Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"One of these things is not like the other..."

Alternatively titled: “It’s not bad, it’s just different” or “Bless your heart.”

Since being in Michigan, we have come across a few things that are just a little funny. My pappaw would have called them catywompus, but that’s another story for another day.

Some of the most famous differences on the rTh times have been:
  • No Sonic in our current city. I haven't had Sonic in 87 days, but I'm not counting or anything like that.
  • I'm still on the hunt for a new hair stylist.
  • Football is big, but not a way of life. Seriously, people still think it's a bit odd when my Saturdays in the fall ALWAYS include watching college football ALL. DAY. LONG. and willingly so. 
Some of these cultural differences are a bit new:
  • I have decided that people in Michigan do not know how a stop sign properly works. There is a 4-way stop right by my house and I swear none of them know how the concept works. I kinda have a case of road rage, but I've resolved to be Jesus in the situation. I've been reading Luke recently and Jesus always meets every person exactly where they are and then tells them to sin no more. So technically I should be getting out of my car to meet these people where they are, but they might think I'm just a bit more than odd, so I shall refrain and simply smile really big when they get it and honk when they don't just like every other Michigander. 
  • I don't necessarily know that this is a Northern thing, but we now shop at Wal-Mart, Kroger and Meijer. We like certain things from all three stores for different reasons. But it seems lots of people do that here. 
  • The "U.P." is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There are two things to know about Michigan in its nature. First, if you hold up your left hand with fingers closed, you're looking at the state of Michigan. The fingertips of your hand is an area commonly known as the "U.P." to locals. I figured out what it was because one of my study buddies is originally from there. Brandon learned what it was last night. They kinda looked at him like he was crazy when he asked, but then they realized that he was a Southerner and gladly told him. It kinda seems like Michigan could have been two states because of the U.P. which is like Oklahoma and the phrase, "the more things change, the more they stay the same" comes to mind.
On the flip side, they also have been exposed to the South because of us, a reverse culture shock if you will. Most recently, Michiganders have learned the following from us:
  • Good ole' boys: in the North, they want to just chalk it up to corruption. And it is corruption, but a specific kind of corruption. Yes, it is a corruption that is connected to who you know, but it also is tied to the way the person carries themself. They have a look about them and most of the time can be spotted. I know that doesn't really help, but if you're from the South, you know what I'm talking about.
  • Honey-Do List: One of the girls in our bible study thought Brandon was asking if she had honeydew, the fruit. And we put it in a sentence and they still kinda looked at us like we were funny, but they comprehended and probably chalked it up to just another Southern thing. 
  • And then other times they just laugh because we use certain phrases when stating a fact. For example, today I said, "Good gravy, it's super hot in the library today and there isn't a window in sight for me to crack open." The biggest response we get is you guys tell a story with the simplest of sentences. And then they want to know why we're talking about gravy and how does one exactly crack open a window? 
So it's been a kick to learn about bein' in the North and also in return to explain about bein' Southern.

Happy Tuesday y'all.

1 comment:

Brittany Ann said...

Honey-Do List = honeydew! I'm actually laughing aloud! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh man, those crazy Northeners!

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