Sunday, September 07, 2008

State pride

Alright. I haven't taken too much of an opportunity yet to explore my new environment, so I can't speak to a whole lot of the differences that don't involve weather.

But I do note, not unexpectedly, that there are more Texans that make an open display of their Texas pride than there are Washingtonians who do. There are, I'm sure a variety of reasons for this, starting with the fact that the word "Texan" is flat out easier to say, so it's less awkward linguistically to discuss.

But also Washingtonians have a rather cold and nondemonstrative nature. We have trouble expressing things like pride and love, because those could later be used against us. We're rather like Ernesto Miranda in that way.

But then there are many with a kind of perverse pride in that very aspect of their nature and that of their community. If someone could create a specific symbol for that, one that actually resonated with people, it could be very popular there.

It should be noted, however, that the number of Washingtonians who would nakedly display their state pride is well above zero, but then...

This is what there is.

Let's face it, it takes a lot less pride to show off a cool symbol like a "lone star" than it takes to make a big flippin' deal about a green field with a big dumb picture of George Washington's head. A person could pick something with a "lone star" out as something to put up for pure aethetics, without having a clue what it means. That goddamn picture of George Washington, that takes something serious deep down inside.

And that, my friends, is something not many Washingtonians will expose.

As a footnote, in looking around for this, I noticed that Washington at Wikipedia says, "Washington is sometimes called Washington State or the State of Washington to distinguish it from the city of Washington, the U.S. capital."

Of course, it's also called that for the same reason that, say, Maryland is sometimes called "The State of Maryland", just because, well, it is.

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