Monday, February 07, 2005

This is really bothering me, ya'll...

IS THE SOUTHWEST PART OF THE SOUTH, OR NOT???

This has somehow come about, TheDub and I have been discussing regions of the United States and I guess I never put enough thought into why there's no word for the states in the middle of the country.
It's all called "MidWest" even if it's NOT in the middle western part. WTF?? Why doesn't anyone call Illinois "MidEast" or Minnesota "MidNorth" etc.?
And why does Texas not consider itself part of the South? That was news to me, but then I heard someone on tv say it yesterday, and so I know it must be true.
Same show also gave the impression the real South (i.e.: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi,..you get it) doesn't consider Texas a member either. It's baffling.
Here's Texas, smack in the middle of the southern part of the country, yet they aren't the South? Why are residents of the "SouthEast" the only real Southerners?

So I wrote all this shit then I searched for a map of the US to post here as a visual aid, and came across this census regions map. I guess it's ever so slightly better than the way I am used to seeing it divided, but there is still that whole MidWEST thing... Why not just Central? I mean look how fucking small the East part of the country is. Almost half of the Midwest needs to be considered East. Then look at the whopping undefined West... Something is wrong here, folks.

census regions of the US

Damn it. I need defined boundaries here. This is unsettling.

Blogger The Kraken thinks I am a total genius.

I guess it would be safe to consider those who seceded from the Union during the Civil War the modern "South" as most people seem to know it. At least, they seem to have the same sensibilities. I mean, New Mexico is pretty far south, even moreso than Tennessee, but if you ask someone to name a southern state, they would almost always name Tennessee before New Mexico. I don't think it really has much to do with geographical location as compared to cultural sensibilities and directional names are just given out of convenience. Or something...

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger Ethereal Darkness thinks I am a total genius.

Well, I guess what we can do is take over the United States and devide up the land between you me and The Dub and a bunch of others. We could probably govern the land better than the fuckheads in charge now.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 9:47:00 PM  
Blogger carrie thinks I am a total genius.

Maybe you guys could be a couple of kick ass dukes, or something ;)

Wednesday, February 09, 2005 7:36:00 PM  

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