- A car horn that toots "Dixie", just like the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard.
- Your neighbor drops by, without calling first, just to chat. And then she just wants to chat. She isn't there to complain about your yardwork, after all. Bizarre, that.
- You won't see Bjork at an art happening, but you might see Charlie Daniels at the state fair.
- Not one really amazing Mexican restaurant in a town with a Mexican restaurant on every corner.
- Army guys patrolling the downtown streets on the weekend. To keep the Army guys in line.
- The AC repair guy looks you straight in the eye and says, "Well, in this heat, 85℉ is about the coolest you can 'spect to get your house, even runnin' the unit all day." And he looks at you like you're crazier than a three-headed cat when you ask him how Target manages to keep it to 72℉ with a lot more square footage. Because girls aren't supposed to think of things like that.
- It really is cheaper for the boy to take the car in for repair than the girl. Plus, they don't try to sell him a new air filter every time.
- People think it's weird or very ballsy to go to the grocery store without makeup or fixing your hair.
- People who won't buy their own liquor because they are afraid they might run into somebody from church at the liquor store.
- Jehovah's witnesses at the door and Watchtower tracts in the mailbox. With regularity.
- Answering the door nude when the Jehovah's witnesses come. They don't come back after that. They still leave the Watchtower tracts in the mailbox, though.
- Air shows are a major social event.
- Strip club next to the farmer's market, which is next to a tattoo parlor. And another one of each the next block down. Dancers and artists must require a lot of produce.
- The nicest thing someone says to you all day is, "We'll be praying for you, bless your heart."
- The meanest thing someone says to you all day is, "We'll be praying for you, bless your heart." Usually after they see the empty wine bottles in your recycle bin.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Things that are not normal but happen with frequency in Georgia
Rejectionist got me thinking with her post on things that are not actually normal but actually seem normal after 2.89 years in New York City. We all have a bit of the exotic in our own back yard. My own version, which provides an interesting compare and contrast: