This week, my home-state has been in the news a fair bit.....the governor has finally resigned.
What can be said is that Robert Bentley (Republican) was a small-time state legislature guy, and fairly successful in his life at the medical business. Somewhere around age 65, he'd met up with a couple from his church who felt he had the 'right stuff' to be governor. With their help, he ran.....got elected....and brought the couple into jobs within the state office. The gal was hired to a $400,000-plus job and the husband in a similar but less paying job. What developed was some girlfriend situation with the gal, and eventually....Bentley's wife figured out the whole thing (divorcing him). It would be safe to say that Bentley was not really the governor.....and that this girlfriend was pressing the right buttons to ensure things happen.
So we come to this reporting of the event. Depending on who you read....the girlfriend is described as a: paramour, kept woman, beau, mistress, concubine, sugar, main squeeze, doxy, or 'other woman'.
If you are from Alabama.....typically, you'd use 'other woman', sugar, mistress, or kept woman. The W-word might also be used but not in front of Baptists.
If you used the word paramour, I would take a guess that 90-percent of folks from Alabama have no idea what it is, or what it means. Some might suggest that it's a French pastry, or some town near Fairhope. I would take a guess that out of the whole state.....less than 3,000 folks speak French or would easily recognize the word.
My brother (the engineer) might have some knowledge of the word....but only because he read the Three Musketeers two or three times, and a bunch of the characters were having paramour situations.
The governor? I'm pretty confident that he'd use the word sugar.
All this lusty talk kinda unsettles the typical Alabama guy. It'd normally be something that you didn't talk about....settling instead on NCAA football, bass fishing, pick-ups, septic tank replacement, garage advice, beef prices, the Braves, Kenny Rogers tunes, and Trump.
Some ministers will attempt to weave some Bible-tale into this situation and advise guys off the trail of paramour situations. Half of those ministers over the next year will be pointed out to already have their own paramour situations.
What I think will develop out of this whole Bentley and paramour thing is that folks will begin to see Alabama as the lusty state with a bunch of paramour activities. Some Bama folks will hate the aspect of a lusty state....but it'd bring in more tourists and generate more jobs.. Maybe eventually, we'd even make a car-tag referring to Alabama as the paramour-state. Well....maybe.