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Whippy

Anybody from the southern states?

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Howdy, I'm from southern Texas :P

Just curious if anybody else is from some of those southern states. I just watched this episode of Boondocks that was talking about Katrina. It made me remember when they evacuated a lot of people from Houston and the surrounding areas. It was an exhausting drive in that sea of people, and I was so damn tired, but what I remember most about it is how I suddenly felt so connected to people around me. It didn't matter what job you worked at, what your house looked like, what social circle you belonged to. It was crisis mode and everybody was herded onto I-45. Gas stations closed because they just ran out of fuel or the owners were high tailing it like everybody else. I ended up helping this one guy from Louisiana push this van in front of us to a gas station and had to talk to a rescue crew to get gas for my small car. This hotel that I stopped at gave everybody free food and water and let people sleep in their cars in the parking lot when they were full. Horrible as all that seems, I felt alive through it all. I think because I was around so many people all in the same situation. Didn't matter if I knew them personally or not. No, I don't wish for another hurricane, hell no. But I just miss that feeling of in a crowd that way.

I miss a lot of things about that state really. Found this neat lil site called pinterest.com with some stuff that really made me laugh at how much I could say "yes I've done that" or "yes I ate that".
http://pinterest.com/pin/80431543315785213/
http://pinterest.com/pin/80431543315785402/

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Added: 5 years, 11 months ago
 
Nir
Nir
5 years, 11 months ago
From Tennessee myself and it actually affected us quite a bit too, even though he got the back end of it. o.o
kenji321
5 years, 11 months ago
You already know for me lol.
I'm as south as you can go.
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
Where? Florida?
MrSOCKS
5 years, 11 months ago
I am from and live in Far West Texas.
No hurricanes, no floods, no blizzards, no tornadoes (yet).
And no water.
Just lots and lots and lots of sunshine and immense openess.
it would take a Cat 4 hurricane to possess enough water to fling the storm this far northwest so we could get some wet, before all the hundreds of miles between us and the coast sucked every drop out of the clouds.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Haha!! Well, living in CO, it's really dry up here too. And I mean waaaay up (8000 feet). It would probably take one of those biblical floods to cause a disaster here. The wind can get pretty strong but I've never heard of there being any hurricanes or tornadoes. The rain is always ice cold even in the summer and we do have blizzards and snow storms though.  We have that immense openess thing here too.

Still, I miss the coast, mmm..humidity, fish, and a very long summer!
MrSOCKS
5 years, 11 months ago
You and I are of opposite constitutions when it comes to weather.
I *hate* the humidity, and we seem to be getting more humid around here every summer.
And this awful drought has dried up the entire Southwest until we're ready to just blow away like dust.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Yeah, I'm pretty much the opposite of everybody I talk to when it comes to weather lol. This place is so low in humidity that it makes my throat dry just from jogging. This usually leaves me clutching my throat, gasping and coughing.  The first time I moved here, the air made the skin so dry on my hands that I couldn't make a fist without my knuckles cracking and bleeding.  The snow can make it extremely hazardous on hilly roads and blizzards knock out the power sometimes.

