CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- WEST Virginia, my home, happy 150th birthday. You are not perfect but I love you anyway.
I love your birth from rebellion. I love the story of your secession from a secession.
I love how you got your start on the right side of morality.
I love the image of Abraham Lincoln walking corridors in his nightgown and fretting about your existence.
Were you constitutional? I'm not sure, but you were the right thing to do.
I love your crazy shape. No one would mistake you for a square.
What is that shape called, anyway? I say it is an Appalachalese Infinitangle.
I love how you don't quite fit in among the states around you. Are you north or south? Are you Midwestern or mid-Atlantic?
Who cares? Anyone wanting to pin you down is welcome to walk across the mountains for a quick debate.
I love how your very existence is a test of geography and history for so many of the unenlightened. "Is that near Richmond?" Why, yes it is - sort of.
I love how "Country Roads" misses some facts but captures your spirit.
I love your motto. "Mountaineers Are Always Free." So true.
You are West Virginia, and you are unique. And if you are from West Virginia, then you are unique, too.
I love the can-do country spirit of flying ace Chuck Yeager and the deadly aim of basketball icon Jerry West.
I love that rascal Randy Moss and the big-smiling charm of Mary Lou Retton - that perfect 10.
I love weird stuff, like the Mystery Hole and The Dancing Outlaw. If you're from West Virginia, you know what and who I mean.
Speaking of weird, I love state politics.