Tuesday, 9 August 2005

Leaving the South

Russell Arben Fox has penned a retrospective on his time living in the South; it’s an interesting read, and while politically we’re probably quite different I think he captures the essence of the region (both positives and negatives) quite well.

Mind you, a lot of folks would say I’ll be leaving the South too, the Triangle having relatively little in common with Mississippi beyond good-looking women and a physical location south of the Mason-Dixon line.


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The Triangle ain’t the Deep South, but I’d still count it as part of the…. er…. WTF does one call the non-deep portions of the South? The Shallow South?


Well, Arkansas, southern Missouri, and western Tennessee and Kentucky, along with the southern-most regions of Illinois, are often referred to as the “Mid-South,” which leads some confusion as to where loyalties lie. (We visited Branson, MO, two weeks ago, and it’s an odd place: like they couldn’t figure out if they wanted to be Grand Old Opry or a Wild West show). Then you’ve got most of Kentucky and West Virginia, and sometimes even Maryland, which I’ve heard called the “Border South.” But maybe nobody but cartographers actually uses that name.

Thanks for the link, Chris. And as far as I’m concerned, if it’s in the Carolinas, it’s Southern.


The usual terms are Deep South and Rim South (or peripheral South). NC is Rim South; SC is Deep South.


My parents wrote me off as a Yankee once I moved north of I-10. Face it, Chris. You’re going to be a damn Yankee! ;)


One thing the Triangle definitely does have in common with the Deep South is the heat and humidity of Summer. As a transplant here from San Francisco, I’m still not used to it, somee three years in, but if you’re used to the heat, you probably won’t even notice. Also, preemptive “Welcome to the Triangle” to ya.


mns, native born Southerners, like myself, never get used to the heat and humidity.

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