Recently I was reminded of why I love the south. I was watching a band in South Carolina and met a young man with a cast on his leg. I, of course like most people do in this situation, asked him how he broke his leg. He began to tell his story. "I was down in southern South Carolina...right next to the Florida"...no that is not a typo, "THE FLORIDA" I laughed to so hard I fell down...on the 'floor'ida. Not only is this geographically incorrect since South Carolina does not border Florida, Georgia does, it is a grammatically impossible. Do proper nouns need definite articles if you are a redneck? My rule of thumb from the excruciating 13 years of private catholic schools with nuns jamming grammar down my throat with a ruler is:
DO NOT use an article with countries, states, or counties, etc except when the country is a collection of states such as "The United States"
Therefore one would say:
"I traveled to Michigan."
"Georgia is lovely this time of year."
"The United States is a country north of Mexico, full of people who have disdain for immigrants who can't speak English, yet they themselves have trouble forming coherent sentences."
Ooops, run on sentence.
So Ryan Van Genderen and myself have started to tour as a dynamic duo entitled "The Bipolar Express." You can check out more on our website www.TheBipolarExpress.com
The greatest part about sharing the stage with the person you are in a relationship with is the ability to air out all of your grievances in a format that provides entertainment for others.
We have been asked how we write material for the part of the show where we are on stage together, and honestly we start with some witty observations and shared experiences, but most of it is improvised from a place of playful back and forth. Our bipolar natures meet and work really well together.