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Interview with Joshua Warren Crawford

Interviewee: 
Crawford, Joshua Warren
Interviewer: 
Raczka, Andrea
Date of Interview: 
2003-04-19
Identifier: 
LGCR0340
Subjects: 
Relationships with people and places; Then and now
Abstract: 
Josh Crawford talks about his personal life, his family, and the changes he's seen in Charlotte and surrounding areas.
Collection: 
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Andrea Raczka interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
Transcript:
AR (Andrea Raczka): All right, sorry about that. Say it again, could you?
JC (Joshua Warren Crawford): Joshua Warren Crawford.
AR: How old are you?
JC: Twenty-one.
AR: What do you do for a living?
JC: I'm a mechanic.
AR: A \\ mechanic? \\
JC: \\ Slash \\ anything you name, I do.
AR: Like what?
JC: Um, I service machines, I paint machines, I [pause] now they threw buying machines at me.
AR: They threw buying machines at you?
JC: Yeah, that's what I did. That's what I went to Pennsylvania for.
AR: What did you buy?
JC: A scraper.
AR: What's a scraper?
JC: It's a big green thing it's got two motors and it digs dirt.
AR: OK. [Laugh] All right thanks.
JC: It scrapes rock, I guess it scrapes dirt, it doesn't really dig. It scrapes dirt.
AR: So you like-.
JC: It moves it.
AR: You service like, like the stuff you work on is like road equipment?
JC: No. It's off-road equipment. Everything's off-road.
AR: What is it? Off-road equipment?
JC: Yeah, it's earthmoving equipment is the technical name.
AR: OK. And what company do you work for?
JC: Bost Equipment.
AR: Bost Equipment?
JC: Yeah.
AR: Do you like your job?
JC: Yeah, my grandfather's the owner. [Laugh] Yeah, I like it.
AR: You like it?
JC: Yeah.
AR: What part do you like best?
JC: Um [pause], nothing in particular. It's all around a good job. I like the people I work with, I like what I do. There's not much more to it than that.
AR: So is this what you want to do for your living?
JC: It looks like that's what I'm going to do for my living. It ain't necessarily what I had anticipated in a while back, but that's what it's turning out to be like.
AR: What had you wanted to do?
JC: I don't really know.
AR: You didn't have any plans?
JC: No, not really.
AR: No?
JC: Huh-uh.
AR: OK.
JC: Well I mean I did, but not I, I, I, I was, uh, I was insistent on being a trim carpenter for a while.
AR: A what?
JC: A trim carpenter.
AR: What's that?
JC: Um, you put interior trims and trim work, like chair rails.
AR: Like in houses?
JC: Base, yeah, base moldings, well, we did commercial buildings, so yeah. But that didn't work out.
AR: Can I ask why or no?
JC: Well that's a, me and my dad it was my dad's company and I didn't get along with him and when we lived together and we worked together it didn't work out too good. So-.
AR: Do you get along with him now that you're not living or working with him?
JC: Yeah, I mean, I mean I don't see him everyday or anything. He lives down in south Charlotte, but yeah, we get along, we talk and everything.
AR: That's good. How often do you see him?
JC: Um, whenever I feel like it, really. It's from time to time. Sometimes it's more than others, holidays, and whenever I'm in Charlotte I'll stop by and see how he's doing.
AR: Are you going to see him for Easter tomorrow?
JC: Nah, probably not.
AR: No?
JC: No, I'll stick up here for that.
AR: See your mom?
JC: Yeah.
AR: How long have you lived in Charlotte?
JC: Charlotte or here?
AR: Both.
JC: This isn't really Charlotte.
AR: This is the Charlotte area, I consider it Charlotte.
JC: Well I've lived here basically all my life. I, I lived in Charlotte for, like two years. I lived in Winston-Salem for a year, grew up here for the rest of my life.
AR: What area do you like best?
JC: I like it up here, in Cornelius and Huntersville better than anywhere.
AR: Why?
JC: 'Cause I grew up here.
AR: 'Cause you grew up here?
JC: Yeah.
AR: So I take it you liked growing up around here?
JC: Yeah, well I, I know everybody and everything, and I just feel comfortable here.
AR: Do you plan on staying here the rest of your life?
JC: Yeah probably.
