Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Southern Stereotype

You know, there are a lot of stereotypes about the South. Backwoods, uneducated, impeccable manners, greasy (and delicious) home cooking, laid-back, relaxed. And there are areas of the South (and particular Southerners) who fit and help to perpetuate those stereotypes.

Here's another one you may not be aware of if you are not familiar with the Southern lifestyle. See, life in general in the South may be characterized as laid-back and relaxed, but inclement weather is the exception. A 10% chance of snow is enough to create a bread and milk shortage in small town grocery stores. And when the percentage gets higher, say 60% or so, entire school systems will close down - yes, just for the THREAT of snow.

Now, it seems there really is a pretty good chance of snow in the area overnight...reports of neighboring counties already measuring an inch on the ground with more steadily falling are doing plenty to increase the chance (if only in our minds) of substantial snowfall here. But I can't help but think of the reaction we would receive from residents of Michigan, Wisconsin, Alaska, or our Canadian neighbors if they were to witness the Southern reaction to "a chance of snow."

frost on the windshield

*EDIT - Update*

2/1/07 - Woke up this morning to a piddly little smattering of snow on the ground. Seriously. This was it.

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