Thursday, November 02, 2006

Okie Stuff

Last night at dinner, we had the local news (KSWO Lawton/Ft. Sill) playing in the background. One of the stories had to do with a new law passed legalizing tattoo parlors in OK (big news). The reporter took us to a new tattoo parlor that was opening and described all that had to be done to meet the law's requirements. She said that health inspectors would be inspecting the parlor "to make sure it was up to snuff." This last phrase caught our attention. Jesse said, "Did she just say 'up to snuff'?" Toby said, "Yep, good Okie term." Jesse noted that it seemed funny that a reporter would use that terminology. Toby said, "It is probably the phrase actually on the inspector's health report. Jesse pretended to have a paper in her hand, "Yep, this parlor is 'Up to Snuff'. Check" and she made a big check on her pretend paper. We all had a good laugh.

A few days ago, I posted a picture of Jesse and her friends at camp with a "Ritz" sign for their tent. Another tent had this sign attached to some barbed wire, "No Trespassing. Violators will be shot. Survivors will be shot again." I love OK. Of course, it reminded me of a sign we saw on a fence in a small Spanish village in the mountains around Taos that said, "No Tressing." The colorful ribbons in the picture are for the young campers birthday - I wish Jesse had gotten a better picture of the sign, but there it is.

Jesse and her friend Lindsay are always clowning around - sometimes they are very physical - Ethel and Lucy stuff. Can you guess what happened next?


Dale Rowland said...

"Up to snuff" yep that's Okie, Arkansas Hillbilly, and use frequently in Texas as well. Often followed closely with phrases like; "Fixin' to" and "Git'er done".

Now in guessing what happened next with Jesse and Lindsey I would say one of two things; either Jesse came tumbling down on Lindsey or Lindsey's shoes got tangled in Jesse's shirt and she flashed the campgrounds.

Anonymous said...

Can you guess what happened next?

I haven't a clue, but I suspect Dale has it right. You WILL tell us, wontcha, Lou?

Verification word: "fkivan," which could be a name for a gymnastic manuever...