Who dat?

Jan. 22nd, 2010 08:53 am
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Going to Mississippi for Thanksgiving was immersive reminder that while I may not live in the american south anymore, I am still a southerner. Or as I said to Amber the night I got back and was telling stories, "I'm sure as hell not a midwesterner." I have taken to saying this phrase a lot, actually, though mostly in my head as I don't see many people in a given day. Anyway, I don't mean it remotely derisively -- I have been a citizen of the midwest since 1995 and Chicago has been very good to me and I have fondness for the region in general. But I do not feel of it in the same way at all, and I never will and that is a-ok with me, I don't mind the vague cultural expatriate experience at all. But now I'm noticing how it appears in other small ways. Like all this week, I have been severely confused with people posting on facebook about cheering for the Vikings. I don't even follow football, most people I know don't seriously, but I know that once playoffs come about, more people jump in and I don't judge that at all, it is the nature of sports, they WANT people to come on board late too. So my first thought is always, ha! They're posting about football! It must be the playoffs! and then my second thought is, but the Vikings?!? Then today it finally hit me -- oh yeah, Minnesota team, most people around me are midwesterners in some form. So they all feel for the Vikings what I am currently feeling for......New Orleans. Geaux Saints! Am I going to have to watch a football game on Sunday? Maybe.

Date: 2010-01-22 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineinchlovely.livejournal.com
If you want to watch that, my friend Rachel and I will be taking it in at Cagney's on Clybourn with a horde of other Saints fans. I've been watching since week 4 of the regular season. Some electrifying football happening!

Date: 2010-01-22 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jerrmajesty.livejournal.com
I'm feeling the same about Sunday & I have never paid attention more than 5 minutes of a football game. I live in Baton Rouge & people are losing their damn minds down here, it's totally infectious.

Date: 2010-01-22 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unscrambled.livejournal.com
Though I am a midwesterner Through and Through (and a rustbelt city midwesterner, which I would argue is a specific thing), I'm rooting for the Saints. New Orleans deserves to win every fucking thing it can.

Date: 2010-01-22 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raybear.livejournal.com
that's how I feel too, but recognized that perhaps that thought came from being geographically biased!

Date: 2010-01-22 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jettison.livejournal.com
You're welcome to get soused at the Dram with me on Sunday; Cooper is bringing gumbo as he is feeling the southern pride something fierce as well.

Date: 2010-01-24 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ky-fried-woman.livejournal.com
Um...is today the Superbowl? And it sounds like it is the Vikings v the Saints? Wow...well, as a fellow Southerner...I too will say, Go Saints! xoxo

Date: 2010-01-25 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mintwaster.livejournal.com
Can you explain what "Who Dat" means? So many people posted that on FB about the game.

Date: 2010-01-25 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mintwaster.livejournal.com
I suppose I could google it too, but it's one of those things I don't care enough about to google. Or maybe it'll be disappointing after I google it, like GTL.

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