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Old 11-13-2009, 10:06 PM
 
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What first comes to mind when you think of the states? You can do as few or as many as you wish. I'll go first.

Alabama: Hunting, shotguns, beer, the Confederacy, bugs

Alaska: Glaciers, polar bears, northern lights, salmon

Arizona: Deserts, cacti, Tombstone (film), Grand Canyon

Arkansas: Forests, diamonds, Bill Clinton, Wal-Mart, religion

California: Hollywood, the Golden Gate, sunbathing, redwoods, Universal

Colorado: The Rockies, South Park, nature preserves, military bases

Connecticut: Rich people, seaside ports, exclusivity, Greenwich, clams

Delaware: Low taxes, beaches, the Delaware River, boredom

Florida: Old retired people, Disney, Cubans, the Keys, oranges, sunshine

Georgia: Gone With the Wind, peaches, the Falcons, horse-drawn carriages

Hawaii: Pineapples, volcanoes, surfboards, cocktails, warm weather

Idaho: Potatoes, mountains, rural white culture, farmers

Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, urban Chicago, large valleys

Indiana: Nascar, Wandering, mass murder, the KKK, and canoeing

Iowa: Wheat, corn, state fairs, baseball, concerts

Kansas: Tornadoes, the Wizard of Oz, flat plains, agriculture

Kentucky: Horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music, Colonel Sanders

Louisiana: Bayous, alligators, pelicans, jazz, Mardi Gras, Cajuns

Maine: Lobsters, lighthouses, IT, blueberries, Moxie, Stephen King

Maryland: Blue crabs, the Chesapeake Bay, suburbs, commuters, crime

Massachusetts: the Democratic Party, colonial times, Paul Revere, witches

Michigan: Dirty factories, Henry Ford, crime, deer, big lakes

Minnesota: Swedish people, Fargo, the Vikings, lakes, snow

Mississippi: Pickup trucks, coon hunting, cotton, catfish, lowlives

Missouri: Mark Twain, riverboats, the arch, middle america, slavery

Montana: Moose, cowboys, ranchers, huckleberries, ghost towns, nature

Nebraska: Wheat, flat land, meth, the Children of the Corn

Nevada: Las Vegas, gambling, the desert, prostitutes, dehydration

New Hampshire: Fishing, the White Mountains, colonial architecture, tolerance

New Jersey: Traffic, the turnpike, crime, tomatoes, the beach, hot women

New Mexico: Pueblos, aliens, caverns, disco, the Zia, Spanish priests

New York: Skyscrapers, congestion, Wall Street, buffalo wings, wineries

North Carolina: Retirees, sports, the Wright brothers, Winston cigarettes, beach towns

North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt, Scandinavian-Americans, vast open space, bald eagles

Ohio: the Bengals, swing state, hotdogs, rollercoasters, the middle-class

Oklahoma: Coonskin caps, the Ozark mountains, Oklahoma!, Timothy McVeigh, prairie dogs

Oregon: Beer, Crater Lake, hot cheerleaders, Portland radio stations, liberalism

Pennsylvania: Red farmhouses with silos, bloodhounds, industrial Allentown, the Liberty Bell, Hershey bars

Rhode Island: Clam chowder, sailboats, rich extravagance, anchors, mansions

South Carolina: Palmettos, corrupt sheriffs, Myrtle Beach, Christian fundamentalists, peaches

South Dakota: Miners, Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, dark forests, coal

Tennessee: the Smoky Mountains, barbecue, country music, Elvis, Tennessee Williams

Texas: steer skulls, cowboys, oil, Mexican food, prospectors, lying car mechanics

Utah: Mormons, Zion, cults, the Olympics, pioneers

Vermont: Maple syrup, covered bridges, Howard Dean, Phish, autumn

Virginia: The Old South, Robert E. Lee, plantations, tobacco, Pocahontas

Washington: rain, Starbucks, evergreen trees, salmon on pikes, the Pacific Ocean

West Virginia: Deliverance, camping, Robert Byrd, hillbillies, spitting, unions

Wisconsin: Dairy farms, the Packers, cheese, winter, That 70's Show

Wyoming: Bison, geysers, cattle rustlers, gorges, isolation
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Old 11-14-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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fairly reasonably although some might cause trouble ("lowlives" for mississippi?)

