Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Things I Have Learned From Living in Louisiana #1


Today marks one month until we leave the state of Louisiana. Tear. I wanted to write out a bunch of things we have learned while living here. I don't mean to offend anyone with them, but I want to be able to look back and remember all of these things that are so different from where I grew up. Since there are so many, I will be breaking these up into a few different posts. These are in no particular order, just writing as I remember them.

-The Southern Accent. Took us a while to understand what people were saying and everyone would always ask us where we are from based on our accent. Funny thing is that I don't even hear the southern accent anymore and no one notices mine. Either everyone is used to hearing me talk or I have really lost my accent. I have to believe the first one.

-Jambalaya, Po-Boys, Etouffe, Gumbo, Crawfish, Catfish, Chicken Fried Steak, Seafood, and Bread Pudding fill the menus of all the restaurants. 

-How to pronounce words like Ouachita, Cheniere, Farmerville (not how you would think), Desiard, Bossier, Shreveport, Louisville and many others I can't think of.

-When someone says "Bless her heart" it is usually following some sort of insult in order to soften the blow.

-Responding with Yes to someone better be followed by a Sir or a Ma'am. Especially if you are talking to someone that is older than you or has more power than you such as a superior.

-A yellow signal light does not mean slow down. It just means that a red is coming so you don't have to stop until that red light is there. Don't worry once your light is green, the cross traffic will get out of the way eventually.

-Somebody from the North will be called a Yankee. I am still not convinced that term isn't derogatory.

-If you own a piece of property in addition to your house it is called a camp. In Minnesota, we call that a cabin.

-When you go to fill up your gas tank, don't expect there to be a clip so that you don't have to continue to hold the handle while you pump. If you do find a gas clip consider yourself lucky.

-Every single bridge has a "Bridge Ices Before Road" sign. Even if there was a bridge 100 feet earlier, just in case you forgot.

-Drive through liquor stores do exist and you can order a Daiquiri to-go. Just make sure to keep the tape over the straw hole to keep it as a "closed container".

More to come next week!

Update: Read Part #2 and Part #3.

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