A Simple Look at a Not-So-Simple Life


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One of the greatest gifts of Upstate South Carolina is a hole-in-the-wall hot dog restaurant called Skins. I don’t even like hot dogs that much, but I LOVE a good Skins dog. There are all kinds of local legends about what makes them so good, the most common being that they are boiled in beer. Who knows?

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This is the original Skins. It’s tucked away in a former mill hill community. The neighborhood has gone downhill, but business is still booming here. Oh the memories! We had a small contingency of Skins runners back in high school – a few of the guys in band who would take orders and make a lunch run. If my memory serves me, they were mainly from the trombone and percussion sections. They never got caught, probably because the teachers turned a blind eye in exchange for a couple of dogs. (Never mind that the two times I dared cut lunch in high school I got caught. The first time I was turned in be the band director. Really Bass?! The second time I was caught by the entire ministerial staff from my church. They never told my parents, but they enjoyed holding it over me as a threat to keep me in line.)

There are several Skins scattered around Anderson and Greenville now. I learned today that one is opening in Greenwood soon. Every time I go I try to convince them that their future lies in Charleston! It hasn’t worked yet, but I’m not giving up. Cosmic Dogs wouldn’t stand a chance against Skins!

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In every Skins restaurant you’ll find this posted. It was Skin Thrasher’s motto. Not a bad one, I might add.


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  1. ah, well, I hope you get your wish! I find that I have an occasional desire for a good hot dog in the summer, usually for lunch. Go figure?

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