Thursday, July 31, 2008

These Are My People.

I can tell y'all about my love of southern literature...my collection of family china and sterling silver...even my cherished, cast iron Dutch oven that is over 125 years old and perfectly seasoned, handed down from my Memaw and proud Bertrand women before her. Grits, sweet tea, cotton fields, warm breezes that momentarily offer a reprieve from the blistering heat and humidity, bluegrass tunes, peach orchards, Brunswick stew, the Bulldogs, boiled peanuts, Warner Robins Air Force Base, and a pride in my home state that envelopes my core being, causing tears to well behind my eyes before I can chide myself for acting so silly.

Yes, y'all. I am southern. I am Georgian. I am thankful God planted my feet below the Mason-Dixon line. I'm proud to be American and I love every part of this country. Oh yes, I do. But as Ray Charles sang it best, "...still in peaceful dreams I see, the road leads back to you..." Georgia is always on my mind.

Thus, it is with great pleasure I introduce y'all to the town of Dublin, Georgia, less than an hour from my place of origin, Warner Robins. (Hey Middle Georgia--love y'all!)


No one ever said we Georgians aren't philanthropic. And we're "purty," too.

38 comments:

Trish said...

oh yeah baby, you must be proud!

ugagirl30 said...

Wow. I think most of those people were from Alabama, weren't they?

There really is not much more to say than "wow."

Heather said...

I'm not sure, but I think a lot of those people have relatives up here in Ohio :)

Thanks for the sweet comments. I have a special camera that takes 15 pounds off of just me...not really, although wouldn't that be great? Seriously, I work out at the YMCA gym three days a week with my BFF Becky, and have been for the past year. And I have been blessed with my dad's metabolism (the man was 6'5" and 165 pounds, no lie). Thanks for noticing...I don't get much in the way of compliments over here! I knew I loved you! And I promise I am going to get that book TODAY, even if I don't get to read it until the weekend. I can't stand the suspense (or being left out).

Kim said...

We have plenty of those people right here in good ol' Lee County! And they will be coming out of the woodwork this weekend; no tax weekend, and check weekend. Wow! Maybe I will stay home!

Caroline said...

Girl, you are too funny! I had heard of these games on one of those amazing video shows that Spike TV plays all the time, but now I can say I've met someone from the town where they are held! SWEET!

-Bridget said...

Ah, Dublin, Georgia. Only three hours from my town of Atlanta, but yet a world away.

Karen said...

YEEHAHHH !! (No, that's Texan, isn't it???)

Okay, I'll go Kiwi .. 'SWEET AS !!!'

I roared with laughter at that TV reporter doing a belly flop into the mud pit .. so totally unexpected :-)

Drama Mama said...

I am dying to see that video,but it will have to wait til next week- my connection is too slow to watch it now-
Okay- tell me about the other 3 books- Are they a must read too? Are they continuations of Twilight? Do I need to read them all? I stayed up til 12 last night cause I couldn't put it down! Hopefully, I will finish it today on the beach.

Jaci said...

I think all the people from my old hometown drove down there to hang out. I think I recognized a few people in the background...

In my area, we have Jamboree in the Hills. Country music stars hold back to back concerts for about a week, and everyone drags their trailers to a huge campground and get drunk in the sun for one solid week. *shudder* So many fat women in daisy dukes and bikini tops...so many hairy beer bellies and beards...ARGH!

Vicki @ notsosahm.wordpress.com said...

That looks awesome actually. I know there's got to be some good food at that there event (minus the pigs' feet I saw).

Now, don't forget the Big Pig Jig down in Vienna come this fall! (That's with a long i folks)

Kat said...

My inlaws (or are they outlaws?) aren't too far from there. Wonder if they went. And showed off their muscle cars. And suggested that next year they need a truck pull.

Saving The Day said...

ohhhhhhh what am I getting myself into? I'm moving to Columbus GA in 15 days! eeeeekkkk!!! LOL

Insane Mama said...

This is what we were going to do, next year we are scheduling around this event.
I'm on page 127...confused at first but can't put it down now

Veggie Mom said...

Lula: You're Georgian and Southern to the core, but you're also a danged great writer. This post is practically poetic! Congrats on the Bloggy Award, doll. You've got that certain spirit, and I wanted to recognize it!

Stephanie said...

