Jun 14 2010
We’ve been traveling quite a bit over the last couple of years, large cross-country treks (several of them by car before health issues interfered). Obviously, it’s always interesting and engaging to observe geographical and vegetative changes depending on where in the country you are, but I find that each trip I become more interested in the human differences between regions. Not just the differences that climate variations bring to daily behaviors and routines — not to mention the architecture — but attitudinal shifts and cultural differences as well. I feel like I want to be writing some blog posts about these thoughts, but I haven’t quite figured out where to dive in. So in the meantime, or as a sneaky backdoor entrance into the topic, I thought I’d put up this short post to ask you, Fearless Readers, about some of your own observations on these matters.
I don’t mind hearing the old saws everyone drags out on North vs. South, but I’ll admit I’m more interested in the observations you have that aren’t along traditional regional division lines, or different perspectives than we normally hear about the different US regions. Starting with, in terms of broad categories, how many are there that are useful and effective labeling differences? Northerner and Southerner seem to not really cover all of the US states in terms of cultural demographics, so we at least need to add in the Midwest and West Coast, but should there be more for the top-level categories?
What is a favorite cultural-quirk or regional-difference observation from the last time you traveled far enough outside your home region to notice the changes?
I’m looking forward to reading what you have to share!