"Up the walls and down."The following is one of many funny episodes in William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways: A Journey Into America. The author (whom the locals refer to here as "junior", probably due to his small stature) finds himself in a Cajun bar in Opelousas, Louisiana.
"Ever had yourself a Cajun woman?"Sage advice for gentleman Louisiana travelers.
His question silenced the bar. "Don't think I have."
"Got some advice for you then - if you find you ever need it."
It was the quietest bar I'd ever been in. I answered so softly no sound came out, and I had to repeat, "What advice?"
"Take off your belt before you climb on so you can strap your Yankee ass down because you'll get taken for a ride. Up the walls and down."
Now the whole bar was staring, I guess to surmise whether my Yankee ass was worth strapping down. One rusty geezer said, "Junior ain't got no belt."
Walt looked at my suspenders and pulled one, letting it snap back. "My man," he said, "tie on with these and you'll get zanged out the window like a slingshot."
September 22, 2013 | Permalink