Saturday, August 9, 2014

It's All About Popcorn

Our itinerary today has us still in Sunset Beach, NC at the Brunswick Beaches RV Resort.  It is not really a "resort" by any stretch of the imagination.  We have been to RV resorts and this is no RV resort.  It has been my experience that some RV campgrounds change their name to include "Resort" and then charge you $20 a night more. We have been here for a week now and although it is the peak of the summer vacation season the park has never been half full. There are bad ruts in some of the interior roads that are still full of water and bad pot holes in the entrance hard top road.  A couple interior roads are pretty much flooded so they are not putting any campers along those roads. The shower/bathroom facilities are barely adequate for a campground of this size.  But because of all the rain, the grass camp sights are still muddy. Their customer service attitude leaves a lot to be desired, too.

Now about the popcorn... We are about an hour's drive south of Wilmington, NC where we lived from about 1986 to 1996.  It was a great place to live and we developed many nice friendships.  On Friday nights we celebrated the end of the work week by having a pizza delivered, going to Blockbuster's and renting a movie, (yeah, it was VHS in those days).  I discovered a couple of doors down from Blockbuster's a store that sold popcorn.  Popcorn and a movie - how American can you get?  This popcorn store sold the best cheese flavored popcorn I have ever tasted and anyone who tastes it agrees: Best ever! Finest kind! If anyone knows gourmet popcorn, it's me!

It was a popcorn franchise called Vic's back then and about 2 decades ago a local family bought it and continued the original fare.  (Later I found out we were related to them, sort of, by marriage). For me it was a ritual that I continued even after we moved away from Wilmington by purchasing my precious cheese popcorn on-line and having it shipped.  And every time we visited Wilmington, we had to stop by Vic's Popcorn and buy them out of cheese popcorn.

Well, it almost goes without saying, this close to Wilmington, I had to make a popcorn run.  They have changed the name to "Always Corny" but it is still the absolute best popcorn ever!

I have yellow fingertips now and my tummy is very happy!  If you are so inclined, try some yourself and see if you don't agree with me.

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