Kiss Us… We’re Southern

♣ Happy St. Patrick’s Day, palmettos and peaches!! ♣

May your pints be filled with Guinness and your whiskey made by Jameson!!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve decided to do a Q&A so that you can get to know us a little better.
Kiss Us We're Southern -- The Palmetto Peaches

St. Pat’s in Five Points 2015

 

 Donni

What would be the perfect theme song for your typical St. Pat’s celebrations?
Hmm… If I had to pick the song that was most fitting I’d go with “Last Friday Night” by Katy Perry. Let’s examine some of the lyrics:
There’s a pounding in my head
This St. Patrick’s Day was an exception. I might become a responsible adult after all.
Glitter all over the room
Well duh, that’s a regular Monday night for me.
Pink flamingos in the pool
It was a kiddie pool, but still…
I smell like a minibar
Don’t act like you’ve never been there before.
DJ’s passed out in the yard
I will neither confirm nor deny that my friend DJ has done this, but those of you who know us know.
It’s a blacked out blur, but I’m pretty sure it ruled
I have a Facebook album with this title. Enough said.

 

Tell us about your most memorable St. Patrick’s Day moment?

My most memorable St. Patrick’s Day was the only one I’ve spent without any of my close group of friends, but it’s memorable for a completely different reason than you would think. The first and only St. Patrick’s Day I spent in Tallahassee was so weird for me. I had celebrated (i.e. made some really memorable or questionable moments) St. Pat’s in Columbia for the past four years with some of my closest friends and now I found myself in a completely different environment. Don’t get me wrong – I had fun. I left my shift pushing copies at Staples and met up with a girl in my grad program — who turned into my crazy awesome future roommate. I even met a guy who I ended up dating for a year.

These aren’t the reasons they’re my most memorable. I’m calling it my most memorable because it caused me to open myself up to new people and new experiences. Here I was in a new city and I couldn’t be sad that I wasn’t sharing a yard of green beer with some of my favorite people on the planet. I learned something about myself that day. Traditions are great, but sometimes breaking tradition can be beneficial as well. To be clear — I’ve spent every St. Pat’s since then in Columbia reuniting with my crazy cast of friends and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, breaking tradition can be beneficial, but so is one weekend with my best friends. Who knows maybe we’ll break tradition by moving the festivities to Savannah next year!

 What’s are three must-have items for a successful St. Pat’s celebration?

  1. Irish Car Bombs (also delicious in cupcake form).
  2. Obnoxious green gear… I’m talking beads and more beads, knee high green socks, fake green mustache, green top hats. (Oh, and glitter because).
  3. Most importantly — friends to celebrate and create new memories with.

Ace

Tell us about your most memorable St. Patrick’s Day moment?

The keyword here is “memorable”. My most memorable St. Patrick’s Day moment is from 2009. I got back to Columbia from Florida at about 7am on the morning of the festival. I was so excited about life and only needed 2 hours of sleep before sending those “Wake up, let’s drink” texts. Fast forward to a few hours and whole-lotta drinks later, and we’re in Lucky’s. I had a fun conversation with a group of senior citizens (real, 60 something year old senior citizens). I told them I wanted to be like them when I grew up, which basically meant “I still want to drink like this in 40 years!” This is my most memorable moment, because while all this was going down, my extremely intoxicated friend was heading to the drunk tank. Next question, please.

What is your favorite St. Pat’s tradition?

My squad and I created our own St. Patty’s tradition. We try to get together every year, regardless of what city we live in, to celebrate with Irish Car Bombs and early morning pre-gaming. Every year we’ve been able to attend the St. Pat’s in Five Points Festival together, we make it known that the ultimate goal is to survive. By survive I mean, get in and get out…on our own. We’ve had a few MAJOR fails, but for the most part–we pull through! Yes, it’s a tradition to go to the festival, but my favorite tradition is having to actually say “This year, I will survive.”

What’s are three must-have items for a successful St. Pat’s celebration?

  1. A place to sleep
  2. Emergency contact information for your group of friends
  3. Water

 

Leave a comment below with some of your St. Patrick’s Day traditions/memories!

acesiggy anddonni-siggy

You Can’t Sit With Us

Last week I wrote a post on how to survive a MARTA ride in Atlanta. This week I want to explain how to not be “that person” on the bus or train. Regardless of what city you’re in, you will come across a few folks who forget their manners. I get that public transportation isn’t as convenient as having your own car, so sometimes you have to get things done on the run–BUT, there is always a better way to do so.

Let’s start with phone conversations. The one really gets me. A few weeks ago, I was on the bus with a man conducting a training session via phone. SIR! He should’ve stayed where he was or postponed. If you’ve ever been on a bus, you know they’re noisy. You have to raise your voice, and basically yell sometimes, to be heard. Imagine him raising his voice trying to explain important information. It was tew much. Then you have those who want to spend 10 minutes with their conversation on speaker phone. If it’s not urgent, wait until you get off the bus/train. Imagine what it what sound like if everyone on the same trip did this?

