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Old 12-28-2006, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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Oftentimes, when I say I'm from Northern Virginia, if in another part of the country, it sounds strange to people, almost like superfluous information, as if someone were to say "I'm from Eastern South Dakota".
Anytime I'm out of the area, I say I'm from the DC area. I know folks who live *IN* DC would hate me for that, but I do. Then again, half the time folks don't recognize "DC" until you say "Washington, DC."
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Old 12-28-2006, 10:38 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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Anytime I'm out of the area, I say I'm from the DC area. I know folks who live *IN* DC would hate me for that, but I do. Then again, half the time folks don't recognize "DC" until you say "Washington, DC."
I sort of alternate. To be honest, for most of my life I've had an aversion to saying I was from Virginia without adding the "Northern" in front of it or without quickly following it with "right outside of Washington DC" because I was worried about the state's reputation elsewhere and that others would associate me with Southern stereotypes. Oftentimes, when I'd say I was from Virginia and just leave it at that, it would be followed with "but, you don't have an accent?" which was never asked after aligning myself with the DC area. I don't care so much anymore and at various times will say I'm from DC, Virginia, or Northern Virginia.
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Worcester Mass
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I sort of alternate. To be honest, for most of my life I've had an aversion to saying I was from Virginia without adding the "Northern" in front of it or without quickly following it with "right outside of Washington DC" because I was worried about the state's reputation elsewhere and that others would associate me with Southern stereotypes.
Alexandria is where I grew up and it's about as liberal as you can get. It is icky to not feel at home or even welcomed in the state you grew up in.

BTW, I had a great chuckle reading this in yesterday's Post (front page):

"RICHMOND, Dec. 27 -- Virginia House Republicans on Wednesday blamed county supervisors, particularly those in Northern Virginia, for the state's transportation crisis as they proposed laws to shift responsibility for neighborhood roads to the local officials who approve subdivisions."
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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I sort of alternate. To be honest, for most of my life I've had an aversion to saying I was from Virginia without adding the "Northern" in front of it or without quickly following it with "right outside of Washington DC" because I was worried about the state's reputation elsewhere and that others would associate me with Southern stereotypes. Oftentimes, when I'd say I was from Virginia and just leave it at that, it would be followed with "but, you don't have an accent?" which was never asked after aligning myself with the DC area. I don't care so much anymore and at various times will say I'm from DC, Virginia, or Northern Virginia.
I'm originally from Tennessee, so Virginia seems like a step up from that

(that said, I LOVE Tennessee, and it will always be my home. But I have worked hard to get rid of the accent. I hate that a southern accent is usually associated with ignorance *sigh*)
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Bumping this just to give you guys a laugh at this little Blast from the Past.

Can you believe just a few years ago all of Virginia was a single forum--and it only had 5-6 posts a day! Or that the admin was once against having a separate Nova forum because of fears we wouldn't get many posts!!!! Now we average 100-200 every day on the Nova forum alone. LOL, this forum's like the snowstorm we're having today--blowing in a lot bigger than anyone would have suspected...
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