Usually while all this is going on, I end up talking to people that live in 80 degree weather and try to tell me how awful the rain or the heat is. Pfffff !!!  There was one time it got up to 95 inside here in the summer though. I'd just woken up and felt normal, I wasn't sweating or anything. After about an hour when talking to some friends on skype, I got up from my chair and felt like I couldn't walk anymore. So I just laid on the floor and took a bunch of deep breaths. After getting some sugar water in me I felt a lil better. For some reason, I hardly ever sweat here, even if the temp is above 90. *blames low humidity*
Zagroseckt
5 years, 11 months ago
what about earthquakes?
MrSOCKS
5 years, 11 months ago
Earthquakes?
Uber-minor ones.  A tiny fault line runs under the street in back of my home, thanks to the upthrust mountain range nearby. No one has ever felt anything, nor has any dishes been broken, but the Siesmographs at the local Univsersity detect activity of both very-low magnitude and intensity all the time.
mousehwolf
5 years, 11 months ago
Yup, and I'm headin back soon
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
*pat pats the wolfy*
I'm going on vacation there myself, like in 3 days ^^; Too bad we can't hang out...grrr!
mousehwolf
5 years, 11 months ago
Awwww!  Dammit  XD
OOOeyGoooey
5 years, 11 months ago
duunnuo if newmexico is, no one lives around me hardly! >w<;
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
I wouldn't consider New Mexico southern, at least not culturally. I live very close to it and have been there a few times. It reminds me a lot of Colorado except there's actually civilization there! I think the way it works is, people always tend to cluster around the coastal areas and large cities. But if it's an area with a bunch of small towns, people spread out more. Seen the same thing in Texas, New Mexico,and Colorado. Heh, gotta stay around the herd ^^
wolfstar124
5 years, 11 months ago
I'm from NH so not from the south. And unfortunately the only southerners I see way up here are the bible thumping "MURRIKA" gun toting people who enjoy throwing different passages of the bible at you and beating people up due to homosexuality. it's unfortunate but at least NH is making some cash in the process.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Ewww....Religious people in general tend to...er....yeah. Trust me, not everybody in the south is a bible thumping idiot. One guy from NM told me his house got trashed because he was gay. He ended up moving to Texas just to get away from that crap.
RokukeShiba
5 years, 11 months ago
arizona :)
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Cool, both of my neighbors here in Colorado are from Arizona ^.^
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
I'm from East Texas. After Katrina, I went to this arena where some refugees were staying to buy some tickets. Everyone I asked about the tickets just ignored me and sent me in with the refugees, until one person was finally confused. hehe. Of course the event I got tickets for was then cancelled because then WE got hit by a cat-5 hurricane.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Oh god..hah. Damn that is bad.. At least you were in a place that was ready for it. Did they give you your money back on those tickets?
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
Nah they never do that, but they did let me exchange them.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Aww, well I guess that's kinda fair. Same thing happened to me with a bus trip where I got stuck in a bus station for  ever and ever. Funny thing is I never got a chance to use that ticket ^^;
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
Took the bus once. Greyhound. Never ever ever ever EVER again will I put myself on one of those things again. hehe. Me and my roomate took it to anthrocon one year, and almost didn't make it home. Got to Houston, and this guy wouldn't let Larry on the bus because he was wearing a kilt. (ironically a black guy) Manager sorted things out. He put us on a different bus and the driver of that bus was throwing a hissy fit over it too.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Oh my god hahaha!!! There was this one bus driver we dubbed "the foot nazi" because even if everyone on the bus was asleep at 2 or 3am at night, that asshole would get on the loudspeaker and tell the sleeping person to keep their feet out of the aisle. Everybody got pissed off at that guy, he was waaaay too strict.  

This one time I got stuck at a bus station from 5pm to 5am at Grand Junction, CO. Me and this other guy were the only passengers there, and there were two other staff members. A grumpy gay dude, and a nicer older lady.  Being stuck there for 12 hours with nothing to do...yes that was hell. I tried sleeping, reading, drawing. Walked around outside I don't remember how many times. At the end of all that, finally the bus arrives at 5am and the station suddenly is filled with people that don't speak english lol.  Everybody formed a line for the next bus ride out and when me and the guy originally with me there at the station got to the front of the line, he starts complaining to the bus driver!!! I was trying to tell him just forget it, be happy and get on the bus, it's right there! But that driver got all red faced as they proceeded to argue.  When I got to my seat, I remember seeing him standing way back at the end of the line, a grumpy look on his face and his arms folded in frustration.

