Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Tennessee Conspiracy

Recently I was chatting with a coworker about dating. Specifically, people I've dated (because, you know, it's more interesting than his twenty-five year old marriage). He asked me all kinds of questions about the people I've dated seriously (i.e. long-term), such as their age, professional lives, hobbies, education and where they were from. All pretty standard questions, as he was hoping to set me up with this "kid" he knows.

But this is beside the point. The point is, apparently, I have another "standard" in dating. As of today, I've dated more men from the state of Tennessee than any other state in our union. This includes my home state.

Just think a minute about how strange and unique that really is. And think about how strange it is that this is just now occurring to me.

I am from Colorado. I currently live in Colorado. I have never lived in Tennessee and I have only had the distinct pleasure of visiting the fair state a handful of times. While I can completely see the appeal of Tennessee as well as Tennesseeans themselves, I am a little perplexed. Okay, a lot perplexed. I wonder if I don't have some sort of gene coded specifically to seek out a Tennesseean? Could I pick one out of a crowd if I tried right now? The odds are evidently very good.

They were nice guys, that's for sure. Tennessee #1 was wonderful at the time but we were too young to have a future. Tennessee #2 was one of the most kindhearted people I will ever know, but he wasn't settled and I'm not sure he ever would be. Tennessee #3 made me laugh like very few have but, he was a little on the dumb side. (Sidebar: I do not attribute this at all to the state of Tennessee. I met him in Colorado. We traveled to other states together. Turns out, he was dumb no matter which state he was in).

Whatever this is, I'd like to solve the mystery. I'm sure it's all part of some scheme to expose me to polite and cordial relationships that end up nowhere. I guess that doesn't sound so unique after all.

Most importantly, is the word "Tennesseean" A) a word and B) the proper word one uses when referring to one from Tennessee?


Bre said...

Are you from Tennessee? Cause you're the only ten I see!

(I couldn't resist)

justrun said...

Best. Line. Ever.

justacoolcat said...

HEH! Bre, too funny.

I think Hillbilly is what I would of used instead of tennessean.


Stephen said...

Not the coolest thing "cool cat" for a cool cat to say.

JustRun said...

I believe hillbilly has less to do with a state and more to do with the person.

Sister Buckle said...

I know nothing about men from Tennessee. I know the playwright, and the fact it comes up in songs. like that old one by Arrested Development, and that one about the horse by Johnny Cash.

Did the dudes wear cowboy hats?

(Isn't it endearing to hear how an Australian is visualising people from somewhere she's never been? It's either endearing or downright freakin lame.)

justrun said...

Yes, SB, some wear cowboy hats. It's quite nice on some, and not so much on others.

Not to worry, I imagine Australians sometimes, too. This is only based on having known about three in my life. If anything, I've learned the proper pronounciation of beer. Beeah!

justacoolcat said...

HAHA stephen, I think you'd have to understand my humor before you judge. I am from Minnesota, the land of hicks.

justrun said...

You know what they say: The Land of 10,000 lakes and 1,000,000 hicks.

justacoolcat said...

Atleast on both counts.