AR: [Laugh]
JC: I'm not going to say yes, 'cause the other night I was driving to uh, when I drove to Pittsburgh, I don't go, I don't go out of state much and I went to Pittsburgh and it was nice up yonder it was nice, you know, up there through uh not Pittsburgh, uh, Baltimore, Baltimore, Baltimore's nice. I was just thinking I was like it'd be nice to just to move away, but I don't ever see that happening really.
AR: No? Why?
JC: I just, I know too many people here, and everything in my life is here.
AR: You wouldn't want to just change it and get up and move?
JC: No, probably not. I like it around here too much.
AR: OK. What's your marital status?
JC: Single.
AR: Single?
JC: Yeah.
AR: Do you have any children?
JC: Yeah. I got one little girl.
AR: How old is she?
JC: Uh, two and a half.
AR: Two and a half. What's her name?
JC: Alexis Nicole Crawford.
AR: Alexis Nicole Crawford?
JC: Yeah.
AR: Is she a sweetheart?
JC: Yes of course she is.
AR: Is she in pre-school?
JC: Yeah, she's in daycare.
AR: \\ She's in daycare? \\
JC: \\ Is that what you call pre-school? \\
AR: Yeah, I guess. It depends on what-. \\
JC: \\ Yeah, she's in daycare. \\ [Laugh]
AR: Daycare it is. \\ What's she like?
JC: Like a 2 and a half year old.
AR: \\ Very descriptive. [Laugh] \\
JC: \\ She's great, \\ she's great. She's sweet, she's nice, you know.
AR: Do you get to see her a lot?
JC: Whenever I want to, really.
AR: Really?
JC: Yeah.
AR: She doesn't, does she, she doesn't live with you though, she lives with her mom, right?
JC: Yeah.
AR: And you get to see her whenever you want to?
JC: Basically.
AR: So you and her mom are getting along pretty well?
JC: I guess you could call it that. It ain't really getting along really well, it's just putting up with each other.
AR: OK. How long have you and her mom been together?
JC: Five years.
AR: Five years?
JC: Yeah.
AR: Very exciting stuff I bet.
JC: Yeah.
AR: I'm good at this, aren't I?
JC: Yeah.
AR: Did you like going, did you like going to school around here?
JC: It was all right.
AR: It was all right?
JC: I wouldn't give it a good rating or nothing like that.
AR: You didn't like school?
JC: No.
AR: Did you graduate? No you got your GED, right?
JC: Yeah I got my GED.
AR: When did you drop out?
JC: Oh, my. I think it was the end of my 10th grade year or the beginning of my 11th grade year. But one of those two, I don't remember exactly.
AR: [Giggles] Why?
JC: I don't know. Well I'd been, I, well, I got kicked out of school.
AR: Oh. [Laugh] Can I ask for what?
JC: For just being insubordinate.
AR: Being insubordinate?
JC: I wouldn't listen to nobody or do anything. And uh, well I moved around to a whole bunch of schools. I went to South Iredell, I went to North Ire-, well that's new so I went to North Olympic High School.
AR: Sorry.
JC: Olympic High School, I went to, uh, what's the, I forget what the name, Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem. That's about it.
AR: Which one did you like best?
JC: I'd have to say Reynolds in, uh, Winston-Salem.
AR: Why?
JC: I don't know. The people were just cooler there.
AR: Which one did you get kicked out of?
JC: All of them. [Laugh]
AR: [Laugh] That's why you went to so many, huh? Which one was the last one?
JC: Uh, I think, I think that was Mecklenburg County Schools. That was Olympic that I got kicked out of for the last time.
AR: Olympic?
JC: Yeah.
AR: You didn't go to the same school as Jessica, did you?
JC: Nah, she's a lot younger than me too. Well, not a lot, but I didn't never see her at school.
AR: Oh, you wouldn't know her unless you were a senior. Well, you still wouldn't have. When did she graduate?
JC: She's like, what did she just turn? Twenty or something like that?
AR: Yeah, \\ when did she graduate? \\
JC: \\ I'm 21 \\ about to turn 22, so-.
AR: Oh. So you still, yeah you would have been in school with her. I forgot you're young. [Clears throat] So you grew up around here, so you know lots of people around here, right?
JC: Yeah, basically.
AR: So tell me about the people you know. What do y'all do?
JC: Ah, absolutely nothing.
AR: Absolutely nothing. So when you get together with your friends you just sit there you don't talk, you don't like play video games.
