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#310006 01/20/09 01:25 AM
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Dear Friends,

For the inauguration of President-elect Obama, 18 women from my family (ages 12 to 77), including my mother, sisters, grandmother, aunts, etc. traveled up to D.C. to witness this historic occasion. They've been having a great time and say the sense of unity there is truly unreal. They have a blog called C.H.A.N.G.E (Cousins Having A New Generational Experience) and the website is www.cousins12to77.blogspot.com

Anyway, my mom just e-mailed me to tell me that they were interviewed by Lisa Ling for Oprah, and it can be viewed online at Oprah.com!

Here's the web address: http://www.oprah.com/media/20090112_inaug_georgia

The woman on the left doing most of the talking is my aunt, my mother's younger sister. My cousins are in the middle but I'll take the trouble to point out my sisters. My youngest sister Emma (14) is the third from the left in the red tobaggan, and my sister Kate (17) is the one in the middle with the beige, black, and grey toboggan. I'm not sure where the rest of the 18 women were (including my other sister and my mother), but anyway I thought this would be a lot of fun to share!

On a funny side note, I have been looking all over for the only toboggan I own...well, apparently it's in D.C. and sitting atop Kate's head. wink

Alexis

P.S. I know there are people with various political leanings here, but I'd rather not fight about that. This is just for sharing and entertainment!

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Dear Alexix,

Thanks for sharing. I liked the blog too. How exciting for your family!

(Personally, I have no excitement about the inauguration, but I can respect and rejoice in the excitement and enthusiasm which others have, and most especially, Black Americans..We have come a long way as a people, thanks be to God. )

Anyway, What adorable girls your sisters are! smile

I didn't know that those hats were called 'toboggans'! confused

I thought a toboggan was a type of sled, and then you said that yours was on top your sister's head, and at that moment I understood that it couldn't possibly be a sled you were referring to-or atleast I HOPE not! LOL!!! grin

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OK - I have got to go look at this - like Alice, I'm sitting here thinking 'toboggans' - on their heads? Oh, ok, they are carrying them back up a hill to slide down - no, wait, can't be that much snow in DC.

Alex,

Regardless of how you Southerners have apparently misappropriated our perfectly good Northern term for a sled, I agree with you that it must, indeed, be exciting to have such a multi-generational group from your family take on this experience. God bless them.

Many years,

Neil


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Have I been in the south that long? I knew exactly what he meant biggrin Alex you will have to frame it when it gets back, after all it has been on a historical trip biggrin biggrin biggrin

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Well that's what we call those hats down here - but the hats themselves are so rare, I guess it wouldn't matter what we called them! At least Pani knew what I meant. wink

What do y'all Yankees call those types of hats?

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Hats! wink

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Here's a relevant Wikipedia entry for "toboggan" being used as a definition of "hat":

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In Southern American English, Appalachian English, and Yooper dialect, toboggan refers to a type of hat. This is sometimes shortened to boggan or lengthened to boggan cap. This type of hat is also referred to by other names: knit hat or knit cap, sock cap or stocking cap, watch cap, tuque, skull cap or sometimes as a ski cap. A beanie is a similar type of hat, and although toboggan and beanie typically refer to synonymous items in most regions, a beanie is normally more rigid, not knitted, and usually made up of structured panels of felt, twill, or other tightly woven cloth.


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What a great group of cousins!! I'll bet family barbeques and gatherings with this group are a real hoot! It seems that they are having a really good time - and I wish them 'safe home'.

Dr John


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