Livin’ in the South

_MG_8708There are pluses and minuses about living in the southern part of the US (even if it’s just for a few months at a time).  In case you’re not aware of what some of them are, here’s a list for your consideration, with the con’s first, then moving on to the pro’s:

CON’S:  It is hot in the summer. Stinkin’ hot. It is humid in the summer. Stinkin’ humid. Okra (’nuff said). Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Copperheads. Water moccasins. Gators. Skeeters. Traffic in Atlanta.

PRO’S: Fishing. Golf. Sports. Sports fanatics. Peaches.  Electricity is much cheaper than in CA. Rainfall year round. Everybody is called “Darlin'” (even if they don’t know who you are). Iced tea. Lemonade. Friendliness. History. Tradition. Churches and faith. Peach pie. Peach cobbler. Peach milkshakes. Cheaper food. Cheaper houses (much cheaper than CA!) Hunting (if you’re into that kind of thing.) Manners. Politeness.

Today’s photo is another example. These large bottles are chock full of money that has been put in throughout the years (who knows how many?!?!?) in a antique/gift store in the northern part of Georgia. There by the bottles is a coffee warmer and coffee pot and as the sign says, you can buy a cup for a nickle….and you’re on the honor system. People just simply trust one another here. They’ve not forgotten what it means to treat others with dignity and respect and trust, something that would be crazy in many other parts of the country or world.

I, for one, hope it stays this way for a long, long time.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Rae Carruth, the pro football player convicted of hiring someone to kill his pregnant girlfriend, was born on this day in 1974 in Sacramento, California.

On Nov. 15, 1999, Carruth, a receiver for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, and his girlfriend, Cherica Adams, 24, went to see a movie in Charlotte, North Carolina. Later that night, they each got into their own cars and began driving to Adams’ home. Carruth drove ahead of Adams, who was in her third trimester of pregnancy. Shortly after 12:30 a.m., a vehicle pulled alongside Adams’ car and she was shot four times. Adams called 911 on her cell phone and indicated that Carruth had somehow been involved in the shooting. When paramedics arrived, Carruth was gone. Adams was taken to the hospital, where her son, Chancellor Lee Adams, was delivered by emergency Caesarean section. Adams died from her injuries a month later, but not before giving statements to the police implicating Carruth in the crime and suggesting he had slowed his vehicle and blocked her from escaping the gun shots.

On November 25, Carruth and an ex-convict who later admitted to being the shooter, were arrested and charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and firing a weapon into an occupied vehicle. Cell phone records indicated that Carruth had been in contact with the men in the other vehicle around the time of the shooting. After Cherica Adams died on November 14, the charges against the four men were upgraded to murder. At that point, Carruth, who was out on bail, disappeared and was found a day later hiding in the trunk of a car outside a motel in Tennessee. During trial, prosecutors claimed that Carruth had hired Watkins to kill Adams because he didn’t want to pay child support.

In January 2001, a jury acquitted Carruth of first-degree murder but found him guilty of conspiracy to murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and attempting to kill an unborn child. He is currently serving a minimum prison sentence of 18 years and 11 months.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  For humans the normal pulse is 70 heartbeats per minute. Elephants have a slower pulse of 27 and for a canary it is 1000!

2 thoughts on “Livin’ in the South

    1. They sure do know how to cook down here! There’s a GREAT home-style restaurant (even buffet) called the Blue Willow about an hour or so east of the Atlanta area. SOme of the best cooking you’ll ever eat! I don’t care for okra, though, so you can have my share!!!!

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