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Old 11-11-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: The Queen City
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My best friend is from New York....what separates him from others from NY that I've met is that he can drive and he isn't a snob.

Thats great! I generally separate NY'ers from NYC'ers because NYC'ers are the ones that are snobs and unsocial.
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: between here and there
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Wow what a Yankee bash-fest that only reiterates what most Yankess think of the south: smile at the front door; scowling out the back.....way to pull the curtain back.....
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Wow what a Yankee bash-fest that only reiterates what most Yankess think of the south: smile at the front door; scowling out the back.....way to pull the curtain back.....
If you think that, nobody's making you move here.
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: The South
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My mother always taught me if you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all. . . . . I'm thinking, I'm thinking . . .
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:16 PM
 
Location: between here and there
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If you think that, nobody's making you move here.
With what transpired in this thread, what else would one think? And no one is making me move south; it's a personal choice, but it's scary to think that I'll be targeted as a brash clod just because of my previous location.....
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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With what transpired in this thread, what else would one think? And no one is making me move south; it's a personal choice, but it's scary to think that I'll be targeted as a brash clod just because of my previous location.....
Actually, most of what's transpired in this thread, to me, says just the opposite: that people are judged by their character and actions, not where they grew up. If anything, reeling off the "Stereotypical Yankee" behaviors that Southerners have been dealing with from some Northerners over the past 40 years is simply a way of saying "Doing this will get you tagged as an irritating Yankee, so please don't be like that. If you aren't like that, we're happy to have you."

I did find it interesting that you yourself cited a regional stereotype of Southerners, proving that having inaccurate ideas about people in other parts of the country is not limited to what region you're in. Nobody can stop someone from saying things about "outsiders", wherever you are, but when one moves into a new area and then proceeds to disrespect and complain about the native ways of that area, one must expect to meet resistance and criticism for it.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:05 PM
 
Location: between here and there
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My citing comes from what has posted in this thread...personally, I have never pointed a finger at a southerners way and if anything, find your mannerisms absolutely charming and a throw back to a kinder time...call it my own "Andy of Mayberry" syndrome....

That said, keep this in mind: are all the disagreeables you meet from the north? Probably....there is an inherent bravado that comes from living up here and the closer to NYC/Boston, the heavier it gets....BUT...that does not mean ALL NYers/northerners act like that and that's my stance.....

But I still have the entertaining memory of a cousin from Dallas, who decades ago, had a confederate flag hanging on her wall at an age when I had pictures of David Cassidy on my wall...was a real eye opener about a mindset that sounds alive and well in some pockets of the south.....
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: WA
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I think you've nailed it there, smalltownusa. I believe it's a culture clash, and perhaps neither "side" is recognizing it ... so it just goes back and forth.

I've only been in Charlotte a little over a week (and I'm from California), but I haven't seen any rudeness of the kind that's spoken of here — and I mean rudeness on either side, whether from locals or Northerners. Everyone's been most kind and polite.

Gotta say I'm pretty happy about it all. And that it's pretty clear that there will be no drought.
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:40 PM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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With what transpired in this thread, what else would one think? And no one is making me move south; it's a personal choice, but it's scary to think that I'll be targeted as a brash clod just because of my previous location.....
No one will brand you a brash clod, until you act like one. Then you will called, with malice, a Yankee.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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As my screen name implies, I am a former yankee. I have also been called a "converted yankee." I was born and raised in Vermont. I moved to NC three years ago, and nobody has ever called me a yankee in a mean spirited way. One of the main reasons I moved to NC was to get away from the cold and rude people in the northeast, and I was not disappointed. People here are much mcuh nicer, and the weather is so much nicer as well. No more shoveling snow almost everyday!

For me leaving Vermont to come to NC was the best decision I ever made. As long as you are nice to the people down here, they will be nice to you.
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