Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Southern Roots

Recent wanderings to the panhandle of Florida.

And we say grace and we say Ma'am.
And if you ain't into that we don't give a damn.

The Florida Panhandle is the region of the state of Florida which includes most of the northwestern part of the state. It is a narrow strip lying between Alabama on the north and the west, Georgia also on the north, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Its eastern boundary is arbitrarily defined along some chosen county lines, and it includes Tallahassee. (From Wikipedia)
This part of Florida should be claimed by Alabama, much of the culture is part of the larger South, different in many aspects from the rest of Florida.
Watching the flocks of tourists and residents alike belly up to the tables at Dewey Destin's is a cultural experience in itself. The fisihing boats filled with fresh bay grouper docked along side the motorboats laden with beer and southerns, bump and sway against the old wooden dock. This area should be part of LA, not the LA of Tinsletown , but the swath of Southern Culture that hangs down from south of Birmingham to the Gulf of Mexico like a wet towel full of hospitality and southern charm.

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