Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Kenny, Benny, Ronny...

We've just returned from Falköping, Sweden, home of our good friend, Lars Nilsson.

Lars is a good guy:
He educated us on Swedish history, gave us a tour of Stockholm and the Gotenburg mall and introduced us to his really cool parents and their Swedish farmhouse:


They fed us well on Swedish country cooking, supplied us with plenty of hot coffee and gave us a detailed tour of their local church. The Nilssons are a great family.

We also heard stories of the more country types that lived around town. Those guys whose names end in -nny: Benny, Ronny, Kenny, etc. In addition to contributing mightily to the local flavor, Lars told us having a name like Benny gives you a significantly higher chance of finding yourself in the local Swedish jail.

Instead of wasting words, we'll let the photos speak for themselves:




We were lucky enough to be in town on the annual Cruisin' Night, which was a mind-boggling display of Bennies, Ronnies and Johnnies and restored American cars from the 50's...

If a conferderate flag in Sweden strikes you as funny, well it did us, too. To investigate, We had Lars interview two Swedish kids wearing confederate flag t-shirts. When asked about the flag, they responded that if you want to be a true car fanatic, then you had to embrace the entire classic car theme. (Based on our evidence, this means fuzzy dice, maybe a dab of pomade, Elvis music, and the Confederate flag)

Lars continued, telling them about the confederate flags history and asked, "Are you trying to say that you want to separate from Sweden?" All of a sudden, they got serious and responded "When hell freezes over."

Apparently, we shouldn't expect a Swedish secession anytime soon...

Here are some additional shots of beautiful Sweden:

7 comments:

JTB said...

coyster-what about the massages in sweden? were they obviously unique to sweden or, did the masseuse also hang a confederate flag thus causing you to conclude the massage was more like those you've received/given in 'bama?

J. B. Hood said...

I was gonna ask how the Swedish flag got to Iuka, MS...then I read the writing.

Anonymous said...

2 questions:

1. Who are those Swedesh studs that Kacey is hanging out with, and where were you?

2. Why didn't you just ask the guys with the flag whether they disliked black people, rather than this non-sense about secession?

Anonymous said...

dear anonymous, your second question is silly for it assumes that there are black people in sweden!

kkm said...

i never knew that the confederate flag was associated with cruisin' and classic cars?!?!?!? cuz i've never see any of 'em at the car festivals or auto shows in chicagoland or west michigan... hmmm

Pierre Schlomo Presley said...
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Pierre Schlomo Presley said...

Geeeez. Who knew all these yanks (hood excluded) would have assaulted our humble blog with their narrow-mindedness. I offer my replies:

Swedish Masseuses - Post-massage, she covered me in cloud berry jam then fed me pickled herrings (as opposed to Smuckers Jam and Catfish in Alabama). Tasty.

West Michigan and Chicagoland - I've never attended a classic car show in either locale, but if I could ask my Swedish friends for their thoughts, I would imagine they'd say, "Här lockar vi utländska besökare att resa till Sverige!!"

As for the black people in Sweden - I have no idea, I was too busy checking out the blondes.