Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Why my friends from NYC won't come to Georgia...

I am not from the South but living here for over a decade, I appreciate many elements of this region and the amiable weather and southern hospitality are primary on the list.

So when I see this photograph while reading the paper one day, and subsequently receive an email about it, well, I had little reply. The email from an old friend and scribe in Manhattan, typed with as much humor blended into belittling as doable, asked me if this event was on my 2010 calendar.  The subject line read: Another justification for avoiding the South. I am sure he meant it in jest.





When I viewed the photo again, I replied, "Maybe she was pushed?"

No, in fact, she was not. But bless your heart Barbara "Redneck Queen" Bailey for being a fierce competitor. If you are going to enter the Mud Pit Belly Flop contest at the Summer Redneck Games, it is good to walk away the champion.  And she has won this contest many times.

I debated perhaps this photo was snapped elsewhere since I see no boiled peanuts in the picture. But alas, the Summer Redneck Games take place in East Dublin, Georgia.  For the record, I don't even know where East Dublin, Georgia is or at least I didn't until I saw this photo. But good for you East Dublin, it can't always center on football in this state.

Thanks New York Times for your effort to boost the tourism in Georgia.

Or the opposite.

99 comments:

Jules said...

Wow. Yeah. I'm from the Midwest and now I won't come visit you either.

A Vapid Blonde said...

I live in western MA and we have a ton of NYC tourists in the summer...You know what they loooove to say?

"OH, I'M FROM NY" as a response to everything...

Its a love/hate relationship.

The Peach Tart said...

Honey if that is for real, sign me up. Can you imagine the blog material and pictures you could get?
Priceless.

the walking man said...

1) Rednecks were union miners from West Virginia so Georgia co-opted the term.

2) Do we really need to make comment about elitism and NYC in general and Manhattan in particular.

3) If mud isn't good for you then why in the hell do so many people pay thousands of dollars to go to places to get what Ms. Bailey gets for free and also enjoys.

4) Even though there was no peanuts I am wiling to bet there was some decent barbecue and plenty of beer.

5) What did she win? A husband from NYC?

MommaKiss said...

I'm actually jealous of the air time she's got! Impressive! I'd totally visit the south - just for the Redneck Games.

Maggi said...

My husband is from the Bronx and his NYC friends can't wait to get back down here (we live in NC). They're big on Southern food now. lol

Too bad that picture put off your friend, I would think that would be even more reason to come down.

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Don't knock it until you've tried it Jenny Mac. It might offer the same exhiliration as seeing Jimmy Buffet in a bar. You just never know..... Now wave your Southern pride redneck flag proudly. We all know you've got one in your purse, next to the corndog and funnel cake.

Bethany said...

I know it seems like people will avoid GA now, but really who doesn't like to watch a people make fools of themselves? Seriously, the Bachelor is still on the air.

Don't worry, your friend actually did GA a service...maybe...sort of...I'm just trying to be positive here.

susan said...

Reminds me a little of college Derby Day. You may not be originally from the South, but you are learning :)-- A multitude of sins can be covered with "Bless her heart! :)

Lisa said...

How did you find that old picture of me?


teehee

Eva Gallant said...

Here in Maine we have the annual Wife Carrying Contest! Hmmm...I should do a blog about that!

Yankee Girl said...

Some towns will come up with anything to ward off boredom. I would never participate, but I actually might be interested in seeing that in person.

I think southern rednecks have more fun. They don't care what others think, something we should all try and do once in a while.

Big Boops said...

I hear you. I live in/am from Oklahoma. I can't tell you how many people really believe we have drive tractors to school and work. Now, I have seen many a tractor being driven down the side of the highway, but definitely NOT to school. We use our pickemup trucks for that.

Slamdunk said...

When we lived down South, my wife's family traveled from up North for a visit. She decided to take them to the Moonpie Festival in Bell Buckle, TN--I was working and did not get to attend.

I think her brother-in-law is still speechless in describing the festivities there.

KatieSPerk said...

