Odd weather we're having, isn't it?
You get the Odd letter here every now and then.
This Odd little dog was roaming around town.
Odd and God: two great things that go great together
And I thought my school years were odd...
I love driving through tiny towns with unusual names that seem a million miles from anywhere just to see what they're like. On a recent trip, I had the chance to check out a town named Odd in West Virginia. Odd? Really? How very...odd. Wikipedia says the town got its name when a group of citizens met to come up with a name and after one suggestion someone said "That's odd". The town is actually not that far from civilization, actually; just a mere half hour's drive down Interstate 77 from the sizable city of Beckley in West Virginia's southeastern mountains, to exit 28 and then a right onto, yes, Odd Road. It's only about five miles to the center of Odd (the center of Odd? sounds like my life sometimes), but it seems further because Odd Road is a very windy mountain road where you don't go much faster than 25 mph, especially on a day as rainy as the one I had. You know you've made it when you get to the Odd post office (you can insert your own postal employee joke here), which is pretty much all there is to see, or so I thought. The p.o. was open and there was a delightfully friendly postmaster named Sue inside who cheerfully told me that they get quite a few curiosity seekers checking the town out, even from as far away as Australia. And she provided me with two treasured souvenirs: an Odd, WV postmark and an official Odd, WV post office ballpoint pen. Mighty neighborly in this Odd little place, I must say. She also informed me of two more Odd places to check out: the Odd Community Church just around the corner, and the Odd Elementary School, the last wooden schoolhouse used in West Virginia upon its closing in 1989. I couldn't tell if the church was still in operation or what kind of services they perform, but the abandoned Odd school looked like it was right out of a Steven King movie, especially in the driving rain of the day.
I really enjoyed being an Odd man out, and I hope to make it back some day, Odd willing.