Hot,Damn Hot

Trip Start May 24, 2005
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Trip End Aug 20, 2005


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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Hot, Damn Hot is what it gets down South! When I pulled into my parking lot of my motel not only did my lack of air conditioning tell me that today was a hot one, but the fact that I could see steam rising from the puddles in the car park! Yep the water was evaporating before my eyes it was in the mid 90s (35c) but humidity was about 95%, the sort of humidity that sits on your shoulders and makes you long for an ice cold beer. But this is Georgia & its Sunday. So the majority of the Georgia is dry on Sunday, yep bars are closed, the beer on the shelves in the gas stations are decorative. The woman behind the counter suggested helpfully I could drive to South Carolina for a beer or I could go to a restaurant and get a beer with my meal but it will cost ya,she smiled :-)
When I was in New York people were saying "You're going to Georgia, Jeeze Buddy watcha yerslef, its dangerous down there!" before they drunkly disappeared to catch the subway at half one in the morning :-) I must admit the people were not dangerous but they were definitely Rednecks and proud of it. There is a current hit down there, which is their equivalent of "The Fields Of Athenry" called "I am a redneck woman". When it comes on, whole bars start whoopin and hollerin, folks start doing the two step and wimmin get misty eyed when they hear the line "I am a redneck woman and I got a baby on each hip"
The folks were interesting down there, I met a rain-man character in a bar in Atlanta. The whole bar was playing bingo, where you won chicken wings and buds for getting a bingo. This fella was in his forties wearing a dirty t-shirt, beer belly, no top teeth and working for Wal-Mart. So he was flying through the cards and getting more than his fair share of chicken wings! So after the bingo there was a bunch of us talking. He said he had a gift, so this black woman in her fifties said what. He said look into my eyes, which she did. He then told her that she had three children, one passed away, one 21-22 and youngest 19. The youngest born on a Saturday and the other two on Sunday. Her jaw dropped open. I asked them did they know each other, which they said they did not. He also said he can tell what day it is from a date, so I asked him what day fell on my date of birth, he said Saturday which was right. So I asked him how many kids do I have, knowing full well I have none. He said "Twins a boy and a girl, which you will have in 18 months", I nearly fell over with the shock, I tell you in about 17 months I am going away again for another 18 years!:-)I spent the rest of evening quietly drinking my beer.
I meet another entertaining character who was the handyman in the motel in Savannah who jokingly said of course you need three weapons, large calibre pistol for target practice, pest control and personal defence. You need a rifle for target practice, pest control and long distance personal defence. You need your pump action shotgun for target practice, pest control and multiple personal defence! He was a nice guy interested in politics, Europe and guns.
The other thing about the South is the food, yep I ate it all, fried green tomatoes which were pretty bad, fried catfish which was bland and Grittes. Grittes was nice, it was like porridge and semolina together. In my dish they threw in some shrimp and bacon, fried bacon of course. So that is all folks, except that I finally got shut of Olive for scrap, apparently no-one down south wants to buy a car without air conditioning and with sweaty seats :-)
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