Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April Introductions: Drew at Okra Cola

My name is Andrew, though I go by Drew on my blog because I wanted a way to differentiate between normal emails and blog emails. [Aside: Most of my friends from high school call me Drew too.] I started Okra Cola in September 2009 and promised myself if I still had posts in my head, and people (at least a handful) reading them by 2010 I would actually do a custom layout, header and URL and so I did.

I started blogging because I work with many northerners (and "otherners") and they often talked about how different our cultures are. I would then explain things to them and while they were still confused, they sort of understood better. That's what I try to do, explain what we do and why we possibly do it; even though most of us have been doing it for so long that we only do it now because we don't do it any other way. I guess I could be considered an apologist of Southern culture, spreading the gospel of Southernisms to any part of the world that cares to listen.

I also blog because I love when people comment, email or contact me via Facebook or Twitter to say they connected with a post I wrote. That feels good. I'm a musician and a ham and love to connect with people on any level I can.

I have spent most of my time in Walker County, with stints in Tuscaloosa and Hoover, both lasting fewer than 5 years each. I am married to my high school sweetheart (though we went to different high schools) and I have two daughters that I'm raising to spot Southern gentlemen, and am doing my best to teach them how to avoid those who are not.

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