Posts Tagged ‘south

04
Aug
07

cornbread and sweet tea

I’ve spend the last couple of days indulging my southern side much more than my geeky side. I came home from a visit with my grandparents earlier this week with a large sack of garden vegetables including tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers and okra. Any self respecting southerner knows the only thing to do with okra is to bread and fry it in a cast iron skillet, which I did a few days ago – and I don’t mind telling you I enjoyed it immensely, calories be damned. Today I made a casserole which had rice, carrots, beef, squash, zucchini, onion and a few other tidbits, and I made corn bread and sweet iced tea to go along with it. As I enjoyed my meal with my dog at my feet I felt like I’d traveled back a hundred and fifty years and should be wearing long skirts and a bonnet.

I’ll stick with this century though, the south minus air conditioning and with several layers of clothing added doesn’t even bear thinking about. I have no idea how my ancestors managed to survive long enough to produce yours truly without the whole lot of them perishing of heat exhaustion. Not to mention at the ripe old age of 25 I’d mostly likely either be married with a zillion kids or considered some sort of old maid, and I wouldn’t be allowed to live on my own without being taken as a woman of low morals or virtue or whatever. Yuck.

I discovered something recently which I’d known on some level but never really experienced – if you have a dog with you strangers are 10 times more likely to make conversation with you than if you do not. I’ve been taking my collie to the various walking paths around my neighborhood, and walking with her through the streets quite a bit, and yesterday we went to the local dog park for the first time. It never fails that someone says hello, or comments on the dog, or strikes up a conversation. This things happened to me pre-dog, but not even close to as often (and I did walk a lot before I had the dog, so the fact that I am out of the house isn’t the cause). I’ve come up with a few theories as to why this might be:

  • A woman walking alone might be expected to be standoffish if someone approaches her (as I would normally be), but since a dog (especially a 50 lb. dog) is added protection people feel more comfortable approaching her
  • People would have liked to talk to me before but I look really scary – but they see me with an obviously happy animal and decide that I must be alright after all (I don’t think I look scary, but I don’t see myself halfway through a 5 mile walk all windblown and tired, so who knows?)
  • I have the cutest dog in the world and none can resist her
  • It’s all a result of global warming

I’m leaning toward the last one. In fact, I think everything should be blamed on global warming – it’s the perfect scapegoat. Out of favor, can’t defend itself, what could be better? Can’t find your shoe? Global warming. Got a parking ticket? The same. Thanks Al Gore!

Since every single one of my friends is out of town or busy tonight, I’m taking myself to a movie. I think I’m the only person on the planet who has never watched transformers, so I don’t really have much interest in that one (I like my movies heavier on plot than explosions), and most everything else looks ridiculous. I’m trying to decide between Bourne Ultimatum and The Simpsons. Snarky comedy with yellow characters? Or dark action thriller with hot star?

Hmm… in typing that last bit I think I decided. If you know me at all you know which one I picked. 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!




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