The morning radio show I listen to was discussing the differen ways to say “New Orleans”. Everyone was commenting on how annoying it is to hear people (usually NOT from the South) pronounce is phonetically. “NU OR-LEE-ANS”. Most of us slurr it so it becomes more and more like “NAH-LEENS” the closer you get to the city itself.
This, of course, made me think of something entirely off subject since I’m evidently showing signs of Adult Onset ADD.
MrZ is smart and it has ALWAYS pissed me off. He’s always there to tell me I’m wrong or to add supplemental information to any story or viewpoint I have. When you have an ego and pride the size of mine? This can get quite annoying. This was ESPECIALLY painful in college, since we were studying in the same program and doing the same work.
I was always wanting to do better on tests or projects than he did. And of course, I rarely ever did. One evening, I was trying to fill out a map of the U.S. There were several lakes I was supposed to locate and study for a test. I was struggling to find Lake Pontchartrain in the state of Louisiana. I KNEW it was in LA, I just wasn’t sure where.
And there MrZ was, watching me from above. In my head? I was muttering Damn him and his damn Louisiana living family, probably knowing EXACTLY where Lake Pontchartrain was. Damn him. Any second he’s going to say “It’s in Louisiana, Zoot” which I KNOW it is in Louisiana and that is just going to piss me off when he tells me that and I’m going to have to scream DUH! JUST BECAUSE I’M NOT AS SMART AS YOU DOESNT MEAN I’M STUPID!
And then he said it, “Zoot, Lake Pontchartrain is in New Orleans.”
And I responded to what I was EXPECTING him to say when I snapped in as smartass of a tone as I could muster, “Well, NEW ORLEANS is an AWFUL BIG STATE, DUH!”
Yep. New Orleans is a BIG state. And he STILL married me.