Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kaintuck

I'll tell you right now, I am a proud Kentuckian. I was born and raised in the great city of Lexington, Kentucky and I love it to death. It's a perfect balance of a city and farmland, which makes it so great.



But when I got to LBW, it was the funniest thing hearing people's reactions to me being from Kentucky!

I mean, I had no idea that people outside the south really had such strong stereotypes of Kentucky. And it's not like I even live in some small town of the state, I live in the second biggest (but definitely the best) city! So I'm here to declare my Kentucky pride and share some of the funniest things I've heard just in these past few days.

First off, usually when people ask me where I'm from, I say Lexington, Kentucky, because it's important, right?! There's a HUGE difference between Lexington and say, Mayfield. Now, nothing wrong with Mayfield, but they're completely different in all aspects. And most people near Kentucky have some sort of connection with Lexington (UK, Keeneland, etc.), so that's why I always include it.

But apparently, if you're from anywhere in Kentucky, you're just from Kentucky. As if there's no differentiation between any of the cities. Heaven forbid someone from California say that they're just from California, they absolutely have to be from Los Angeles, San Jose, or some other memorable city. But here, Kentucky is Kentucky.

Why don't you have an accent?
NOT EVERYONE IN KENTUCKY OR THE SOUTH HAS AN ACCENT. How many times do you want me to scream this and tell everyone that just because I'm from below the Mason Dixon line, I'm not required to have a country/southern accent??? I've definitely met people from Kentucky that do speak differently, but like I said, I'm from Lexington!

So do you live on a farm?
Alright, alright, this one is reasonable. Lexington is known for horse farms (HORSE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD WHOOP WHOOP), so it makes sense that there are a significant people that live on farms. But I don't! Where do you think the rest of Lexington's economy comes from? I ain't got no horses or sheep.

What do you even do in Kentucky?
This question came from an NYC friend who's super sweet, but it cracked me up....we do normal teenage things in Kentucky. We go to parties, we hang out, we go shopping, literally nothing is much different than another big city. But sadly, I couldn't for the life of me think of anything cool that we have in Lexington. However, if you think about it, I live in the prime spot for college sports. We may not have any pro sports teams, but heck, we've got the great University of Kentucky, and everyone here bleeds blue. So it's normal to go to every basketball game religiously and cancel events if there's a home football game.

And then what's the plus side of living in the horse capital? Keeneland. The infamous horse racing tracks where everyone goes to get fancy and bet on the horses. It's something completely unlike anywhere in the country, so I try to brag about it as much as I can. I just love Keeneland.

 

I don't mean to be rude, but I don't have any clue where Kentucky even is.
??????WHAT????? It's not some obscure state, it's Kentucky! You know, right above Tennessee, to the west of Virginia, right below Ohio and Indiana? It exists, I promise. Just keep driving south and I promise you can eventually get to it.

Does Kentucky have a beach?
I'll admit, this was a few years ago at Passport, asked by someone who had barely ever been out of South Carolina. But no....Kentucky doesn't have a beach. Like come on, you have to drive through a few states to get to the ocean.

Do you eat fried chicken?
...No comment. Except for the fact that I'd rather clog my arteries with something else than eat at KFC.

I've never met anyone from Kentucky, THAT IS SO COOL!
After hearing that, I'll have to admit that I felt pretty special. A compliment among the confused comments, I felt unique to be from Kentucky. So many people here are from the northeast or are international students, so being from the south is a real rarity. One girl just thought it was legit that I was from Kentucky!

I never thought that I'd be reppin my great state here at LBW. I've got a lot to prove that Kentucky isn't the state that gets on the news for having a woman get superglued to a toilet in Walmart or the man that was forced to eat his own beard. I'm here to say that I live in the prime state between north and the south with enough diversity to go around. I'm here to say that Kentucky is where some of our nation's finest are from: Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay, George Clooney, Ashley Judd, Johnny Depp (his mom still lives in Lex!), Muhammad Ali, and the list could go on and on. We have Ale-8 and horses and bourbon and Corvettes and I love it.

And we've got the University of Kentucky and the BBN (Big Blue Nation)! I've never felt such pride for being a UK fan (there is a guy here from the United Kingdom, but I don't think that counts).

 
Going for 9.
 
 
Goggles up.
 
 
 
Can we just keep going back to when we won the NCAA championship in 2012?

So here I am, a native Kentuckian, letting the world know that I love where I come from and wouldn't change it for anything!

xoxo,
Meredith


PS: This is meant to be humor, not a nag at anyone! I'm having a blast working with the most intellectual and passionate kids I've ever met in my life, but that's for another time :)

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