my fav is lying car mechanics for texas? did you have a bad experience or something?

your image of states overall seems in line with the average image of them (or at least mine). except that my image of rhode island is obviously very very different then yours- seems like you basically just described newport
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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Looking at my state of Michigan and I see Dirty factorys, Henry Ford, crime (all parts of Detroit), then they list two things that bring to mind the wilderness, Deer and Big lakes. One county of 83 counties can be described as having dirty factorys and crime, but a full half is total wilderness and the other half is a classic midwest agricultural enviroment. Michigan is very similar to Wisconsin, but you would never know it reading that. I hate Detroit, wish we could get rid of it. That place brings all of us here a bad name we do not deserve.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:05 PM
 
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fairly reasonably although some might cause trouble ("lowlives" for mississippi?)

my fav is lying car mechanics for texas? did you have a bad experience or something?

your image of states overall seems in line with the average image of them (or at least mine). except that my image of rhode island is obviously very very different then yours- seems like you basically just described newport
Heh, I do apologize in advance for the harshness of some comments, but that's just a stereotype of Mississippi which doesn't seem to want to go away (proven by the fact that it's still in my brain). I look forward to spending a day/night in MS next month.

As for Texas, I can't say I've personally had any negative experience, but to me, a vision of Texas is not complete without a man who looks and talks like Lyndon Johnson (who we all know was a seedy character) trying to sell a couple some sealant and bolts for $800 after they break down in the desert.

If I tended to just describe Newport for RI, it is probably because I have only been to Newport . I'd like to see more of the state though.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:07 PM
 
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Looking at my state of Michigan and I see Dirty factorys, Henry Ford, crime (all parts of Detroit), then they list two things that bring to mind the wilderness, Deer and Big lakes. One county of 83 counties can be described as having dirty factorys and crime, but a full half is total wilderness and the other half is a classic midwest agricultural enviroment. Michigan is very similar to Wisconsin, but you would never know it reading that. I hate Detroit, wish we could get rid of it. That place brings all of us here a bad name we do not deserve.
The fact that many people stereotypically view Michigan through a Detroit-colored lens is an unfortunate reality. Trust me though - We're saddled with Trenton, Newark, and Camden. We sympathize in your cause of not being associated with urban decay and slumtowns.
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:34 PM
 
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To comment I'll copy your list, but make note on differences I might make.

Alabama: Hunting, shotguns, beer, the Confederacy, bugs - I might replace "Confederacy and Bugs" with Lynyrd Skynard and Faulkner.

Alaska: Glaciers, polar bears, northern lights, salmon - Basically agree. I might add Eskimos/Yup'ik.

Arizona: Deserts, cacti, Tombstone (film), Grand Canyon - Basically agree.

Arkansas: Forests, diamonds, Bill Clinton, Wal-Mart, religion - My home state so I would have many things others wouldn't. Still not a bad selection.

California: Hollywood, the Golden Gate, sunbathing, redwoods, Universal - Basically agree, might add earthquakes and fires.

Colorado: The Rockies, South Park, nature preserves, military bases - I'd probably add skiing. Not sure Colorado's known for that, but I think of it in connection to that.

Connecticut: Rich people, seaside ports, exclusivity, Greenwich, clams - Probably add Insurance companies as I think Hartford's known for that and I remember it.

Delaware: Low taxes, beaches, the Delaware River, boredom - Didn't know about in having low taxes. Maybe the DuPonts would spring to mind. They were Delaware right? Also the Indian tribe known as the Lenni Lenape.

Florida: Old retired people, Disney, Cubans, the Keys, oranges, sunshine - Basically agree, maybe also drug-runners and Hemingway.

Georgia: Gone With the Wind, peaches, the Falcons, horse-drawn carriages - The Atlanta airport. I've never even seen it, but it's been mentioned in "Coach" and "Futurama." Also it seems to be the home state for lots of cola. And also "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" was in Georgia right?

Hawaii: Pineapples, volcanoes, surfboards, cocktails, warm weather - Hula, ukulele, Jack Lord, Israel Kamawiwo'ole!

Idaho: Potatoes, mountains, rural white culture, farmers - Basically agree.

Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, urban Chicago, large valleys - Basically agree.

Indiana: Nascar, Wandering, mass murder, the KKK, and canoeing - I'd take out most of that except the KKK. I think of Indiana more as corn, basketball, small towns, and urban crime.

Iowa: Wheat, corn, state fairs, baseball, concerts - I don't think I associate Iowa with concerts or baseball. Do they even have a pro-team? I guess because of the Iowa Basics test maybe I associate them with school-teachers. Also people who are moderate to liberal by rural white standards. (I'm aware Northwest Iowa is pretty conservative, I'm talking image more than anything)

Kansas: Tornadoes, the Wizard of Oz, flat plains, agriculture - "Dust in the Wind", the Urantia Book... Hmm that's a different Kansas.

Kentucky: Horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music, Colonel Sanders - Christmas. A bit hard to explain that maybe. My parents were poor when the song "Kentucky Christmas" described a Christmas of handmade gifts because you had no money to buy things. As that was sort-of our reality then "Kentucky Christmas" became part of our family lexicon.

Louisiana: Bayous, alligators, pelicans, jazz, Mardi Gras, Cajuns - Agree, might add Creoles and Zydeco.

Maine: Lobsters, lighthouses, IT, blueberries, Moxie, Stephen King - Mostly agree, might add "Murder She Wrote" due to spending much time with older female relatives. Also "liberal Republicans" as they seem to be one of the last places with them.

Maryland: Blue crabs, the Chesapeake Bay, suburbs, commuters, crime - Baltimore catechism and neat looking flag.

Massachusetts: the Democratic Party, colonial times, Paul Revere, witches - I might add Universities, Cheers, and David E. Kelly series. It seems like Kelly had oodles of them set in Boston. (Ally McBeal, the Practice, Boston Legal, etc)

Michigan: Dirty factories, Henry Ford, crime, deer, big lakes - Basically the same for me.

Minnesota: Swedish people, Fargo, the Vikings, lakes, snow - Basically agree. Might add "Lake Wobegone" because I'm older. Maybe ice fishing because of some episode of "Coach" or for that matter the show "Coach" itself.

Mississippi: Pickup trucks, coon hunting, cotton, catfish, low-lives - Cotton and catfish might be the only ones I'd keep here. Not sure what I'd replace the rest with. Maybe Delta blues, the river itself, segregation, and rural poverty. Not much happier perhaps.

Missouri: Mark Twain, riverboats, the arch, middle america, slavery - I'd probably take out slavery as it wasn't that big in Missouri history.

Montana: Moose, cowboys, ranchers, huckleberries, ghost towns, nature - I guess my image of Montana would include cowboys and ranchers, but would also involve militia members and Ron Paul supporters. As well as mountains, scenery, and pleasant people.

Nebraska: Wheat, flat land, meth, the Children of the Corn - I'd replace the last two with stability and boredom.

Nevada: Las Vegas, gambling, the desert, prostitutes, dehydration - Basically agree.

New Hampshire: Fishing, the White Mountains, colonial architecture, tolerance - Don't know enough. Maybe I'd add "libertarians" even though they're not all that numerous there.

New Jersey: Traffic, the turnpike, crime, tomatoes, the beach, hot women - Not sure where tomatoes comes from. Don't know enough about this state, maybe I'd think of Italian-Americans and middle-class people.

New Mexico: Pueblos, aliens, caverns, disco, the Zia, Spanish priests - Similar.

New York: Skyscrapers, congestion, Wall Street, buffalo wings, wineries - Not sure wineries comes to mind when I think of New York. Maybe I'd replace it with social liberalism and Ellis Island.

North Carolina: Retirees, sports, the Wright brothers, Winston cigarettes, beach towns - I'd guess old-time bluegrass, rock, and Universities.

I thought I'd do it all, but I'm getting tired at this point. Maybe later.
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:51 PM
 
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Iowa and wheat struck me as very random.

