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White Lightening May Strike Twice

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It never ceases to amaze me. They put anything (and everything) on tv and we will watch it.

We will watch people eat couch stuffing on a show about weird obsessions. We will watch people who weigh so much they have to live on a bed. I still have nightmares about the 1000 pound man.

I admit it – I also spend time watching Moonshiners, a show about people illegally making and selling … you guessed it – moonshine. Well, I have to get blog material somehow…

Let me say that again – it’s a show about people who illegally make and sell moonshine. And we watch it. Maybe the rest of us live vicariously through people daring enough to do something like that. A production team follows these people into the back woods in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and Louisiana to film their victories when they make a good batch of moonshine and the failures when one of the stills explodes or somebody takes the shine and runs.

I have a few questions about this whole thing. First of all, how did they find the people to be on the show? Did they put an ad in the paper for any moonshiners who might want to come out of hiding and advertise that they make moonshine? If I made illegal moonshine, I don’t think being on tv would be high on my agenda. How do they not get arrested? The doublewide husband has tried to explain it and I still don’t fully understand.

They’re constantly watching their rearview mirrors for signs of revenuers tailing them. It’s definitely not a boring line of work.

Most of the moonshiners use the buddy system. One of them mixes up the moonshine and the other one does the heavy lifting and the bootlegging. I guess there’s an art to making moonshine and following your recipe to the last detail. I don’t think Betty Crocker knows about this. Part of it evidently involves wearing overalls with no shirt. If I ever decide to try moonshine, I’d rather have some made by a guy wearing a shirt.

Not all of the moonshiners are men, though. There are a couple of women involved in making the white lightening. One makes shine with her dad — what a way to bond.  The family that makes shine together stays together, I guess. The same goes for the married couple they somehow talked into being part of the series.

They’re innovative too, the moonshiners. They come up with all kinds of different flavors to put in their cauldrons. I’m sure apples and strawberries mixed in the mash somehow makes it kind of healthy.

Now some of the moonshiners are going legal — their names and pictured are plastered all around the distilleries that have cropped up all over tourist joints like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Another success story. Entrepreneurship is on the move.

I don’t know if all the other moonshiners will go legal. Maybe they’re  having too much fun running from the law. That doesn’t seem like a very good way to live, but each to his own.

I think I’ll stick to writing blogs. As far as I know, that’s still legal.







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