It's A Southern Thang!

It's A Southern Thang!

It’s A Southern Thing – College Football

Hello readers!  Tonight, I am excited to have my first ever guest post!  From none other than my fabulous husband!

Fabulous guest blogger!

Fabulous guest blogger!

Without further ado, I present his post on a subject near and dear to his heart!

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UGA logo

Hey People!!!

I’m the other half of KPsays.  I’m JPlistens.  Or JPokwhateveruwant.

I am so glad that I get to do a guest post.  “A ‘blog’ means stuff people write on the internet”, she says.  All i know is that I’m typing real slow and hating it!

Well, college football is here with a bang!!!!  Of course the South Carolina Gamecocks beat the North Carolina Tarheels. That was kind of expected.. But did y’all watch the Vanderbilt/Ole Miss game??  WOW!!  Jordan Matthews (Vandy) came back from being almost knocked out to catching a potential game winning catch!!!!!!!!! Ole Miss ran a long play for a touchdown and ran out the clock.

SEC FOOTBALL

The University of Georgia is part of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).  There are six power conferences based geographically around the country.

I love college football!!  Everything SEC.  Even South Carolina and Florida (you need teams to hate)!!  College football to me is the best sport ever.  EVER.  Some people love the NFL…I have no problem with that.  I like the NFL.  I love my Atlanta Falcons! I pull for my Atlanta Braves!! Been to several games this summer!!  On Sundays I golf, Fridays I’ll catch a baseball score… BUT Saturdays in the fall – It’s all College football!!

The University of Georgia

I Love UGA.  Me and KP walk around the UGA campus and wonder what parents wouldn’t allow their kids to attend such a great, prestigious university?  We have had several Rhodes scholars. Also a great veterinary school and law school.  And did I mention the best college football team, the Geogia Bulldogs!

I Attended UGA in the mid 90’s.  I’ve had season tickets for almost 20 years.  I’m a Bulldog through and through.  This is a pic of my tickets.  I go to every game possible.  Last year was my 20th year going to the Georgia/Florida game, held in Jacksonville, FL.  I love UGA!

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UGA football season tickets

To Anyone Who Doesn’t Know College Football

This is for people reading my guest post who don’t understand the college football thing.  I have a friend from Australia who we’ve visited several times.  His team is the South Sydney Rabittohs.  A rabbit (?).   He is amazed that we have ninety thousand –  NINETY THOUSAND –  plus people to watch a college game.  And people trying to buy their way in at inflated prices.  He says that at their University sporting events (cricket, football (soccer to us in the states), swimming), they have a few hundred people watch at most. Even their pro leagues have small local stadiums.  They remind me of a minor league baseball stadium in size. So try and find a college football game to watch, preferably SEC and UGA!!!  You will not be disappointed.

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UGA football schedule

In summary:  the South loves and embraces their college football teams of choice.  We talk about it non-stop at work, on the golf course and at the supper table.  We kick off tonight against Clemson!! A match up of two top 10 teams. Time will tell.  Just gotta say:

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!

It’s A Southern Thang! “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”

Hey!  It’s time for another installment of “It’s A Southern Thang!”.  One really can’t write a Southern commentary without mentioning:

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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

Yes, I’m going there……

Let me begin by saying I have a few “guilty pleasure” TV shows.  The absolute worst one I watch?

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Toddlers & Tiaras

Yep.  I don’t tell many of my friends that I watch this.  It’s more of a secret guilty pleasure.  Every week I tune in to watch ambitious Pageant Moms push their poor little girls (sometimes boys!) into these ludicrous competitions.  Dropping thousands of dollars trying to win the Ultimate Grand Supreme title.  Smiling into the camera, saying, “Oh, she loves to compete and get all dressed up!”, while the child is in the background having a temper tantrum, screaming, “I don’t want to practice!  I want to play!!!!” with a snotty nose.  Yet I set the DVR.  I think part of my fascination with this show is knowing that a majority of these girls will one day be featured on one of my favorite shows, “Intervention”.  Or something like it ten years down the line.

So when one of the featured contestants on “Toddlers & Tiaras” got a spin-off, of course I was going to watch it!

It just so happened to be Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo (One of Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People” of 2012).  Like boiled peanuts, you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em.

They live in McIntyre, GA.  About two hours from where I live in Augusta.  Just outside of where my husband grew up in Cochran.  What you see on the show – gnats, heat and humidity, mosquitoes, incessant sneezing (from the annoying pollen; but, they could use some decorum) is ever present in our state.  No Hollywood smoke and mirrors there!  On a recent episode, I saw the family was actually here in Augusta, at Adventure Crossing (an arcade of sorts), racing go-carts!  If I would have known my friends, I would have been there for a photo op to share with y’all!!!

Their accents are real.  I think the sub-titles on the show are a bit unnecessary.  I have no problem understanding what they’re saying, but perhaps if you’re not Southern, you need a written translation (?). Unlike Paula Deen who, I feel, exploits her “Southern-ness”.  Don’t get me wrong. She cooks Southern on her shows, and her restaurant “The Lady and Sons” in Savannah is still one of the best bona fide Southern dining places around.  But “y’all” is pronounced in one syllable. She stretches it out into three syllables – ye-AWW-LLL.  I think she plays up her accent for the viewers.

