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30 Things You Never Thought You’d Miss After Leaving Alabama

Alabama will always be your one true sweet home.

Cassie Sheets

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1. You’ll Almost Start To Miss The Roll Tide/War Eagle Rivalry

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There was something strangely comforting about being able to spot an enemy based on whether or not they were wearing orange and blue or houndstooth.

2. You Will Go Through Serious Grapico Withdraws

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For some reason the most delicious soft drink in the world is not super popular in most parts of the country. You might want to place a bulk order now.

3. Everyone Else Thinks Moon Pies Are Just Kid Food Junk

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And not what you know them to be—the most delicious dessert in the world. It will be your official responsibility to show them the light.

4. And They’ll Think The Idea Of White BBQ Sauce Is Just Wrong

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Source: Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que Facebook

Until you trick them into eating some Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q sauce, and they totally fall in love with it.

5. Your Gallette’s Yellowhammer Cups Are No Longer Company Cups

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Source: Gallettes Tuscaloosa Facebook

You may have to invest in some better dinnerware, because these plastic cups no longer possess the kind of charm they did in Alabama.

6. No Vacation Will Ever Compare To Family Trips To The Gulf Shore

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You’ll always know Alabama beaches are the best beaches… even if no one else believes you.

7. No One Will Know What You’re Talking About If You Call It A Hosepipe

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Because literally everyone else calls it a garden hose.

8. Everyone Will Constantly Underestimate Your Intelligence

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Yeah… guess that’s why Alabama is the home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and a bunch of rocket scientists.

9. Any Summer That’s Not An Alabama Summer Will Seem Downright Mild

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Oh, the humidity isn’t making the air as thick as soup? You don’t have to blast the air conditioning all day and all night for five months? Well, that’s nice.

10. But An Inch Of Snow Won’t Get You Out Of Work

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Yeah, people will actually expect you to drive in more snow than that.

11. People Will Think You’re Nuts If You Go Outside During Tornado Warnings

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Just because you’re used to watching for funnel clouds from your front porch doesn’t mean most people feel comfortable with that.

12. People Will Ask You To Repeat A Bunch Of Words Like You’re A Parrot

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Because for some reason an Alabama accent is just that fascinating to the rest of the world.

13. You’ll Never Find A BBQ Joint That’s Quite As Good As Your Local Favorite

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Between Saw’s, Dreamland, Archibald’s, and the dozens of other amazing BBQ restaurants you’re used to, you’ll never find somewhere else that quite measures up.

14. You’ll Long For A Decent Meat-n-Three Restaurant

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Where you can get meat and three sides of vegetables that aren’t even close to being vegetarian for ridiculously low prices.

15. People Just Aren’t Quite As Polite Outside Alabama

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Using “sir” or “ma’am” to address every stranger isn’t quite as commonplace anywhere else. In fact, you might get a few odd looks—especially if the person you’re addressing isn’t your elder.

16. Not Everyone Drinks Iced Tea The Right Way

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There are actually people who drink, if you can even imagine, unsweetened tea. And they claim to like it that way.

17. Grits Aren’t A Common Breakfast Food Everywhere

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But for some inexplicable reason everyone eats that nasty mush called oatmeal.

18. You’ll Miss Hearing Your Neighbor Say, “You Don’t Say?”

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Because there’s no clearer invitation for a good gossip session than that, and you’re not really sure how everyone else lets you know they’re down to share rumors about the lady down the block or the guy from church.

19. No One Will Believe You When You Tell Them Where Mardi Gras Started

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Source: Wikipedia user Carol M. Highsmith

You’ll insist it started in Mobile, and they’ll insist it started in New Orleans, and you’ll go on and on like that until someone looks it up.

20. Using A Turn Signal Actually Means You’re Going To Turn

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Imminently. Not several minutes from when you turn it on… but in several seconds.

21. Making Great Fried Okra Is A Lost Art

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It turns out a lot of people like their vegetables to be healthy, so you’ll have to fry up your okra at home.

22. Everyone Thinks It’s Strange When You Bring RC Cola To The Party

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When people ask you to “bring coke” it doesn’t mean any kind of soft drink.

23. There Are Things To Do On Sunday Morning That Don’t Involve Church

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But after living in Alabama for a little while, it’s a hard habit to break.

24. The Rest Of The World Needs A Grammar Lesson

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No, “y’all” isn’t necessarily plural, but “all y’all” is always plural. Just because it’s not conventional doesn’t mean there aren’t rules.

25. No One Plays Six Degrees Of Taylor Hicks

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Actually, it’s fair to say most of the rest of the country has kind of forgotten about him entirely. So they don’t really care that your mom’s hairdresser went to high school with him.

26. You Don’t Have To Plan Your Life Around The Iron Bowl

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You’ll probably continue to anyway out of habit, but it’s nice to know everything else in the world won’t shut down. Stores stay open. Babies continue to be born. The Earth keeps spinning.

27. You’ll Have To Explain Why Birmingham Is Cool

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It’ll be a lot of, “No, really, it’s not dead anymore. Yes, there’s actually stuff to do there now.”

28. Sometimes You’ll Miss A Certain Special Butt

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Good old Vulcan.

29. But Not Nearly As Much As You Miss Your Community

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Because once you’re friends in Alabama, you’re friends for life. Even if you like different football teams.

30. You’ll Never Stop Cranking Up The Radio For “Sweet Home Alabama”

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It’s just that now your eyes might get a little misty as you’re belting it out.