JC: Yeah, we play video, // we play a lot of video games. //
AR: // You don't go anywhere // to hang out? You don't-.
JC: Yeah, we play video games. We go over to Mulberry Street.
AR: What's Mulberry Street?
JC: It's the street where we all grew up at. All our friends grew up at together.
AR: So it's like the Mulberry Clan?
JC: Yeah, if you want to call it that. We're just all friends, we're almost like family.
AR: OK. How many are there in your little group?
JC: I don't know, a bunch.
AR: A bunch?
JC: Well, like original people or-.
AR: Sure.
JC: Like add-ons?
AR: Sure how about both.
JC: All right, let's see. All right, we got me, Todd, Nelson, Aaron, Lou, um, Jamie, Ward but he ain't around no more, uh, Jesse [pause]. I think that's about it of the original people, and then we just got like hundreds and hundreds of add-on peoples.
AR: Hundreds?
JC: No. I don't know about all that, but a whole bunch of people they just kind of, came and never left.
AR: [Laugh] All right then. It sucked them in?
JC: [Laugh] Yeah, something like that.
AR: [Laugh] So that's all you guys do? You sit around and play video games? You don't have any places you guys like to go?
JC: We went to Saiid's last week.
AR: Saiid's? What's Saiid's?
JC: A bar.
AR: A bar.
JC: A little uh, towelheadskey's, uh-.
AR: A little what?
JC: Towelheadskey's. [Pause] Towelheadskey's.
AR: [Laugh] \\ Towel. [Laugh] Oh, OK. \\
JC: \\ Gandhi's, \\ uh Arabs, uh, they wear them. It's a pretty cool little place.
AR: What's it like? Is it small, is it big?
JC: Yeah, it's small.
AR: Does it have anything in it?
JC: Just a little old, uh, it's more like a cigar-lounge, with a pool table and a foosball table.
AR: They have a foosball table?
JC: Yeah.
AR: When did they get that?
JC: They've had it. That's the only thing I like to play in there. Don't nobody like to play foosball, so I always got to play pool.
AR: Oh. I don't remember.
JC: I do. [Laugh]
AR: When I was there, sober, they didn't have a foosball table.
JC: Yeah, they did.
AR: \\ Not when I was there sober. \\
JC: \\ They've had the foosball, \\ they've had the foosball table there as long as I've been going there.
AR: It wasn't called Saiid's then though, either when I went there.
JC: Yeah, it's been Saiid's.
AR: No it hasn't.
JC: Yes it has.
AR: No.
JC: \\ It's been Saiid's since the day they opened it. //
AR: \\ Because before it was, before it was-. \\
JC: No it wasn't. It was not. All right, now who's lived around the corner from it for their whole life?
AR: \\ Who's been, old enough to drink longer? \\
JC: \\ Since that was an Amoco station \\ and there was a pizza place right there.
AR: No, it was called um, \\ something Lounge. \\
JC: \\ You don't remember \\ when there was a Dominoes?
AR: The Palm Lounge, it was called.
JC: Oh, maybe it was.
AR: Yeah, uh-huh. Thank you very much.
JC: 'Cause I remember the exit, entrance was in a different place and there'd be lines out the entrance and stuff.
AR: Yeah.
JC: 'Cause it was always packed. Now it ain't like that.
AR: But it didn't have a foosball table then.
JC: [Laugh] All right, maybe it didn't.
AR: It didn't, 'cause I remember. They did a lot of Karaoke, though.
JC: Yeah, they do that Thursday's and Saturday nights.
AR: You sing? You get up there and do Karaoke?
JC: Nah, my ass sits back there and laughs at people who do sing. That's what I do. If I, if I could find a good song I would, but there ain't never no good songs there.
AR: What's a good song?
JC: I don't know. Anything.
AR: Anything?
JC: I've now I'll listen to every kind of music you can think of except country and classical.
AR: No classical? Oh, come on now.
JC: And actually, classical ain't too bad. I used to listen to it 'fore I went to sleep, but I just can't quite see like riding down the road listen' to it. It's just not good.
AR: 'Cause you'll fall asleep?
JC: It's not good driving music.
AR: [Laugh] What is good driving music?
JC: I don't know
AR: What do you listen to normally?
JC: I listen to everything.