You Can't Sit With Us -- The Palmetto Peaches

Let’s move on to loud music. I like zoning out to my jams just as much as the next person, but I’ve learned to live with the mistake of forgetting my headphones at home. I’m sitting here minding my business, and you’re playing your music loudly, without headphones like this is a scene from Breakin’. If you’re going to do that, the least you can do is bust a move. On the contrary, doing it for the Vine or for the Gram might get you boxed off. Seriously. There is no need to draw attention to yourself if you’re not in danger. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always down for a good time, laugh and dance off–but why are you screaming and jumping up and down on a train ride? WHY?! Have several seats…literally.

You Can't Sit With Us -- The Palmetto Peaches

Speaking of seats, let’s move on to where you should sit. If there are 100 empty seats, why would you choose the one right next to me? You can have all the personal space in the world, but something about my Resting Bitch Face told you to pick me? Nah. The least you can do is skip a seat. (Obviously, this doesn’t apply to the elderly or disabled, especially when I’m sitting in a seat close to the door.) Which brings me to my final issue, sitting on the outside seat and playing dumb when someone needs to sit there is the most basic thing you can do when the bus is full or almost full. Not only is it common courtesy to offer someone a seat, it’s common sense. Sorry not sorry if sharing a row is inconvenient for you, but that’s a price you pay for not using your own vehicle.

The craziest part of all of this is that I’m ALWAYS the one stuck next to or behind “that person”. Maybe it’s a coincidence. Maybe it’s the law of attraction. Maybe the strug’ life chose me.

Sorry (kind of) if I’m coming off a little rude, but I’m a big believer in treating people the way I want to be treated. Think about this post before you decide to have a conference call or disco party during your next ride. Do you feel me, am I exaggerating or are you “that person”? Tell me all about it by leaving a comment or tweeting me: @TheAceAlexa!

acesiggy

 

Empire vs. Scandal: Primetime’s Heavyweight Bout

I casually scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed as I waited for Shonda Rhimes night to begin. I realized that there was an Empire vs. Scandal battle going on that I was unaware of. This is nothing like the upcoming Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, but the interwebs is trying to pretend it is.

Empire vs. Scandal: Primetime's Heavyweight Bout - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Empire

If you’ve been living under a rock or are allergic to FOX, you may not know that Empire has quickly become the number one new series of the season in all the key demographics. According to Nielsen, 61% of the show’s audience is African-American. A figure that no other prime time show, new or old, even comes close to matching. Additionally, Empire is shattering Nielsen records as the only series to rise in the ratings for seven consecutive weeks since its premiere, climbing steadily from 9.9 million same-day viewers for its Jan. 7 opener to 13.9 million last week.

Scandal

In comparison, Scandal first landed on ABC with eight episodes and the ratings were okay, but nothing like the Empire phenomenon. However, because of Scandal‘s ridiculous Twitter engagement, ABC saw its potential. Shonda Rhimes has since become Thursday night’s queen.

Empire vs. Scandal

The basic argument was that Empire is led by an all-black cast (Andre’s wife is a minor character) and has continued to break Nielsen records. Beyond this, the show addresses issues that plague the African American community, but are sometimes ignored (e.g. homophobia and mental illness). In addition, the show is ultimately a celebration of a family rising from poverty to an – for lack of a better word – “empire”.

Empire vs. Scandal -- The Palmetto Peaches

ADDRESSING the issues

Pro-Empire viewers chastised Scandal for not addressing serious issues and basically saying it was a dramatic story of who “other woman/ sidepiece” Olivia  should be with. (For the record, I’m #TeamJake whom, I refer to as Pillow Lips). Don’t get me wrong, I roll my eyes and sip my wine whenever the Olitz music plays and they have a brief and highly dramatic encounter. However, Scandal, in fact, has taken up an insane number of social issues. Abby’s storyline that raised awareness about domestic violence. The issue of gun control was weaved into the storyline via a speech by Fitz. Who can forget the end of Season 3 when Daddy Pope called Fitz a “boy” reading him to filth with the eloquence and dynamics of a preacher giving a sermon on First Sunday. This wasn’t just about Fitz’s rude and childish comment, but about the achievements and struggles of the black community and a commentary on white privilege. Also, we can’t leave out Rowan’s “You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have” speech.

I also can’t address that criticism without talking about last night’s episode “The Lawn Chair,”  which echoed what occurred with Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York and other countless incidents across the country. (P.S. Can we have a round of applause for Courtney B. Vance?) While the protesters weren’t chanting “black lives matter,” Shonda Rhimes and co. had them chant “Stand up, fight back, no more black men under attack”. Still effective in my opinion. I’m usually pretty active on Twitter during episodes, but last night I was pretty quiet. I stayed engaged with the characters and I may have cried a little because the episode was just that powerful.

