When I moved to Indiana to go to college, I really did not notice too much of a difference as everything that surrounded me was pretty standard; the same stores, the same language, people were driving on the right hand side of the road, etc. It wasn’t until I went into JC Pennies that I noticed the difference. If you’ve ever been in a Pennies, you’ll know that somewhere in the men’s section of the store is an area of sports wear (hoodies, ball caps, T-shirts). It’s pretty standard. One day as I was walking around the store I happened to notice a difference – all the teams represented there were from Indiana. It kinda put me in a state of shock.
I know it’s an obvious thing, a store in Indiana selling sportswear with Indiana sports teams’ logos. Duh Dan. But as a 19-year-old college student, it was my realization that I wasn’t at home anymore. And I say this to set up this next story.
Saturday, Steph and I needed to go to Wal-Mart to get some stuff. While I was walking in the store, a voice came over the loud speaker, with a very Kentucky accent, and began to talk. He said, “Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: Kentucky just beat Vanderbilt! Attention, Kentucky just beat Vanderbilt!!” I was sort of annoyed because that information had no relevance to my being in Wal-Mart, if I had cared I would have been watching the game. Now we are passionate about our sports teams in Michigan but Kentuckians are borderline psychotic – he couldn’t help himself. This was evidenced by what he said next.
At first I couldn’t tell what he was doing, but it only took me a second. At the top of his lungs he began to scream: “Meeeeee-ow!” I was shocked. Which is pretty unusual, I’ve been here for two years now, and most aspects of Kentucky culture do not shock me anymore. But 1.) It just seemed counter intuitive to me….A “me-ow” is the sound a house cat makes, not the sound a ferocious wildcat would make. 2.) He did it over the loud speaker of a Wal-Mart store. 3.) He sounded like he had forgotten to take some sort of medicine. 4.) Personal belief: people who do things like that should not be allowed near loud speakers at Wal-Mart.
This is where I live.
Note: If you read this I know you’re a Wildcat fan, please know actions like this are one of the main reasons why I cheer against you so hard.