Hi, I’m Amanda and I’m not from Louisiana. THERE I SAID IT. I’m not from here, and I honestly think sometimes that is VERY obvious. I’ve compiled a list of things that gave me a case of culture shock.

  • 1

    Y’all eat rice with EVERYTHING. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. Have y’all ever heard of a potato? No? Didn’t think so.

  • 2

    There is not a turning lane in sight within the city limits of Lake Charles. Until I moved here, I had never been to a city that lacked these. It seems like a good idea to have them, but here we are living life without them. I don’t feel good about it.

  • 3

    You guys have your own language. Peek a boo? Nope, Pee Pie. Does something stink? Your response is probably going to be poo yi. Sha baby, I was so behind.

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    Y’all have your own kind of music. Cajun and Zydeco music is a way of life around here, and it is AMAZING.

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    There is a festival for anything around here. Louisiana people will make up an excuse to have a good time. I’m not mad at this.

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  • 6

    The law is in full effect around here. You want to go 3 miles per hour over the speed limit? Prepare yourself to pay a hefty fine, because just when you think the police don’t have a speed trap set up, BAM! The po-po is right behind you!

  • 7

    There is more road construction in this state than I have seen in my entire life. Chip in the asphalt? Better repave the whole interstate. Road closures ahead from 12am-12pm, Monday thru Sunday.

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    Y’all love a casino. Coming from a state that hasn’t legalized gambling, I didn’t realize it was possible to have a casino in a gas station. But I guess that’s a thing now.

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    Speaking of gas stations, some of them have drive-thrus here. How convenient and amazing.

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    Speaking of drive-thrus, I can buy booze from the comfort of my car here. Do I want a daiquiri? Yes. Do I want to exit my vehicle to get said daiquiri? No. Is that a problem here? NOPE.