W. Waring III

David

It’s April. The azaleas are blooming, the scent of various blooming flowers wafts through the ancient brick alleys, the sunlight spackling the faded stucco. A warm sea breeze melts away the memories of chill March winds.

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By David Farrow and Charles W. Waring III

David

Charles, her cheeks flush with cold mirrored the clarity in her alluring eyes. Her lips were inviting as we grew closer. A small escape of air pursed those lips, as I leaned over to sense the magnetism of her feminine wiles.

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Humidity: 75%
Wind: SSE at 12 mph
Wednesday 78°F / 87°F Isolated thunderstorms
Thursday 77°F / 85°F Mostly sunny
Friday 74°F / 86°F Scattered thunderstorms
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