Wow, you're enthusiasm for your heritage is incredible & inspiring. That's awesome!!!!

Mama Dawg said...

I, too, love the South. You just convey it much better than I ever could. Thanks for that!

scargosun said...

oooooo! I forgot about boiled peanuts. They are SO good. I'm hungry now.

Tori said...

I can almost guarantee that I had family at that..... I have family that lives in East Dublin! Too funny!

Brandy said...

Hoollly hog feet! I have never heard of such a thing...and I cannot believe that the reporter jumped in the mud pit! Haahaha! Oh well you gotta support your civic groups.

I gotta ask...have you ever been??

Nik said...

*CACKLE* I'm a southern raised girl and we giggle about the fact there are really two types of rednecks....the 'true to the core' rednecks where it is just natural and oozes rebel pride(like the purty dude)or the FREAKISH rednecks who really make you question the human race.

Thanks for the laugh!

Melissa said...

We are smack dab in the middle of all dat! I live in Bubba central. You forgot green maters and fried sweet taters!

My favorite part was the guy with the outie belly button at 42 seconds....that's hot right there!

Heather W said...

OMG! I would love to go to that sometime but I think that I may have too many teeth. What a trip! I bet the local Walmart wasn't quite ready for all these barefoot beauties. Being a Texas girl we ain't got nothing on that. You know what they say "If you want to feel good about yourself just go to the county fair and look around". Or in this case the Redneck Games. Wow! Thanks for sharing!

Swirl Girl said...

Maybe all those trophy winners should melt their trophys and medals to make some teeth!

A really bad joke for you...What has ten tits and two teeth?

Night shift at the Waffle House.

(sorry...I am NOT a redneck)

Lauren W said...

HAHA! It's funny because it's true!I was at Tractor Supply Co. (don't jump to conclusions, they're the only place close to my house that carries our dog food) and I nearly died when I saw a man wearing cut-off cargo camo shorts with a camo shirt, camo suspenders, and big steel-toed boots. It was perfect! Right up there with the couple who used camo tuxedos in their wedding and wanted my help finding olive green bridesmaids' dresses (I worked at a bridal shop).
Anyway, I love it!

Mekhismom said...

How funny! I am an Atlantan by way of NY. This is crazy, I can't believe the reporter jumped into the mud. And the confederate flag is waving high. Don't think that is a place I need to be.

On another note, I am vising you from from Tiffany's blog. I saw in the comments that you were aware of the background on bloggygate. Just trying to see if there is any breaking news!

Nan said...

OK...you have to go read my second latest post...proving I'm NOT southern...it will crack you up! Also, you might be the only person in bloggy land that may know the town my dad was raised in...Wheeler County...town of Alamo? I remember his high school Wheeler COunty High (what else would it be) used to play Warner Robbins...he played basketball way back when and I remember him talking about it. My mom is from Nevils in Bulloch county, just outside of Statesboro!

Nan said...

OH by the way, my couin lives in Dublin:)

Pinky Roth said...

You are going to make people think we are all like those "rednecks" in Dublin! LOL...we are mostly really normal people here in GA, that is the abnormal population!

Have fun...

Mom

TentCamper said...

Is it wrong for me to be turned on?

Trish said...

alright, alright.... I just sent you my address.....

Heather said...

I saw my Uncle Bubba!!!

Nan said...

Actually, I am not afraid of my cuz from Dublin...he just lives there. He grew up two miles from where my dad and his dad and their brother grew up, in Alamo. Actually dad tells me he didn't grow up in a town. He grew up in Spring Hill.

Debbie said...

GIT ER DONE! That was all part of a movie right? Yeah, truth IS in fact weirder than fiction....

Blissful Nikki said...

lol! I couldnt help but laugh. I cant believe the news guy just jumped into that mud pit!! Oh my.... But I tell you, Im glad to be a southern belle too! :)

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

You gotta know that reporter is just SOOOOO dying to put THIS film on his resume...

greedygrace said...

I loved that the reporter jumped in the mud pit!

Wait a minute... is that my husband in the background??? IT IS!! And he said he was on a business trip!

Angie said...

That female reporter looked like she was in pain having to report on that story. Hilarious! They do a story on it in my area too each year since we're just up the road from y'all. :-)

Angela said...

Seriously, is this where I live now? Oh man! :)