by Ed Williams
You ever had something you wanted to say that comes straight from the heart? Something you know without question to be true, and something you feel the need to say out loud? Well, thatís the kind of feeling I have today--a deep down need to say something that needs to be said, something lots of us know to be true. So, here and now, Iím going to say with pride:
ďAll the really good stuff comes from the South.Ē
Itís true, you know, all the really good stuff does comes from the South. Iím not saying this to brag, gloat, or to put down other regions of the country, Iím just stating what seems to me to be patently obvious. And Iím not even talking about some of our good stuff like the weather, azaleas, dogwood trees, Jack Daniels, boiled peanuts, and the like. Iím just saying in general that most of the really good things we love as a nation come from the South.
Think not? Well, just check out the following.
The very best music comes from the South. Just the fact that Elvis was a Southerner says all I need to say, but you can also add in Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Hank Williams, Sr., Hank Williams, Jr., B. B. King, George Jones, James Brown, the Allman Brothers Band, John Lee Hooker, Grandpa Jones, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and so many other great Southern musical talents that it would take pages to list them all. Southern music can make you tap your feet, kiss a pretty girl, pat your favorite dog, and can even cause you to eat a sandwich faster than you normally would. Itís the very best music there is, and thereís not much of an argument that can be mounted against it.
The very best athletes and sports teams come from the South. Why, right here in Georgia we enjoy both the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the University of Georgia Bulldogs, both nationally known and respected, with colorful and storied sports histories. Take a quick look over at Statesboro and witness what Georgia Southern has accomplished on the football field over the past few years. And these are just our Georgia based teams.
Our great Georgia teams also happen to play some pretty good football over in Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia. And letís not forget Louisiana, where anyone who has half a brain knows that the LSU Tigers were clearly the best team in the nation last year. How do we know that? Well, they had to beat a lot of other good Southern teams in order to even get to the national championship game, and I have no doubt that a couple of the teams LSU beat along the way wouldĎve handed USC their heinies, had they been allowed the opportunity.
Wanna talk about food? Well, here in our neck of the woods thereís Cajun, Southern home cooking, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Nu-Way hot dogs, biscuits and gravy, black-eyed peas, cheese grits, and a whole lot more. A cold drink is a cold drink here, not pop, soda, or God knows what else our yankee friends call them.
Wanna consider the quality of life? Well, please tell me how people each year voluntarily leave Georgia, Florida, or any other Southern state to move up to New Jersey? Well?
And last, but not least, letís discuss the Southís greatest asset--its women.
Nothing is softer than a true Southern belle; her kisses are the sweetest, her hugs the warmest, and the sound of her laughter can make a manís heart smile a thousand times over. A true Southern woman knows how to be a lady out in public, and how to be a woman when the time is right for that. Iíd say even more, but if I get much more into this Iím gonna get my heiny parched, so letís just say that good Southern women are like a prime piece of pecan pie: soft, nourishing, and with just a tiny bit of kick.
So there you have it--the truth behind why the South is without question the premier area of our nation. Now, in all fairness, a few yankees out there may not agree with what IĎve just said, but the facts are the facts. My advice to them when considering the South would be to read and take to heart this quote from another favorite son of the South, the greatest wrestler of all time, the Nature Boy Ric Flair, who sums it up best like this:
ďWhether you like it, or donít like it, youíd better learn to love it, cause itís the best thing goiní today!Ē
BIO: Ed Williams
Born in Forsyth, Georgia, Ed was raised in Juliette and is a proud product of the Monroe County public school system. His life took a decided turn in 1995 when he bought a home computer and began writing down wild old stories about his upbringing in Juliette. These stories, through an unusual series of events, were published in 1998 in hardback under the title, Sex, Dead Dogs, and Me: The Juliette Journals.
Edís book started out in four bookstores in Macon, Georgia. Through word of mouth and the internet, eight months later he was being stocked nationally in the Books-A-Million chain. In December of 2000, Southern Charm Press (Atlanta) purchased the rights, and published the book in paperback. Since then, Ed's second book, entitled Rough As A Cob: More From the Juliette Journals, has been released (March 2003) in both hardback and trade paperback formats by River City Publishing. His third book, tentatively titled, Honin' The Tulip: Yet More Juliette Journals, is currently being considered for future publication.
Recently, Ed appeared on the Georgia Public Radio program, "Cover to Cover," and has begun writing a weekly nationally syndicated newspaper column called Free Wheelin'. He is in demand as a speaker, and is already being compared to some of Georgiaís most noted humorists.
Edís new book, Rough As A Cob, can be ordered by calling River City Publishing toll-free at: 877-408-7078. You can contact him via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through his web site address at: Ed-Williams.com.
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