Life in the Fat Lane – Visiting the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Song that inspired the title: Da Yooper – Yooper Talk

I think I mentioned that I grew up in the South.  When The Dane and I travel, I always know if we’re going above the Mason-Dixon that I’m going to get “that look” and/or get the comments about my accent (which of course I don’t have).  Seriously, as Southern accents go, mine is not THAT thick.

Sometimes, it can be a bit trying.  Here’s a tidbit of a conversation I had once:

HER:  Say something (insert Boston accent here).

ME:  What would you like for me to say?

HER:  (Giggling) Say something else.

ME:  (Deciding to mess with her a bit and in the deepest accent I can manage) Me and Chuck, we’re fixin’ ta go get a pizza.  Ya’ll wanna come along with us?  We’re going up yonder (pointing toward town).

HER (and friends):  (Hilarious laughter)

The Dane and I traveled “Up North,” way above the Mason-Dixon and we ran into some Yoopers (folks from the “Upper Peninsula” or UP of Michigan).  These folks have northern southern accents.  And, just so ya know, we had a blast!  There were a few words that I had to asked about, but, ya know, we got along just fine.

Wanna hear the differences in Southern accents – watch Tim Wilson on the The Bob and Tom Show.  And here’s one from Lewis Grizzard (pronounced Grizz ard, doesn’t rhyme with lizard), my favorite humorist from Georgia.

The moto jacket is from Lane Bryant. Swing dress from BooHoo similar here (be aware that the sleeves are a bit snug).  Shoes are Anne Klein.

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