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Dave Smith    Posted 01-17-2004 at 12:58:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This was sent to me by my daughter in Senoia GA, South of Atlanta.

The ones that live and/grew up in Atlanta or near will see a lot of truth. The others will just agree from what they have observed, but we love you all.

Subject: Atlanta, GA funny

This is for anyone who lives in Atlanta, who has ever lived in
Atlanta, has visited Atlanta, ever plans to visit Atlanta, knows anyone
who lives in Atlanta, knows anyone who has ever visited
Atlanta or anyone who has ever heard of Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta is composed mostly of one way streets. The only way to get
out of downtown Atlanta is to turn around and start over when you
reach Greenville, South Carolina. All directions start with, "Go down
Peachtree" and include the phrase, "When you see the Waffle House." Except
that in Cobb County, all directions begin with, "Go
to the Big Chicken."
Peachtree Street has no beginning and no end, and is not to be confused with
Peachtree Circle, Peachtree Place, Peachtree Lane, Peachtree Road, Peachtree
Parkway, Peachtree Run, Peachtree Trace, Peachtree Ave, Peachtree Commons, Peachtree Battle, Peachtree Corners, New Peachtree, Old Peachtree, West Peachtree, Peachtree-Dunwoody, Peachtree-Chamblee, or Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Atlantans only know their way to work and their way home. If you ask anyone
for directions they will always send you down Peachtree.

Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola. That's all we drink here, so don't
ask for any other soft drink unless it's made by Coca-Cola. And even
then, it's still "Coke."

Gate One at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is 32 miles
away from the Main Concourse, so wear sneakers and pack a lunch.

It's impossible to go around a block and wind up on the street you
started on. The Chamber of Commerce calls it a "scenic drive" and
has posted signs to that effect, so that out-of-towners don't feel
lost, they're just on a "scenic drive."

The 8:00 AM rush hour is from 6:30 to 10:30 AM. The 5:00 PM rush
hour is from 3:00 to 7:30 PM. Friday's rush hour starts Thursday
afternoon, and lasts through 2:00 AM Saturday.

"Sir" and "Ma'am" are used by the person speaking to you if there's
a remote possibility that you're at least 30 minutes older than they

A native can only pronounce Ponce De Leon Avenue, so do not attempt
the Spanish pronunciation. People will simply tilt their heads to the right
and stare at you. The Atlanta pronunciation is "pahnss duh LEE-on".

The falling of one rain drop causes all drivers to immediately forget all
traffic rules; so will daylight savings time, a girl applying eye shadow in
the next car, or a flat tire three lanes over.
If a single snowflake falls, the city is paralyzed for three days,
and it's on all the channels as a news flash every 15 minutes for a
month. All the grocery stores will be sold out of milk, bread, bottled
water, toilet paper, and beer. If there is a remote chance of snow, and if
it does snow, people will be on the corner selling "I survived the blizzard"
tee-shirts, not to mention the fact that all schools will close at the
slightest possible chance of snow.

If you are standing on a corner and a MARTA Bus stops, you're
expected to get on and go somewhere.

Construction on Peachtree Street is a way of life and a permanent
form of entertainment, especially when a water line is tapped and
Atlanta's version of Old Faithful erupts. Construction crews are not
doing their jobs properly unless they close down all major streets
during rush hour.

Atlantans are very proud of our racetrack, known as road Atlanta.
It winds throughout the city on the Interstates, hence it's name.
Actually, I-285, the loop that encircles Atlanta and has a posted
speed limit of 55mph (but you have to maintain 80 mph just to keep
from getting run over), is known to truckers as "The Watermelon 500."
Georgia 400 is our equivalent of the Autobahn. You will rarely see a
semi-truck on GA 400, because even the truck drivers are intimidated
by the oversized SUV-wielding housewives racing home after a grueling day at
the salon or the tennis match to meet their children at the school bus
coming home from the college prep preschool.
The last thing you want to do is give another driver the finger, unless your
car is armored, your trigger finger is itchy and your AK-47 has a full clip.

