Weekend in Charleston, SC- Part III: The Citadel


Shrimp n’ Grits

Continued from Part II

We woke up to a beautiful and chilly Sunday morning, with not a cloud in sight. My lady knew of a local’s secret diner for delicious breakfast, called the Dixie Supply. Sunday morning crowd. After dining on the lowcountry favorite, Shrimp and Grits, we head to the Historic City Market, that had been around since the late 18th century. On our way was the US Customs House. I have a thing for federal architecture.

The Charleston City Market

Gullah artisans. The proprietor screamed at me for taking a picture. My bad!

We departed from our hotel to drive by The Battery. Here’s a great picture of the rows of beautiful homes.

Love this picture, but sadly I was in a moving car and wasn’t able to get a clear shot. “Tradd” indeed. Notice the grandparents and grandson. Repp tie, no break cuffed slacks, plaid trilby, loafers.

One of the estates on the seaside. A few million? Meh…chump change.

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina is one of the finest military academies in the country. All undergraduate students are members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and adhere to a strict honor system and disciplined academic regimen. Graduating from the institution places high principals and distinction amongst it’s alumni.

Alma Mater

“Citadel, All Hail”

On the shores of South Carolina
Proudly rears its head.
All hail to thee, our Alma Mater.
Conquer and prevail!
Loyal sons will ever love thee,
Honor and obey.
All hail to thee, our Alma Mater,
Citadel all hail

Bond Hall.

Padgett Thomas Barracks from across the parade grounds.

The Mascot.

“Honor, Duty, Respect”

The military and trad go hand in hand, and having the right to wear a class ring from one of the preeminent service academies is more respectful than a ring from Harvard in my humble opinion. I think a college ring is suitable for certain occasions, like attending a sporting event supporting your team or attending a reunion of old fraternity buddies, but otherwise it can look a bit gaudy and overly prideful when worn day in and day out. As if you go out of your way to announce you went to Princeton while swiping your credit card at Costco. After all, it’s bad enough us tradly bastards wear dress shirts tucked into chinos on the weekend. Leave your daily jewelry to a watch and wedding band. However there is an exception with a service academy ring, bringing with it a sense of honor that transcends snobby pretense. A part of me wishes I asked my Senator back in high school for a recommendation letter, so I too can wear a ring every day from Annapolis, VMI, or The Citadel, just to name amongst the elite few, to be part of their generations of tradition and duty.

It’s no wonder why South Carolina Congressman Francis Underwood’s noticeable habit from Netflix’s House of Cards (amazing show btw) is to rap his class ring on a hard surface upon leaving from a conversation, announcing his departure of presence and power. GOAT actor Kevin Spacey’s character went to “The Sentinel” which is a fictitious epithet for The Citadel.

Handsome, all-American cadets.

We soon left charming Charleston to head back to the school week grind. But we’ll be back when the weather gets warmer. I can’t wait!