Another time, I was on a bus for 3 days without any sleep. I got off to meet this furry for the first time face to face and stumbled over my luggage lol!  Then he had all of his friends over at his house and I could barely add 2 + 2. ^////^

I really hate being a bus bum. That's really f*ed up about the kilt, I mean jeezus...this is the 21st century, do those guys even know what a kilt is?  They really need to screen their drivers better >.>  
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
Foot Nazi? XD I love that!
I suppose they'd think about screening them if the bus stations worked more like airports, with more than just one provider.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Yeah!! That's one problem with Greyhound, no competition. Or maybe they just need a bus jacking by a guy wearing a turbin and waving a box cutter around. :P
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
God, if that happened, they'd throw security measures up in all the wrong places, and searching... all the wrong places.. hehe
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Oh...I guess you're right XD Okay then maybe they need a co-bus driver, like how a plane has a co-pilot ^_^ Or maybe serve the passengers peanuts and stuff. Hah, the co-driver would be like a maid, picking up after passengers and exorsizing the demons from the bathroom at the back of the bus.
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
I think they do serve peanuts, only you have to pay $10 a bag for them.
RickyDalton
5 years, 11 months ago
south carolina for me
KennyKitsune
5 years, 11 months ago
My unit with the Texas State Guard acitivated to help maintain security inside the shelters across Texas for the Katrina and Rita Evacuees. We helped the police prevent the disasters that happened inside the Super Dome from happening there.
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
Where are you from and where did you go after Rita? The eye passed about 10 miles west of us
KennyKitsune
5 years, 11 months ago
For Katrina, I was sent to the shelters in Dallas, and for Rita, I was sent to San Antonio.
Kepora
5 years, 11 months ago
Western side of Louisiana, near Texas!
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Nice ^^ LOL...me and my dad once chased this family all the way over to Louisiana to try and repo their car. It's pretty halarious looking back on it now ^^ My granny and my aunts would go over there all the time to gamble.  I love Cajun cooking too,mmm..even got a cook book about it.
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
Eastern side of Texas here, right on the border ^_^
Kepora
5 years, 11 months ago
Ahhhhh. You know where Toledo Bend is?
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
That sounds very familiar.. is it in Newton County? North of it?
Kepora
5 years, 11 months ago
No idea. XD Toledo Bend Dam/Lake
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
I think I know roughly where it is. =P
sangaire
5 years, 11 months ago
VA here and I don't care what people say we count as south!  once you get to DC thats when your north xD
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Haha! I've heard the opposite is true for Florida. The more north you go, the more "southern" it gets, and the more southern you go, the more "northern" it gets.
sangaire
5 years, 11 months ago
well the reason florida is the exception is because of all the northerners whom move and vacation down there almost year round.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Heck yeah ^^ I hope to be one of'em *giggles*. I usually think people that love snow and cold either have a screw loose or haven't had to live in it for 5+ months. It's actually snowed in May over here in CO.
PlatinumPen
5 years, 11 months ago
I'm from Georgia.
softcream
5 years, 11 months ago
Mississippi yall o3o
AndyBunneh
5 years, 11 months ago
I lived in Atlanta for a year before I escaped :P

I do miss the sweet tea and Chick-fil-a though.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
I miss fresh okra, pecan pie, and fried chicken that's not super dry. Never ate at chick-fil-a before. Hmm..oh damn..I know what i'm gonna do. I'm gonna hit up all them seafood restaurants like crazy! That's one major thing that CO is lacking in.
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
Stopped in Atlanta once. Glad we didn't stay long.
Ramblo
5 years, 11 months ago
North Carolina, woot!
RedReynart
5 years, 11 months ago
>.> you in NC too? O.o where you at?
Ramblo
5 years, 11 months ago
I've tried to talk to you about this before. I'm in Cary, you I think are somewhere down towards Charlotte if my memory serves me. Not close enough to do anything else, but I for a short time toyed with the idea of a road trip to Canada.
RobbyTiger
5 years, 11 months ago
Oklahoma myself
TribalMouse
5 years, 11 months ago
Alamo, Texas
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
San Antonio, or is there actually a city called Alamo?
TribalMouse
5 years, 11 months ago
San ANtonio i belive
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
Went to San Antonio back in '05. Went to Sea World and had a blast ^_^
RooDwaggie
5 years, 11 months ago
I was born and raised in texas. Lived most of my life in pasadena/alvin area and part of houston. Though regretably, I currently live in kansas. My father lives in houston, so I might come down at some point. Who knows. :)
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Oh wow, I used to drive to Alvin and Houston sometimes. Pretty close to where I grew up.  How do you like Kansas? Only times I've been there is just passing through on long trips.
RooDwaggie
5 years, 11 months ago
Sucks up here, sometimes I wish I was back in texas. Father has been bugging me to come back down, but at the current moment I have a job and a apartment. I miss texas and all my furry friends there.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Do you have any friends around you there? Work is good but, is it worth it for you? I dunno...I've lived here a year and then some and have yet to really know anybody else as a friend. Being alone is the one thing that made this place hellish at times for me. If all my friends were still in one spot, yeah..I'd hang around there for sure.
RooDwaggie
5 years, 11 months ago
There are friends around, yea. Though I am always alone, plus I hate moving specially when I am stable. I really don't like it up here, with no vehicle and like no one from Kansas City likes to visit anyone here even though we go up there. *shrugs* But hard to complain when I can afford to be on my own, most the time. All I do nowadays is work or play games, sometimes some in the area will visit but its very rare. I am use to being alone, so it doesn't affect me as much as it use too. =^..^=
ChipmunkFan19
5 years, 11 months ago
I'm from Alabama myself and I remember Katrina rather well because my church's youth group had been down there helping out with stuff on a mission trip about a month or so before Katrina hit.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Ah meep!  Louisiana?
ChipmunkFan19
5 years, 11 months ago
What about Louisiana?
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
" my church's youth group had been down there helping out with stuff

