The bard of Panguitch


The clerk at the Eagle Stop convenience store signs her unusual name with her quill pen.


Even in a one-horse town, sometimes you’ll find a unicorn.

Panguitch, in southwestern Utah, has a modern pharmacy with a friendly pharmacist, but that’s about it. At the town’s one restaurant, The Flying M, the waitress (not “server”) calls the old geezers “darlin’ ” and the old couples “kids,” and the food is strictly American.

But Panguitch has one saving grace. At a convenience store called Eagle Stop, the clerk with the beautiful face will hand you a quill pen with which to sign for your purchase. Well, it’s not exactly a quill pen, but a ballpoint pen with a feather attached. Close enough.

And why the pen is appropriate becomes apparent when the clerk signs her own name: Jessica Shakespeare. It’s fun to think that she’s the unsung bard of Panguitch.

Text and photo copyright 2010 by Esther Hecht. No part of the text or photo may be used without written permission of the author.


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