What do you miss most about Alabama? Tell us in the comments below!

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posted on: January 5, 2015
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22 Comments

  1. Brenda

    when I left for 11 years, I missed smiling at a stranger and getting a smile back. Other places look at you like you are wanting to rob them.
    Also, when standing in any line, even at your lical convenience store, you would know the person in front of you entire life history if they were from Alabama too. Lol

  2. Dawn

    I miss the mountains most. Politeness comes in a close second.

  3. Rob

    Golden Eagle syrup from Fayette, AL!

  4. Lawrence

    When I leave Alabama I’ll miss the racism! Not having union support and food taxes. Alabama really knows how to treat a black man too. Oh, and the strange look you get when you date a white girl! And don’t forget Jim-n-Nicks.

  5. Jan

    Chiton county peaches are the best!
    The word hosepipe comes from the Scottish influence.

  6. bJ Lyle

    I missed the beautiful sunrise & sunsets. The hills & the pines. But, mostly, I missed my friends & family.

  7. Annie

    My parents moved us from Alabama 38 years ago and I ended up married to a Ga. guy. I miss my friends from childhood, the mountains, the church I grew up in, loads of other things. What I have noticed most is in Ga. the local high school’s aren’t as supported by the community like they are in Alabama. In Alabama local businesses sale school shirts, they back the local teams with money, you see it on the signs on the football and baseball fields. I miss the parental involment in the schools and other areas of their children’s lives.

  8. Ed

    I left home (Bama) for a good many years. I lived part of my life in the military so I was fortunate enough to see a lot of the world and most of the United States. Each location just instilled a stronger desire to be back where I was from, to be with “my people”. I think no matter where we end up we all long for that place where our “people” are. I missed the southern hospitality more than anything while I was away. I missed how southern people knew how to fry any and everything while my brothers and sisters in the north were fans of boiling food 😉 What I missed most was the friends and family. I’m back home in Bama now I’m really happy to be here. I feel settled and “at home” this is where I belong.

  9. Cleo

    MILO’S!! And Sea N Suds shrimp sandwich!!

  10. "Susie May"

    Re: Alabama MOST people appreciate the beauty of the state and the friendliness of the people. Granted, it’s not a “perfect” state, but it comes darn near close… Everything from the mountains in Northeast Alabama to the sands of the ocean in South Alabama, it’s all beautiful. As for the people here (or anywhere for that matter), God made everyone different for a reason; if we all thought the same and looked the same, what a strange world it would be. I’d say we are at the top of the list for friendliness and hospitality. We enjoy all the “freedoms” of our great State and do what we can to protect those freedoms–including our conservative values! Although I’ve lived in several places outside of Alabama, it’s always been great to come back HOME!

  11. pam

    I have been away from Alabama about 20 years..i miss the southern hospitality,the southern drawl, fishing on the lake and who knows about Blue Bell Ice Cream? Feeling homesick

  12. Kelly Woodson

    Blue Bell ice cream started in Texas. You can get Conecuh sausage in southern states. I live on the MS gulf coast-close to New Orleans. I have the best of many worlds here. I have the beach, Mardi Gras, seafood, Cajun cuisine, frozen daiquiri shops. I do get misty eyed and loud when “Sweet Home Alabama” comes on but the one thing I really miss…Taco Casa! A Tuscaloosa thing for sure!

  13. Sandy

    I miss Alabama every day even tho I’m happy where I am. Sometimes I get so homesick I think I’ll go insane.You can take the girl out of Alabama but you can’t take Alabama of the girl!

  14. Karen Raney

    I miss the friendly people. I miss the surroundings. Lots of familar things to do!!!

  15. lori

    I miss my mother, brothers, sister, their families, and my friends.

  16. Robin

    I miss the sweetness in people, waving when you meet a car, Smith Lake pontoon rides, women taking pride in their homes and being involved with their children

  17. Cassie

    I miss Checkers spicy Fries and Banana Milk shakes.

  18. anonymous

    I love the midwest, but no one can deny the appeal of southern charm; southerners are so genuinely kind and welcoming. And let’s face facts….southern women are amazing…..hope my wife doesn’t read this….lol

  19. Gaines L Smith

    Loved this list of things about Alabama. I miss Alabama but I do love the warmer climate of Bradenton,Florida. There is a mixture of people here and a lot of Northerners.I think the people of Alabama are more friendly than here

  20. joyce fitzgerald

    I miss Chilton County peaches and the way cars pull to the side of the road when a funeral procession passes. I miss how people throw up their hand when you meet them on the road or if you are sitting on your porch.I miss North Alabama barbecue with vinegar slaw. I miss dogwood blooming.

  21. Matt G

    I miss the southern hospitality and the love for college football. I live in Baltimore now and everyone up here is pro NFL. There isn’t any good college teams up here. Roll Tide!

  22. Dian

    I as born and raised in Chilton County..Maple Springs community. Was working on our land as early as 5..probably longer but that’s when I had my first job..LOL..to give everyone a dipper of water. I felt so important. We worked as a family, it was hard, we were disciplined and we grew up honest and respectful. I guess when I was older, I traveled with my job all I could think about was getting home. I missed all the things such as manners and friendly people. I missed people, I missed my home, I missed my church. I would not ever think of leaving this Wonderful state. I am American Born and Southern by the Grace of God!

 

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