My horizons were officially broadened this week. This Southern girl headed from twangin’ Tennessee to the Wolverine State (Michigan!) on Wednesday for a rockin’ Students Fight Back program at Grand Valley State University. On my trip, I was reminded of a few very important differences between the North and the South:
1) In the North, snow on the ground – even a lot of snow – does not automatically mean that civilization shuts down. In the South, we cancel school for “cold days,” when it doesn’t even actually snow.
2) In the North, people watch hockey because it’s important to them. In the South, people go to hockey games, get drunk and hope to see fights.
3) And finally, most disappointing to me, in the North, the closest thing I could find to sweet tea was some hippie green tea flavored with honey (it tasted like cough drops). In the South, if you order iced tea and don’t specify whether you’d like it sweet or unsweet, well, let’s just hope you don’t mind a little tea in your sugar.
Cultural differences notwithstanding, I had a fantastic time at Grand Valley. The crowd was pumped, my scary bad guy was awesome (thanks again, Nick!!) and the event couldn’t have gone smoother, thanks to Olivia and her cohorts at Spotlight Productions.
My only regret is that I couldn’t be in two places at once Wednesday night. After the program, we walked through the Student Center lobby to find a fraternity date auction in progress. And let me just say, the men of Grand Valley are nothing if not studly.
We could have a Fight Back Productions date auction. “To the highest bidder goes a date with an ass-kicking girl fighter! Don’t try any funny business!”
Well, maybe not.