August 07, 2009

Alabama Vignettes

In Alabama, when the person behind the counter asks you how you are doing, they really want to know. They also expect to be asked how they are doing in return, so they can give you a detailed answer. After this, the weather, traffic, or football may be discussed. Transactions take an average of 3-5 minutes longer than they would in Wisconsin, yet nobody waiting in line seems to mind.

I can't decide which barbecue restaurant to try first. They all have different variations on the same grinning cartoon pig attesting to their being #1 in the south. Their parking lots are also always filled with enormous trucks every day around lunch time.

I bought a new bed today. When the saleslady asked me if I needed it delivered,
I said yes. She made a slight face, then said "Yes... please."

I met a mother of another new student moving into my apartment building yesterday. She said they were from Montana. She then said it was beautiful here, but wanted to know if rattlesnakes were a problem, especially at night. I told her I didn't think so.

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