Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Syracuse newspaper encourages Final Four travelers to embrace a 'different culture' in mysterious Atlanta

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

In the South, people must first kill the food they want to eat
The Syracuse-Post Standard published an Atlanta guide yesterday for Final Four attendees headed down to support the Syracuse University men's basketball team.

In a 1,400-word guide, Post Standard staffer Katrina Tulloch offers some run-of-the mill travel tips to Syracusans including hotel, parking, and transit advice. She then attempts to describe the state and the city.

"Georgia isn't a whole other country, but there is definitely a different culture to embrace," writes Tulloch. "Welcome it with open arms or risk being That Rude Yankee in Atlanta. And by the way, hardly anyone actually calls the city Atlanta."

It's one thing to draw on the ATL's stereotypes as a writer from afar. But then she goes off the wall with her description of "A-Town," adding that:

Southern living at its finest: Slowww dowwwn
In New York, customer service is chop-chop fast. Everyone is fast. Life is fast. It's different in Atlanta. You're on "South time," not "North time." Customer service will get to you as soon as they can, meaning after they help the person in front of you, genuinely ask them how their day is, ask them how their life is, answer the phone, take a sip of water, answer the phone again, find a pen, smile and then finally get to you. They'll smile the entire time, so smile back. Restaurants do things the same way.

Ma'am and Sir
In New York, we call people by their first name. Generally, not in Atlanta. Everyone is either Ma'am, a Sir, or Miss Maria, Mr. Andrew, Miss Sally, etc.

Yes, a major daily newspaper founded in 1829 with a circulation of 110,000 readers published something like this. Even if you do have "North time" deadlines, try and pretend you've been to Atlanta.

Don't forget, Atlanta-bound fans: If you can't get into the Final Four, there's always the Sandy Springs Hudson Grille. Just remember to smile back. Smile.

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