Traveling the States
God Bless America
I live in Indiana and I have been to most states south of the Hoosier State. I have traveled as far east as Pittsburgh, Pa. and as far north as upper Wisconsin and Michigan. Traveling west to as far as Oklahoma and as a child traveled to California, although I don't remember much about it. We went west on Route 66 stopping in Flagstaff and Phoenix going to Travis Air Force base in California. Mostly I remember it being a very long trip. The Painted Dessert was nice I remember. The main thing is that unless you are in the dessert, mountains or ocean shore if you were to go asleep and wake up anywhere else in these United States you could be convinced that home was only minutes away that is till you talk to the people who live there.
In the south peoples manners are forefront. Expect to be greeted with a yes sir yes mam. Things go a little slower down there. People are not in as much of a hurry. That is not to say they are slow. By no means is that true. People take time to get to know you and even if you live there for many years or the rest of your life, you will still be that Yankee. That fellow from up north. I just watched a program about the south and they said the language is a modified British accent. The gentleman was a southern language coach and was very sincere. He spoke of the many dialects used throughout the south. I am sure he was correct I just would not like to be the person telling someone in the south they spoke like a Brit. Visions of the movie Deliverance come to mind. Still there are not nicer people to be found and the cooking.............none better.
Go north and you will find people who are not as trusting. They are still nice enough but don't seem to like outsiders. You feel as though you are tolerated. When you talk to people they call you a tourist. They talk about winter. They claim it is the time of year they look forward to the most. When the lakes ice over sheds are pulled onto the ice and fishing holes are drilled. Winter cars, cars that have rust on them because of the salted roads are brought out and the summer cars and trucks are garaged. It is all about hunting and snowmobiling. The food up there is a little different. Lots of sausage and heavy meals. Great cheeses and meat pies called pasties are part of the cuisine. On my first trip up there I saw a sign in a restaurant that read pasties $.89 each. I orders six and got a strange look. He said” You live down south don't you? Probably in Indiana eh? “ I confirmed I was from Indianapolis. He told me he would fix them for me but after he told me they were meat and potato turnover pies with gravy and not the fruit rolls I thought they were. Their sense of humor is a little strange also. In a bakery in town sitting on a shelf of cake examples was a pile of shit cake. This thing was about eight inches tall. It was about ten inches at the bottom spiraling up to a peak at the top. It had four or five flies on wires that moved back and forth with the slightest of vibration. It rested on what looked like straw. The women at the bakery delighted in getting it down and showing it to you.
When I went east to Pittsburgh, this is where my Fathers family is from, the food is much like the food in Wisconsin. The people are similar but the dialect is slightly different. The way they phrase their sentences are like they are asking you a question every time. They are warm and friendly and make you feel at home. I thought at first it was because I was family but others treat you as well.
Now Texas is another country almost. It is big and the people act big. Every thing that goes on there is bigger than life. The cattle have long horn and the everyone wears cowboy boots and hats. I seen several High School boys in shorts wearing cowboy boots and even kids have guns.
All around the United State we all have something in common. We all love the United States and patriotism is forefront. We are a melting pot of all different races and creeds. It makes me proud to be an American and it humbles me to see all the people in other countries wanting what I got as a birth-rite. Americans come together at times of crisis and fight for our country. God bless America and all the Americans in it.