February 20, 2012

It's a Wawa World...

Today's post is a departure from my norm.  No photography that merits any skill...just a huge  laugh I got the other day via some photographs I posted that were a bit better than the one below.  The post was about a section of Philly called Manayunk.  And in my post I mentioned "Wawa" in passing.  I have to admit, I didn't know if anyone else would know WHAT a "Wawa" is.  But I went ahead and posted it without any further explanation.

Then along came Cindy from Notes In the Key of Life, and her reply comment to my post.  Which TOTALLY verified WHY I love blogging and the wonderful people you meet. Cindy is a voice over artist from Illinois who was recording prompts for a telephone survey when she was caught off guard by one of the choices...Wawa.  After reading my post and seeing Wawa mentioned, she defied me to not laugh when listening to this link she included of herself.  So I'm passing on the challenge.  Since I KNOW I'm gonna win this bet, just go ahead and laugh:







So now, I feel I must explain "Wawa" in a brief Philly Primer to all you aliens.   Yes, we Philly-delphians say "water" funny. But we don't say "Wawa", we say "Wooter"...which is so much more high class.  Wawa is a Native American word for the Canadian Geese that are found here in the Delaware Valley.  On the surface, Wawa is but the name of a home grown chain of  convenience stores here in the Mid-Atlantic.  PSHAW!  It is soooooo much more than that.  We don't say "we're going to the store".  We say "we're going to Wawa". The BEST coffee (sorry Starbucks!), fresh made sandwiches that don't sit under heat lamps and yearly "Hoagiefests",  open 24/7 (and it's NEVER empty), CLEAN, friendly employees, lots of gas pumps so usually no waits, AND (my favorite) no surcharge on your ATM withdrawals.  It's a way of life, dang it. There's even a number of Facebook groups for Wawa-ites, so you KNOW it's legit! 



(YES!  I felt pretty stupid outside my Wawa taking a photo)


Not to mention the name is sooooo fun to say and keep a straight face at the same time: WAAAAAH - WAAAAAAH.  What's not to love?  This isn't your mom's 7-11 we're talkin' about folks! And that ain't nothing to laugh about...except for the name :)

--Kathy

linked to:

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

22 comments:

  1. Absolutely makes one belly-laugh....she is infectious. Thanks for the laugh this morning. Typing this on my new laptop....what a trip trying to sort this thing out. Have wanted to scream several times this morning already. I need to get out for a break. Maybe hit my local Tim Horton's for some coffee. No WaWa's around these parts. Enjoy your day!

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  2. What a great post! I, too, have had to explained to bemused listeners exactly what a WAWA is. They usually think I'm pulling their legs...

    Great job, Kathy. And your pal's audio clip had me laughing out loud. What a stitch!

    Kudos!

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  3. Hilarious! Thank you for the laugh (hers and mine :))

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  4. LOL that truly made me crack up...too funny! Thanks so much for sharing that. We have Wawa's here in Virginia but I must confess I've never been in one. I had no idea they had good stuff! Now I'm curious and will have to try their coffee. :)

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  5. P.S. Have you been to a Piggly Wiggly? lol...I kid you not, it's a grocery chain further south. I always giggle when I say that one out loud. :)

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  6. This is tooooo funny and definitely gave me a great laugh, even though I rarely laugh on mondays. So cute and your photo was ..... very nice.

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  7. Hilarious - thanks for providing the laugh. (and thanks also for your kind, although they consistently are anyway, comment you left me today)

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  8. Oh my goodness, this is way too funny Kathy!!
    Simply so perfect for a Monday. THANK YOU!!

    Thank you also, for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful evening!

    lisa.

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  9. Cathi Pileggi-Bedow said
    OMG as my kids say! WAWA is a BIG topic up here with my daughters and me. We LOVE telliing people about"WAWA"! Unfortunately up here we have"COFAIR" and CIRCLE K. NNNOOO soft pretzels! NO HOAGIES-crappy subs only.NO cheesecake!,NO CHEESEFRIES as Veronica is saying.They put a slice of cheese not cheesewhiz, and how dare they NO CANNOLLIS!! Wawa stands alone ofn the pedestel of stores!!!

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  10. I'm so glad everyone got a good laugh out of that...I've heard it a ton of times, and it STILL makes me laugh!

    I really need to visit WaWa someday. :)

    Cindy @ Notes in the Key of Life

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  11. Ahhh, this was perfect to come home to after a long day at class (and leaving my project at home). I'm pretty sure you would have to be dead not to laugh at her laughing, I mean WAWA! But here in Texas we have a beaver called Buc-ee, and it's a place that's all about porcelain that people "hold it" for miles just to "go" there! Ah haha haha ha ha ha

    You may have inspired me to share the love!!

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  12. Great story. Reminds me when we moved to Texas and the first thing I remember seeing was the big Piggly Wiggly pig and thinking what a weird name for a grocery store. Wawa isn't so bad after all. :)

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  13. Never heard of WAWA, but I sure enjoyed listening to the laughter...I hear someone laughing and I just join right in. Thanks for explainin' the WAWA and for sharin' the laughter.

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  14. I follow a blogger Jackie who blogs at www.notwifezilla.blogspot.com who mentioned WAWA at least once a week. I feel like I should now make a pilgrimage to your side of the States to see if they really make better coffee the Sbux. All in the name of research... And Cindy has a brilliant laugh, contagious!

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  15. Hilarious! What a great way to start my morning!!! I've never heard of Wawa stores and then I listened to the podcast and her laugh is just so darn infectious, how could you not laugh with her? Thanks for making my day.

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  16. You never cease to amaze me with your humor. I so had to laugh when I listened to the recording. I think I will laugh even harder if I get that telephone survey!

    I do know what WAWA is but I can't place one in my immediate area, I think the closest is Lancaster. I have visited many a WAWA and have to say they are very clean and you never have to wait in a line to be helped!

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  17. I am CRACKING UP! Soooo funny! (as I sit here enjoying my Wawa coffee) I've lived here all my life and never knew where the name came from, though. Now their logo makes sense! Thanks for the lesson :) After reading this post & the Manayunk post I may have to look up some more names - Conshohocken, Moyamensing, Passyunk... and find out what they mean! Just don't drink the Schuylkill punch!

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  18. I am CRACKING UP! Soooo funny! (as I sit here enjoying my Wawa coffee) I've lived here all my life and never knew where the name came from, though. Now their logo makes sense! Thanks for the lesson :) After reading this post & the Manayunk post I may have to look up some more names - Conshohocken, Moyamensing, Passyunk... and find out what they mean! Just don't drink the Schuylkill punch!

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  19. can't wait to be home this weekend and get me some Wawa coffee!

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  20. OMG, LMAO. Thanks so much for sharing and the history lesson! What can I say, " Gotta have my WAWA"

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  21. Too funny! I can't laugh too much though considering I live in a town called, Walla Walla.

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  22. Oh my goodness, I just went and listened to Cathy...hilarious!

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