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Old 07-19-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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My parents took the hillbilly highway to Michigan in 1966 for work. My first few weeks in high school was the first time I was ever aware that I had an accent. I was totally surprised at the concept. Even after living in Michigan for 16 years, when I went for my first trip to Philadelphia by car with a friend, I was in charge of making the food. I made tea the way I knew it was supposed to be made-with a lot of sugar. She nearly threw up on the windshield when I gave her some tea. Living in Philadelphia for longer than I would like to admit, I live in a black neighborhood, and so there is a lot of the south around me here. The corner grocery store actually carries hominy. When I go back to WV, and the train rolls through the hills, and I see mist coming down the mountainside, I don't know how to express how I feel. I don't know if at my age I will make it back there to live, but in 3 weeks I make my annual trip to see my granny, who will be 100 in 8 months.

About half of Michigan is descended from people who came north for jobs on that hillbilly highway. Funny how things have been reversed, now people leave here by the tens of thousands to retrace thier grandparents tracks back south for jobs. I hear lots of people from Tenessee, Georgia and the Carolinas complaining about people from Mi, Oh, Ill moving south but in reality they may be thier second and third cousins coming home after a 2 generation absence. Michigan once a boomstate like modern Arizona, is now returning to what it once was, a low population agricultural state. Even after the last car factory shuts down, the corn will always grow good here.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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I only work with at least a dozen ex-Southerners.
Oh I was being facetious. There's an old saying around here. You can take the boy out of the south, but you can't take the south out of the boy. It was that that I was alluding to. Of course there are people who have relocated. Simply having some fun.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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I only work with at least a dozen ex-Southerners.

Exactly. Many southerners move to the "big cities" of NYC, Chicago, and LA. Many people I knew growing up in Manhattan were from the south.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I moved from Louisiana to Chicago two years ago and love it here! I could see myself moving out west but never back south.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:54 PM
 
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There's no such thing as an ex-southerner.
I dunno. Of the ex-southerners that I work with or am casual friends with, they might have personal reasons for leaving, but they all have made impressions that they will not be going back except to visit family. To each their own though...I also know some friends who moved down to Florida.

People move from north to south for their reasons, and just the same people move from south to north. There's no "right" direction. Just because there's 3 people moving south for ever 2 moving north doesn't draw a strict line in the sand.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:45 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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I like it here. I miss the South at times, it's home and always will be, but I'm very happy to be where I am right now and don't see myself leaving anytime soon. I wouldn't rule out a return south when I'm older, though.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: The Lakes
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From the south to the upper midwest, never been happier!
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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I prefer it up north, do not wish I was back. I go to visit though. I certainly never considered myself a southerner, possibly a Floridian though.
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Old 03-07-2019, 05:31 AM
 
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I grew up in the South and left after college. I landed in New Jersey for grad school and much to my surprise, I loved it. I've been here 6 years now, and have no desire to go back. In fact, if I move anywhere it might be farther north to New England!

Visiting relatives in the south is fun, and I have a good time when I'm there, but every time I go I come away realizing, "this place just isn't for me anymore."
Same i love NJ I actually have family in New Jersey but my question to you is what part of the south did you co
E from and motivated you to move back to the north bruh Iím trying to move back to New York I canít stand the south.
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:00 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I was born in the South and lived for 15 years in Maryland. I hated it.

So glad to be back home in Louisiana.
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