Southern Drawl - And Response

Thursday, October 31, 2013

After reading Roy's opinion I thought i would share about some of my experiences. While in the USMC during the '50s I went home with a buddy that lived in New Britian, Conn. Those folks thought the people in the south, especially in the mountain areas, were like the Lil Abner comic strip. They would believe anything they were told. 

I have had the opportunity to travel to several countries and those who speak English had a difficult time understanding me. One friend from New Zealand stated in a meeting, "If you think I speak funny you haven't heard Nick speak." 

Another time when I was in Costa Rico I was introduced to the pastor of an English speaking church. He made this comment after I introduced myself. He said, " My wife is going to love talking to you as she is from Louisiana and hasn't heard a southern drawl in five years." 

One person who heard me speak asked what was my nationality. I answered that I was from the south in the U.S.A. and I didn't speak English. I was blessed to be able speak southern.

N.D.Kennedy Sr.
Ooltewah 

* * * 

Very interesting subject Mr. Kennedy has brought up.  One of the things I miss the most about my late wife, Anne, was her melodious voice and deep South accent.  

She was raised in Thomasville, Ga.  This is deep South where they have real southern cooking.  I got my immersion in the deep South there and after college when we lived in Savannah.  

A real southern accent is a beautiful thing.  As Jimmy Buffet sang, "I can't pronounce my r's and g's when I'm speaking southernese." 

Don Moon


Why I Served In The Military

I was in the first grade when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. When we lived in California, while my dad worked at Mare Island shipyard, I remember stories that some coastal towns could hear the bombs as they exploded.  My family, like others, had a number of members that served in the military. My brother was in the Army and served in Europe and during the Battle of the ... (click for more)

Bullying Within The Chattanooga Police Department

In reference to the recent debacle involving Mayor Andy Berke, Lacie Stone and Bobby Stone, Chief Fred Fletcher has repeatedly said “this incident will be investigated the same as any other crime”.   I can assure you this statement could not be further from the truth.  The average city of Chattanooga citizen does not have Chief Fletcher on speed dial with the invitation ... (click for more)

Stone Domestic Assault Case Postponed Until Aug. 9

The case in which Bobby Stone is charged with domestic assault against his wife, advisor to Mayor Andy Berke Lacie Stone, has been postponed until Aug. 9. Officials said there will be no further action until the TBI completes its investigation.  The case had been set Tuesday morning before general sessions court Lila Statom. The TBI is believed to be looking into ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Honors Military Veterans

A Memorial Day service was held at the National Cemetery on Monday. (click for more)

Seth Ruhling Wins Chattanooga Chase 8K And One Mile

It has been six years since Seth Ruhling ran the Chattanooga Chase and maybe he had forgotten just how tough that 8K course really is, but that’s didn’t seem to matter Monday morning as he celebrated Memorial Day with victory in the Chattanooga Track Club’s oldest race. Ruhling graduated from Collegedale Academy in 2013 and is now a 21-year-old student at Southern Adventist ... (click for more)

Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Football Classic Set For Saturday at CCS

The 13th Annual Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Football Classic, presented by Great Clips, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday June 4 at Chattanooga Christian School in Chattanooga. Tennessee defeated Georgia 38-14 last June at McCallie School in Chattanooga. It was Tennessee's fourth consecutive victory in the series that dates back to the first game held at Ridgeland High in ... (click for more)