A Real Southern Man is… #60

How do you define a Real Southern Man? We’d love to hear your comments. But first…

Today’s entry of “A Real Southern Man is…” is painful for this particular contributor. It is, sadly, a trait of the RSM to which I have long aspired, but have not achieved. A trait true of my father, my grandfather and countless uncles and cousins. And for a Southern man born on and raised on the Gulf Coast, failure is almost unforgivable, no matter how far inland I’ve settled, for…

“A Real Southern Man owns a boat.”
-RSM Wayne Franklin

There are two common sayings about boats. One says that the two happiest days of a boat owner’s life are the day he buys his boat and the day he sells it. The other says that the only thing better than owning a boat is having a good friend who owns a boat. I don’t care. Boat ownership stands between me and being a bona fide Real Southern Man, and you all know it. Pontoon or jonboat, canoe or cabin cruiser – it doesn’t matter. Just get me a boat.

Now if someone would kindly forward this to one Mrs. Wayne Franklin…

3 Responses to “A Real Southern Man is… #60”

  1. A boat is a hole in the water you throw all your money in. I am possibly one of the only people that has actually made money on a boat. I bought a boat for $100 when I lived in Mississippi and sold it in much worse shape later for $500. I am perfectly content to rent one if I ever need to use one again.

    Also, based on your track record with lawn mowers, I would stick to a paddle boat.

  2. I once heard it said that a boat is a large hole in the water into which you throw continuous amounts of money.

    — but good luck!

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