We have a grits contest here in SC. As in who can jump in a pile of grits and have the most stuck to them. Who needs the MET or MoMA?Such a cultural difference than NYC.

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Oh I've missed it here ~ you are priceless. My grandma's from Georgia - I'd love to ask her how many mud pit dives she's been to! Have a good one ~ ♥

Whimsical Creations said...

LMBO!! That is priceless!

Will Burke said...

Would you believe we get the same thing from Toronto people? "Oh, I'm from The City," as though that means we should bow down. Grow up!

staceyjwarner said...

sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to win the crown...

much love

The Boob Nazi said...

Sigh. With how much roots I'm showing right now, I'd fit right in. Are you sure there aren't any Winter Games?

Mom in High Heels said...

Having lived in GA for a brief time (at Ft. Stewart-shudder), I can understand why your friends wouldn't want to visit you. You do live in Atlanta though, so you actually do have a bit of culture. Unlike Hinesville, GA where they had a parade when the Super Wal-Mart opened in 2001.

Stuff could always be worse said...

I was born and raised in Georgia, love it here. After traveling a bit to NY, and a few other places, I will die in Georgia! It is ok if they do not see the hospitality and beauty of Georgia, they can enjoy where they are happy at.
kim

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

We drove through the South summer of 2007 and I loved it. Couple that with the military spouse educators I have worked with who were from the South and chock full of that hospitality, and it put Geoprgia on my radar. Add in the fact that Georgia is one of the better paying states for teacher salaries....

Let's just say I have considered moving there on occasion. Belly flopers and all I suppose.

carissajaded said...

And in a dress, none the less? Awesome!! I live in the south- but I'm fairly sure we don't have any mud pit belly flop contests in Dallas. If I am wrong and there are some that I am unaware of... please for God sakes let me know!!! I want to do this!

Stacey said...

My daughter's daycare is trying to convince her that grits are a good thing to have for breakfast. The indoctrination starts young in the South...

Tsquared417 said...

Hilarious and I love GA!

*uncorked said...

Being that I was born and raised in Chicago, and went to law school down in Cowtown, Texas. Yeah, that's what Fort Worth is known as, there were a lot of things that surprised me. Like the one day I was taking a much needed smoke break during torts and about 50 cowboys on horses just strolled past the school. No one else seemed to find this hilarious. There was no parade before or after them. I snapped a few pictures on my camera phone and immediately sent them to all my friends back home. Now that I'm back in Chicago, I miss things like that. Though I can't see myself ever belly flopping into a mud pit.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hey, rates right up there with the "Testicle Festival" held somewhere 'round these here parts' in Houston. We've all got them don't we?! Makes the Frog Jump at Kla Ha Ya Days look pretty tame doesn't it?

Hilarious Jenny!
x

Too Many Hats said...

You know people in New York City pay top dollar for mud treatments and mud baths - they are just jealous. I bet the Redneck Queen has the softest skin.

Nathanael Rey said...

A bellyflop wouldn't go over too well on the cement sidewalks of 5th Ave.... but then again why would I ruin my perfectly good Loboutin loafers? I'll stick with NY. for now ;-)

(actually, when I was having my little episode last weeek I called my cousin in Atlanta up and she wants me to move down there! I told her we'll see!)

BigSis said...

Yup, looks about right. I lived in Marietta (you know - May-retta) for 2 years and still have a good laugh at some of the stuff in GA.

Susan Erickson said...

Canadians do it on skis. The year end bash on the ski hill features a huge pit full of water and ice. People try to get enough speed up on their skis or boards to sail over the pit. Of course most end up in the drink. Rather cold and wet but usually a ton of laughs. We always laugh at human foolishness, Right?

La La La Leah said...

hahaha I grew up in Albama and my brother lives in Buford GA.... I may or may not visit you next time I am there who knows. I am planning a trip to that new there sea in the big ole buidling down town next time we visit...... why is like $30 a ticket too???

magda said...

Unfortunately, living in a cool city doesn't make you cool...unless they decide to name after you.

