Wednesday, March 19, 2008

More Southern Things

I guess I should be more specific. These apply to the great state of Georgia. And if you didn't realize we lived in the country before... now you will.

1. A possum (or more correctly an opossum) is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road. a.k.a. roadkill.

2. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 live in Georgia.

3. There is no such thing as lunch. There is dinner and then there is supper.

4. Sweet Iced tea is appropriate for all meals (even breakfast) and you start drinking it at 2 years old. We like a little iced tea with our sugar.

5. Backwards and Forwards means "I know everything about you."

6. We don't push buttons, we "mash" them. I don't know why.

7. We measure distance in minutes. "Oh, that's only about a 15 minute drive."

8. The local papers cover national and international news on one page and require six pages for local gossip.

9. We have four seasons: almost summer, summer, still summer and Christmas.

10. "Fixinto" is a word. Or a mashed together word that means "fixing to". As in "I am fixinto go to the store." We fix alot of things for some reason. "What are you fixin for supper?" "What are you fixin to do?" I guess it is a symonym for "about to"?

I'll have to think my friend Linda for inspiring this post. She sent me a list and I just compiled my favorites.


Anonymous said...

We have flat animals that live in the middle of the road, too. We call ours Kangaroos.
And we have the same seasons as you. The only difference between summer and Christmas is that Christmas is hotter.

Stomper Girl said...

I think measuring distances with time is the Right Way to do it. Me with my spatially challenged brain.

Precious Pink Pumps said...

THese are so funny. Reminds me of my friends in Georgia. Melinda, please tell me you are joking about the snakes??? Y'all may never see me again!!!

Fairlie said...

I love your four seasons!

And I agree with Stomper - what's the point of knowing something is 3 kilometres away, if it actually takes you an hour to get there?

alice said...

How can you fix something that isn't broken? :)

Anonymous said...

I wonder what is the origin of using fixig in that way. It really is quite unique.

Melinda said...

I have no clue where the fixing thing came from, no clue at all. But then again, my grandmother IRONED her sheets, underwear and pillowcases for years. All because her mother did it. When I asked why, she said: "Because my mother did it that way." She didn't actually know WHY her mother did it that way. It just must have been the right way to do it.

Jen, I'm kidding, sort of, about the snakes. I've only seen a handful in my lifetime and only one of those was poisonous.

alice said...

26. Chiefly Southern U.S. to prepare; plan (usually fol. by an infinitive): I was just fixing to call you. We're fixing to go to Colorado this summer.

M said...

I love this. And I love the southern way of "fixin'" to do something. And, yes, I measure distances in terms of time, the only way to do it.

Emma-Kate Castricum said...

I LOVE this, adore the 'fixinto'.I want to start using it in my sentences!

We've had 2 snakes this summer down here , one at Mum and Dad's back door in the cat basket of all places and other in their rose garden.It's scary because the kids and I visit everyday. Dad now keeps a shovel at the back door. I believe a good snake's a dead snake!! (I know that will annoy a lot of animal lovers but my kids are more important)

Oh and my husbands a 15 minute direction's man. Gotta love it.

Team SAK said...

Sometimes we have four seasons in one day. Love the post- looking forward to more southern insights.

kristen said...

What a great blog.
Very funny.

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