AR: What's in your semi-small CD collection? [Laugh]
JC: I have a very small CD collection. And they're all rap 'cause Aaron gets them for $5 and, uh, so I got a bunch of, I got like three rap CDs. That's my CD collection. All my CDs got stolen, if you don't remember.
AR: Yes, I remember, but, you know, the tape doesn't.
JC: Oh, that's right.
AR: [Laugh] How did you're CDs get stolen?
JC: I got stuck in the mud, and somebody, uh, you had to make me say I was stuck in the mud didn't you?
AR: I am.
JC: And uh, I got stuck in the mud and it was 3 o'clock in the morning and I didn't have nobody to come and get my truck out, uh somebody broke the window out and stole everything.
AR: That sucked.
JC: Yeah.
AR: How many CDs did you have?
JC: Oh-.
AR: And what was in your collection?
JC: I had a whole lot of CDs. More than a 50 page, I don't remember how big the case was. But uh, I remember I had a little bit of everything, there was some rap, some, some uh, a little bit of classic rock, little bit of, uh, jazz, little bit, uh-.
AR: You had jazz?
JC: Of course.
AR: You do not.
JC: I do too. \\ You're telling me- \\
AR: \\ What jazz did you have? \\
JC: I don't even know, they my dad's CDs. He burned them for me.
AR: [Laugh] You had it, but you don't know what it was?
JC: Yeah.
AR: All right then.
JC: Well, I ain't never, I ain't never listened to them but I had them. But I mean, no jazz is cool. I mean I can listen to jazz. That's good, that's real good driving music, actually, jazz is good driving music. But I don't know, I don't know the names of them and stuff.
AR: Did you have any Miles Davis, do you know?
JC: No, I don't think so.
AR: Ella Fitzgerald?
JC: It was all burnt CDs. I had like three burnt CDs of jazz. And my dad burnt all of them. He was like, "Here, why don't you get you a listening-lesson going on?"
AR: A listening lesson?
JC: Yeah. It's good music. He used to listen to Tone Loc and stuff when we were kids. He listened-.
AR: Really?
JC: You remember Young MC and Tone Loc? We used to ride around, he'd turn it all the way up. He'd embarrass the crap out of us.
AR: [Laugh]
JC: When I was like 12 years old.
AR: Oh, how funny.
JC: Yeah. Oh, my dad's crazy.
AR: Did you get along with both your parents?
JC: Yeah.
AR: Yeah?
JC: Yeah, for the most part.
AR: Your parents aren't together though, huh?
JC: Huh uh.
AR: When did they get divorced?
JC: When I was three years old.
AR: When you were three? Do you have any brothers or sisters?
JC: Yeah. \\ I got a twin brother and sister. \\
AR: \\ You have a sister \\ and a brother?
JC: Yeah, uh huh. Um, and I got an older brother and well, he's like a half brother.
AR: You have an older brother?
JC: Yeah, he's 27. You met him. Lucas.
AR: Oh. OK, Yeah, I did. You're right. He's the one that works over at Carmax.
JC: Yeah.
AR: OK, whoops. Sorry. And you all live with your mom except Lucas, right?
JC: Nah, my brother \\ lives at Todd and Amanda's. \\
AR: \\ Oh that's right, \\ he doesn't live there.
JC: And, uh, yeah I live at my mom's. My sister lives there, too.
AR: What's your sister's name? Lauren?
JC: Lauren, yeah.
AR: What's her little kid's name?
JC: Amaya Jade.
AR: Amaya Jade?
JC: Yeah.
AR: How do you spell that?
JC: I have no idea.
AR: All right. [Laughs]
JC: But Jade's her middle name.
AR: Yeah, I can, I can get the Jade part.
JC: OK, just making sure.
AR: I can handle that.
JC: I don't know how she, I don't know how she spells it.
AR: Do you get along with your siblings?
JC: Yeah, well, me and my brother get along real good. Me and my sis-.
AR: Which one?
JC: Jordan. We get along real good. We hang out about on about a daily basis. Uh, my sister, we don't get along. Well, we get along all right, sometimes. She's just, she's one of them people that has mood swings real bad.
AR: Aww.
JC: I know. [Laugh]
AR: It must run in the family.
JC: Yeah, I think it does. Um, [pause] blacken my lungs real quick.
AR: [Laugh]
JC: Um, yeah but I get along with my older brother pretty good too, but I don't see him a whole lot any. He lives down in Charlotte, too.