Michael Rivers said...

Great story. I have NYC friends too. They always poke fun of Minneapolis because we have the Mall of America. Well, what's the first place those NYC friends wanted to go to when they visited last summer---yep. Mall of America.

FunnyGal KAT said...

I'll be in Georgia in a few weeks. Originally I was going to visit my nephews, but they'll be fine I skip their house for a trip to East Dublin instead. They're young and probably won't remember I stood them up for a mud contest anyway.

foxy said...

Hahahaha... you're right. For some things, there is no response.

Herding Cats said...

I would sooo go to that!

Kristina P. said...

This actually makes me want to come to the SOuth!

Kr√ęg said...

They spit for distance at that East Dublin event?

Ask your NYC friend if he's attending the 2010 New York Violent Crime Symposium & Rudeness Jamboree this year. I'm not sure which of the five boroughs is hosting this year. You could ask your friend that too.

Intense Guy said...

Those Redneck Games people even got a website... with tons of pictures on it.

"The mudpit belly-flop judges contestants on their flabby form and sonic splat as they drop gut-first into muddy water, splattering nearby spectators. The armpit serenade rates children on their musical skills pumping air through a damp hand beneath their underarm. The 12-year-old winner in 2000 squeezed out a recognizable rendition of "Dixie." There's also hubcap hurling (think junkyard discus) and redneck horseshoes, played with toilet seats."

Sign me up... where do I buy tickets? What you doing July 3d?

jayme said...

that's right, that's how we do it here in kentucky too! that's how the infield of the kentucky derby looks when its rained! looove it! and from my post today, my brother could be some stiff competition for little miss barbara redneck queen bailey! :) xxoo

Dumblond said...

My determination to never go back Down South has nothing to do with the people or the festivities. It all has to do with the weather. No.thank.you.ever.again!
I don't know how anyone who hails from the Northwest can choose to live there...

Working Mommy said...

Wow...I'm kind of surprised that those games don't take place in my hometown...and honestly it almost makes me want to visit GA...and go to the games...just to say I was there!!

~WM

Ashley Stone said...

I'm from Kentucky and we have equally... if not worse red neck events. A county not too far from me has "drive your tractor to school day.".... no lie.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

As someone who couldn't care less about football, I would instead enthusiastically watch some lady with minimal teeth, belly flop into mud for hours. I can't think of better drinking entertainment. In fact the more you drank the funnier it would get. All the ladies must wear floral dresses and the men overalls and straw hats and they must jump to the strains of "Dueling Banjos".

All the other games as detailed by Intense Guy would just be icing on the cake. Hostess snack cake, presumably.

AspenSkiier said...

I grew up outside of Atlanta...and things like this are the reason I moved away! Atlanta was too close and Colorado is just about far enough away. ROTFLMAO.

Nyx said...

So I see the photograph, and y'know what I thought?

I thought that her skirt was ugly.

Maybe I belong down South.

Cathi said...

I am booking my flight now..haha...I was the queen of belly flops as a kid in a pool - how much harder could this be....:) xxoo

hotpants™ said...

I've never heard of East Dublin either. I'm sure they have similar things here in TN.

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

if it was warm enough here to jump into a puddle of mud i would totally do it

- not bashing simple quaint and a little whacky southerners or their lifestyle

Emily said...

Really? There are redneck competitions in this state? Man, and I thought we had higher standards than the state of Alabama.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Boiled peanuts and traffic are enough to keep me away.

Helen, a very ketchy town and must :-).

But the drive from Savannah to Augusta should be avoided.

However, Georgia isn't the only state with fun events....

You can bust your friends in NYC for living close enough to travel for Pumpkin Chunkin events (you can watch on the National Geographic Channel) in NY State (like 30 miles from the city)

Rebecca Knight said...

Is it wrong that this looks like fun to me? :D

Here in Washington we have bathtub races. Like, bathtubs full of water with a dude sitting in it, whizzing down the road. Awesome :).

Leah Rubin said...

