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Old 05-20-2012, 01:22 PM   #21
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My assistant is from Ohio. He is a very kind goodhearted man, but the way he expresses himself makes him sound very rude and impersonal to southerners, including myself. He's a bit older than me in his late 50's and we have talked several times about expectations of Southerners in behavior. He thinks we try to bend over backward to be polite to people that we don't have a reason to be polite to. I tried to explain to him that we are polite because we fell compelled to be, not because we have something to gain from it. He gets annoyed by people waving at him in his car because he doesn't know them.

On the other hand he works hard and does everything he can to make my job easier for me. He would do anything I ask and is very generous.

Their whole way of thinking is just completely different then ours.
I was simply taught to be polite by my parents!
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:19 PM   #22
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Ditto JohnF. I think the language difference is more abrasive than southerners. My parents were adamant about good manners and that was a sore spot in dealing with some northerners. I'm guessing that more than one person from the north has mistaken the slow southern drawl for lack of intellect and gotten fooled.
From an outside perspective, I really don't think films like Deliverance helped the south. Mention Georgia to anyone outside the south and they instantly think "beware of banjo music".

The actual reality is nothing like that.

A very interesting story if I may, from one of our events a couple of years ago. We do banger rallies (you buy a low cost car, $500 now, and drive it from New York to New Orleans (Big Apple to Big Easy - BABE Rally).

A yankee chap was driving solo in an S10 pickup iirc (apologies if I get models wrong), and he broke down on the NC/TN state line. Properly in the Appalachians. He was worried. His only point of reference was the Deliverance films. Seriously worried. He was 20 miles from the nearest town to get the spare part he needed.

After 20 minutes of trying to figure out what to do, came his Deliverance moment. An old guy came past and asked if he needed help. He explained the problem so the guy offered to drive him into town. He heard banjo music.

The old guy not only drove him into town to get the part, but drove him back to his car (40 mile round trip down some twisty roads), and helped him fit the part.

Our guy was absolutely astounded by the generosity of this local. All the things he'd heard and imagined of the south didn't ring true in the slightest, and he was actually quite moved by the kindness of a random stranger.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:46 PM   #23
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Most from the hills are decent folk but you don't want to prowl around their property. Growing up in Tennessee we know areas that you did not wander off into for fear of coming up on some shine makers. They didn't cotton to the revenuers come calling. Certain areas my grandpa wouldn't hunt because of possibly walking up on a still. Funny today but that all seems so mundane when you think of the nasty drugs out there today being made in model rooms.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:58 PM   #24
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As the saying goes around here "You'll be amazed out our Southern charm, wit and hospitality. We'll be polite and well mannered right up to the time we have to kill you. Ya'll have a nice day now".
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