Thursday, July 14, 2005

You aren't in Tennessee anymore when...

A few Hawaiian observations with a Foxworthy theme:

When you wake up late, and you run into a store to get a spam musubi for breakfast and not an egg mcmuffin, you aren't in TN anymore....

When the old shopping center near work has a Subway, a wrap place, a TCBY, a Thai fast place, a Pizza Hut, and a Burger King, and the new one has Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and a Taco Bell, you aren't in TN anymore....

When the big bruiser and his buddies on the back of the bus are strumming a ukelele, you aren't in TN anymore....

When the guy in the pickup truck in the parking lot is shaking his windows with the blasts of traditional Polynesian chants, you aren't in TN anymore....

When place names seem to repeat the same sounds, like the LikeLike highway, King Kamehameha, and HuliHuli chicken, you aren't in TN anymore. (For the linguistically inclined, it is called reduplication, and it is very common in languages. Also the first is pronounced LeekayLeekay)

When you used to giggle when you said you were at the corner of Harding and Harding, and now you can say that you are at the corner of Ke'eaomoku and Kapi'olani, you aren't in TN anymore....

When you can ask someone what they are doing for Prince Kuhio day, you aren't in TN anymore....

When a woman walks through the mall in a bikini, wrap around the waist, and flipflops and no one really notices, you aren't in TN anymore....

When you know the difference between windward and leeward, can say that RadioShack is on the mauka side of the mall, and that the picnic is on the Ewa side of the beach park, you aren't in TN anymore....

When there are no country stations on the FM dial, but you can easily find Hawaiian and reggae, you aren't in TN anymore.

When the kick off for the Titans game is at 7:00 AM and Monday night football starts at 2:00, you aren't in TN anymore....

When a gallon of milk can cost over $7 and a whole squid just over $2, you aren't in TN anymore....

When you have an opinion which raw fish is better - sushi or poke - you aren't in TN anymore....

When you tell the parking lot attendant you are pau for the day and he says "see ya tumarra bruddah", you aren't in TN anymore....

When it takes 5 minutes to think of a single sit-down pizza place in the city, you aren't in TN anymore....

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