Recently, I sat next to a gentlemen, who was solo dining like me, and struck up a conversation. He was from Mt. Airy, NC. Right away, we centered on Andy Griffith, who grew up there. If it wasn’t for Andy, the 9,000 residents of Mt. Airy would be little more than a dot on the map — but because of his fame, and the character of that place, it draws tourists that spend 180 million dollars a year to visit the museum, the Snappy Lunch for a pork chop sandwich, Floyd’s Barber Shop, and more. On the TV show the town was called ‘Mayberry.’ It just dawned on me why Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet…NOBODY was married. Here are the single people that came to mind: Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Sam, Ernest T. Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou & Clara. In fact, the only one married was OTIS and he stayed drunk!

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