A Rare Breed

True natives, that is.

I’m thinking about this somewhat because of Jessica’s quote below (“the parents of Cobb County need to get their fair say before we swingin’ singles of Va-Hi cast them all as garrumphing anti-evolution fuddyduddies straight out of Footloose”) and Tony’s comment that “[w]hile I wasn’t born in Georgia, I consider myself a native as I was educated here from age 8 through college.” (Welcome Tony!)

Now, as far as I can tell, there are three actual native Atlantans who blog for metblog. That’s 21%. If we included native Georgians it would be about double that. This seems like a very high percentage compared with the number of actual Atlantans I meet when I’m out. I always enjoy immensely the time in the introduction process when someone points out how rare native Atlantans are (usually it’s some remark that “no one” is actually from Atlanta) because I get to pipe in by saying that “I am.” Born in Northside Hospital, raised until 13 in Morningside, I get to call myself a true born native. It feels like an exclusive club.

5 Comments so far

  1. Steve (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 4:44 pm

    Daniel – I’m not a native, but I’m still a cracker; that count? =0)

    Seriously though, I think I’ve met all of one native-born Atlantan since I’ve lived here. Now, many of them are Georgians, but you’re right – an Atlantan seems rare.

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