Saturday, March 31, 2007

Bama Lingo Quiz

I remember when I first moved from Oregon to Utah (about 15 years ago) and I thought Utah was a strange place with quirky people. Since that time I've realized that it doesn't matter where you go, it will be different than where you've been. Moving to Alabama has definitely proven that. One of my favorite differences is the way people speak. Not just the accents, but the vocabulary. So I've compiled a little vocab quiz for all y'all to see what you know about Bama-speak.

1. When shopping (whether at the Winn Dixie or at Lowes) you will want to grab what in order to put your goods in?
A. A Cart
B. A Buggy
C. A Basket

2, When in an elevator you may ask someone to do what to get you to the correct floor?
A. Push 5
B. Select 5
C. Mash 5

3. When at the hospital, airport, or other large structure where should you park your car?
A. The Parking Deck
B. The Parking Bin
C. The Parking Garage

4. How do you turn off your computer?
A. Cut it
B. Kill it
C. Disconnect it

5. If you provide transportation for someone, what are you doing?
A. Shuttling them
B. Moving them
C. Carrying them

6. When someone cuts you off in traffic or does some other random act of annoyance the proper response is what?
A. Return the act
B. Mash the horn
C. Bless their little heart

7. The American War that took place from 1860 to 1865 can be called what?
A. The Civil War (although there wasn't anything civil about it)
B. The War of Northern Aggression
C. The War Between the States

8. (this one isn't really about language but it is some fun trivia) Anniston, AL is home to the worlds largest what?
A. NASCAR fan base
B. Office Chair
C. Magnolia Tree

So, how do you think you did? check your answers below.

B, C, A, A, C, C, all of the above, B

Well, I think that is it for this post. I hope you enjoyed the quiz.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Whose business is it?

Whose business is it?

I was musing this morning about things that have changed and things that haven't. A year ago I got engaged to my best friend of nine years. Within months I had relocated to Alabama, changed my last name, given up my job/career, and shortly after all of that became pregnant. That is a lot to change in a few months! However, many things haven't changed. Not really.

While I was a single thirty-something I often mused with my friend and roommate - Charlotte (who, incidentally inspired me to start blogging) - about the amazing fact that so many people apparently believed they should have a say in my life. People, nearly strangers, would ask me why I wasn't married, why Phil and I were "just friends," and what I thought it would take to change all these facts. Then there were those who didn't have questions, they had answers! "You know, if you weren't so into your career, you'd find a man." "Men don't like smart women, you shouldn't have pursued that masters!" (yeah, that one was actually said to me by a former university president!) "If you played hard to get, things would change." ... and so on. Charlotte had the same kinds of experiences. We both dreamed of the day that we would be free of such unsolicited interest and advice.

Not to be. The nosey are still nosey. Two months after Phil and I married, we conceived. During those two months people wanted to know how long we'd be waiting to have children (afterall, I was "nearly forty!"). Then when we announced our exciting news, people questioned our decision to do it so quickly. In fact, I overheard one older man (whom I don't even know) exclaim, "they were married in June and are expecting in May, that just isn't proper!" And so it goes.

Now, I have to admit that pregnancy has done a number on my emotions. I am at least as emotional as a preteen, probably more so. It has been hard on me (a bit of a control freak) to watch my body be taken over by another. That said, you can imagine my joy as mere acquaintances approach me, hands out, wild smiles on their faces, suddenly (without permission spoken or implied) begin rubbing my belly and talking about "our" baby. Then there are the comments about how I'm carrying the baby: in front, high, low, large, small. Everyone seems to have an opinion about how I look and how I should look. Everyone seems to have the need to share that opinion. One woman told me that I looked "great!" This was a welcomed opinion until she asked when I was due and upon finding that I still had three months she completely reversed her opinion and exclaimed, "oh no, you don't look great at all! You are huge! Are there twins?" So much for my moment of feeling good about myself! Keep in mind that all of this is magnified by the fact that I just moved here, I don't know these people!

Sometimes I long for the days that people's opinions about me were limited to my marital status...