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Old 03-23-2011, 08:38 AM
 
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So I have noted in looking at homes online that it seems to be somewhat the norm that individuals pose for paintings and hang them in their homes (not family portraits or portraits of great-grandpa). I have never seen this in the Northeast and find it just a bit odd but accept it is a southern thing.

It got me thinking as to what else is the norm down there that may not be in other parts of the country? I want to embrace the culture so I'd like to be prepared.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Summerville
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Opening a door for a lady, say sir and Ma'am to every adult reguardless of their age, etc....
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:46 AM
 
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Opening a door for a lady, say sir and Ma'am to every adult reguardless of their age, etc....
Opening doors happens here Ugh, I loathe being called Ma'am. It makes me feel old
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Summerville
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Get accustomed to it.....
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Hmmm....

There are a lot fewer mega chain restaurants (this is a good thing).
Neighborhoods don't have sidewalks as often as they do elsewhere.
However, people seem to be in better shape than most other places (maybe because of the beaches?)
They talk to random people in line at the grocery store. Very surprising the first time it happened to me.

There's probably a lot more, but this is what comes to mind right away anyway.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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Hmmm....

There are a lot fewer mega chain restaurants (this is a good thing).
Neighborhoods don't have sidewalks as often as they do elsewhere.
However, people seem to be in better shape than most other places (maybe because of the beaches?)
They talk to random people in line at the grocery store. Very surprising the first time it happened to me.

There's probably a lot more, but this is what comes to mind right away anyway.
If I never see another Applebees I can die a happy woman
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Summerville
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Applebees is prevalent down here, so are a few others like Crackerbarrel....
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Near the water
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So I have noted in looking at homes online that it seems to be somewhat the norm that individuals pose for paintings and hang them in their homes (not family portraits or portraits of great-grandpa). I have never seen this in the Northeast and find it just a bit odd but accept it is a southern thing.

It got me thinking as to what else is the norm down there that may not be in other parts of the country? I want to embrace the culture so I'd like to be prepared.
Chances are the portraits you see are part of the family heritage. That is very important in the South.

customs?

Saying yes-no sir/maam....

People asking what church you attend....

Hearing someone say "bless your heart".....

Southern pride...

Southerners aren't interested in how the north did it....

Helpful spirits.....

very sweet tea....

red-eye gravy......


just a few!
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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Chances are the portraits you see are part of the family heritage. That is very important in the South.

customs?

Saying yes-no sir/maam....

People asking what church you attend....

Hearing someone say "bless your heart".....

Southern pride...

Southerners aren't interested in how the north did it....

Helpful spirits.....

very sweet tea....

red-eye gravy......


just a few!
No, I really understand the family heritage part. I have my grandparents wedding pictures hanging These were definitely of recent people in this day and age.

What is red-eye gravy?
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Mt Pleasant, SC
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Opening a door for a lady, say sir and Ma'am to every adult reguardless of their age, etc....
I'm not sure that I have noticed that the door opening is any more prominent down here (although it does happen) but absolutely noticed that everyone calls me ma'am, even people I know or who are friends but grew up in the south. At first I was confused by the ma'am? (with a question mark at the end) I guess as a question if they didn't hear you or don't understand what you said? And yes I understand they are being polite but it does make me feel old....

Another one I think is kind of cute - little kids call me Miss. Heather. I'm an accountant - not a school teacher!

Not really a "custom" but people are college football crazy down here! I've lived in FL (gulf coast), CO, VA & MN none of them measure up to the college sports dedication you see down here. I guess it's because there are no professional teams in SC?

OTC?

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