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  •  So you've noticed that (1+ / 0-)
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    people talk fast up here, huh?
    That's one of the things I find interesting in the South is slow talkers. Not everyone, but it's a normal there where here, it stands out. You can get run over less than halfway through a sentence.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:40:36 AM PST

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    •  A Quick Story (1+ / 0-)
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      Friends of ours went to NYC (New York City) for vacation and wanted to visit "an authentic New York deli". (Cue New Yorkers to snicker here.)

      They went at lunch time and described it as raised glass deli counters with half a dozen guys in white aprons behind the counters. In front was a crowd three or four deep, standing and giving their orders.

      A guy in an apron pointed at the Southern wife and barked, "Next."

      She was looking at the menu on the back all and said, "Well...uh...I think..."

      And the guy pointed at someone else and barked, "Next."

      Now here's the cultural divide. Our Southern friends came back with the notion that the deli employees were stereotypical New York rude.

      Most of the people they had encountered, they said, had been very nice and very polite, which had surprised them, but the deli people were another story.

      Consider, I said, that it was lunch hour and there was a crowd. Also, that lease rates per sq foot in NYC are sky high, and if the business doesn't make a big income during the lunch hour they'd be out of business.

      No time to dawdle. 1-Others have to get served and hurry back to work. 2-The deli has to have a high turnover in a short time in order to stay in business.

      End of anecdote.
      Point: To correctly understand the world around us we should pause to look at things from the position of others – in this case both the deli and the other customers.

      A Southerner in Yankeeland

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