Yesterday, my friend came over so we could go walk with our clan of respective children. (Or, more importantly, take them out of the house so that we could oh-my-god-make-the-screaming-stop.)
As we were walking, some guy in my neighborhood drove by and waved wholeheartedly. Like, grand smile, sustained eye contact, Mr. America wave, the whole nine.
My friend: Um, I think that guy thought I was someone else. Because he was just all [insert goofy smiling face here].
Me: He's probably just not from New York.
(Without giving you my address, I'll just say I live in an area with lots of out-of-towners.)
Which reminded me of a friendly debate my husband and I often fall into. Sure. Let's call 'em that. Friendly debates. He happens to be some sort of unclaimed hybrid of north western New York State and peachy-keen Georgia. Me? Hudson Valley through and through.
He points out the hostile tendencies of those who share our zip code, often when we're at a store or driving in the family car. Also, when I'm not being my friendliest or most patient, it's typically blamed on the Yankee in me. (My strategy is not to blame his faults on his birthplace, but on his inability to fully emulate my perfection. But whatever. A strategy's a strategy.)
So the problem with this debate, of course, is that I have no frame of reference beyond my little nook "upstate." (Yes, about an hour north of NYC. Let's not even get started with that one.) Are people really terrible drivers just in New York? Or, more specifically, do they not honk at you if you take more than .25 seconds to recognize that the light has turned green?
I've heard the standard "well, it's a different way of life!" routine, too. So don't sell me that garbage. I want real, live examples from all over the country.
...which kind of stalls this post as my readership is about, say a 50 mile radius of my house. But maybe we can pretend. That's fun, right?
By the way, to complement this post I did a Google search for a "Southern Belle" and guess what? IT FROZE MY COMPUTER. Coincidence? Unlikely.