I recently watched a rerun of City Confidential: Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Nightmare. This show always profiles a city as well as a community-shaking crime.
In this episode, I found it interesting how Gaitlinburg is so tourist-oriented. To make peace with the influx of outsiders, locals view tourists as money-making opportunities. One favorite activity is tattooing. The Guinness World Records attraction has a mannequin of the tattooed lady.
One local church was next to a tattoo parlor, and the pastor said they were forced to move because of all the “riff-raff” who frequented the establishment. Of course, to the pastor, by definition those who go to the tattoo parlor are riff-raff. For him, I think the nightmare was not the crime but the presence of tattooed individuals.
I beg to differ!
George was watching John Hodgman’s Ragnarok special, and I caught the ending when Hodgman covers “Resist the Tide” by Cynthia Hopkins. I loved the performance. This is Hodgman at another venue – he starts the song about 2:50 minutes in.