What I find refreshing about “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is that they are genuine.  I just don’t think they are sophisticated enough to “play up” for the cameras that are filming their day-to-day lives.  What you see is what you get.  You have the other reality shows featuring super affluent families, living in mansions.  They are unhappy, with constant drama all around.  Fighting, back-stabbing, overturning dinner tables, throwing cocktails into people’s faces.  The ultimate in dysfunction, wrapped up in Tiffany blue and Chanel.  With someone wearing a pair of shoes that costs almost what the Honey Boo Boo’s live on for a year.  Even with whatever TLC is paying them.

At the end of the day, they are a family.  They accept one another.  What they lack in finesse, they make up for with love.  I don’t care if you live in the Midwest or the Northeast.  Or outside of the US. Family is Family.  And no family is perfect.  At least they are all happy – you don’t see them scrapping on the show.  Sans the Tiffany blue and Chanel.  Yes, Mama never married her baby daddys.  Yes, one of her daughters had a baby out of wedlock.  Last I checked, that is the norm in Hollywood.  Why should it be looked down upon in south Georgia?

They are not a family of means, but they give back to their community.  Every year, they do a “Christmas in July” fundraiser to help those less fortunate.  They decorate their house with lights (as seen on the show), and encourage neighbors to bring canned food donations to help those in need.  One of our friends happened to be driving through McIntyre around the holiday season, and stopped by the Honey Boo Boo house.  They were indeed preparing for their annual charity drive.  Our friends parked their car, walked up to the house, and got to meet the family.  Actually got to get some pictures with them.  I will update this post once I get permission from said friends to share their pics.

As an aside to my non-Southern readers:  we do not allow pet pigs (for those that have them) free reign in our house.  Much less use the potty on our family dining table.  And if we have birds (roosters, doves *in my case!*), they don’t live in the house with us.

And don’t finger point with burping and farting.  You know you do it in your family (at least your husbands do!!).  You just don’t have a film crew in your face, documenting it for all the world to see.  That is not strictly a Southern Thang!

I’m just sayin’, I’d rather watch a Southern family, warts and all, than an affluent pseudo-celeb family, covering up said warts with plastic surgery.  Warts is warts :)

***DISCLAIMER*** I am so terrified of copyright laws, I made up my own logos for the TV shows on this post.  If I get locked up, will one of you do a bake sale/telethon for me???  Or ask the Honey Boo Boos to make the next Christmas fundraiser a “Break KP Out of Jail” fundraiser??

Thanks for reading!!!  kxoxo

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It’s A Southern Thang – Boiled Peanuts

Welcome to my new installment of things unique to the South – “It’s A Southern Thang!”.

I am the by-product of a Texan father and a Japanese mother.  I was an Army brat, and we lived all over the world before finally settling down here in Georgia.  I was in junior high when we moved here, so it has pretty much been home for me.

From my Dad I learned “Y’all”, “fixin’ to”, and a deep seated love for Johnny Cash (before “Walk The Line”).  I would be remiss not to mention that I was able to learn to speak Japanese fluently thanks to my Dad and his extended duty stays in Japan.

So when we ultimately ended up in the South, I was already familiar with the vernacular.  Having lived here most of my life, I realize now that there are things that are synonymous with Southern living.  Things we Southerners take for granted as part of our day to day living.  Like being able to bury our dead 12 months out of the year.  I was shocked to learn that people in Maine have a “season” when they can conduct funerals/burials due to the horrid winters/frozen ground.  I’ve never even thought of that!

I thought it would be interesting to share with you those very things that embody life in the South. My fellow Southerners will enjoy these posts as well, as we love all things pertaining to our culture.

My first entry – BOILED PEANUTS!!!  If you’re not Southern, you either LOVE them or HATE them.

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Boiled Peanuts

There is a guy who sells boiled peanuts and fresh produce at a roadside stand near our neighborhood.  I stopped and got some boiled peanuts and tomatoes the other day, and got the inspiration to do this Southern post.

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Boiled Peanuts

Peanuts are one of the major crops grown in Georgia.  When they are initially harvested from the ground, they are “green” peanuts.  “Green” meaning they are basically raw, before the drying/dehydrating process that yields roasted/cocktail/peanut butter products.

The green peanuts are boiled in VERY salty water for several hours.  The shells become soft, and the peanuts themselves very tender.  My guy sieves out the peanuts from his big pot, plops them into a huge styrofoam cup, puts the cup in a small paper bag, and tops the cup off.

The peanuts are nice and hot.  You take a peanut, crack it between your teeth, suck the salty water out, open the shell, and eat the inside.  I think it’s kind of like eating edamame.  Same texture, but with a nutty flavor.

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Boiled Peanuts

Soooo yummy!  All that’s left after indulging in the deliciousness of boiled peanuts (besides happiness in your tummy)….

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Boiled Peanuts

ps – I guarantee the Honey Boo-Boo family loves boiled peanuts!!!  Ooooh, my next inspiration for “It’s A Southern Thang!”…..

Thanks for reading!!! kxoxo

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