Thursday, March 20, 2008

You Know You're in East Tennessee When...

We live and work in Clinton, TN. Population: 9409.

You Know You're in East Tennessee When...


Everything is bright orange and has a UT on it. Everything everywhere. People don't actually keep up with the sports teams that much, the bright orange is more like an American flag is for everyone else.

You Know You're in East Tennessee When...

You have a conversation that goes like this:
Coworker: Do you smoke?
Me: No.
Coworker: Why not, what's wrong with you? (implying I have some physical ailment to keep me from smoking)
Me: Nothing. Um, it's just too expensive to smoke these days.
Coworker (looking at me like I'm crazy): Well, duh, that's why I only smoke the cheap ones!

Everyone smokes here. Everyone. We've met people who quit smoking temporarily b/c they were pregnant. Joni's WIC counselor almost hugged her when Joni told her she'd never smoked. They'd never heard anyone say that before.


You know you're in East Tennessee when...

You see a bumper sticker with the Confederate flag on it that says "My forefathers fought the first terrorists." And you see it and others like it quite frequently.

You know you're in East Tennessee when...

You see a sign for a church called Old Way Baptist Church, under which is written: "Walk in the old way, where is the good way."

You know you're in East Tennessee when...

People look to Wal Mart for their (economic) salvation, and see it as a sign of blessing on their community.

You know you're in East Tennessee when...

You have this conversation:
Coworker: "You got any ladies?"
Me: Uh... what?
Coworker: "Do you got ladies?"
Me: Uh...well, I'm married.
Coworker: "No, I mean ladies. For the salad."
Me: Oh, you mean lettuce?
Coworker: "Yeah! Ladies!" ("lettuce" sounds like "ladies").
Me: No, I ain't got any.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

Too funny . . . We have to get you out of there before you start thinking those things are normal.