Ocracokers love to pick on each other. It's good-natured, of course, but humorous stories about locals live on for years, even many years after folks are gone. Dale told me the following story just the other day.
It seems an old time O'cocker went down to one of the local stores. He walked up to the counter and told the clerk what he'd come in for. "I'd like a cartoon of cigarettes," he said, "and a pound of babalony."
One sign of a small community, and especially of a close-knit small community is residents' ability to laugh at themselves. This is just one of many pithy stories that O'cockers continue to tell. I suppose it's a good sign that our community is still intact.
[Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old Toothbrush Man, published August 01, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news080105.htm.]