USA Diversity

Identical Trees but Each Unique
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The United States of America is such a diverse country.  It’s not easy to know where to start. So, I’m going to briefly touch on a few differences and similarities of the North, South, West, East, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and the Midwest.  Each of these areas are similar, just like the trees in the photo above; but, each of them are individually unique as well. They have their own accents, culture, food, topographical, weather, history and fables.  Many, many years ago, the USA was thought of as the North and South.  It used to be:

North: Cold, Yankees, Factories, Attitudes, No Accent, Fast Pace (Busy) Way of Life

South:  Hot, Rebels, Gardens & Cotton Fields, Sweet Iced Tea, Accent, Laid Back (We’ll get around to it) Way of Life

But we have evolved so much since then!   

Next, we were thought of as, North, South, East and West. That would be fine, but those areas need to be divided further too.  Yes, I understand that the USA is now basically divided into the Northeast, South, Midwest, Southeast and Western regions; however, I think they need to be divided a bit further due to the differences. 

Now, we have:

North:

  • 4 Seasons (Winter, Fall, Summer, Spring)
  • COLD – Blizzards, Snow & Ice
  • Accent distinct to the area
  • Great Lakes

Northeast:

  • Food favorites: Lobsters & New England Chowder – Seafood, Grinders, Cabinets
  • Cold and cool (9 Months of the Year)
  • 4 Seasons
  • Severe Accent (Drop the Rs)
  • Very Cliquish – hard for outsiders to fit in with locals
  • Lot of New World History

Northwest

  • Rainy, Cool
  • 4 Seasons

South:

  • Food:  Different specialties for each state – Louisiana Cajun, Texas BBQ, New Mexico Green Chili, Georgia Peaches, etc.
  • Hot weather – Droughts
  • Not All 4 Seasons
  • Different Accents for each section or state
  • Hurricanes

Southeast:  

  • Southern Belles
  • Southern Draw Accent
  • Hurricanes
  • Beaches on Atlantic and Gulf Coast
  • Lots of Retirees
  • Down Home Southern Cooking

Southwest:

  • Own type of food (Tex-Mex, AZ Green Chili, NM Indian)
  • Hot, Hot Weather – Dryer than Southeast
  • Not all the Seasons
  • Accent
  • Hurricanes in most eastern part
  • Beaches on Gulf Coast States
  • Desert in Western part
  • People are more laid back, friendly, helpful for the most part
  • Cowboys & Indians
  • Old West History

East:

  • 4 Seasons
  • Beaches on Atlantic Ocean
  • Crabs
  • Lots of History

West:

  • Earthquakes
  • Beaches on Pacific Ocean
  • Very Cliquish – hard for outsiders to fit in
  • Gold Rush History
  • Wineries
  • Hollywood

Mid-West

  • Farms
  • Tornadoes
  • Flat Plains
  • 4 Seasons
  • Very Family Oriented
  • History – Bootleggers and Bank Robbers (Jessie James, Bonnie & Clyde)

We could go on and on about the differences and similarities of all the areas in the USA.  But, let’s save it for road trips and adventures to come.  In my blogs this June, we will be exploring a few areas in the USA.  And, then in the later months of this year, we will explore a few more. 

Besides the USA, each month I will be choosing a different part of the world to explore.  So, come journey with me as we utilize my four (4) phase technique of exploring the world:  Explore, Discover, Learn & Inspire.   And, remember, I need your input to know if I have accomplished the 4th one!

See you again soon!

Nola

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