The pollen count is off the national scale for unhealthy, which starts at
120! Atlanta is usually in the 2,000 to 4,000 range. All roads, vehicles,
houses, etc. are yellow from March 28th to July 15th. If you have any
allergies you will die. But other than that, it's a great place to live!

Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 live in Georgia.
There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Georgia, plus a couple
no one's seen before.
Squirrels will eat anything.
Unknown critters love to dig holes under tomato plants.
Raccoons will test your crop of melons and let you know when they
are ripe.
If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls; it bites.

A tractor is NOT an all-terrain vehicle. They do get stuck.

"Onced" and "Twiced" are words.

It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy.

Fire ants consider your flesh a picnic.

People actually grow, eat and like okra!

"Fixinto" is one word (I'm fixinto go to da sto)

There ain't no such thing as "lunch." There's only dinner and then
there's supper.

Sweet Tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're 2.

"Backards" and "forwards" means I know everything about you.

'Jeet?' is actually a phrase meaning "Did you eat?"

You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is.
You work until you're done or it's too dark to see.

You know you're from Georgia if:
You measure distance in minutes.

You know what a 'dawg' is.

You see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in it, no
matter what time of the year.

All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable,
grain, insect or animal.

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

You carry jumper cables in your car... for your OWN car.

You know what "cow tipping" and "snipe hunting" are.

You only own four spices: salt, pepper, Texas Pete and catsup.

The local papers cover national and international news on one page but
require 6 pages for local gossip and sports.

You think that the first day deer season is a national holiday.

You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit "a little warm."

You know all four seasons: Almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas.

You know whether another Georgian is from north, south or middle Georgia as
soon as they open their mouth.

Going to Walmart is a favorite past time known as "goin wal-martin" or off
to "Wally World"

You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good pinto-bean

A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola, or's a Coke, regardless
of brand or flavor, Example: "What kinda coke you want?"

Fried Catfish is "the other white meat."

If you understand these jokes and forward them to your friends
from GA (and those who just wish they were )

TO35    Posted 01-17-2004 at 18:57:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its also called Spagetti junction...about the time you figure out which way is which...they either build a new road or reroute the one your on...besides everbody knows anything north of Macon Ga. is yankee land....he he he


Redneck    Posted 01-18-2004 at 05:10:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got turned around over there once by following their signs. Finally saw the problem. They put up a sign on one side of this road saying it went north. Looked directly across the street and there was another that said South pointing in the same direction. Got to love the sign decision makers there and in Mississippi. I guess that by making out of towners chase their tail, that they will eventially have to stop and buy gas etc.

Les    Posted 01-17-2004 at 16:07:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Neighbor's daughter went down there years ago, met a feller and got married and had a kid. I bet she'll only come back to NH for funerals, if that.

KellyGa    Posted 01-17-2004 at 15:55:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I pretty much agree, and it's spreading, except for the accent. We have so many imports from out of the United States now, people ask me where I am from, lol. The accent is definitely strong in Columbus still though. Went to a friends graduation from college, and stepped back in time. Nobody and nothing has changed much there since I moved 20 years ago. SO I guess they are preserving the south for us in the southern half of georgia, casue in the northern half, it's dying.

Cosmo    Posted 01-17-2004 at 15:21:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can relate very well to this. I lived in the area in the late '60's. West End, Sylvan Rd., and finally Conley. I hope I live long enough to want to go to Atlanta again. I now live in the "other" Georgia.

Redneck    Posted 01-17-2004 at 13:57:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, the Atlanta folks are uptown like that. You need to visit the real South!

Yessiree- Interstate 285    Posted 01-17-2004 at 13:54:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whew- that beltway is a ZOO. I delivered some equipment there 3 years ago. Saw one of those Home Depot rental trucks loose a house full of appliances while doing about 75 mph. Refrigerators don't bounce off hoods too well. Every dam fool on that stretch of road was tailgating someone else. Hellbent for leather, them folks.
Mike D.

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