Friday, May 9, 2008
This is a picture of the old Moon post office, conveniently located in downtown Moon, VA. The new/current post office is just down the road a spell and is much less interesting. Moon is another "section" of Mathews, similar to Hallieford and Hudgins. It's just the name of an area within the county, usually associated with a combination former country store and post office.
Moon became famous when the U.S. first sent a man to the moon. (By the way, my great grandfather, the blacksmith, thought the whole moon thing was a hoax. He never did believe a man actually walked on it.) (Editor's note: How many times can I say MOON in two paragraphs? Evidently a minimum of FIVE times.)
Folks from all over the country wanted stuff with the Moon, VA (we're now up to six Moons) postmark. Don't ask me how I know this, I just do. I either heard it or read it. Or dreamed it. Take your pick.
Another interesting factoid about this Moon (seven) post office is the incredibly sharp turn in the road located directly in front of this building. One time, Someone Who Shall Remain Nameless, was home from college and was terribly bored. She wanted to go down Haven Beach and see if there were any submarine races going on, or if there were any cold beverages being enjoyed (Pepsi, silly, definitely NOT an Alabama Slamma or Purple Passion. Definitely not.) In order to get to Haven Beach, you have to pass by the old Moon (eight) post office and negotiate this severe turn in the road. Someone was too busy listening to Rick James on her 8-track cassette via the power booster that was conveniently installed in her green VW bug, meaning that everyone in the Moon (nine) vicinity was enjoying Rick James, too. Someone was going about 55 in a 35 mile per hour zone. Someone was in trouble.
Anyway, let's just fast forward and note that once Someone realized there was this sharp turn involved, even though she had been through there a thousand times and knew darn well the turn was sharp, Someone screeched on the brakes. Someone's VW bug did a 180-degree turn in that road and did NOT go in the ditch or into a tree, which is truly a miracle.
A Moon miracle, that is. (TEN moons. Unbelievable.)