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 :)