Wow, some people just naturally know how to have fun. But really, do your friends think that this kind of craziness is contagious? I could personally watch wacky stuff like that and not think I'm going to be contaminated by it...

Oh well-- you know who your friends are!

JennyMac said...

LOL Leah...I dont think they fear its contagious...I am sure they would have fun with the right amount of cocktails.

Myya said...

This is hilarious! Makes me think of those mass e-mails that go on & on about "your a redneck if..." Can you imagine the clean-up afterward... uggghhh, no thanks!!!

DeNae said...

You know, if the New York Times is going to publish my wedding pictures willy-nilly, I think they should compensate me somehow. Those long, cotton, belly-flopping dresses don't grow on trees, you know.

Brian Miller said...

lol. i just cant believe they sent a photographer to my family reunion.

Uptown Girl said...

cra-zy. I live in NYC and visit Georgia every few years. I need a break and some down home cooking and fun from time to time. How else would I learn new similies for blogging?

Pricilla said...

My oldest ah-hem, dearest friend is from NJ and now lives in Cumming, GA. all irony aside she has been there for 12 years now and still wants out. She says she just doesn't understand Southern folk.

Grand Pooba said...

Hahaha! Is this for real? Wow. So what is the point of a mud belly flop contest? Whoever makes the biggest splash? Whoever pukes first?

(I left you a little somethin somethin on me lil ol blog)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Doesn't everyone in Georgia play in the mud? I did my time in Atlanta (5 years) and never did this. I missed out.
Where we live now, there are swamp buggy races. The days leading to this the swamp buggy parade is held which, is full of swamp buggies and the Swamp Buggy Queen.
On the last day of the race, the Queen is tossed into the mud.
Classy, right? This is all held just a few miles East of Bajillion dollar homes on the gulf of Mexico.

After 13 years, I still have no desire to witness any of it. :0

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Corrie Howe said...

I say we all have our skeletons in the closets...no matter where you live. The relatives you don't wish to be associated with, but can't get away from...

Baloney said...

Ha! The good ole South has risen again!!
All I can think about is how awful it must feel to have mud in your eyes, ears, nostrils... yuck.

Lauren said...

Give me friendly (muddy) southerns over unpleasant Yankees any day! ;)

LillyBug said...

Where can I get that dress?

Hilarious post. As usual. You are a rockstar blogger.

Kathryn said...

I'm sure someone before me (one of the 6,372 of them)has pointed this out....BUT:

I find it interesting how CLOSE the spectators are standing in this shot. Do they honestly think that 2 feet from the mud hole is sufficient to prevent their Jimmy Choos from being splattered?

Upon closer (enlarged) inspection, I'm realizing that 99.9% of the spectators seem to be male.

I'm not saying another word. (!)

Ela said...

Maybe it's just me but this does not dissuade me from wanting to visit the South. Besides NYorkers pay good money for mud facials.

Kato said...

Haha!

Redneck Games. My hometown puts a version of these games on. Only they try to disguise what it really is by serving lobster.

Oh lord.

secret agent woman said...

Oh yeah. Like NYC isn't chock full of craziness. Any place can be made to look bad if you are selective about what you present.

mbkatc230 said...

DH is from Philadelphia, and his friends are always razzing us about living with a bunch of rednecks. First off, I'm from Mississippi, so Texas cannot possibly throw anything at me that I haven't seen before. Secondly, when one of his friends broke down in Texas on a road trip, all he did was rave about how helpful & friendly everyone was. And how cheap he could eat lol! Secondly, in the South we do not hide our crazy relative away in nice little clinics. We sit them out on the front porch so everyone can say hey. To each his own, at least I've never been mugged in our little town (and yes I've been to NY and yes have been accosted there!) Kathy

Stepharoni said...

They don't call it the "Dirty South" for nothing.

HalfAsstic.com said...

Oh, the torment! The ceaseless ridicule and snobbery of some crass, humorless yankees.
Let's not forget the culture, civility and gentility of the south. Because it's here as well! It just seems like you have to look harder for it all the time... ;-)

Mighty M said...

