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Friday, September 7, 2007

AW, MAN! Homework Over the Weekend?!

So as I was throwing together the pot of blackeyed peas for dinner Wednesday night, I used up one ingredient I simply must have to cook them to delicious perfection.

Mental note: Run by package store and pick up more (ingredient). At earliest convenience.

Easy enough!

And then I got to thinkin'. 'Bout my treasured Midwestern friend Kim, mostly, but also about my neighbors out here on the prairie, and my Uncle Butch, and a few others who always come to mind when I hear the words package store. For some, the concept of a package store is anything but easy.

Okay all you Southerners hush now and let's ask the non-Southerners.

Do y'all know what a package store is?

Feel free to invite other non-Southerners to participate in this discussion. A winner, selected at random from all correct responders, will receive a small token of my esteem, specifically chosen for you by little old me.

Answer up in the comments, non-Southerners, and this weekend I'll come back and tell you all about package stores and why they're funny, at least to me.

25 comments:

  1. As a non-southerner, I must confess that I have never heard of a package store. If someone asked me what one was I would say it was a store where they ship packages. Now stop laughing at me! Since you need to get something to cook black eyed peas though, I am going to guess it is a specialty store. I'll be waiting to hear what it really is! I love all your little Southern sayings. I've been reading a few Southern blogs along with yours and have almost caught myself saying y'all!

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  2. I know; looking forward to hearing some guesses!

    Blessings,
    Karla

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  3. I have never ever ever heard of a package store...Southern California born and bred. Wow. I will ask my mom (Tennessee).

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  4. well, I was raised in the south. wait. is Virginia considered south? it was southern VA, and I assure you, the accent? it was southern. with a bit of twang thrown in for good measure. but southern nonetheless. any-who.

    i didn't ever hear of a package store until i went to Massachusetts for college. and for the first year or so, when i heard about the package store, I thought my friends were going to mailboxes etc. to mail goodies home. snort.

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  5. California girl here--but I do live in a very rural area--I'm gonna guess: the meat market. Like the bacon for the black-eyed peas would be wrapped in a Package when the nice butcher hands it over. Without the cooking twist, though, I'd be with dcrmom in guessing UPS.

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  6. I'm from North Carolina and I know what a package store is although we have another name for them here.

    I hope you share that recipe!

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  7. I have never heard of a package store, which surprises me in all the conversations we've had. I can't even make a guess. But I have to say there had to be a lot of thought in Sahmmy Says' answer. That's a good one!

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  8. I'm California-born and -bred and I know what it is but I'm not sure how I know. Either from my dad's side of the family who are all in TX or from reading Southern lit. It's a liquor store and I think they are called that because you walk out with your purchase in a brown paper bag.

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  9. I never heard of a package store until I moved to Indiana... but I didn't know what a Combine was until I moved here either.
    Well, I was going to leave a remark about the first time I heard someone say they were going to the package store, but that might give it away

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  10. It's where you people get your booze, yeah? ;) At first I thought you weren't naming your ingredient because you were ashamed of it, haha.

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  11. That's a place where they sell alcohol, right? In some places known as a state store or a liquor store.

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  12. Total southern girl here and I know what a package store is. Funny, I never even knew that was a southern thang!

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  13. Sadly, I've known what a package store is since I was in elementary school. That's what they're called on Army bases (or at least they were back in the 80s), and my mother would occasionally take me with her when she browsed. She'd always get a case of Miller Lite (she always drank one after mowing the grass), and Beefeater, though I don't recall ever having seen her drink the Beefeater. Hmmmmmm...

    Honor
    sothbaseball.spaces.live.com

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  14. Well myself having no southern ties other than you--I simply did a Google Search. I know I'm so creative. Found it's a liquor store, sometimes nicknamed a packie store. No, what are you feeding Bean in those blackeyed peas? Did she sleep well? hee hee

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  15. Also known as The ABC store, in good ol' Alabama. But my friends also called it the package store. I don't think they have things like that here in England. The only liquor I've ever seen has been in the grocery stores (oh, or in teenager's hands!). There are wine stores, but since I don't make black-eyed peas the way you do :o) I can't say as I've ever looked for "stronger" stores.

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  16. I am as southern as they come and we don't say that! I have never heard that. We don't have liquor stores around here though because you can buy it everywhere (in the gas station), anytime, ya know... it's Louisiana! I remember it was only a *few* years ago that we bumped the legal drinking age up to 21. I'm 26 and I remember it being 18.

    I've been thinking about a post with stuff like this. My hubby is from GA and it's so funny the things I say and the things he says. We say "buggy" for shopping carts (do you?), coke for all soft drinks, etc...

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  17. Since I'm a Southerner, currently living in the heart of it, yes, I do know what a package store is. In fact, I thought EVERYONE knew what a package store was!

    What I want to know is...
    Who knows what "fixin' to" means? As in, "I'm fixin' to go to the package store?" :) I thought everyone knew that one, too, until I used that phrase to a yank, who looked at me like I was speaking japanese. Hm. Can you say, "cultural gap?" :)

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  18. Ok, I cheated. I looked it up on Google. I don't like looking stupid!!

    So, now I know what it is, but I am not southern. And I cheated. So I am disqualified from any winnings.

    But I am so knowledgeable now!

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  19. I also called them the "Red Dot" stores ;-)

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  20. Oh, Jennifer, I'm with you on the "fixin to"... I say that.

    Talked to Luke (the hubby), he's from GA and he knew what a package store was soooo maybe it's just in LA that we don't talk about them. ??? I'm tres perplexed about this.

    Must call maman

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  21. Well it's a liquor store, hon, or Alcohol Beverage Control store if run by the county or state. You mean the Yankees don't call it the package store?! Of course, you can't be fixin' to make a mess of black eye peas with no booze on hand...

    Sharon

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  22. I'm a little behind here on my reading...been a busy weekend. I'm a Yankee by birth, and a Southerner by marriage. A package store is a liquor store, also known as a "packie" if you are from the Boston area, as I am. Can't wait to hear the story...especially since I've never been in one!

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  23. okay, I am just laughing reading all the "fixin' and ya' alls," I feel like I am talking to my friend in Virginia. YIKES. I say ya' all all the time, and we call our soda, soda, Which makes some people laugh. I did not know what a package store was, but I do now. It is a liqour store, thats what we call it here in good ole Colorado. And they are everywhere!! To Bad I think.

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  24. As usual I'm the last to comment but I was laughing so hard at all the other comments I forgot what the question was... I don't have a clue what kind of store it is.

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