From the Times Picayune
We pulled into the bridge’s toll booth lane, pleasantly stuffed from our dinner of batter-fried fresh snapper, hush puppies, cole slaw and turnip greens.
“Well, hello y’all, so what did y’all do over there on the bayou? Did you go have dinner?” the cheery toll booth attendant asked us.
Rather astonished (a toll booth attendant making conversation?) we answered, well, yes, we had gone for dinner.
“Oh, where’d y’all go?” she continued.
“Oh, Nick’s Seafood? Mmm-hmmm, yes, that is sooo good,” she said after we told her. “Now y’all be careful up there on the bridge with all that wind,” and she waved us off with a smile.
We turned to each other and said, “only in the South!” Indeed, the Florida
Panhandle is the South — a truly different culture from the rest of the state.
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