Why Em and Gwyd Will Love the American South

So, I’ve come up with a little theory about why I think my Aussie friends Em and Gwyd are going to love the American South. Incidentally, this theory also helps explain why I loved Tasmania so much.

Both Tassie and Kentucky:

  • have profound, and often unappreciated, natural beauty
  • are looked down upon by the “cooler” parts of the country
  • have a whole set of jokes directed toward them — jokes relating to inbreeding, ignorance, etc. (Seriously, name one thing you know about Kentucky that’s not a) the movie Elizabethtown or b) about hillbillies marrying their cousins)
  • have a sort of homey, mellow coolness all their own
  • have a legit, growing indie music/art scene

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. We’ll see if my theory is correct.

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6 thoughts on “Why Em and Gwyd Will Love the American South

  1. Thank you, Pryderi, for illustrating the point I forgot to mention!

    The South is the only place in America you'll still find use of the word “reckon.”

    I reckon they will too.

  2. The South is the only place in America you'll still find use of the word “reckon.”

    Fergittin' about yer friends in the Ozarks?! That's plum unneighborlike. šŸ™‚

    (Seriously, name one thing you know about Kentucky that's not a) the movie Elizabethtown

    Never heard of it…

    or b) about hillbillies marrying their cousins)

    If you insist. šŸ˜‰

    In no particular order:

    – it's the home of the longest continuously running sporting event in the country (aka “The Fastest 2 Minutes in Sports”)

    – it's the home of the longest cave system in the world

    – Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were born there

    – it's the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken

    – it's where Edison gave his first public demonstration of the incandescent light bulb

    – it's the home of Fort Knox…and the General Patton Museum

    There ya go. I reckon y'ought ta feel a bit better now…maybe.

    šŸ˜‰

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