This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Aldridge Brothers at Buzzy's

 It was a very slow Saturday afternoon at Buzzy's Country Store yesterday when someone asked me "Where is everyone?"  I answered "Probably home cutting grass and doing yard work but they will all be in later."  

When I made that observation, little did I know how correct I would be as later on Buzzy's became very crowded with folks including all 4 of the Aldridge brothers.  I told  them how honored I was to have all of them drop into Buzzys and said  "You guys need to stop in more often because you all draw a crowd." 

Paul Joe, Van, Gordon and Lewie Jr.
Somewhere in the middle of all this, a nice young couple also stopped in and informed me "When we went down the road to Pt. Lookout earlier your parking lot only had 2 cars.  So just now as we were coming back up the road when we saw it full we had to stop and see what was going on.  We didn't know that you are really a bar."  

After I thanked them for dropping in, I explained  Buzzy's bi-polaritis of being a quiet little country store most of the day but then turning into a redneck bar come late afternoon.   The couple stayed at the counter for a bit enjoying a drink and assured me that they would be back.  I told them that 2:30 to 3:00 was the best time to drop in because they could experience the store-to-a-bar transition.  Other places have their changing of the guards, Buzzy's just changes period.

Thomas Friedman wrote his World is Flat book in 2005.  However, back in 1991 an old Saturday song featured a great line where the young man tells his girlfriend "You know Lucy, the world must be flat, because when they leave this town they never come back."   Wonder if Mr. Friedman ever heard this tune?

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