"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-- Unknown
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Friday, March 13, 2009

You might be a Southerner if...

I've been struggling to find things to write about lately. While there have been several things occur over the past few weeks that would make for interesting blog-fodder, I'd rather not shine the spotlight on them just now. There are too many thoughts bouncing around in this little head of mine to make much sense of anything. So, instead of updating you on my life (which is feeling a little surreal right now) I'll pass along a southern-fried meme. I don't remember where this came from, but I've been saving it for a rainy day.

1. Have you ever gone muddin'?
Of course! We used to go “muddin’ at sunrise” in my friend’s Jeep. Of course, that’s back when I could stay awake long enough to see the sun come up.

2. Have you ever lived on a dirt/gravel road?
Yep. And it gets even better. I lived at the very end of a dirt road… in a camper… all summer long! I couldn’t find a rental house last summer while I was doing my internship, so a friend of mine let me stay at his camper on the lake. It was actually a lot of fun. I had a GORGEOUS view.. and the camper wasn’t one of those really nasty, trashy ones. It was pretty nice, as far as campers go.

3. Ever been swimming in a lake or river?
Absolutely. Like I just said, I lived at the lake all summer. Of course I went swimming!!

4. Ever been to a bonfire party?
More than I can count. I’ve also seen a drunken frat boy try to pull an Evil Knievel and jump the fire on a dirt bike. Never a good idea.

5. Have you ever driven a tractor?
No, but I have sat on the hood of a tractor while someone else was driving – and I fear that’s much worse.

6. Have you ever been on a horse?
Sure have.

7. Ford or Chevy?
Chevy.

8. Kissed someone in a pick up?
Yep. In the cab, and on the tail-gate.

9. What’s your favorite country song?
Fishin’ in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band… or Cross My Heart by George Strait… ooooooh OR Amos Moses by Jerry Reed. Yeah… definitely Amos Moses!!

10. Ever done 90 miles per hour down a dirt road?
No…never quite that fast.

11. Worked / Lived on a farm?
Dated a farmer – does that count?

12. Been to a rodeo?
Yep.

13. Do you own cowboy boots?

I actually don’t. But I do own steel-toe work boots.

14. Do you have a cowboy hat?
Nope.

15. Have you ever said git r done?
Only when joking.

16. Country skyline or a city skyline?
Country skyline –definitely. Nothing like it.

17. Can you name a rodeo star?
Not one that’s alive. I know Lane Frost, but only because of the movie 8 Seconds.

18. Do you think tractors are sexy?
Not the tractor – but the hard-working guy driving the tractor

19. Ever rode a 4-wheeler?
Yep. Click here to learn how I almost lost a leg…

20. Are you from the country?
Not really… but I’m not from the city either.

21. If so, are you proud of it?
I would be, I guess?

22. Gone hunting?
Nope. I’ve helped plant deer plots and set tree stands, but never actually been hunting.

23. Gone fishing?
Oh yeah! I love fishing. Another perk of living at the lake all summer.

24. Is your heart in Dixie?
I live in Alabama, formerly known as the “Heart of Dixie” before they took it off of our license plates… so I guess so.

25. Been on a hay ride?
Yep.

26. Have you ever line danced?
Not since grade school.

27. Camped under the stars?
No.. but I want to.

28. Have you ever been cow tippin?
Negative.

29. Do you drive a pick up truck?
Nope – an SUV.

30. Fell asleep in a hay stack?
Negative. It’s kind of itchy.

31. Own a pair of overalls?
Nope. Not since I was 12.

32. Drank Moonshine?
Can I plead the 5th?

33. Include the word "yonder" in your daily vocabulary?
Not normally. I do say “reckon” a lot. As in, “Well, I reckon…”

34. Ever shoveled manure?
No. And I’m grateful for it.

35. Milked a cow?
No, but I have fed cows plenty of times.

36. Plucked a chicken?
Yuck. No. I have been inside a chicken house, though.

37. Is sweet tea your favorite drink?
It’s right up there with Dr Pepper.

38. Been to a race?
Never been to NASCAR, but my high school boyfriend used to drag race.

39. Know all the words to at least one David Allen Coe song?
Yep. The perfect country and western song…
“Well, I was drunk the day my Mom got outta prison. And I went to pick her up in the rain. But, before I could get to the station in my pickup truck, she got runned over by a damned old train.”

40.Have you ever made out in a back of a pick-up?
I think you should probably mind your own business. Nosey much??

13 comments:

Diane said...

Good one! I've spent many years in the south but I'd never call myself a Southerner (or a Northerner either... I'm sort of a 'ner, I guess... not to be confused with 'nerd' ;). I did recognize all the stuff in the questions, though... funnily enough, my first hayride was in New Jersey :). Oh, and I HAVE been cow tipping (remind me to tell you about that one day... it's a funny, manure-filled story ;)

Jen L. said...

1. I am buying you a cowboy hat.

2. Marcus got his new license plate yesterday and they now say "Sweet Home Alabama" on them, but have a teeny tiny Heart of Dixie heart on them, too.

3. I am extremely proud of you for knowing the last verse of that David Allan Coe song. Tis my favorite. :)

Lacey said...

I think I might have to do this one, it looks hilarious! And I hope you get all your thoughts in a row soon, hang in there! <3

PS I'm glad you find humour in my posts, I figure I'll be laughing at my circumstances in a few years anyway, so I might as well just start now. :-)

Kelly said...

"And I'll hang around as long as you will let me. And i never minded standing in the rain!"

Dan said...

I can forgive you for not driving tractor since you chose Chevy. {*grin*}

Some other key criteria - have you ever milked a cow? driven a combine? ...

meredith said...

Was it Gant Lake by chance?

Kitten said...

My God...I answered "no" to many of these questions. And I absolutely loathe sweet tea. More proof that I'm a Yankee through and through.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Ah, just when you get to the interesting question...

And what's a muddin?

SweetPeaSurry said...

Oohhh ... a country meme! Lovely!

David Allen Coe: The Rodeo Song. LOVE that craptacular stuff!

hebba said...

Hmmm...this gal from Massachusetts has answered affirmitively to over half the questions. Of course, the setting for most of the four wheeling/ camping/ bonfire activites was a beach!

Mel said...

I'm surprised Diane didn't make fun of you for saying I reckon...like she does me. We're Dr. Pepper/sweet tea twins!

Jenners said...

I reckon I'm not anything like a Southerner because so much of this was just gibberish to me! I'm a Damn Yankee!

Anonymous said...

Well, I can see I tought you right always Chevy. But I can't believe that you even know the song Amos Moses and Jerry Reed. (Which by the way very distant kin. ;-0)

Love ya,
Ev