A Single Southern Guy In America

August 13, 2003

My interview with Wendy

And here it is, my interview with Wendy of Per Aspera

1) How long do you think a couple should date before getting married? Explain.

As a rule of thumb, I believe a minimum of one year is required before seriously discussing marriage. Sure, there were people who have married after a month of courting and lasted over 50 years. However, I am firm believer in experiencing all the seasons together before committing to a lifetime. It may sound strange, but people do have different attitudes during different times of the year. You have the summer doldrums, spring fever and as fall creeps into winter we annually hear of S.A.D.—Seasonal Affected Disorder. You only begin to know a person after you go through a year with them.

2) If you could have any career you wanted and had unlimited funds for additional education or training that might be required, what career would you choose?

Professional writer and commentator.

3) Why is your marital status, or lack thereof, the thing which defines your blog and your online persona as a whole?

When I first discovered blogs I sought a voice that described what I was/am going through—a single southern guy from the big city living in a small southern town. A different kind of Green Acres, if you will. Finding none, I resolved to take matters into my own hands and be that voice. Additionally, I didn’t see many blogs out there that sought to portray the best and worst—the reality—of living in the South. I’ve since found a few and I’m glad I did.

However, even those Southern blogs tend to focus on news and commentary. My day job requires me to deal in local, state, national, and, at times, international politics and policy. Considering that there is no shortage of blog punditry and that I work in politics 10 hours a day, I wanted an outlet to write something other than political commentary.

Still, I have begun tackling some punditry in my guest blogging over at the Church.

4) What is your all-time favorite restaurant?

Wow—all time? I couldn’t pick just one so here are a few of my tops—

Hugo’s Frog Bar
Bistro 110
Doe’s Eat Place
Pasquale’s Tamales (Helena, Arkansas)
Corky’s (the original in Memphis)
Tavern on the Green
Jerry’s (in Trumann, Arkansas)
Café Du Monde
U.S. Pizza

Okay, that’s enough for now.

5) Have you ever played a sport, and if so, which one(s)?

Absolutely—Football, basketball, track (pole vault), karate, golf, water ski, snow ski, and my favorite—running.

Posted by Adam H at August 13, 2003 09:52 AM ~ Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (1)
Per Aspera linked with Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Adam

Great answers! So what's this "Jerry's" place in Trumann? What's the food like. That's not too far of a drive for me.

Posted by: Wendy at August 13, 2003 10:02 AM

Mmmmm....Doe's. Best steak around except Mike's. So, are the salads at the LR one as bad as they are here in Fayetteville? Cuz their dinner salads really suck at the one up here.

Posted by: Rita at August 13, 2003 11:40 AM

How far from Fayetteville is Trumann?

Posted by: Julia at August 13, 2003 12:44 PM

Jerry's is the best steak you can imagine. It was the Thursday night date place when I was in school at Arkansas State. It's on the main drag in Trumann and by all appearances, it is just a whole in the wall beer joint. Which basically it is, but Jerry cooks one of the absolute best steaks you will ever taste. Thursday night was Sweetheart's Night and you got the Large steak dinner and the small steak dinner for $8.95. And the beer is always oh, so cold. I miss Jerry's.

As for Doe's salad--Rita, you know I love you, my blogmuddah, but what the heck are you thinking getting a salad at Doe's?!?

Julia--Trumann is about 20 miles south of Jonesboro. That's a bit of a long haul from where you're at I'm afraid. However, if you're ever in or around Jonesboro, be sure to make the trek to Jerry's

Posted by: Adam at August 13, 2003 12:59 PM

As for your answer to question #1 - good answer. Four seasons is the minimum for me as well. I may not be married (I'm 28), but I'm also not going through a bitter divorce!

I'm not saying that "rushing" is the only factor that causes divorce, but it's at least one that you have more control over.

Posted by: sugarmama at August 13, 2003 04:02 PM

HOLY MOTHER O' PETE! I was born in Helena (still have much family there) and sure as shootin' never thought I'd see it mentioned on somebody's weblog.


Posted by: Jett at August 17, 2003 02:40 AM

Saw where you have been to our Factory and thought you might want to list our site.

Posted by: Joe at August 5, 2004 05:49 PM

I found your page the hard way, by surfing. I thought you might like to know that "Southern Blogs" has left the building.

We are still here however and enjoying each, well we could do without the 3 hurricanes.

Posted by: Harlan at September 17, 2004 03:39 AM
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