More on "what's the South," and the difference between NoVa and RoVa.
For once, the Washington Post is playing catch-up with me (!). On Nov 9th I posted about the difference between NoVa and RoVA. And today, Nov 16th, the paper ran a piece on the same topic. You'd think the Second Civil War is about to break out. This time, the paper talked to people in other parts of the state. All I can say is, Richmond sure likes that tax revenue. Here's the link.
Widow Wheeler: Thank you, ma'am, for your insightful and informative information on Virginia, as well as the other fine posts I've read from you, and I'll overlook your slander against the Great State of Texas out of respect for your station.
Longstreet : When I was up there, we said there's only two sports in Arkansas - Razorback football and hatin' Texas. (Now that I'm down here, I've realized this - Texas don't care.)(Go Hogs, Beat Wisconsin !)
Daddy always said the South was in your Heart.
Out here's a wonderful mix of southwestern desert-like landscapes and small towns with Southern people and values. I've lived all over the South and Out West, and I sure love it.
And yes, ma'am, Texans are arrogant. That's cause we know we're better'n everybody else.
Haha, that is a very interesting post, Mr. Duncan. I think that as a whole, Arkansas is more Southern in culture than Texas though, because Texas kind of has its own culture by itself. Texas is pretty much independant culturally, with influences from the South, southwest, and even Mexico. Fine state by the way, I have a lot of family down there.
I would agree that Arkansas is more "Southern". My family moved there from Alabama in the late 1860's, right after the War (they'd lost everything, and moved west to start over). People are friendly enough in this part of Texas, but lack the type of Southern Courtesy that I was raised with. The men wear their hats inside, for instance. In Arkansas, someone would eventually say, "You gonna wear that in here ?"
Of course, like everywhere in the South, there is a Second Yankee Invasion underway. Or maybe the Third or Fourth. I'm not sure who these "Ar-Kansans" are. My Pap-paw was an Arkansawyer. Pulled catfish out of the Saline River with a cane pole. Shot squirells for dinner, not sport. Could smell a buck before the buck smelled him. And so on...
Mr. Duncan, your family history sounds similar to mine. My family came from North Carolina after the war to set up a missionary( my great, great, great grandfather became a preacher after he was surrendered by General Lee) and I believe other parts of my family came earlier from Mississippi and Tennessee, and if I am not mistaken Virginia. But anyway, they came because they had lost everything in their native states after the War.