Every state is perceived from other states of how the people are from that state.
Did you follow that?
Before moving here I assumed everyone from Illinois was rude, apart of a gang, and had no less them 3 tattoos before they left middle school.
Then after moving here I learned that (atleast in the area that we live in) I was wrong.
When people hear my southern accent I can tell that they already have a preconceived notion of me. It maybe that I leave the car that we are not currently using in the front lawn without the tires, or that we are not educated, or that we all live on a farm and never wear shoes.
Whatever the preconceived notions that they have had I have tried my ever loving best to not show my "red neck side". Whether you want to believe it or not anyone that has lived in the south for more then 3 years has inherited somewhat of a red neck mentality.
So they are doing some repair work to the sidewalk in our side of the neighborhood.
Luckily I was out of the house at our playgroup, because I came home to this.
Two of my neighbors called to make sure that we were not stuck in the house.
I told them that luckily I was out when they decided to take out our entire sidewalk, but if my car was still in the garage I would have just driven through the grass to get out.
Both of the neighbors had the same reaction.
"OH! Uh, I guess you could do that."
I think I could have said that I would just pick up my van with my pinky finger and take it over the ditch and I would have gotten the same reaction.
I could tell that all of their preconceived notions of people from TN came flooding back in their heads.
I am sorry Tennesseans, I have failed you.