Georgia Native Rant
PG saw something on facebook that he has seen, and heard, before. “I’ve had enough of the conservative bullshit of the South and a job that does not fit with my personality. I think it is time for some changes in my life. I’m seriously considering continuing my education and becoming certified to teach high school math.. but first moving away from the conservatism that treats me as a second-class citizen, not just politically but with all the internalized homophobia of Atlanta gays. I would love to hear your thoughts.”
Atlanta is a city of outsiders. People move here from all over the world, and possibly other galaxies. They move here for a variety of reasons. They also move out for a variety of reasons.
Growth has long been a staple of the local economy. The imports bring money with them, and create jobs. Creating roads for these people has been an afterthought. The recent T-SPLOST disaster was a result of trying to provide transportation for all the newcomers. What infrastructure we have was built by the people who were already here.
Some of the people who move here are grateful. Some do little but complain. They say that southerners talk funny. The food here isn’t as good as it is back home. The people here are backwards, and just not as smart as the folks back home.
Some of the imports move out. They hop over the fence to the next greener pasture. The people left behind take care of the city for the next batch of imports. Life goes on.
This city was running just fine before the imports came down here to help us. And this city will do just fine after they go somewhere else. The next batch of imports will be just as full of themselves. The natives are used to it.
When PG started at Redo Blue, the Digital Imaging Manager (DIM) was a man from Colorado. He moved to Georgia after the economy tanked in Colorado. The DIM found a job in Atlanta, bought some rental properties, and did rather well here. Atlanta was good to the DIM. And all he talked about was how he hated living here, and wanted to go back to Colorado.
There used to be a man named Lewis Grizzard, who wrote a column for the fishwrapper. PG would get hoppin mad at Lewis, whose attitudes embodied much of the “conservative bullshit”(and possibly “internalized homophobia”) that the facebook friend decries. Lewis, may he rest in peace, did have one comment that PG appreciates. It is about the folks that move to Georgia, make lots of money, and complain about the south. “Delta is ready when you are”.