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Old 13.07.2011, 14:20
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

How come no-one has mentioned the Mason-Dixon line- the Bible Belt?

We have confederate flags on cars up North too. I like the southern accent, I am just picky about places. I don't like Bush country. Atlanta is OK, Hilton Head a bit pretentious, Houston nah! Austin-yes. Florida too swampy and flat- but I haven't seen the western side etc. Smokies are beautiful. Seeing chain gangs was a shock.......
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

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In no way did I stop and take a photos of our red Dodge Charger hire car at the town square in Covington

Covington is where the first few episodes were filmed - until it was shipped off to the WB ranch in California.

Theoretically Hazzard was set in the North-West corner of the state - up at the Tennessee border.
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I did watch the Dukes of Hazzard when I was a kid, but most of that is caricature, isn't it?
Yes, absolutely caricature. I find the show unwatchable. Don't relate to any of the characters.
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Old 13.07.2011, 14:33
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Yes, absolutely caricature. I find the show unwatchable. Don't relate to any of the characters.
The show is now 30+years old - I suspect it has more to do with that then anything! It was very popular at the time - and there is a huge chunk of people who still have very fond memories of the progamme - including me

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I see this thread has reached that, er, certain point ...
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Old 13.07.2011, 14:52
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I see this thread has reached that, er, certain point ...
Like that is a bad thing??

Balancing it out - something for the ladies (and Adrian)

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Like that is a bad thing??

Balancing it out - something for the ladies (and Adrian)

It's funny, when I was young, that was indeed the Duke brother I crushed on, now I'm older, I have greater appreciation for the other.

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Old 13.07.2011, 15:30
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

Yes, yes. I remember watching the show when it first aired. Thought it was kinda dumb at the time. Unfortunately time has done nothing to improve this!

I also note that you are British ("programme") so probably the "exotic" aspect holds some appeal for ya.

But as my Memaw used to say: To each his own.

(Uncle Charlie, instead, says: To each his own, said the man who kissed the pig.)

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The show is now 30+years old - I suspect it has more to do with that then anything! It was very popular at the time - and there is a huge chunk of people who still have very fond memories of the progamme - including me

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Old 13.07.2011, 15:47
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

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And I get grief mentioning short-shorts and cooter shots? That show made just about anything else more watchable, even for a Yankee and particularly if you weren't interested in looking at Daisy. I kept expecting the Klan to show up, just to make the misery complete.

BTW - love the new avatar pic.

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How come no-one has mentioned the Mason-Dixon line- the Bible Belt?

We have confederate flags on cars up North too. I like the southern accent, I am just picky about places. I don't like Bush country. Atlanta is OK, Hilton Head a bit pretentious, Houston nah! Austin-yes. Florida too swampy and flat- but I haven't seen the western side etc. Smokies are beautiful. Seeing chain gangs was a shock.......
> Southern accent ? I mean, Carolinan, Georgian, Mississippian, Louisianan, South Texan and North Texan are very different things
> Bush country is not in the South but is the State of Maine.
<> Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas/Ft.Worth, Tyler, Longview, Marshall are great
> Houston is not a city but rather a conglomerate of townships

But while I defend the Confederate flag as a regional identification matter, I in the north cannot understand it.
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Old 13.07.2011, 22:53
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> Bush country is not in the South but is the State of Maine.
He was born in Connecticut and raised in Texas (the rest of us can't help that). So how is Maine "Bush Country"?

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> Houston is not a city but rather a conglomerate of townships
Huh? I've spent more years of my life in Houston than I ever wanted to, and this is the first I've heard of this. I'm not sure "townships" even exist in Texas. There are several smaller incorporated cities surrounding (and occasionally annexed by) Houston, but "township" isn't really in the local vernacular.
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The south US is like the north UK....
except that the Southern USA has its future ahead of it
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He was born in Connecticut and raised in Texas (the rest of us can't help that). So how is Maine "Bush Country"?

