(Closed) Spinoff: What do you associate with the South / Southerners? (Southern USA)

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Post # 77
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This thread is making me laugh! I see two sides of the South:

1. redneck, gun-loving, overweight, bible-thumping, chewing tobacco and spitting everywhere, jean shorts

2. Tailgating, pearls, hairbows, bow-ties, sweet tea, bourbon, sweet southern accents, magnolias

Post # 78
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Sugar bee

Plantations, “ya’ll”, comfort food, swamps/alligators, slavery, southern belles with poofy dresses and parasols (lol)

My Fiance was stationed in Savannah GA for a year or so. Very humid! I also remember a LOT of shitty cars…like missing doors and everything – because up here we have to have our cars inspected every year. (In some states)

Post # 79
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Bee Keeper

I can’t really play since I am from the South, and a really rural part at that– so a lot of these are hilarious to me! Definitely an interesting read and take, for sure.

I will say that I find the average person to be less obsessed with guns/gun culture than the media makes it out to be. I’m sure there are plenty of people I know who own them (I basically just assume they all do anyways) so it isn’t like people just sit around and talk about it constantly or wave them around. 

 

@MASPA:  I find the need for the subtitles to be a little crazy, I mean– they aren’t speaking an entirely different language! Maybe I am biased, but Darling Husband and I watch Swamp People and aside from the one who is missing all of his teeth I find them to be pretty clear haha.

Post # 80
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Sugar bee

Oh! And Mardi Gras!

Post # 81
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Mrs_Amanda:  oh i totally agree.  I can hear them fine.  And Im a full bred northerner with a city accent.  My mother cant but she cant always hear me either lol

Post # 82
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well, I am 100% southern. 

GRITS – Girls Raised in the South!

I love shopping, makeup, hair, fashion, big buildings and fast pace. 

BUT

I also love and live in the country.

I love four wheeling, muddin, bonfires, camping, hiking, southern food, and sweet tea.

Oh, and I have a southern accent.  Not redneck. 

Post # 83
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Oh god I have another one. ENORMOUS diesel trucks with a lift kit. Like stop it. No one needs a vehicle that big. It makes it impossible for the rest of us to park our normal sized cars. 

Post # 84
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MrsUPS:  Disney!!!!!! Lol

accent, hospitality, hot and humid:/, soul food

Post # 85
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@MrsUPS:  I think of several things when I think of the South. Unfortunately, most of th first things I think of are the ones you mentioned in the OP: Bible-thumping gun nuts who hate minorities. I fully understand most people down South are very kind and good people, but those are the first things I think of.

As for other items: Good food, horribly hot weather, mosquitos, swamps, Disney World, Sweet Tea, Forrest Gump, obesity, poor public education system (directed towards Mississippi), uber-religious, Trail of Tears, adorable accents, conservatives, Rick Perry, the Bush family, Gumbo, plantations, teen pregnancy, and country music.

Please note: no offense is meant whatsoever. I know a good number of these are stereotypes and don’t accurately represent everyone who lives in the South, but it’s what I associate with the region when asked.

Post # 86
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Helper bee

Fried chicken, jambalaya, corn bread lol  mmmmm

Plantations

Gorgeous old mansions and neighborhoods

Southern accents

Etiquette

Voodoo  haha I’ve watched too many movies

 

Post # 87
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m from Louisiana, I live in Texas.

This thread makes me simultaneously happy and sad…

Post # 88
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@donna_saur:  Glad you’re happy, sorry you’re sad! If it makes you feel better, I felt the same way about non-US Bees posting about how they view the US.

Post # 89
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I live in NC so for me the South means home. 

Pine trees.

Great weather, usually.

Amazing beaches and lovely mountains within a fairly short driving distance.

Friendly, warm people.

Fashionable.

Great food!

I love it here and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Post # 90
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

When I think of the south, I think of home.  It is so much more than what most of you realize.  .  I am highly educated, an atheist, a liberal democrat, didn’t marry until I was 38 and am childfree by choice, and I am not the only person like me that I know!  I have lived in the south and outside the south and have traveled extensively.  When I’ve lived outside the south, the things I missed the most were Bojangles chicken and biscuits, sweet tea, and spring in the south (which is magical as long as you don’t have allergies!)  Though there are things that I would like to change about the south like the religious conservatism and the terrible history of slavery and segregation, I love this place and would rather work to change it into what it can be than leave and be sad about what is not . 

 

Post # 91
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

This is too funny. I was born and raised in Georgia.

I do own guns and hunt but I also attend the Atlanta Pride parade every year (it’s a HUGE event here). There’s a lot of Jesus, a lot of humidity, and a lot of traffic. Atlanta is a huge hub for both music and major corporations (Coca-Cola, Turner, Delta, Kimberly-Clark, UPS). We’re all different just like anywhere but I don’t feel like we’re stuck in the civil war era. Never have I heard someone say, with a straight face, that the south will rise again.

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