While commenting on a blog by John Guillen a few minutes ago, I realize how many misconceptions, or no conceptions, I have about a lot of states (USA – I’m only vaguely aware that Canada and Australia have provinces. Actually I’m not even sure what they are called in Australia. Someone please educate me). I’m figuring that it has to do with the media, with our perspective based on where we live, with whether or not we’ve visited a place. Stuff like that.
I live in New York. Practically everyone on the planet thinks that means New York City. As if NY is just a tiny dot on the map filled with a kazillion people. Instead of a large state filled with beautiful natural resources, cities, rural areas, mountains…I digress.
So my gut feeling about NY is that it’s awesome but people think only of NYC.
If I went through all 50 states here you’d be snoring in 3 minutes. So I’ll only do 49. Kidding. Sort of. Because I think I’m onto something here. And this will, by definition, be wildly biased. I hate offending people, but I’m apt to do that just because I don’t know what I’m talking about. Here goes…..
Alaska – I was born here so there’s that bias Gut feeling? Vast awesomeness.
Alabama – I was conceived there so there’s that bias (I was for real). Gut feeling? Civil rights issues
Montana – ranches and every 700 miles a person
Idaho – the only gut feeling I have is potatoes. I’m sorry, Idaho. I’ll put you on my bucket list.
Ohio – I went to Ohio Wesleyan University and loved every breath I took there, so there’s that bias. Gut feeling? OSU overpowers everything else. Tornadoes
Vermont – Awesome summers on Lake Dunmore. GF (that’s my new abbreviation for Gut Feeling)? The most liberal state in the union.
Are you bored yet? Don’t answer.
Texas? No brainer. GF=guns
Hawaii? No brainer GF? Best-vacation-spot-ever-were-I-to-ever-go
MIssouri? GF? I’m embarrassed that I know almost nothing about Missouri. I’m sorry Missouri.
Utah. Gf is Mormons And I think the Presidents are carved in the mountain. But that might be Nevada or somewhere else. omg this is embarrassing.
Connecticut – Oh thank goodness. It’s right next door. Very New Englandy
New Hampshire – The accent sounds like people are saying “New Hampsha”. My husband went to college there so I have some inside scoop on this beautiful state.
I should stop because you are probably bored but I’m having fun. So stop reading now if you want but please press like anyway.
New Jersey – Long Beach Island which is incredible. But stinkiness near Newark. And lots of farms. I guess it’s like NY in that there is a lot more to it than people think.
Maine – I want to live there and write horror books. I’ve been to Portland and loved it.
Oregon – They have a Portland too. GF- rain
Washington – GF = rain
California – drought and I would have said shallow people in the LA area but my stepson lives there now and he is definitely not shallow. And my husband says northern California is beautiful.
Georgia – scary I think that when a New Yorker talks to someone from Georgia subtitles are needed. Peaches are good.
Lousiana – coolest accent on the face of the earth
Kansas – my cousins live there. GF = flat, tornadoes
Wisconsin – Lakes (isn’t that Wisconsin?) And the Virgil Flowers books take place there. (Isn’t that Wisconsin?) oh and cheese! I think.
Florida – GF sunshine and my in-laws are there so I’ve been there a lot. I really want to see the Keys and the Everglades.
Oklahoma – I flew over it once in a little plane and we had to fly over a paper factory which was icky. But then when we landed it wasn’t icky and people were nice but I couldn’t get the Broadway musical out of my head.
I’m stopping. This was fun and embarrassing but re-reading it makes me sound really idiotic. But it has shown me how little I know about a lot of places here and that’s just ridiculous.
When a blogger gives a writing prompt I immediately delete the post. Which is extra silly because I’m an English teacher and have to give writing prompts all the time. I don’t want to be prompted. So I hate giving them. Now that I just explained all that, I don’t want to prompt you, but I would love for people to tell me one cool thing that I probably don’t know about your state.
I’ll start. I live in Putnam County, New York which is about an hour and 15 minutes north of New York City. I work about 30 miles north of New York but have traveled extensively in the state. The United States Military Academy at West Point is my favorite place in the state.
And for my Canadian friends, I was being a little facetious because I think I know all of your provinces. Why didn’t you ever fight us over Alaska? I would have if I were you.
Australia forgive me!! I should be able to rattle off your states, provinces, whateveryoucallthems. I’m really sorry.
And I love Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia oh and Rhode Island and Delaware but I didn’t want people to fall asleep. I’ll include you in the next one. Oh and Massachusetts. I’ve heavy on the East Coast. Sorry everywhere else.
The title for this post should be “Dear States, I’m sorry.”