The Great State Debate
[photopress:StateDebateMap.jpg,full,pp_image]Not sure if you knew this, but Julie Mothergoosemouse and I were friends pre-Mile High Mamas. Before she even moved the Colorado. And during our lovely and long friendship, we have only had one disagreement. It’s now settled into a joke between us (basically because I WON), but Julie used to refer to Colorado as the “Midwest.” GASP!
Seriously? The Midwest? When everybody and their brother calls Denver a “cowtown?” When, before my wedding in 1996, we actually had friends ask us if large animals roam freely in the street? (I am NOT kidding). Colorado, the midwest? When the state just north of us has a cowboy on their license plate? And we hold a stock show and sell cattle for the whole region every January? And Buffalo Bill Cody is buried here? And! And! And…
WE ARE THE WEST, DAMMIT.
It *has* been interesting is where we Coloradoans (and other friends via email) think the borders of the other regions fall. Apparently we all have an opinion.
It came up a while back over lunch with coworkers and we ended up drawing a map right there at the table. It basically turned into a game of Monopoly. I insisted that Oklahoma was in the West because any state that sponsored land grabs was most certainly western. They felt West Virginia was a wild card and were’t willing to put it into the Northeast as I was wont to do, so I had to give them that to get Tennessee into the South as I felt it should be. Bryan declared Virgina had to be in the south since Richmond was the capital of the confederacy. We wavered on my home state of Maryland, because – even though the Mason Dixon line runs along the top border of the state, it has always felt like more of a northern state.
Here is what we ended up with after our negotiations. Where do *you* fall in the Great State Debate?