So come the conclusion of yesterday's line-up, my ARM posed the following question:
"Providing you could take everything you love with you ... where would you most like to live?"
Only 3 (out of 11) said they'd stay in the U.S.!
... and no-one admitted wanting to stay put, here in Arizona.
As DH can attest, my train of thought tends to veer this way and that -- so that conversation reminded me of something I saw in USA Today -- reflecting pride in one's state.
I know. These sorts of polls aren't meant to be taken as gospel, but I was more than a little surprised. Texas (my 'heart's home') came in 5th? Seriously? I expected a stronger showing, both from Texas and the deep South.
Now I've never lived in 'Bama, but once had the privilege of attending the best Independence Day celebration I've ever seen, right there on Montgomery's riverfront. It might sound unpatriotic, but we just cracked up at the evening's finale when "Sweet Home Alabama" trumped the "Star Spangled Banner." (Suppose that's one of those 'you had to have been there' moments.)
In spite of having grown up in there, I don't recall having a sense of pride in New Mexico.
... Except making fun of those people who don't know N.M. is, in fact, a part of the United States.
|How many other states find it necessary to add "USA" to their auto tags?|
Of course, we've also got Prejudice. (Maybe that's not the word I'm looking for, but it thought it sounded good in the header.) How telling is it, I find it easier to identify places I'd rather NOT reside!
Until joining Blogland and meeting some of the nicest citizens ever, I have to admit making
... which recently came back to 'karma' me right up the side of the head!
A few weeks back I was assisting a guest with some papers needing notarized. Before long, we got to chatting about this-that-and-the-other, and our conversation turned to my hoping to visit my son and his family this year.
"Alabama? Why, I don't know why anyone would ever want to set foot there."
Stunned! For just a moment I enjoyed visualizing my hands wrapped around her neck.
Must.Remember to take the high road. We-R-Hospitality.
Keeping things positive ...
Providing you could take everything you love with you ... where would you choose to live?
(Yikes, I almost forgot!) ....
Hugs from Phoenix,