Tall Poppy Diaries

Observations and musings on life as a happy high-achiever (or what the Aussie's call a "Tall Poppy" ). "Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have." --Oprah Winfrey

Friday, November 05, 2004


  You Know You're From Alabama When...

I'm working on the book right now and am a bit too frazzled to think about anything else, but found this little ditty on BlogThings and thought I'd share. If you need further explanation on any of these, let me know. And ditto if you have a clue as to what "Mountain Oysters" are.

You Know You're From Alabama When...

You have a party or a barbeque whenever Alabama plays Auburn in football. Of course! But it's for EVERY game, not JUST the A/A game.

You go to Gulf Shores every summer. Yep.

You call the Atlanta Braves baseball team "us" like they're actually from Alabama. Uh huh.

You would much rather visit Florida than California. Uh duh!

You don't "take", you "carry" or "tote"... as in "You want me to carry you down to the 7-11?" Yes ma'am.

A soft drink isn't soda, cola, or pop, it's Coke. Yes, but make no mistake--Pepsi is NEVER an acceptable substitute for The Real Thing!

You call it a "buggy" and not a shopping cart. It IS a buggy...a cart is what you ride in to play golf.

You've said "fixin' to," "might could," or "usetacould" during the last week. Guilty as charged.

Someone you know has used a football schedule to plan their wedding date. There is only one weekend in the fall to get married--"Open Weekend". People think it's "tacky" (the Southern Kiss of Death) if you plan a wedding on a football weekend, 'cause they assume that you're hoping for fewer guests to keep the catering bill low. #1 Rule in Dixie: Don't be Tacky. Ever.

You know the meaning of the phrase "Fobbed again." If he'd been YOUR Governor, you'd know the meaning, too.

You can properly pronounce Eufaula, Opelika, Bayou La Batre, and Oneonta. Are they THAT perplexing?

The Talladega 500 is the biggest sporting event of any sort during the entire year. Maybe attendance-wise. But few people could tell you who won the T 500, whereas EVERYONE knows who won the Alabama-Auburn game. 'Nuff said.

You know exactly what chitlins and mountain oysters are, and you know someone who eats them anyway. What the heck are Mountain Oysters...and do I really want to know? I'm with you on the "chitlins" thing (though I've never tasted them myself).

You think that people who complain about the humidity in other states are sissies. I live in the desert now and it's no cooler here at 100 degrees than Alabama. Plus, humidity is great for your skin. So "dry heat" fans should stop their whining and get with the program.

You aren't surprised to find rental movies, groceries, ammunition and bait all in the same store. Is that just a Southern thing? Isn't K-Mart a national chain?

You've missed a wedding or a funeral to go to a football game. We made it for the reception! For goodness sake, WHO in their right mind gets married during football season?

Asian food is always "CHINESE" regardless of the fact that it may actually be Korean or Japanese or Thai. Hmmm...I don't remember this one, but maybe I've just become so cosmo now that I've forgotten that once upon a time I didn't know the difference? :)

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Alabama.

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