Courtesy of Ray Ortensie:
Verona was inspired by Valdosta, Georgia, and sits in approximately the same location, in extreme south Georgia, just a half-hour north of the Florida line. But the fictional town is not Valdosta with the name changed. There are many similarities, however. Incidentally, I have never been to Valdosta.
What is Verona?
I assume it’s the name of a fictional town based on a real town but really not.
In Connie’s fantasy world…
Actually, she may sporadically stumble into the real world. For example, there’s this startling admission:
” Simpson’s odious attempts to smear the VaFlaggers by attributing my beliefs and writings to them is, in my opinion, a clear (but unsurprising) breach of ethics.”
Nothing like a confession that attribution of your own beliefs to other persons is an “attempt to smear them”. For the first time, I have sympathy for the VaFlaggers. Nobody should be “smeared” with Connie’s “beliefs and writings”.
By the way, there is a Verona, Georgia.
See, and I did not even check that. One would assume she would have checked that…however, should have known better.
And speaking of Verona, Georgia…I probably flew over it back in 95/96.
Does driving by the exit along I-75 count as being there?4
It depends as two of the exits you have to drive quite a ways in and then you are still a ways away from downtown. However, the exit next to the “gentleman’s” club is the closest to downtown. Interesting enough, the hotel across the street has a steak house attached to it that has, in my opinion, the BEST steaks I have ever had at a restaurant.
“Incidentally, I have never been to Valdosta.”
Has she been to anywhere in reality?
Having lived in Valdosta for two years back ten years ago, I believe most long-term residents I knew or met would take quite an offense to her “thoughts.” HOWEVER, just a half-hour to the west in Moultrie is an SCV “outfit.” I had been doing some research in the town’s library for a AFB that used to be in the town for training pilots and someone in there told the “leader of the pack” of my research interest in Civil War guerrilla activities. He kept contacting me to come and talk to the group but with a little research I stayed clear of them for two reasons: one, I did not agree with their “views” on history or racists views; and two, associating with this “group” could have issues with my employment.