Well, this isn't entirely anti-Yankee, but here goes. All this thinking was caused while I was at work today. I was working with the Bobcat in my old neighborhood, where I spent the first 12 years of my life, and after finishing up what we were doing, I loaded it back on the trailer and started to leave. As I was halfway out of the neighborhood, an older man was walking his dog down the road, and since one side of the street was blocked by another work truck, I stopped before I even got close to him. As he walked by, I waved at him, since that's the custom around these parts. If you pass someone close enough that you could talk to them, you wave, even if you don't know them. Call it Southern Hosipitality, call it being friendly, but that's just how it's done. Well, this older gentleman not only declined to wave, but gave me a nasty look. In MY neighborhood. In MY town. ^^WTF mate?!?! Well, since I was in a company truck with logos all over it, I just drove off without giving him a second look (you know, got a company reputation to uphold). But it got me thinking: what is with people these days? Is it the fact that I am apparently an "unwashed" (manual laborer)? Is it the fact that I acknowledged his presence by waving? What's the deal? Even if he didn't feel like waving, the dirty look was totally uncalled for. And it seems like this happens to me more and more often. I hate to stereotype, but it seems like most of the time, these people are retired northerners. I just don't understand it, a wave and a smile ain't gonna hurt ya. All of this brings me to another rant. What the hell are people thinking when they move down here and then try to make everything just like it was "back north"?! Seriously, I don't get it. People come down here on vacation, fall in love with the place, go back north, sell their house, and move down here, only to live in the same environment they did to begin with. What the hell's the point of moving if you're just gonna change your new home back to the way your old home was?! I mean Christ, save yourself the trouble, people! My dad told me the other day that 19 people move into the area a DAY. We're a small town with a very unique culture, and people love the place because it's quiet and "quaint." But with all these new people moving in with their ****ty attitudes and "Well, this is how we did it up north" way of living, it ain't gonna stay quiet and quaint forever. Bottom line: If you don't like how we do things around here, GO THE **** HOME.