Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How About a Little Kickapoo Joy Juice???

After posting yesterday about the Kickapoo River in central Wisconsin, I had several comments wondering if the "Kickapoo" on Kickapoo Joy Juice soda was somehow connected.

WOW - - - I didn't even know there WAS a Kickapoo Joy Juice!!!

What I DID know was that besides being the name of bodies of water and regions of the US, the Kickapoo are also a group of Native Americans.

For the rest I turned to that handy dandy tool - - - - GOOGLE.

Here's what I found:

1) The Monarch Beverage Company, based in Atlanta Georgia produces a soda called "Kickapoo Joy Juice." I've never seen nor tasted the stuff - - - but I'm more than ready to give it a try!

2) Monarch also produces RUSH! energy and Acute fruit drinks.

(cartoon by Al Capp)

3) The name for Monarch's Kickapoo Joy Juice was taken from Al Capp's Li'l Abner Comic. Seems Lonesome Polecat and Hairless Joe brewed the stuff down in Dogpatch. Lonesome Polecat, on the left, looks Native American to me - - - so I conclude that the names ARE connected.

I'm including here a direct quote from the web page "Steve Krupp's Curio Shop" just for your pure reading pleasure!

KICKAPOO JOY JUICE is a liquor of such stupefying potency that even the hardiest citizens of Dogpatch, after a first burning sip, rise into the air, stiff as frozen codfish. Concocted in a large wooden vat by the inseparable cave-dwelling buddies Lonesome Polecat and Hairless Joe, the ingredients are both mysterious and all-encompassing. When the brew needs a little more body, the pair throws one in. An officially licensed KJJ is still produced by Monarch Beverage of Atlanta, Inc.

One last bit of personal Kickapoo trivia:

Years ago, just after "Dances With Wolves" came out, I did a western themed Bible School for my friends and they dubbed me "Kickapoo Keetha Dances With Flannelgraph."



Theresa said...

Who knew... right here near my hometown:) I live outside of Atlanta, about 25 miles! I will have to research where this place is!

Enjoy your day my friend, I am going to look for that joy juice!


KathyB. said...

Thank-you for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog, especially since it brought me right here to yours. You are a Kickapoo Kick In the Pants! I love the intro over your header, sounds like you have a lot of fun living this wonderful life God has given you.

Very funny post, and I remember the Little Abner comic strip, I am older than dirt too~

Joe Todd said...

I was a kickapoo once when my son and I belonged to the YMCA Indian Guides Long time ago.. Great blog/post.

Angie said...

Ignorant Brit time again - when did they start calling 'Native Americans'........'Native Americans'?. Oh, hang on, not so ignorant after all, Li'l Abner rings a bell. Is it offensive to call them 'Indians' now?

Kristin - The Goat said...

"Kickapoo Keetha Dances With Flannelgraph."


Anonymous said...

I am almost afraid to contemplate western themed Bible school.

And my answer to the original Kickapoo question is "yes."