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Old 01-27-2008, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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You know, I think as more and more of us from "someplace else" are posting here on C-D, moving into the area, sharing our like feelings that we are here because of our love of E TN, the culture, the traditions, and the warmth of the folks here there will gradually be acceptance of newcomers.

If we are determined that OUR lifestyle is going to change and adapt to our new home and others follow the example, native TN will not have the fear that their home will be spoiled as so many now do.

I believe it is this fear that triggers the "Go Back to Where You Came From" occasional post that we read. It isn't up to those native to Tennessee to get used to us - it is up to us to get used to TN and become as much a Tennessean as we can.

We are all proud of our roots. We all long for the days of our youth and romanticize about our hometowns. But, we have chosen to move on and now we should share that kind of pride with the folks that own TN, in the sense that it is a part of them.

I really appreciate all of the posts that help us to become enlightened and sensitive to the feelings and hopes of the good folk of TN. It has helped to shape my own thinking over the past 9 months and I hope that this forum will have a similar effect on others logging on here.

 
Old 01-27-2008, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Tenn
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Ya know, when you read some of these pronouncements like "Rules of the South" or "How to talk Like A Redneck" many times you need to recognize the tounge-in-cheek aspect.

I prefer to look for the humor in such lists instead of indulging in our newest national pastime of looking for insults.
 
Old 01-27-2008, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Originally Posted by rlrm777 View Post
Ya know, when you read some of these pronouncements like "Rules of the South" or "How to talk Like A Redneck" many times you need to recognize the tounge-in-cheek aspect.

I prefer to look for the humor in such lists instead of indulging in our newest national pastime of looking for insults.
You hit the nail on the head, rlrm!!
 
Old 01-27-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Originally Posted by rlrm777 View Post
Ya know, when you read some of these pronouncements like "Rules of the South" or "How to talk Like A Redneck" many times you need to recognize the tounge-in-cheek aspect.

I prefer to look for the humor in such lists instead of indulging in our newest national pastime of looking for insults.
This is true!

I kind of worry about folks that don't "get" it.

I come from New England, where people have a very dry sense of humor. When I lived in southwest Florida, I felt out of place. Very few people got my jokes.

I was thrilled to find that when I moved here, people thought I was hilarious! I think this area has a great sense of humor and it has made a huge difference in my quality of life.
 
Old 01-27-2008, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Lightbulb You're right, hiknapster. It is the sense of humor.

That is such a good point, Hik, and the first that I realized it. (Wish that light bulb icon would fit here!)

There is a great sense of humor among the people in E. TN and that is what is missing in so many other places.

I don't think that folks here, in general, take themselves too seriously. There is a funny bone in most folks here. Very attractive to us all!
 
Old 01-27-2008, 05:09 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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Funny "Bones" .......
 
Old 01-27-2008, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Exactly!

I don't think I've ever laughed so much, since I moved here. I live to laugh!

This forum keeps me laughing a lot, too.
 
Old 01-27-2008, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Exactly!

I don't think I've ever laughed so much, since I moved here. I live to laugh!

This forum keeps me laughing a lot, too.
It's my cow jokes, right?
 
Old 01-27-2008, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Ninety percent of it are your cow jokes. Yes.
 
Old 01-28-2008, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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That is such a good point, Hik, and the first that I realized it. (Wish that light bulb icon would fit here!)

There is a great sense of humor among the people in E. TN and that is what is missing in so many other places.

I don't think that folks here, in general, take themselves too seriously. There is a funny bone in most folks here. Very attractive to us all!
When my neighbor invited me over for a Mary Kay party, I was the only "new one" from the north, we were able to laugh WITH each other on our diffences,we had such a great time!I laughed how they called a road a -four lane-, I called it a highway,and how I said root instead of the say natives say route.I teased them that the clan started in TN,I am NOT putting an opinion either way on that, it was just a joke! We had such a great time, we could laugh at our differences and not be sooo serious! Lifes too short for that! Hey, who has More cow jokes!
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