Julie did one thing that irked me when she moved to Colorado. She referred to this state as the “midwest” in her blog bio.
Seriously? The Midwest? When everybody and their brother calls Denver a “cowtown?” When, before our wedding in 1996, we actually had friends ask us if large animals roam freely in the street? (I am not kidding). When the state just north of us has a cowboy on their license plate?
I’ve given her crap about it, but she doesn’t realize how many discussions it has sparked amongst my acquaintances. (And, certainly, NOT ONE of them think Colorado is in the Midwest. No offense to Midwesterners, but there is too much of Buffalo Bill Cody here – literally – for Coloradans to ever let go of the WEST.)
But what *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 again today over lunch with James 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. He felt West Virginia was a wild card and wasn’t willing to put it into the Northeast as I was wont to do, so I had to give him 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 our 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.
So, as the person who sparked this debate alway says… I dare you disagree. In fact, I invite it. What states belong where?
Below is a blank map for you to fill in and email me (aimee at greeblemonkey dot com). Best or most humorous attempts will be posted with full credits next week! Have fun!
Ask your family and friends and see what they think. You might be surprised by their answers… and especially – their rationale.