Thursday, February 19, 2009

You Know You're From Kingsport If....

Facebook now has a group called "You Know You're From Kingsport if...."

It's a variation of a column I wrote five years ago called "You Are So Kingsport If...." which itself was a lift from the Louisville alternative newspaper LEO's "You Are So Louisville If..."

Here is my original column. Incidentally the Facebook group now has more than 1,200 members.

You are so Kingsport if...

You haven't pronounced the name Dobyns-Bennett in years, preferring D-B instead.

You think the name of the city's largest employer is The Eastman, as in: "Where does he work?" "He works at The Eastman." And "the" pronounced "thuh."

You give directions based on landmarks that no longer exist, but your directions never confuse any other Kingsporter: "From Brooks Circle turn left at Big K, then go past the Garden Basket..."

You think S&M and Dope are departments at Eastman. (They were.)

You call a tractor-trailer a Mason-Dixon truck.

You can negotiate a traffic circle without using your horn or your brakes.

You make snide comments about Johnson City, but eat out there at least once a week.

You think the rest of the world knows what a Pal's hot dog is.

You make an emergency run to Food City for bread and milk at the first forecast of snow. And park in the fire lane.

Your last 10 vacations were to Myrtle Beach.

When people ask what school you went to, they don't mean UT, Clemson or ETSU, they mean D-B, Lynn View, Ketron or Sullivan (or if you are younger, D-B, South, North or Central.)

You have never been to a NASCAR race, but have a 3 on your truck.

You have never eaten ham that wasn't fried and country.

You refer to Stone Drive as the Golden Mile. Or the Super.

You can get anywhere in the Tri-Cities, but you don't know the numbers of any roads. You call them the Old Johnson City Highway, the New Johnson City Highway, the Super Highway, the John B. Dennis, the Interstate.

Your summer weekend wardrobe consists of a drawer full of Fun Fest T-shirts in assorted colors and designs. All of them too tight. (In fall and winter it's all orange all the time.)

You still can't pronounce Weyerhaeuser, preferring to call it the old Mead plant.

Likewise for Quebecor, which you refer to as the old Kingsport Press.

You know who Bobby Dodd was but don't know who John B. Dennis or Ross N. Robinson were.

Your office closes early the day of the Science Hill football game.

When introduced to another Kingsport native, you spend the first five minutes of the conversation trying to figure out how you are connected. "What year did you graduate from D-B? Don't you have a brother who used to date...? I think your uncle used to cut my hair. Do you go to First Broad Street or First Presbyterian?"

You think the whole world drinks sweet tea.

You moved away after high school and have lived in another city twice as long as you lived here, but when someone asks where you're from, you don't hesitate: "Kingsport, Tennessee!"


At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know you're from kingsport if you remember the walmart in colonial heights and they're "food" court

also, if you remember shopping at Oakwood before Food City existed.

and you used to catch free movies and the Eastman Employee Center.

At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you remember food country in the lynn garden shopping center

At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when turning or changing lanes, you don't use the blinkers on your steering wheel! Ya think it is another wiper feature.

At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

having a loud muffler lets the neighbors know you use it for staying awake while driving!

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Mal said...

You should check out the one called, "You know your from Gate City (Scott Co.) if..."

Enjoyed your story about being gooned on Nyquil, too!

Malina from the Yuma Mall

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous David Staten said...

I remember Daddy delivered Pepsi's to an open air market in Kingsport. It was infront of a river. Was the name of it The Riverside Market? I remember those big watermelons they had back in the walkin coolers!

At 9:32 PM, Blogger Susan Harrington said... still refer to the Kings-Giant Plaza shopping center, even though neither Kings nor the Giant has been there in years.

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you've hit the 4ft tall iron post in the middle of the parking lot at the Oakwood in Colonial Heights where CVS now sits.


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