February 22, 2003


Alabama - "The Yellowhammer State"

Michele: "They call Alabama the Crimson Tide. I once had this strange allegience to Bama football because of the Steely Dan song Deacon Blues. I love American sports. I especially love that football means big, mean men and the frozen tundra of Lambeau field and not some guys in shorts kicking a round ball.

Chris: "In Dothan, Alabama, at a rest stop, we have a solid gold huge ass peanut."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 03:02 AM

In Alabama, we take our football very seriously.

Posted by: skits on February 22, 2003 01:30 PM

What's there to love about Alabama?

The sunsets over Mobile Bay. A sunrise in the fall just outside of Birmingham. Mist on a pond in the spring. A light snow for Christmas in Alexandria. A dark and surreal creek in the Mobile River Delta. A quiet and warm pine forest. A hurricane rolling out of the Gulf of Mexico. Pelican's skimming the Mobile Bay Causeway. Vulcan, a naked pagan god, watching over a city of Southern Baptists.

Any thing made by Priester's Pecans. Thursday lunches at Honeybee's. Dinner at the real Dreamland. Listening to a live band on Five Points. Kissing your first love on a summer night by the Tombigbee River. Fishing off Dauphin Island. Visiting William Weatherford, Red Eagle's grave. Standing on the bridge to Selma. Seeing the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church rebuilt. Listening to shape singers. Hearing Bobby "Blue" Bland play in Uriah. Watching a Carnival parade on a chlly February night. Fishing off Dauphin Island.

And the people: W.C. Handey, Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer, Hank Aaron, Satchel Paige, Booker T. Washington, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Rick Bragg, Eugene Walters, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, Erskine Caldwell, Talulah Bankhead, and all the one's never to make it onto the world's stage.

I could go on forever. There is much to love about Alabama.

Posted by: thefallingman on February 23, 2003 04:07 AM

What I like about Alabama... it's cheap. Never really appreciated that until I moved up north and saw hamburger being sold for six dollars a pound.

And when people are out to slaughter you and rape your children, I'd rather be protected by rednecks who will kill you for looking at them funny, than by intellectuals who will run away crying if anyone looks at them funny.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on February 23, 2003 11:28 AM

What's to love about Alabama? Being able to play a round of golf at any of a number of outstanding courses without maxing out your VISA card.

More specifically, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. You want to talk about creative, forward thinking people? How many other states would have the vision to invest the state's retirement system funds in a bunch of golf courses? The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail seems to be an incredible success story, drawing visitors to the state form all olver tghe country with some of the most outstanding (and reasonably priced) courses in the country. Check http://www.rtjgolf.com/trail/history.htm.

Posted by: Robert on February 23, 2003 02:41 PM

It's been almost ten years to the day that my wife and I got out of the Air Force and moved to our little 40 acre plot in the middle of the woods in North Alabama. She and I built our house with our own hands. As I sit here, watching my horses share a pasture with a few assorted deer and enumerating the signs that Spring is just around the corner, I wonder what it is that I have done that has caused me to be so fortunate.

Posted by: Joel on March 8, 2003 08:51 AM

All around good people. See the Axis of Weevil at Possumblog.blogspot.com.

Posted by: Larry Anderson on March 13, 2003 09:11 AM