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posted 1/25/2008 12:49:28 PM |
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Ok.. I admit it. I was born a Washingtonian, but, it wasn't my fault... . If I had been given a choice, I would've picked the South. But since I wasn't asked I got there as fast as I could! Now, don't get me wrong as I truely love the State that I was born in. The mountians, the rivers, the smell of the "sweet air" and pine needles baking in the summer sun, the tall tall Evergreens jutting up into the blue skies (when it's not raining... ). It's just the people I don't much care for. Oh, my folks and brothers still live there but that's only because I can't seem to convince them to move to the South... . I moved from Washington State in 1989 and made my home in a little bitty town in Alabama called Sumiton. The kind of little bitty town that you'd miss if you blinked at just the right moment. After being a "Yankee" most of my life, it was a huge culture shock to me. Things were so profoundly different in the South...much slower paced. Nobody was in a hurry for anything. And it was hot! Did I mention that it was HOT!? The humidity hung in the air so thickly that you could cut it with a knife. was hot. But, I began to fall deeply in love with my new found Southern Lifestyle. Folks waved at you as you drove slowly thru town, even if you didn't know them, and of course, you waved right back. I loved the Southern drawl and could listen to the "Old Timers" talk for hours, basking in their stories of days gone by. I would sit on my front porch in the summer evenings watching the fireflies (lightning bugs) as they filled my yard, listening to the tree frogs sing their songs as the cicadas (noisy little bugs sometimes) hummed along. Most of my friends were classified as Hillbillies but they were fun and down to earth. We would sit out in their yard, around the burn barrel, passing a bottle of "spirits" around, and eventually someone would break out the 'ol Guitar. When the tornado sirens would go off, we would climb up on the roof of their trailerhouse and watch, waiting to see the twister as it came by. Come to think of it, it probably wasn't the smartest thing in the world to do, but, hey.... it was fun and adventurous then! We would fish on the banks of the Black Warrior River and have pit BBQ's. Then there were the Sunday afternoons after Church and you could smell supper cookin.... Fried Chicken, Mashed Taters, Pinto Beans, Purple Hull Peas, and Corn Bread. And you can't forget that cold cold glass of sweet iced tea. Yes, I truely love the South. I live in Texas now, with my Husband, but, it's still the South and livin there is much the same as it was in Alabama. So, when asked my opinion, the South or the North... I will proudly claim the South as my home. After all, I've heard that the South will rise again and I wanna be there to see it... Ya'll Cum Back Now, Ya Hear!

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Jan 25 @ 1:02PM  
My family kinda brought the south to Oregon.. most of the people I grew up with were originally from below the Mason Dixon.

You are right though.. there's something so laid back and sweet about southerners. Til you piss one off.

Jan 25 @ 1:09PM  
I live in Texas now
Ahhhhh Home!!! I get so homesick sometimes!!!

there's something so laid back and sweet about southerners. Til you piss one off.
what??? ya'll act like we might have a little bit of a temper or sumpin!!

Jan 25 @ 1:20PM  
I always say
"American by birth, Southern by the grace of God"

Jan 25 @ 1:22PM  
there's something so laid back and sweet about southerners. Til you piss one off.
Yanno, I've heard that..... Of course, some of us ---not from the south---just stay sweet and never get pissed off........

Jan 25 @ 2:27PM  
just stay sweet and never get pissed off........
Ya know Treas, even as a "non practicing" Southern Baptist I seem to remember being told that you can go to hell for lyin......same as stealin.......jus sayin

Jan 25 @ 2:45PM  
i gotta southern drawl..........wanna see it......... there is stuff north of here..........

Jan 25 @ 3:20PM  
I moved originally to Texas in 1975 from suburban LA. I wanted to go to college and get into media but knew that I would not be starting out of college in a job in LA, I selected the Dallas/Fort Worth area and proved to be a wise choice. But where I chose to land initially was not.

I picked a little country town called Mansfield with a population of 5,000 at the time (it is about 150,000 now) that was about ten miles southeast of Fort Worth. It never occurred to me that I was relocating to another planet. Everybody was married by the age of 18. You had to watch your language also. Four letter words were cool. Four syllable words were not. There were more people who were ignorant than could spell the word. These people did not take kindly to a long haired Californian who listened to the Stones and Aerosmith moving into their town.

I loved walking in the woods, fishing, picking wild blackberries in the spring and more. I loved the country but could not get away from the small minded people in the small town fast enough.

Jan 25 @ 3:26PM  
I made it all the worse for myself also when one Saturday night, I went to the Kowbell Rodeo a couple of miles from me. They didn't appreciate me rooting for the animals. Go cow! Dump the dude! Buck 'em bronco!

Jan 25 @ 4:46PM  
Being from the midwest, I can honestly say that there is nothing to get excited about here.

Jan 25 @ 6:32PM  
My Aint Pat, Miss Pat to y'all.. who moved to Argone from Flow ah duh... She reminds me for all the world of Miss Paula Deen, Y'all ever watch her cook? "We's gone put in a pounabuttah y'all an a couple cupsa man eyes." That 'pounabuttah wouldn't melt in her mouth.. til you step on her toes .. then watch out.. she starts spoutin voodoo shit and gettin real handy with the wooden spoons. Hoooo chere!

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