So ok, Taylor got me to doing a little bit of thinking... well more so my affinity for Designing Women actually. Am I a southerner???? This has been a point of contention among many people in my family/friend group that has been born and raised in the wonderful state of Murlin (Maryland). So lets review the facts shall we?
1). I was born in Balmer (Baltimore) in the great state of Murlin which IS, historically below the Mason-Dixon line... I was born 35.5 miles south of the Mason Dixon line if you want to get all bajiggity about it. So historically I would have been fighting for the confederacy.... if you know, the confederates were all open arms about the whole gay, bi racial thing....
2). I listen to country music all the effing time. As Chip will attest to, on the WMZQ 98.7 station, you can turn it on at pretty much anytime and I'll be able to sing along to whatever song is currently playing. I knew all the words to achey breaky heart in the 2nd grade... who was the cool kid?? oh that'd be me.
3). I use the terms, y'all and all y'all, as well as terms of endearment like hun (Balmer term) and darlin on a regular basis. This is further magnified if any type of alcohol is added to the mix, and then I become what has been termed as "gone with the gin." When at school in Maine, I would get made fun of on a regular basis for using such terms.
4). I know how to and have made on many occasions, beer battered shrimp, fried chicken, fried okra, hush puppies and cornbread, and there will be no frying in peanut oil... no maam, that'd be bacon grease and canola oil. At every family holiday there's always a big pot of ambrosia that someone made and everyone eats out of good manners.... and honestly if you aren't from the south ambrosia would be a foreign term to you.
5). There's a special way that southerners flirt, if you aren't from below the M/D line it's impossible to duplicate.... I think it's something in the water.
I don't own a cowboy hat or boots, no one in my family owns a pickup truck, and we don't have any two namers in our family (bobby joe, Ray-bob, shirle-anne and so on and so forth in that manner.)
I guess I'd like to think of myself as maybe Southern-light, a little bit of the twang but not full on good ole boy I guess. As JFK MEANT to put it about the DC area "DC is a city of northern efficiency and southern charm" I think I'll take it.
*ADDENDUM* The Boy pointed out that the JFK quote actually reads "DC is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern Charm" however I like mine better, so therefore I am right and he is wrong.