Ed-vise: Moonshine

A first day of Kindergarten GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, Newbie starting school today! I will say she is excited and pumped about starting up this part of the journey of her life.

Technically Talking Tuesday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s TUESDAY…Technically!

Had a bit of Midnight Moon Moonshine this past weekend. And THAT was some smooth and tasty stuff. Corn squeezings flavored with actual blackberries. Looked a bit like Jungle Juice. Safe to say I did not eat any of the soaked blackberries. NO SIR! That would have been a mistake I am sure!

In case you wanted were wondering why it is called “Moonshine”, well, I will tell you.

Moonshine, traditionally, was made at night by the “shine of the silvery moon.” Done up at night because most stills back in the day, were illegal.

See, during the Civil War, a tax was passed on the making of selling of “spirits.” Many folks up in ‘dem dar’ hollers owned stills and brewed up their own corn mash. They would then sell it around the parts. Unfortunately, they didn’t want to pay taxes on their concoctions. Which made the stuff illegal to make and illegal to sell. Damn taxman.

So, they brewed it at night. Then they would run it all over the place, avoiding the tax man and the law to the best of their ability.

Now, understand something. Many of these stills were made up of various parts people scrounged from around town. Often times from car parts or lead pipes. When the heat and moonshine ran through this system the final product was toxic. Plenty of people died because they tasted a batch of poison or went into renal shutdown from lead poisoning. Occasionally, a person would go blind because the storage container was contaminated.

My mom’s family, coming out of West Virginia, had a couple of folks that may or may not have brewed up and blew past a few lawmen with a trunk full of the stuff. Might have even paid a lawman or two with a bottle or so. I cannot confirm or deny. Still, it was pretty common.

In fact, there was so much fast driving to outrun the “Lawdogs” that a certain sporting event sprung up out of it. Leave it to Corporate ‘Murica to make a law abiding citizen out of a outlaw. With all that fast driving a group got together to start racing. Soon, NASCAR came into being. Damn shame what they did to a man trying make an honest living running outlawed booze.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember an invisible droid is called a…C-THROUGH-PO! HAHAHAHAHHAHA…didn’t see that coming!


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