How do Tennessee?

GWJ ate my previous post.

I'm a heathen leftist Yank(anuck) carpetbagger. Other than "don't mention the war," what advice do you have for someone finding himself in central Tenn. in the rural Cumberland Plateau?

And what the hell is "souse?"

I typed out three different replies and then erased them because it is hard to find something to say that doesn't sound bad or take this thread to Cleveland.

Enjoy the food, Enjoy the nature and warm people. Just avoid religion and politics as much as possible, and ignore it when you hear racist crap. Or don't ignore it and get into arguments, fights, property damage, etc... I don't know your relationship to the people you're with or what they are like so I am generalizing. Tennessee used to generally be a moderate welcoming cultural state, but since about 2000 or so has descended into the full on stereotype redneck Republican culture and voting outside of small pockets in the major cities.

(I lived in Tennessee for 15 years, my family is there, and I travel there frequently. We seriously looked at moving the Nashville / Franklin a few years ago and decided against it.)

Souse is kind of like pickled and boiled sausage / meatloaf / pate depending on the texture, usually made with the leftover pig parts (ears, face, feet, tongue, etc) and usually some spices and peppers and veggies mixed in with gelatin to make it into loaf shapes / slices. Even if it sounds gross, try it at least once (this is a good rule for any food!).

There are several Goodjers, including myself, that call Tennessee home. Which part are you in?

Nashville is the best, followed closely by Memphis and Chattanooga. If you're a board game fan, Tennessee Game Days is a ludicrously inexpensive gaming convention in February frequented by a small herd of Goodjers. If you have questions, feel free to reach out.

Yeah if you get a chance, my advice is meet up with some of the cool people like trichy and cartoonin.

Order the Nashville Hot Chicken. That's all I got

We're in the process of relocating to Nashville. So I'm interested in tips, too!

LeapingGnome wrote:

Enjoy the food, Enjoy the nature and warm people. Just avoid religion and politics as much as possible, and ignore it when you hear racist crap. Or don't ignore it and get into arguments, fights, property damage, etc... I don't know your relationship to the people you're with or what they are like so I am generalizing. Tennessee used to generally be a moderate welcoming cultural state, but since about 2000 or so has descended into the full on stereotype redneck Republican culture and voting outside of small pockets in the major cities.

Born and raised in West TN, moved away for university and only go back occasionally for family stuff. This pretty much, right here. The Tea Party movement hit the state hard.

Still, there's plenty of space for building a life in communities full of generally friendly people. In my experience, the people who I wouldn't get along with in TN are people I wouldn't get along with anywhere else - they just tend to also have views I don't agree with.

Also that hot chicken is good, but it's a recent invention. That sh*t wasn't anywhere when I was growing up.

aspect wrote:

Also that hot chicken is good, but it's a recent invention. That sh*t wasn't anywhere when I was growing up.

It was, it just wasn't as well known. Prince's Hot Chicken Shack opened in 1945.

This thread is a good one I'll be up in Nashville in Feb (Feb 28-Mar 2 I believe) as we are going up to for Nashville FC vs Atlanta United. The wife and I decided to head up there for a couple extra days so I'm going to keep an eye on this thread.

Yeah, pretty good advice in here on Nashwood. I stay away from politics and religion no matter what state I am.

As for the racism, yeah, it can be a thing and I don't tolerate it in any fashion myself seeing as that I am fairly liberal and my wife is African American.

If you have any q's, don't hesitate to ask as I will be in this neck of the woods until next summer, then off to Houston we go.