I know there isn’t that remarkable a delineation as to the type of people that you will meet in your local Walmart, as everyone likes to shop and get good prices on things they purchase. I live in Woodstock, GA so, while there isn’t quite the prevalence of Updykes that you will see in Alabama Walmarts, I still get to meet a few. That being said….
The day after the Iron Bowl, I had to go to Walmart for groceries and other various and sundry items wearing my normal Auburn attire after an Auburn football game (win or lose). On this day, after I put all of the groceries into the car and was going to put the cart in one of the cart collecting stalls, I noticed that between me and the closest stall was a true Bama fan smoking a cigarette next to his vehicle.
He had on a Bama shirt and hat and his vehicle was adorned with various Bama hats strewn over the dashboard (this is something I have never understood, as I hate clutter), Bama memorabilia hanging down from the mirror, his possibly pregnant wife/girlfriend/sister adorned with a bama tank top sitting in the passenger seat, etc. As I got closer to him, he kept trying to catch my eye to have what I believed to be the normal Bama reaction after the game, we didn’t play our best, you guys were lucky, etc, etc.
I was relatively surprised when he congratulated Auburn on a great win with very few disparaging remarks (I don’t think they are capable of not saying at least one disparaging remark about Auburn in a conversation) about Auburn. He went on to admit that he and his father had cried a bit after the game and I offered my condolences and said that Alabama had played a great game as well.
I then put up my cart got in my car and went home.
I tell that long winded story to setup the story about the Updyke I met at the Walmart closest to my home this very morning. As I am about to do a complete front brake job on my car, I had to go get some brake fluid as it was the only thing that I needed to complete my project. After I parked my car and was walking into Walmart, a man smoking near the entrance needed to tell me how my clothing wasn’t appropriate in his presence (Auburn shirt and hat), he being a Bama fan and all (a smoker with teeth missing, who woulda thunk?). I acknowledged him and he kept telling me about how they were gracious enough to let us win this year and other stuff that I couldn’t hear as I was walking in the door.
I purchased my brake fluid and was heading back out and had to listen to a few more things about the game and the ubiquitous “Roll Tide” as I was walking to my car. I simply said War Eagle and got in and left.
It still amazes me that, while I live in Georgia, I have yet to have one Georgia fan (outside of the ones in my Sunday school) come up to me and say anything about their loss to us, but, I will get all kinds of comments from Bama fans/Updykes when I go anywhere with anything that has Auburn on it, which I wear just about everyday.
Well, I hope I haven’t put anyone to sleep with this story, but, I just felt like sharing, lol.
War Eagle and Beat Mizzou!!!