Re: USA: Northerners vs Southerners
Op, I'm sorry that you were treated that way - anywhere. It's wrong to treat people like they don't belong. I was born in the north (Philly) but my Wife is 'teaching me south'. The reality is that my mom taught me the honesty, 'good naturedness' and true hospitality that the south is known for so I've had many of the traits since childhood. (SOME Northerners do have good manners though). I lived in Florida for years but the further south you go in the state, the further north you go in the country - Miami is closest to NY and Jacksonville is closet to Atlanta in how people are treated.
I can tell you that when I visted Texas that I learned one important fact - 'The Friendly State' isn't just a motto! The way they treated other people, EVEN outsiders was very cool indeed.
At the end of the day, treat people the way you want to be treated - some will return the favor and others won't... but regardless, YOU will know YOU've made the word a better place - one smile at a time.
In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man,
Brave, Hated, and Scorned. When his cause succeeds however,
the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a Patriot. - Mark Twain