While it may seem like I have a thing for water towers, I assure you it’s nothing serious. But it’s hard not to comment on the Gaffney Peach, which I just found out is actually referred to as the Peachoid. While the Wikipedia article begins by saying the Peachoid is a four-story water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina that resembles a peach, it’s really hard not to want to amend that statement to conclude that the Peachoid, in fact, resembles an enormous orange ass in the sky.
Last May while on vacation, I was driving north on Interstate 85 through South Carolina and passed by the Peachoid. While we didn’t stop, Jer was able to snap a couple of photographs. Despite it’s size, it can still sneak up on you! Here we are on approach:
And at the moment of passing:
Not to dumb this whole thing down with politics, but I recently read Maureen Dowd’s latest op-ed in the New York Times, in which she talks about these recent South Carolinian highlights:
“The state that fired the first shot of the Civil War has now given us this: Senator Jim DeMint exhorted conservatives to ‘break’ the president by upending his health care plan. Rusty DePass, a G.O.P. activist, said that a gorilla that escaped from a zoo was ‘just one of Michelle’s ancestors.’ Lovelorn Mark Sanford tried to refuse the president’s stimulus money. And now Joe Wilson.”
Is it really any wonder, then, that among the 50 United States it’s South Carolina that’s got a gigantic ass crack as one of it’s most reconizable symbols?