AR: Is he married?
JC: Yeah. Yeah, he is.
AR: Do they have any kids?
JC: Nah, and they ain't going to have none, either.
AR: No? They don't want any?
JC: Huh uh. Yeah well, they couldn't even handle a little puppy.
AR: Oh really?
JC: And you know they ain't going to have any kids.
AR: They couldn't handle a puppy?
JC: Nah, they had to get rid of it.
AR: You're kidding me.
JC: It was a cute puppy, too. It was a basset hound or something like that or uh, it had big floppy ears.
AR: Aww.
JC: It was like a little low-riding dog.
AR: A little low-riding dog?
JC: It was one of them, uh, coon dogs.
AR: Meaning what?
JC: I'm trying think of, uh, them dogs that chase the raccoons down and get them in the woods.
AR: OK. Sorry you got to clarify for me.
JC: No. You're supposed to shoot the raccoon and the dog goes and gets the raccoon and brings it back to you, I think its how it works. I ain't really sure. And I think it was like a basset hound. It was some sort of little dog with floppy ears. It was cute.
AR: OK. [Pause] Coon dog.
JC: That's the only thing I can think of it, it looks like, coon dog. It ain't nothing. Oh, my bad.
AR: [Coughs] Thanks.
JC: The wind's blowing it that direction. You know I got to have my cigarettes.
AR: It's all good. Sure, and your coffee.
JC: Yeah. I ain't had no Starbucks in a while, actually.
AR: What kind is it?
JC: It's, uh, White Chocolate Mocha.
AR: Huh. My kind. [Pause] Oops. I forgot what I was asking you. I lost my train of thought, sorry.
JC: Tell the tape that, don't tell me.
AR: What kind of morals did your parents instill in you? [Long pause] That's out of the blue. [Laugh]
JC: Um. A whole bunch of them.
AR: Like what?
JC: I don't know.
AR: Like for me, my parents instilled the golden rule like heavily, into me. "Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you."
JC: Yeah, I mean, I was taught all that good stuff, I'm like every other American kid.
AR: Well, some other American kids aren't.
JC: All right, all right, all the American kids I know anyway. I was raised about the same as them. You respect your mom and dad's and, uh, open doors for women and, stuff like that. Ordinary-.
AR: That's not ordinary to me. Opening doors for me? Nah.
JC: It's normal.
AR: Nah. Nah. [Laugh] If I'm there first, if I open the door, you'd better let me hold that door.
JC: Ah, I see.
AR: That's a, that's a definitely a southern thing or a North Carolina thing.
JC: Well, that's like, that's another thing, like a lot, a lot of the old dudes, the dudes, the dudes I work with they're all like you can't cuss in front of women and this and that, and all that I wasn't ever taught, my mom used to cuss at us [laugh] so that, that, that rule don't apply, but they're all you can't cuss around the secretary or they're like, "Oh man you can't be talking like that."
AR: You get in trouble?
JC: No, no I don't get in trouble, but they just, I don't, I don't see the big huge deal. I mean, women have heard it all too, just like me.
AR: No we haven't.
JC: Shoot. Same as we've all heard.
AR: I never cuss.
JC: Oh yeah.
AR: I never say anything foul and I'm very offended that you would think you should cuss around me.
JC: Oh, I'm doing good right now.
AR: No, you've already cussed a couple times.
JC: Have I?
AR: Yes. [Laugh]
JC: Aaw. I'm trying.
AR: You're trying. I'll give you credit.
JC: I'm never around anybody I don't have to cuss around, except my daughter.
AR: Except your what?
JC: My daughter.
AR: Your daughter.
AR: What are you going to, what do you try to teach your daughter? Like what kind of morals are you going to try to teach her?
JC: The basic stuff like I don't know, just have respect for people and they'll respect you and, uh, be a lady I guess, don't be a-.
AR: What defines a lady?
JC: Don't be no tramp or nothing like that.
AR: Oh. What defines a tramp?
JC: I don't know. There ain't really no definition. Well, I'm sure there's a definition for it, but I don't know what it is.
AR: What's your definition of a lady?
JC: I don't know. Somebody who damn responsible and courteous and uh, ain't, uh, slutting around and, that sort of thing.
AR: That's a lady?
JC: Right, sort of. It's kind of hard to put all them thoughts into one sentence.
AR: So a tramp would be the exact opposite?
