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Day 39 - Raleigh, North Carolina

When we got to Raleigh, North Carolina, I looked over at Ziggy and asked her if she knew a subscriber by the name of Jim Watt. She shook her head, said, "Watt's his name?" and put on her hat.

I told her we were meeting up with him today and she strugged her shoulders. I told her not only was North Carolina was the 12th state in the USA and it became a state on November 21, 1789, but Jim Watt was a poker legend in his own mind who was always trying to get me to play poker against him.

Here comes Jim Watt up to the Capitol of Raleigh with this big grin and a deck of cards. We said hello and I told him that before we played some poker, he would have to give us a tour, tell us some history and feed us. He said no problemo.

He said, "Raleigh was established in 1792 as both the new county seat and the new state capital. It was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, sponsor of the Colony of Roanoke, which was known as the "Lost Colony." The site was chosen as being within ten miles of Isaac Hunter's Tavern, a tavern popular with the legislators of the time. No city or town existed on the site before it was chosen to house the capital."

He continued, "Despite being spared destruction in the Civil War, Raleigh grew very little from its original 1792 size until the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1920's, foundation of the Research Triangle Park in the 1950's, and a freeway known as the Beltline in the 1960's. Raleigh is one of the only cities in the US planned and built specifically to serve as a state capital. Now you want to play poker?"

"No," I replied, "Let go eat."

He said, well, one thing ya got to have here in North Carolina is our fresh water trout! Let's go."

Jim told us, "The most effective way to fish the Chattooga is to backpack into the Ellicott Rock Wilderness by one of the trails and spend a couple of days fishing, ideally with a Georgia or South Carolina license in addition to a North Carolina license."

Well, we ain't backpackin anywhere, " I said. Let's just eat." He said ok.

Here's the recipe.

North Carolina Fried Trout
Serves 2.

2 pounds of North Carolina rainbow trout fillets
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 egg
1 tsp. milk
1 cup flour (or 1/2 cup flour & 1/2 cup cornmeal

Sprinkle fillets or whole trout inside and out with salt and pepper. Beat egg and blend in milk. Dip fish in egg/milk mixture and roll in flour or flour/cormeal mix. Place fish in frying pan with 1/8 inch cooking oil. Cook on moderate heat until golden brown on both sides. Cooking time: 10 minutes depending on thickness of fish.

Good eating to you.


After dinner, I told Jim we had about a few hours to play some cards cause we had to head to Albany, New York. Je said, "Kieto, I've been waiting for this opportunity for goin on 3 years. Heck, all I need is a few minutes to take you down!"

Here's poor Jim's photo after 30 minutes of playin Texas Holdem No Limit and then Ziggy and I were on our way to the airport.

See ya in Albany, New York tomorrow! hehehehe. Keep practicing Jim.


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