Huh? I've spent more years of my life in Houston than I ever wanted to, and this is the first I've heard of this. I'm not sure "townships" even exist in Texas. There are several smaller incorporated cities surrounding (and occasionally annexed by) Houston, but "township" isn't really in the local vernacular.
To start at the bottom, Houston looks like a "collection" of towns

To get up back, I read that the Bush family are from Maine. The family home at least was/is in Maine. I might however have got something wrong about Maine and Connecticut. BUT the Bush family is "New England USA" quite clearly. In short, Texas is NOT "Bush-Country". As you apparently lived in Houston, you for sure have met enough persons there who did not identify with Bush junior.
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Old 13.07.2011, 23:02
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> Southern accent ? I mean, Carolinan, Georgian, Mississippian, Louisianan, South Texan and North Texan are very different things
> Bush country is not in the South but is the State of Maine.
<> Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas/Ft.Worth, Tyler, Longview, Marshall are great
> Houston is not a city but rather a conglomerate of townships

But while I defend the Confederate flag as a regional identification matter, I in the north cannot understand it.
Yes b,ut they all have the drawl.

Bush=Oil=Texas as Jeb Bush= Florida.

Bush liked to hold meetings at his Ranch in Crawford.

Good Ol'southern hospitality.

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Old 13.07.2011, 23:16
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To start at the bottom, Houston looks like a "collection" of towns

To get up back, I read that the Bush family are from Maine. The family home at least was/is in Maine. I might however have got something wrong about Maine and Connecticut. BUT the Bush family is "New England USA" quite clearly. In short, Texas is NOT "Bush-Country". As you apparently lived in Houston, you for sure have met enough persons there who did not identify with Bush junior.
To start at the top, I don't know what you're looking at, but Houston is actually a very large city covering over 1500 square km. It's the 4th largest US city in population and 9th largest in area.

To get back down, I'll gladly let any other state claim the title "Bush Country," but a lot of Texans are glad he calls Texas home. There's no question that his family came from New England, but he has called Texas his home for most of his life.
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To start at the bottom, Houston looks like a "collection" of towns

To get up back, I read that the Bush family are from Maine. The family home at least was/is in Maine. I might however have got something wrong about Maine and Connecticut. BUT the Bush family is "New England USA" quite clearly. In short, Texas is NOT "Bush-Country". As you apparently lived in Houston, you for sure have met enough persons there who did not identify with Bush junior.
The Bush Family have a vacation home up in Maine. The immediate background of the Bush family is shared between Connecticut and Texas. The Connecticut background is probably the strongest for the Bush family since the late Prescott Bush served as a Senator from 1952-63. However George H.W. (the father of W) seved as a Senator from Texas in 1967-71. So whilst you could be correct in asserting that the Bush Family hails from either Connecticut or Texas it would be incorrect to maintain that they are from Maine just because they have a vacation home there.
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

Well, at least when he wasn't busy racking up "C"s at Yale or summering at Kennebunkport.

On Bush's credibility as a Southerner, this is worth repeating here:
A cat may have kittens in the oven, but that don't make them biscuits!

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To get back down, I'll gladly let any other state claim the title "Bush Country," but a lot of Texans are glad he calls Texas home. There's no question that his family came from New England, but he has called Texas his home for most of his life.
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

Did this thread really just suddenly jump from the Dukes of Hazard to George Bush?

Well, I guess George Bush and Boss Hog probably do have a lot in common.
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Old 13.07.2011, 23:58
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Re: Question for Americans: What is it with the South?

How come it si only the South and South-Eastern states that constitute the South and the South-West has not part of it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ma...definition.png

Here's the some of the reasoning but maybe the definition should change?

San Diego for instance is south.

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The popular definition of the "South" is more informal and generally associated with the eleven states that seceded during the Civil War to form the Confederate States of America. Those states share commonalities of history and culture that carry on to the present day. Oklahoma is often included; it was not a state, but all its major Indian tribes owned black slaves[citation needed] and signed formal treaties of alliance with the Confederacy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_United_States
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