[Chugalug] Caly-fornee is the place ya oughta be ...

Chad Smith chad78 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 26 23:39:49 UTC 2013

Heck yes different places are different.

If you ask someone if they want a coke here in St Louis, they will say "No,
I'll take a 7-up though, if you have it."  Well, what did you think I was
offering you?  I was going to ask what kind of coke you wanted....

Still haven't figured out what a So-Dee is.  But I tell them I want Diet
Coke and it all seems to work out.

*- Chad W. Smith*

On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM, Kite, Mike <Mike-Kite at utc.edu> wrote:

>  I was in California for work for several months in the mid-90s.  It was
> fun.
> And I used my job to travel as much as I could when I was in my 20s.
>  That's a good time for it.  I wouldn't do it now though, that I'm older
> and travel isn't as fun as it once was.
>  But I'll tell you one important thing about California: those people are
> just as different from Tennesseeans as are the Chinese, it's just an
> accident that they speak the same language as we do.
> Just try holding a door open for a lady in Los Angeles, or saying 'thank
> you' to a convenient store clerk.  They'll think you're nuts.  And if you
> have a more traditional Southern mindset, you might even hate it.  However,
> if you're left-leaning and progressive, you'll probably love it.  But make
> no mistake, the different parts of America are not culturally like
> Tennessee, they are all very different each with their own pros & cons.
>  Dating for me in California was a nightmare.  I kept trying to be a
> gentleman, but that was perceived as chauvinistic.
>  I was cussed out completely for holding a door open for an elderly lady
> when there was lots of ice on the ground at a Burger King in Boston once.
> People act differently in different places.
>  Oh, and I don't believe for a moment that the only place talented IT
> people can be is on the West Coast.
> I've had friends here in East Tennessee who went on to be at Microsoft,
> Electronic Arts, Adobe, Amazon, Intel, AT&T and Pixar.
> Some came back, some went on to different places.  But one thing I learned
> that's important: there are no super geniuses out there, not at Google, not
> at Amazon, not at the NSA, nowhere.
> Everyone is a plain, mortal human being of probably average intelligence
> and education, prone to mistakes.
>   *Mike Kite*****
>  Linux Systems Administrator****
>  University of TN Chattanooga****
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