It's not just location, it's culture. A real Southerner drinks sweet tea, calls it a coke or a soft drink (NOT pop), will tease even their closest friends about being "damn Yankees" and "carpetbaggers", and probably has a crazy aunt or two in the attic. (I've at times referred to Southern literature as "crazy aunt stories")
Of course, there are some bad things in Southern culture -- racism, class issues, a tendency to sweep things under the rug rather than deal with them, fakey syrupy-sweet "niceness." Several of my professors back at Vandy said I reminded them of Flannery O'Connor because of my fondness for the oddities of the South combined with a deep disgust for the nastier parts of the Southern legacy. I've also hoped that perhaps they also meant I was a good writer.
2. Have you had any experiences with law students that DIDN'T suck?
Well, I had fun talking to one at a barbecue last fall, but then he totally stood me up for lunch.
Actually, another time I was out having sushi by myself when I ran into several law students I knew. They were out celebrating a birthday and came over and invited me out for post-dinner drinks. That was much fun, a really nice memory.
Seriously, some of them are quite nice, but it always seems to boil down to a class divide. They're LAWYERS to be, and my position isn't even professional. Maybe they really do look down on me, like I suspect; maybe it's all in my head. Wish I knew.
3. What would you REALLY like to be doing as far as a career goes?
My absolute dream job: Writer/reviewer for Entertainment Weekly. Or possibly a comic-book writer. I'm actually looking into some possibilities with the latter.
4. Describe your ideal mate using literary/television/film characters to stand for various qualities.
Witty and loyal like Benedick from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Fun-loving, charming, and snarky like Mike Kellerman from Homicide. Dead sexy, smart, and compassionate like John Munch from Homicide. Sensitive (and cute!) like Carter from ER, dependable like Green. Heroic like Rick from Casablanca.
And even though I've never even seen the damn movie, I believe deep down just about every girl wants Lloyd Dobler standing on her lawn with a boom box.
5. neurosis: inate, product of your enviroment or some crazy mixed up combination?
Varies for everyone. Some of the nuttiest people I've known have the sanest parents, and vice versa. In my case it's probably a combination of genetics (we have a LOT of nuts in my family) and a fairly dysfunctional upbringing. I feel kinda guilty laying claim to the word "dysfunctional," knowing how many people had it worse than I did, but when your parents scream at each other while you and your kid brother are trapped in the car on vacation, then send you out on the hotel room balcony so they can scream some more, yeah, I think it's safe to say it fucks you up.