JC: Huh?
AR: A tramp would be the exact opposite?
JC: Of what?
AR: Of a lady?
JC: Oh yeah, probably.
AR: So that would be someone who's not respectful.
JC: Be sleeping around, and-.
AR: Sleeping around.
JC: Is just nasty and, yeah.
AR: What's your definition of a redneck?
JC: A dude [laugh] that has a red neck.
AR: Oh, your definition was better the other night.
JC: Well, you should have been recording then.
AR: Yeah, I should have.
JC: Um, a redneck-. I'm trying to think of a good way to put it.
AR: Would you call yourself a redneck?
JC: Nah, I'm not a redneck.
AR: Are you just country?
JC: Huh-uh. I ain't even country. I'm kind of, well I'm kind of country, but I'm kind of not country.
AR: Well what are you then?
JC: I don't know. I'm a Lake Normaner. [Laugh] Yeah.
AR: Nah.
JC: I've been here before anybody here, all this right, what we sitting in right now, this wasn't here.
AR: \\ Birkdale? \\
JC: \\ This was all woods \\ when I lived here. Shoot there wasn't nothing on this side of the interstate. Exit 25 wasn't even here.
AR: Really.
JC: I'm the OG up here. I'm a, I am a native Lake Normaner.
AR: What did you say the-?
JC: What?
AR: You're a what?
JC: I'm a native Lake Norman.
AR: No, before that. You're a OG? What did you say? What's that?
JC: [Laugh] Oh. The OG? Lake Norman [laugh], I'm an Original Gangster. [Laugh] All right. I'll be quiet.
AR: Remember, you have you have to interpret that for me. I don't speak that.
JC: [Laugh] That's one of them Mulberrian words. [Laugh] We got a bunch of those.
AR: Mulberrian?
JC: Mulberrian words, yeah. We have our own language there.
AR: What else is a Mulberrian word?
JC: I don't know. You just have to hear me say something and say something about it.
AR: So you remember when nothing was developed around here?
JC: Yeah.
AR: What was developed around here? Was there anything? At all?
JC: Not really. There was Mulberry Street. And-
AR: Where's Mulberry at exactly? It's off exit \\ 28, right? \\
JC: \\ Twenty-eight, yeah. \\ It's uh, the old side of the bridge. There wasn't nothing there. There was Mulberry Street, Smithville, and the Mill Hill and Cashions and a Ham and Eggs.
AR: Mill Hill?
JC: The Mill Hill, that's our Mulberrian enemies.
AR: All right, and a Ham and Eggs?
JC: Yeah.
AR: And that's like Waffle House.
JC: Yeah, and there was, well, McDonald's kind of McDonald's was there when I was as long as I can remember. McDonald's moved there when they started developing everything and they put a car lot up there.
AR: A what?
JC: That car lot, the Dodge place.
AR: Oh.
JC: And then everything started developing from there.
AR: So, how long did it take to develop this area up?
FV (Female Voice): Do you all know if there's an ABC around here somewhere?
JC: Uh, there's one at exit 23 and one at exit 28. Which way do you want to go?
FV: Twenty-three.
JC: Yeah, uh, go, go get on the interstate and go south on 77, get off, take a right-.
FV: Uh-huh.
JC: And it'll be like your first or second right. There's a big shopping center there and it's in the shopping center.
FV: Great. Thank you.
JC: You'll see the shopping center.
FV: Right. Thank you.
JC: Just look around for it. That's bad. I know [laugh]
AR: Hey. [Laugh]
JC: Which one you want to know about?
AR: [Laugh] Yeah that was pretty funny. [Laugh] So when did everything start developing?
JC: Oh, I don't remember.
AR: Or how long did it take to develop?
JC: It's still developing now.
AR: Yeah but it's lots-.
JC: And it's getting bigger everyday. I don't know. It's been developing as long as I can remember. It's still-.
AR: When did you move up here? Like up to-.
AR: No.
JC: My parents lived here when I was born.
AR: Your mom's house wasn't up, your mom's house?
JC: What you talking about?
AR: Your mom's house. It hasn't been here like for 21 years. That house is not 21 years old.
JC: No. I lived on Mulberry Street.
AR: Oh. I didn't know that.
JC: Yeah.
AR: Did you say that? Did I miss that?
JC: I've told you. I told you and the thing here listening.
