The other night we were sitting around watching television when Barbie decided to make dinner. It seems that Barbie had found a neat little Tex-Mex rice dish on-line and she wanted to try making it and see if it was any good. So we made up some taco seasoned ground beef, rice, and vegetables which were then thrown into a casserole dish topped with nacho chips and cheese.
“Dinner’s ready”, Barbie said. “Maybe we can watch it with that show we’ve been watching. What’s it called…Justified.”
“Sure, I’ll turn on Netflix”, I answered.
“Yep, a Tex-Mex meal while we watch Texas marshals”, Barbie said.
I was rather confused by this and let Barbie know that. “You do realize this show takes place in Kentucky right?”
“What do you mean? He has cowboy hats and boots. Plus he has an accent.”
“Everyone south of Cincinnati has a southern accent. The Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana…all have southern accents.”
“Well that puts a damper on having a theme dinner doesn’t it”, Barbie stated as she walked back to the kitchen for the food.
This, however, reminded me of an instance when I use to drive up and down the US east coast wrestling. I was driving down to the Blue Ridge mountain area of North Carolina and I stopped at a rest station in Virginia. This gas stop was advertised as the last one before the state line. So I filled up and went it to pay for my gas when I had the following conversation:
“I’m looking at the map here and it looks like the state line is about an hour and a half or possibly two hours away. Is that about right?”, I asked of the attendant.
With what can be described as ‘deer in headlights’ the lady behind the counter stared at me and with a stereotypical southern drawl responded “Oh, I don’t know. I don’t get out a lot”
To say I was flabbergasted would be putting it mildly. “Shouldn’t information like this be part of your training orientation? Being the last gas station and all?”
I was met with a look that told me I had reached the intellectual capacity of this poor soul and just left my money on the counter and walked away.