Enjoying a refreshing glass of Double Cola,* I remarked to Tam that it is bottled in Chattanooga, "Yet another product of Eastern Tennessee. I swear, Eastern Tennessee's got a monopoly on all the good stuff"
Tam: "The region's done right well since the Yankees gave us that atom-bomb factory in war reparations."
RX: "Great, they've got The Bomb and we gave it to them. Should'a built the blame thing in Chicago...."
Tam: (Says nothing, gives me a very schoolmarmish look).
RX: "Oh, right, Northern unions. It would probably be ready just about now...."
(Yes, yes, I'm exaggerating, in Detroit alone union members worked enormous amounts of OT and turned out huge numbers of war-winning products, planes and jeeps and tanks; it's a joke. What's not a joke is that right to work states seem to get most of the new factories, while I've seen the local members of a certain auto-workers union that shall remain nameless vote to refuse concessions that would have kept a plant in town under new ownership; instead, they killed the place and all the jobs it would have provided. How long do you have to keep being underbid before you figure out you have priced yourself out of the market? It's not about what you deserve, we all otta have a shiny-new chicken in every garage and two cars in the pot; it's about what you can get).
(Also not a joke: Oak Ridge got built at Oak Ridge 'cos A] the terrain offered natural shielding and B] there was just about nothing there as far as Washington noticed. It wasn't America's Siberia -- that'd be Hanford and you'll note it's not all that Siberish either -- but you do not, in fact, build atom bombs next to B-17s: first, it's a mess if somebody slips; second, what folks don't see, they don't wonder at and gossip about. They distilled fisionables at Oak Ridge 'cos they would not have missed it much if it happened to blow up).
* It's really quite nice, sweetened with sugar and lacking the phosporic acid "bite" of the big two even though it is in there, just not so darned much.
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