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Old 07-18-2010, 09:33 PM
 
Location: ATL
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:37 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I left the South at five, but used to go "down home" every year. Yeah I've considered returning to NW Arkansas or some part of the "Mountain South." The problem is I don't deal with heat well and even in the higher elevations it can get fairly hot. Also since I left so young, despite visits since, perhaps I'm romanticizing it. Lastly if I return I would want to go somewhere that accepts Catholics a bit better than rural Crawford County, Arkansas of the early 1980s. (The county is still only around 5% Catholic. I wouldn't necessarily want a county that's even plurality Catholic, but 10-20% Catholic might be nice)
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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There's no such thing as an ex-southerner.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Quite frankly I miss the city of Chicago quite a bit when I am away from it after summer. I just wish I had my car there, I do not like public transit.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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I spent the first 18 years of my life in Alabama and left as soon as possible. I'll never go back (except to visit relatives.)
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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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.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:47 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Congrats to your granny.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:28 AM
 
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Congrats to your granny.
Yeah, God Bless her. My parents are from the South and I think they are mixed about going back. They have a good life up here and I think if they went back, it wouldn't be to where they are from.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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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."
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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There's no such thing as an ex-southerner.
I only work with at least a dozen ex-Southerners.
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