Iowa is on par with New Jersey and Nevada as far as wheat production! I've never seen a wheat field in Iowa and I lived there for decades.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:08 AM
 
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New Jersey: Traffic, the turnpike, crime, tomatoes, the beach, hot women - Not sure where tomatoes comes from. Don't know enough about this state, maybe I'd think of Italian-Americans and middle-class people.
Jersey tomatoes are serious. Just do a google image search for "Jersey tomatoes" and you'll start to salivate. Jersey tomatoes, Jersey sweet corn, and Jersey peaches are three of my six favorite things about summer (the shore, Chesapeake Bay blue crabs and the Mets being the remaining three).
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:22 AM
 
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To Thomas R:

Georgia – Good references. I was thinking more of Savannah, but yes, I would instantly associate Atlanta with Coca Cola.

Hawaii – Also tikis masks and roast suckling pigs

Indiana – There was a mass murder somewhere in Indiana in a McDonald’s years ago, and ever since hearing about that, I can’t disassociate Indiana from that, and yes, urban crime.

Iowa – I think of concerts when I think of Des Moines, and in reference to baseball, I’m thinking more in a fictional sense – Field of Dreams. I suppose it’s also fair to say Kevin Costner comes to mind.

Maine – Absolutely love the world of Cabot Cove

Massachusetts – Great references; big Cheers fan here (visited the site in Boston twice)

Mississippi – “A Time to Kill” also comes to mind. I believe it was set in Canton.

New Jersey – As another poster explained, Jersey tomatoes preside

New York – I was thinking a bit of upstate NY, and how I always get travel brochures in the mail advertising New York wine and wineries. Ellis Island’s in Jersey!
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:43 AM
 
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It has to be just what I think, right? Not that it's necessarily true for the entire state?

Florida: awful heat, humidity, hurricanes, really really big bugs, Spanish speaking, old people, child molesters, alligators, rude and former New Yorkers, beaches

Arizona: awful heat, McCain, no grass lawns

California: Awful taxes, too many regulations, pretentious, fires, earthquakes, mudslides, horrendous traffic, fake boobs, drugs, broke, lefties, nutty, surfers, wine, liberal

Kansas: Allergies, late term abortion, tornadoes, pie

Texas: rodeo, big steaks, dancing, manly men (not counting Austin), libertarian, border skirmishes, longhorns, heat, football, country music, Californians invading, Kennedy assassination, the alamo, George Bush

Michigan: cars, cereal, unemployment, low graduation rates

New York: God awful taxes, high utility costs, potholes, tolls, pizza, rude, bagels, food diversity, fashion, noisy, taxicabs, thruway, sharks, Wall Street, Niagra Falls, Yankees baseball

Illinois: Crooked politicians, organized crime, the Blues Brothers

Utah: Fresh air, beauty, salt flats, Mormons, high graduation rates, kids

Alaska: Gorgeous, snow, wildlife, Sarah Palin, energy, fishing, boots

New Jersey: casinos, turnpike, chemical plants, organized crime, Sinatra, expensive, taxes, tolls, Springsteen, Bon Jovi

Louisiana: True Blood, swamps, humidity, hurricanes, drunken debauchery, crawfish as food (not bait), jazz

Vermont: Wacky judges/laws, maple syrup, corn, cows, fertilizer

Washington: rain, depression, trees, serial killers

Iowa: Corn, primaries, fairs

North Carolina: The other barbecue, I-95, former New Yorkers and former Floridians, high tech, Ft Bragg

Tennessee: country music, the birth of rock and roll, bluegrass, mountains, waterfalls, plateau, dams, ribs, red velvet cake, cornbread, college football, great and free state parks, I-40, theft, polite native men, the Civil War,

Idaho: Beautiful landscape, conservative, wooded, freedom, militias

Montana: Blue sky, cowboys, horses

Minnesota: Al Franken, Jesse Ventura, snow, mall of America

New Mexico: Pottery

Nevada: foreclosure, gambling, heat, desert, whorehouse

Kentucky: horses, grass

Colorado: Air force, mountains, snow, NORAD

Virginia: Traffic, Shenandoah mountains, Navy, Muslim schools

Maryland: crab cakes

Arkansas: Huckabee, Clinton

Georgia: Heat and humidity, traffic, Jimmy Carter

New Hampshire: Primaries, lakes, mountains, "live free or die," brake jobs, smallmouth bass, granite

Wisconsin: cheese, beer

West Virginia: pretty, underrated
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