Southern Pride

Today is a boring day, my friends. The reason? The US financial markets are closed today (it’s Presidents Day*). What is a little aspiring finance professional like yours truly supposed to do on a market holiday? Read random articles and share them with readers, that’s what! I’ve actually been meaning to share this Forbes article, called How The South Will Rise To Power Again, for ages now, but I keep forgetting.

Basically, the article says that the South (the American South, that is) is not as backward and terrible as many would have us believe. After all, people are moving there in great numbers and it is an economically growing region.

I’m not a true Southerner. I think that deep down, a part of me will always be that girl from Pennsylvania. But I’ve lived in the South for quite a long time now, as we moved from Pennsylvania when I was pretty young. Like most things, the South is way more complicated than the media portrays it. The stereotype of the uneducated Southerner who speaks English with an almost incomprehensible drawl is not true for many people you meet down here.

I may not be Southern by birth, but I’ve lived here long enough to have adopted this place as my home, and I can’t help but feel some pride about the article.

*I think Presidents Day is one of the strangest holidays in this country. But I sort of like it, too, because I like random strange holidays that different countries have. After all, it’s a great deal more normal (to my American sensibilities) than Bonfire Night, for example.

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6 thoughts on “Southern Pride

  1. >What is a little aspiring finance professional like yours truly supposed to do on a market holiday?

    Hang Seng? FTSE? BVMF ? 🙂

    1. e-k, I do love the foreign markets too, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that quite a few of my positions and the stocks I watch are on the NYSE or NASDAQ 🙂

  2. So, where in the South are you? Florida doesn’t count 🙂 My wife’s family comes from GA and I really enjoy going down there to visit (even though they still refer to the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression). I can see myself retiring in Savannah. And I love the way Southerners talk. It’s very similar to Russians in the way they have all sorts of colorful turns of phrase. The Midwest is very sterile in this respect.

    1. Well, right now I am in Florida and yes, I spent almost all of my time at university explaining to my friends that Florida isn’t *really* the South. But I did spend some of my formative years in Tennessee (and my best friend still lives there, so I go back and visit), so I definitely had a proper Southern experience while living there. 🙂 I also have some family in Georgia, so I’ve spent a lot of time there, too.

      Do you count Texas as the South? The article I linked to definitely seems to, but in my mind, Texas is part of the South, but also a bit different from other states down here, if you know what I mean. 😉

      Oh, and concerning history in the South: at my school in Tennessee, everyone revered Andrew Jackson. We even went to visit his house on a field trip once – the whole trip was a bit like a pilgrimage! It wasn’t until I studied American history at university that I finally realized that Jackson was really not a nice person. Many of my classmates, all Northerners through and through, were more than a bit horrified about this.

  3. To me, Texas is not the South. It’s its own unique thing.

    Interesting about Andrew Jackson. When I was in Virginia, it’s all about Jefferson. Here in Illinois, Lincoln is the man…

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