Saturday, June 02, 2007
I'm Not in Alabama Anymore
My version of "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" entails a few random observations. I can’t call these folks in Missouri Yankees although the state is farther north. Heck, they serve sweet tea! Well, maybe that’s no surefire way to delineate north from south anymore since I have found sweet tea in Pennsylvania for God’s sake.
It’s very white here unlike the 50-50 black/white ratio you find in the deep South of Montgomery and environs. And so, the place is definitely not south-like in that regard.
They don’t seem to have the meat and three lunch dives that I so dearly loved. Everyone and their uncle seemed to be at Steak ‘n Shake yesterday when we couldn’t even get a parking space at the location nearest to us, the one on historic Route 66. But there seems to be plenty of good restaurants including a great Italian one downtown. And speaking of downtown, this place has a wonderful downtown full of life and variety.
And as I write this, I’ve already read the morning newspaper, the Springfield News-Leader, which is head-over-heels way better than the Montgomery Advertiser although both share corporate Gannett overlords.
The nest is slowly getting feathered and the town explored. Lots of trips shopping for this and that. I’m tired and miss the familiar places but embrace the world of possibilities in my new home.