By Jon Cogburn
Baptist Ski Trip is not a place and as such causes no problems for signage.
By way of comparison, consider Baptist Louisiana and two signs which can be found on the stretch of Interstate 12 east of Baton Rouge, through Livingston, on the way to Tangipahoa Parish.
Tangipahoa is wonderful for three reasons:
- The City of New Orleans Amtrak station in the parish seat, Hammond,
- The Louisiana Renaissance Festival, which is our annual version of what Austin, Texas was like during that brief period after Janis Joplin died and before the California techmology companies established suzerainity,* and
- The way national journalists pronounce "Tangipahoa" in the aftermath of one of our natural disasters.
If I had to guess, Baptist Louisiana was originally called "John the Baptist" by Roman Catholics who founded it. But laziness combined with influx of Scots Irish Protestants led to the abbreviation. The issue with signage comes up because the unincorporated community of Baptist is located near Pumpkin Center Louisiana. Nobody knows why Pumpkin Center is called Pumpkin Center. Locals in the know traditionally refer to it as "Bumpkin Center," but we don't do that anymore because it's exactly the kind of thing that hurt-feelinged bumpkins use as an excuse to for Donald Trump.