Just curious if Louisiana was what you meant :)
ChipmunkFan19
5 years, 11 months ago
Nope the very edge of the Alabama coast
ChanceProwlers
5 years, 11 months ago
I live in East Texas.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Ah, the desert! XD Imagine that plus mountains, that's where I live heh.
MystBunny
5 years, 11 months ago
Me too! ^_^
RedReynart
5 years, 11 months ago
I hate the south. HATE IT. and yet I am still living in the south -.- Can't get away when you still living with family.

I lived all over the united states. I was in Alabama when Katrina hit and I was still in my home when it hit too. And guess what. I was 1KM from the coast! I saw my front yard become prime ocean front property in a matter of seconds. The water rose so quickly. Lost 2 cars because they flooded out. And allot of things in storage got ruined when they got all wet. The house was on stilts, and built over the code. Double studs in every wall, up 18 feet instead of 16 feet. We were well prepared for hurricanes. Seriously all the other houses around us were completly destroyed. Only ours stood unscathed. A true miracle I tell ya.

I currently live in NC, still with my folks. =/ Trying for colledge in spring.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Wow...shit you got kinda lucky there. When they had the evacuation in TX I just jumped in my car and headed north. I expected all my stuff to be wiped out but luckily it didn't hit us. Still, I believed it was the end of the world for that whole weekend before I found out everything was okay.

Don't feel too bad man, I think almost every person I talk to is still living with family in some form or another. What's NC like btw? I've never been there.
RedReynart
5 years, 11 months ago
living with family. That is the economy for you..

When Katrina was coming I and my family stayed put and waited it out at home. we boarded the windows and just hung in. Really I didn't think much of it. I been through so many hurricanes I can't even begin to count. So I though this one would just be another rain bag.

The days as it was approaching I really got scared, seeing how big this hurricane was and how perfect its eye was on radar. And how Intense the storm got. Oddly it wasn't a cat 5 at land fall but still damn.. It was scary.

When the hurricane finally hit, I slept most of the night. Really just a wind bag to me. But when I woke up to see the water rising. That was really something. Never seen that before. It was pretty intense.

I remember Erin and Opal in the 90's and those were scary storms. They destroyed one of the oak trees in the yard. In those days we had one of them big satellites in the back yard too and I remember looking out the window and seeing the wind peel it back like an orange. And I remember how the antenna on-top of the roof broke off and came right through the window.. XD that was a scary storm..

Katrina was about the same. And the heat afterwards was really unbearable. was about 2-3 weeks with out power. Lucky for stocked food and MRE's
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NC is still in the south so you still get all the rednecks as you did in alabama. But were much more inland than what we were down there. There are better schools and it isn't as segregated as it was in Mobile. And it was Heavely segregated between the sexes and work. All the men worked in the ship yards while the women worked in the medical. Worse than Ohio and its coal mines.

