Thursday, March 15, 2012

BRAVE Speaking

Once in 1996 I traveled to Atlanta, home of the BRAVES. I went on a roadtrip there with two of my best pals to watch the Summer Olympics. I went to three days of track competition. During that time I saw Michael Johnson, Jackie Joyner Kersee, and Carl Lewis either win medals or advance to other rounds. It pretty much rocked.

After the track champs were over, the fans were singing an original song in the streets that went like this: "Carl LEEEWIS! CAAARL Lewis! CARLLL Lewis! LEWIS Lewis!" Everyone was just singing it spontaneously. I loved it.

In addition to having a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Atlanta, I also discovered that I don't speak or understand Southern.

I'd go to restaurants and order stuff, and then the servers would ask follow up questions, and I had to stare at them like an idiot while my friends answered for me. I had no idea what they were saying. Also, once I asked a guy in the street for directions to the train. "Do you know where the North-South MARTA is?" I asked.

"Noph Sopf Mah," the guy nodded.

"No," I interrupted. "The NORTH-SOUTH MARTA."

"Yuh. Noph Sopf Mah," he repeated.


It was at this point that I noticed that my friend Sheila was doubled over in laughter beside me.

"WHAT?!" I demanded.

"He's saying that," she choked. "He's trying to tell you about the North-South MARTA."


So, GO, BRAVES! I can't understand what you're saying, but I'm pretty sure we're actually speaking the same language.


mm said...

Funny stuff!

Jim said...

I have never known anyone who attended the Olympics as a fan. I had fellow sports writers (back in the day) who covered the Olympics. I knew former athletes who were IN the Olympics (my high school cross-country coach participated in the 1972 Olympic Games and I interviewed several handfuls of athletes who were Olypians). You must not have been hit by the pipe bomb, Kace, so that's good to hear. I'd actually like to hear more about seeing the Olympics. Post about that some more. If my daughte's junior high track meets are any indication, the Olympic Track meet must have been long, hot and boring with one huge fun burst that lasted only about a minute.

Bethn8r said...

I have always wanted to go to the Olympics!! So very jealous.

StreibProjects said...

I was pregnant with Harrison that year, so I wasn't able to go! So Jealous. That's hilarious! I also have trouble understanding the locals in the area. I have a funny story about a "hated danish." We finally figured out that she was asking us if we wanted it HEATED.

dw said...

I love this story and am really sad that we didn't know each other then and that I wasn't there.

LH said...

I ran in that Olympics. Did you see me?