I'm thinking the reason she has won so many times is because nobody else enters!!

I hate being dirty. I wouldn't even want to be near the splatter zone.

If I ever had any reason to be there in the first place.

Around here we just have "polar" plunges into the lake.

I don't like to be wet either, unless I'm in the shower.

Or Hawaii. :)

J.J. in L.A. said...

And Central Park is a plus for the state of N.Y.? I bet it isn't after the sun goes down. ; )

ellen abbott said...

Well, at the risk of exposing myself to ridicule, a good mud wallow is a lot of fun.

JennyMac said...

I might not mind a wallow..if it can be done with out going face first. LOL.

C.J. said...

so your an atty. good for you. I did the presentation and we will see what transpires.... work I hope. My daughter lives in Monroe, GA, about 20 or so miles from Atl. Thanks for following my blog.

shortmama said...

I reckon that there belly flopper jus'n might be my kin...

Jerry said...

Alas I am from, and in, Houston but spent four years in New York. Houston seemed to somehow translate to Hickston in that corner of the world.

Enjoyed it.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Well they always say mud is good for the skin? LOL :)

Ed Adams said...

But piggy likes playin in the mud.

Inge' said...

Speaking a a southern girl, I am disappointed they did not have a "before" pic of her. No self-respecting southern girl would be caught dead without her lipstick and eyeshadow mud pit or not.

This actually looks like a lot of fun. When my kids were younger, my son "picked the pig that won the race" at our local fair. Won a ribbon and everything.

My mom and I were totally redneck in cheering for the pig he chose.

Life Laugh Latte said...

I think she has a great take on life. I would recommend losing the dress though! She should create her own line of clothing for mud jumpers. Something sporty and daring perhaps! Holly:)

AnnQ said...

LOL! I'm laughing about the picture, AND about the comment from 'Mom in High Heels' "Unlike Hinesville, GA where they had a parade when the Super Wal-Mart opened in 2001".

You've gotta love it.

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

It's sad that anyone should resort to doing belly flops...no matter what the occasion...but if your going to do it I think it should be done in a vat of Jello.

Secretia said...

Mud flopping? Mud diving?
It looks like fun, but don't ask me to do the laundry after.

Secretia

Vodka Logic said...

I suppose with enough alcohol I could do it... I am sure there are weird things here too... thought about it.. hope lol

More Than A Mom said...

Visiting from SITS. I just read a cute book about a gal who moves from New York to Atlanta, Georgia. It's "Love The One You're With" by Emily Giffin. It's cute.

Nonflammable said...

Having traveled to Manhattan almost every week for nearly two years, this event has nothing compared to some of the activities that go on in NY after hours.
Still, it is a very cool city

I would enjoy watching this event. Hilarious pic. Looks like she’s wearing a mumu.

Shorty said...

I 'come from' a hick little town in Oklahoma. Called Ardmore. My mom, sis and step-dad moved away as fast as we could! And we always like to tell each other (when that person is acting like a hick which can really take so many forms) that "Your Ardmore is showing." Looks like that lady's "East Dublin is showing." I can't say I would like to visit...

Jennifer Lynn said...

Looks like fun:) excpet for the mud part.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I'm fairly sure I say the same event on Jersey Shore. ;-) Which, in fairness, is south.

T!nK said...

Hey! who's got two thumbs and is coming to the ATL Valentine's Day weekend?

This guy *points thumbs towards self*

vinomom said...

The fact that you live in Georgia just made me think you were that much cooler.

It's a dream of mine to visit there someday. I'm an old Gone with The Wine fan.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

I have no desire of visiting Georgia, now I totally want to be there for the Red Neck Games. You can't say you have seen America until you witness this: the heart of REAL America. Fucking A!

Simply Mel said...

OH what joy this brings a GA native (insert sarcasm!)!

Calistoga has their hot springs, and GA has the red clay. Similar to some, and two different worlds to most!