When Andy moved to Marlboro from Boston, he needed some lessons in country ways -- and he got them from his neighbor Ernie.
Upon meeting Ernie in town, Andy received an invitation: “Pull into my dooryahd some time and we’ll have a visit.” Well, Andy didn’t exactly know what a dooryahd was, but he gave it a try and parked in front of the main door on the lawn. Except the lawn was dirt anyway.
He knocked on the screen door. Knocked and knocked. And knocked.
He knew Ernie was around because his truck was in the driveway. Finally, a voice booms out from deep inside the house, “You’ll be standing theyah forevah if you expect me to come let you in. Get in heah. And you might as well grab a couple beers on your way by the fridge.”
That’s what’s known as a warm Yankee welcome.
As for goodbye, Andy learned from Ernie (when Ernie reciprocated a visit), that goodbyes meant standing by the door a good long time, talking, and finally, a “Spose,” and out the door.
“Spose” -- short I believe for, “Spose I best be getting along home before it’s dark under the table.”