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The movie Next of Kin deals with a Southern man being killed in Chicago (I think it was Chicago) and his family taking up the role of kinsman redeemer as they go after the killer, who happens to be into organized crime.

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Would the Southern Man be of Scot-Irish ancestry? If so I feel sorry for the mobsters! I am from "Highland" stock and I can tell you that when one of us is hurt the whole tribe bleeds...it is just the way of our family. The same if you hurt one of us, you will have the entire family after you.

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in case you forget...

I WIN! :sing:

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Yes, I believe they were of such stock!

I was raised that, for the most part, you can do what you want but if you mess with me or mine the line has been crossed and you deserve whatever you end up getting.

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When the Highland Clearances of 1745 began, many of the displaced Highlanders settled into the Appalchian Mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia because it was the type of land they were most accustomed to. If you check out the roadmaps you will see place named for their homeland, like Glasgow KY. The Hatfields and McCoys are two families famous for their family fued that extended several generations. Highland Peoples take their bloodlines and kinfolk very very seriously. That is why "outsiders" are treated with a great deal of suspicion - you are never truly accepted by a community unless and until you can esatblish a bloodline relationship with them...either by marriage, or by having traced your genealogy back enough generations that you can trace your relationship to the community back to your great great grandma on your aunt's cousin's side of the family. My family names are Ross, Stewart, and Taylor. That dosen't mean very much anyplace outside of Kentucky, but when I am "back home" it means all the world!

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Yep, I know what you mean. I've been among some of those folks, pretty good friends with a couple. Like you say, no matter what, that "blood is thicker than water" sayin' holds very true. There is always that bit of "reserve" or something there that lets one know that while you might be a great friend, you just ain't family.

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But only for a very short while...

What will determine the winner in the end will be when this thread ultimately plays out. I think this may be a Guiness Record for most posts on a thread! Have you ever been on a message board that had more pages than this one does???? Anyone seen one longer than 373 pages????

:tease: HOORAY FOR ME! I WIN AGAIN! :tease:

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Now that was a really nice article! It reminds me of the first time I ever danced a Virginia Reel ...I practiced for weeks before the ball. Then when it came time to dance I wound up dancing arm and arm with a Confederate Calvary Officer who got the heel of his riding boot caught in the bottom rung of my homemade hoopskirt. For those who do not know a Virginia Reel is a bit like a square dance - you dance with several partners all at the same time...anyways he tripped and I nearly killed myself when the hoop got away from me, flipped my daydress over my head, and I landed smack dab on my bloomers and petticoats! The ground shook I fell so hard! Everyone stopped playing the music, I stood up, readjusted the monster that was my hoopskirt, and with a smile we continued the Reel. We called that night the "Black and Blue Ball" instead of the Blue and Grey Ball... :lol:

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Yes it was! I also enjoyed attending the ladies teas. We made old fashioned snickerdoodle cookies, and fresh squeezed lemonade for the big event. everyone brought their antique teacup and saucer so we could sit and sip our tea and eat our cookies - it was a real life dress up tea party!

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I love it when the reenacting ladies are really into what they are doing. Some carry themselves in such a way, even their facial expressions and eye movements seem to convey a time long gone. In such a way, they each look beautiful and dignified; noble even.

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All I know is that there is indeed a transformation when you put on the clothes. I wore many many layers - silk stockings, long legged bloomers, whale-boned corset, a chemise over that, then a petticoat, and the hoopskirt, and then the over the hoop petticoat, then the daydress that covers you from your chin to your ankles. You wear mitts on your hand to protect them from the sun. Then you top it off with a day cap, and a straw bonnet tied with a big bow. You have to stand very straight and tall in order to hold the clothing properly and when you wear high button boots you have to step out a certain way in order not to trip. When it is much over 80' all you can do is look for a shady spot to sit and stay cool. I was a camp seamstress, so I spent a good deal of my time with a split oak woven sewing basket under my arm or in my lap, while I sewed handstiched cotton shirts for the "troops." My children were little then, and they would play in the the puddles and make up their own little games whilst I did my sewing.

If you have ever seen the movie "Gettysburg" I have about 100 of my cotton shirts out there on the field during the big battle.

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That's very cool IM! I'll have to check for those shirts the next time I watch. :lol:

I've always noticed the ladies wearing those outfits have a similar bearing to them. Of course, some carry themselves very naturally like that while others seem to be working at it more, but they all have that special bearing.

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It's the corset! The most authentic looking ladies wear those tightly laced corsets - it actually makes it easier to carry the hoops when you have the corset on. If you see any ladies with blue faces, then you'll know they are laced too tightly.

:tease: I am glad you are back from your vacation!

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