AR: Oh, OK. Well, it listens better than I do. [Laugh]
JC: I lived over around the corner from Todd.
AR: OK. Which corner? The little one that I always, the one that has the big dipsy-doodle thing?
JC: Yeah. I lived, like you know where Aaron's house is?
AR: No.
JC: Do you know where Nelson's house was?
AR: No.
JC: His old house? All right. Never mind.
AR: Just there somewhere, though.
JC: Yeah, it's on that street. I lived there for, uh, like 17 years.
AR: Oh, OK.
JC: Well, we lived, we, we were, you know where Katie's house is? Across the street from Todd's?
AR: Sure.
JC: OK.
AR: It's across the street from-.
JC: Yeah.
AR: Yeah, I think I can handle that.
JC: Yeah well I, my parents lived there when I was born, and then we moved over to Floral Lane, which is just a couple streets over, for like a year or two. And then, when my parents got divorced, we moved back to Mulberry Street to a different house. And, uh, lived there for, till I was 17.
AR: Did you always live with your mom when, after they got divorced or did you live with you dad?
JC: Yeah, yeah, we went to see my dad every other weekend.
AR: So what do you think of all the people who are moving here to Lake-?
JC: A lot of them are snooty as hell.
AR: You think they're snooty?
JC: Yeah, a lot of people are. It used to be everybody around here knew everybody. Everybody waved to you, and now everybody gives you a dirty look like you damn trash or something, and I want to-. [Makes motion with middle finger]
AR: [Laughs]
JC: Yeah, put that on the tape, that's what I'd like to say to them.
AR: [Laugh]
JC: Yeah, come up in my neighborhood and be snooty. This is the place for the good old boys.
AR: Good old boys?
JC: Yeah, this ain't for no Yankees coming here.
AR: Oh, oh Yankees. I'm a Yankee?
JC: [Clears throat] Andrea.
AR: Excuse me? And what's your definition of a Yankee, Josh?
JC: A northerner from across the Mason-Dixon line.
AR: A northerner from across the Mason-Dixon line. Would you like to know my definition of a redneck, Josh? [Laugh]
JC: Down woman.
AR: [Laugh]
JC: Somebody with a mullet?
AR: Ohh, no.
JC: A mullet doesn't necessarily mean you're redneck, but nine times out of 10 you are. I seen somebody with a mullet the other day I was damn, I busted out laughing.
AR: Really?
JC: Yeah. I forgot who it was, somebody I know, too. Had a damn mullet.
AR: Was it about as long as yours?
JC: Ah, nah, nah, it ain't got nothing on me. Speaking of, I'm going to get Jordan to cut my hair tonight.
AR: Oh, are you now? Say "Hi" for me. [Laugh] He's flicking me off. That was very rude.
JC: Uh-huh.
AR: I don't think your mom would like that.
JC: No, probably not.
AR: I'll tell your little girl, too, on you. What do you all do? What do you do with your daughter?
JC: Who?
AR: You and your daughter.
JC: Whatever. We do all kind of stuff. We go to the park, we swing on the swings, we slide on the slides. We go to the movies. We go to Grandma's. We go to Grandpa's. We go to Grandma's and Grandpa's again and great Grandma's and Great Grandpa's and Great Great Grandma's and aunt's and uncles and, that's about what we do. We go to the circus. What do you normally do? [Laugh]
AR: That's more than a lot of people do, actually. That's one thing I will say, you're very good with your daughter.
JC: \\ I try to be. \\
AR: \\ Well, I've never seen you with your daughter, \\ but the fact, the attention that you give her I think is impressive.
JC: The what?
AR: The attention that you give her, I think it's impressive. OK, now what about analogies?
JC: People around here use a lot of expressions and things, and one of them in particular is, if you were asking somebody for something. If for instance, you were going to ask me, "Do you have, uh, my, my bag?" If you'd say "Do you have my bag?" I would say, "Is your mama white?" That means yes.
AR: Really?
JC: Yeah. Well, I mean there's all kinds of stuff like that, you know.
AR: Like what else?
JC: I don't know. Cold as a witch's titty in a brass bra.
AR: [Laugh] What do you mean?
JC: Um, let's see, dry as a popcorn fart.
AR: Nuh-uh.
JC: Um, I don't know. That's all I can think of right off hand. There's a lot more, I'm sure.
END OF INTERVIEW
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