Empire vs. Scandal

My question is why do we have to choose?

I think both shows play an important role in today’s TV landscape. Scandal is the kind of show that will have Olivia Pope kidnapped one day and then take on institutionalized racism the next. Empire is opening people’s eyes to taboo topics like mental illness. Both are showing Hollywood the power of not only Black actors and actresses (and producers), but black audiences. Shonda Rhimes tweeted about the importance of Empire’s record-breaking numbers:

If boss lady Shonda can dance for joy about Empire’s success, why do we have to be Team Empire or Team Scandal?

Tweet me your thoughts. Do you watch both? Are you a Cookie Monster (Team Empire) or a Gladiator (Team Scandal)? Or are you just sipping your tea while on Team Mary Jane Paul? (FYI – I love them all and equally on their corresponding nights!)

donni-siggy

 

MARTA Survival Kit

MARTA’s service population is 1.7 million in the City of Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb Counties. (MARTA) Not gonna lie, I just found out the exact numbers, but I knew it had to be huge. Before I moved to the Big Peach, someone told me “MARTA is smarta”. I probably trusted that opinion too much, because it helped with my decision to move as soon as I could–without a car.

The Palmetto Peaches -- MARTA Survival Kit

Public transportation is my lifeline. If a MARTA bus or rail line can’t get me there, I’m probably not going. Yes, it’s prevented me from some experiences and opportunities–but my has it given me plenty of stories. Like the one time a paraplegic creepishly scooted towards me while singing “If This World Were Mine”, or when I almost died crossing the street trying to catch the bus that was 2 minutes early. And it doesn’t stop there, even when I’m not pretending to listen to music so no one will talk to me–I’m a magnetic force for strange conversations. My plan is to use this blog to share my sketchy, yet eye-opening public transportation stories with you. But before that day comes, I’d like to share the things I’ve learned to never leave the house without before starting my MARTA adventures.

The Palmetto Peaches -- MARTA Survival Kit

MARTA Survival Kit

  1. Headphones: Even if I’m not listening to anything, they’re great for pretending like I don’t hear the cat calls. On a good day, I like to listen to what my fellow MARTA riders are talking about: politics, trap music, TV shows etc.
  2. An entertaining text thread, or a book to keep you occupied.
  3. Fully charged cell phone/tablet battery, and if it isn’t fully charged–make sure you pack the chargers for those devices. (I’ve only had to use the train station’s outlets twice. I wasn’t electrocuted, so that’s a plus.)
  4. Water/snack: For me, this depends on the length of my trip–mainly because I don’t want to have to use the little girl’s room until I’ve reached my destination. I packed a PB&J for my trip to the Mardi Gras Bar Crawl, because, reasons. If you forget a snack, there are a few vending machines at the MARTA train stations, and if you’re lucky the credit card option will be working.
  5. Transit app on your smartphone. I use it to map my routes, regardless if it’s 15 minutes away or 2 hours away. The app lets me know which bus to take and when to take it, to get me to my destination on time. If you want to save your smart phone’s battery, there are maps on the bus and at the rail stations.
  6. Most importantly, your Breeze Card. If your bank account allows, keep this thing loaded. The last thing you want is to be cashless with an empty Breeze Card. I’ve missed a few trains reloading my card outside the gate, and I’ve almost missed a few buses forgetting I didn’t have cash on me.

There are a few other things I left off the list, so I may have to write a MARTA Survival Kit 2.0. I hope this makes your public transportation trips a little easier. Do you have anything to add to this list, or have you ever seen me during your MARTA troop?! If so, tweet me @TheAceAlexa to say “whaddup?”

Coming soon: MARTA etiquette. I could probably write an entire book on that subject, so give me some time to get my thoughts together

acesiggy

Whisper Challenge

The Palmetto Peaches heard about the Whisper Challenge that people are doing and thought it would be fun to give it a try.

Hey little mama, let me whisper in your ear…

No, no, Palmettos and Peaches, that’s the Whisper Song…not quite the same thing. The Whisper Challenge works like this: One person wears headphones blaring loud music and tries to lip-read the phrase spoken by the other person. Blake Shelton and Jimmy Fallon were our inspirations, but there are so many funny videos out there.

How did I interpret the phrase: “The bigger the hoop the bigger the ho”? Where did Mary Poppins come from? The things Ace thinks I’m saying by far takes the cake. Do you want to build a snowman turned into “crystal meth” wait what?! Expect barking (not from my puppy), dancing and a lot of laughter. I’m pretty sure Ace cheated, but enough spoilers, here’s our attempt at the whisper challenge:

 

We want to see you join in on the fun! Complete your own whisper challenge and use the hashtag #PalmsInATL to share it with us. Or feel free to just tweet us and tell us how ridiculous we are. We won’t mind!

donni-siggy