The worst thing about NC is the taxes, there is a tax on everything. Car tax, just for having a car, gas tax, car emitions tax, home owners tax, food tax, tax tax tax tax tax tax tax.... Northcaralina acts like Prince John and the sheriff of nottingham. Its outrageous...

But on the up side. Charlotte is one of the most rapid growing cities in america and has a tone of job opportunites compared to again, alabama.
Kooshmeister
5 years, 11 months ago
Georgia born, currently living in North Carolina.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Wow..seems like there's more and more furs around either North or South Carolina lately.
Zagroseckt
5 years, 11 months ago
Well i lived in marrero LA druing that storm.....
got stuck in slidale for like 4 months (probly spelled that rong)
spent most of my life in LA nere new orleans or in it.....  i'm in SC now... boy when i move i MOVE :p and for some reson it's still considerd the south......

The funny thing is folks here think there more sothern than sothern but i came form a place if i whent any more south i'd be swimming........
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Hehe!! Well I'm sure there's plenty of transplants around. Sometimes when you get enough in one place, it's not so much the geographical location as the culture around you.
Feryl
5 years, 11 months ago
Florida, almost as far south as you can go & still be in the US. We do still count as the US, don't we? Not sure if we've become North Cuba or the Republic of Disney yet.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
I  watched "Scar Face" a few months back, then it gave me flashbacks of GTA Vice City and Miami Vice. Joo could be part of cooba mang! ^.^  Been finding all sorts of neat things about Florida lately. I still wanna move there. Meep...hopefully before winter gets hardcore over here ^^;
Feryl
5 years, 11 months ago
That'll definitely not be a big worry here. Last year we had like 3 or 4 days below freezing. I live in Jacksonville, very north-eastern corner. It's pretty decent - only a couple hours away from the parks of Disney, foothills of the Carolinas, or white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Whew...that is coooold meep! ^^; Doesn't sound too bad though I guess, as long as the winter doesn't last too long XD
Qt
Qt
5 years, 11 months ago
I'm originally from Florida, but I'm currently livin in Georgia... We were lucky at the time, Katrina went past us, we only got the sidewinds when she blew past... I know all about hurricanes, though. In Florida it aint as much of a problem cuz our houses are built to withstand them and we know how and what to do to deal with em.  I think that might have been the biggest problem for yall gulf states, you don't get em as often, so your houses are made of matchsticks and your people aren't prepared to right for the cane or it's aftermath... =T
Whippy
5 years, 11 months ago
Oh in Texas I'm prepared. Haul ass north! XD A lot of the houses around the coast there are built on stilts. Not really sure about them being able to withstand a hurricane because in the 25 years I lived there, we never had one hit us. Heh, at least things will never be boring after I move to Florida ^.^
Qt
Qt
5 years, 11 months ago
XD A lot of "snowbirds" do that here. They stay in case it changes course- then go up when things look like they'll be bad. I always worry because Florida only has two highways out (the Turnpike/I75 and I95), so when people go, they tend to get bumper-to-bumper. Some people wait till the VERY last minute, and I'm always afraid people will get stuck on the highway when the cane hits...

The houses in Florida (most, especially the ones built between 1050 and 1990) are strong enough to withstand most hurricanes. If the roof is good and you board up your windows, you don't really have to worry...

My family (back when I lived with my parents) called hurricane season BBQ season: most people buy gallons of water and canned food that doesn't need to be heated etc etc. Not us. Before a hurricane usually, the fresh food (including meat) in grocery stores gets marked down LOW. This is because if the power goes out they don't want to have a lot of food rotting inside the store, so we'd load up on meat- and then we'd buy beer/wine etc. So when the power goes out and all our neighbors are scarfing canned ravioli- we break out the grill and eat like kings. =D Florida is awesome. I miss it...  I mostly stay in GA because there are more jobs here (probably because of a lower population) and I'm 6 hours closer to FWA. =P
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