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Nine Southern Sayings for Luck


In 2001, I joined Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower, 105th floor of the World Trade Center. For my entire career I was at my desk by 7 a.m., but however just prior to September 11, the chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald informed me that he wanted me to work his hours.

This would mean starting at roughly 9 a.m. and staying into the evening. September 11. 2001 was to be the first day I would work that schedule. I was parking my car when the first plane hit my office, but I witnessed the second plane.

Luck is often a double edged sword. Here are the Southern sayings for both kinds of luck.

A wing and a prayer.

Also: All’s well that ends.

Even a blind hog finds an acorn every once in a while.

Rather than: Even a blind squirrel can find a nut.

Good Luck says, “Open your mouth and shut your eyes.”

Fact: Journal of Sensory Studies, has determined that the seeing does actually change the perceived flavors of food.

He’s riding the gravy train with biscuit wheels.

Meaning: He has been very lucky up to now.

“I could fall into a barrel of bottles and come out sucking my thumb; He could sit on the fence and the birds would feed him.”

“I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

If he fell into an outhouse he’d come up smelling like a rose.

Never bet on a loser because you think his luck is bound to change.

It doesn’t take a prophet to predict bad luck.

“We must believe in luck; for how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like.” -Jean Cocteau

The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s tail all the time.

“As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.” -Josh Billings

You must not be holding your mouth right. (Or living your life right).

Note: A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck.

Have you seen this man? Tim Heaton is looking for a position back down South.

Tim’s colleagues describe him as “ridiculously motivated” renaissance man with superb communication, team-building and leadership skills. He is a recognized expert in leveraging technology for organizations from athletics to high finance, and has been awarded 17 US Patents in technology. Tim is a contributing writer to HottyToddy.com and actively volunteers his technical, database and social media expertise to several nonprofits in his current home in New Jersey and in his home state of Mississippi. He is also a published author, chef and physical fitness enthusiast.

Tim and his wife Linda live in Morristown with their two sons. Tim is also the parent of Dr. Allison Pace DVM of Franklin, TN. Tim Heaton is a graduate of Ole Miss, where he is an active alumnus and supports the university in a variety of public relations efforts. He can be reached at tim.h.heaton@gmail.com.

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