Friday, March 03, 2006

Southern-fried Southern

Larry the Cable Guy has a twin brother that fixes garage doors. I know this because he came out and fixed ours.

He was a good, quick, diligent worker, but he sounded like the stand up comedian. For real.

Now understand that over the years we have run into fewer and fewer native Georgians. Most are older folks who grew up in the area. Believe me, the good old boy network is still alive and well here in the outskirts of Atlanta.

For the most part, though, younger people are generally transplants from the city and usually from up north. Every once in awhile I’ll run into a really countrified person, but that caricature is better left in the movies.

That is, until I met Kyle (pronounced Cay-eel) the Garage Door Installer. He actually said, “Well now that there is lookin’ good. Real good.” What can you possibly respond to that? After fixing it, the garage door did look pretty good. Clearly the written word does no justice to the sing-song southern drawl/twang of the country accent. Just watch local boy Jeff Foxworthy to get an idea. You know, countrified folks are the only people I know that pronounce two syllables in good. Go ahead and entertain yourselves trying to master that feat.

Nevertheless, Kyle is my hero. The garage door not only works beautifully, it’s lookin’ real goo-ood. You can’t beat that.

Y’all come back now, y’hear?

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