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.