Psst, Dina seems to be in London and, although who can be sure, and Ian has jetlag. I will take the chance that they aren't reading and have a look at stereotypes of the states of United States. What do you know about the various states? We Australians and probably others have some strong stereotype knowledge of some of the US states.
California, rich, oranges, wine, earthquakes, fires, Golden Gate Bridge, Castro in San Fran Frisco, Golden Gate Bridge, fog, cable trams, Governor Arnie. In spite of Arnie , quite civilised really but poor roads and services due to Governor Reagan reducing taxes.
Nevada, desert and LA. Is that where LA is? Water from Hoover Dam. LA, freeways, traffic jams and no public transport, gambling.
So where is Hollywood? California? Near LA in Nevada? I don't know.
Not far from California is Utah, Mormons in Salt Lake City, although I have a distant relative who lives there and is not Mormon.
Let us get our kicks and cross the continent on Route 66 to Chicago. What state is that in? Windy, black dominated, poor, car industry, music. But I have also heard it is a very beautiful city.
Texas, cowboys, tall cactus, rattle snakes, George Dubbya, oil, socially conservative, nay, redneck. Big big roads and carparks and no public transport, Waco.
Florida. Miami, sticky, hot and humid, pretty and colourful Art Deco houses, apartments blocks full of tanned and leathery old widows seeking the sun and bored. Latin gigolos skating along the beach on blades. Surrounded by the Everglade swamps, ahhh, wetlands, with alligators and boats propelled by jet fans. Close to the gay mecca Quay what? West?
New Hampshire, rich and white, based entirely on the movie Hotel New Hampshire.
Ohio, Olivia Newton John, Down by the banks of the the old Ohio.
Struggling here, trying to do it with out looking at a map.
Iowa, mid west, where all the gay guys in the US are born and they then move to either San Fran or NYC.
New Mexico, Reno? Get married there easily? Albuquerque (by golly my spell check works well for US states. Surprise?)
Colorado, Colorado River and Grand Canyon.
Washington? Once I made a point of clarifying in my mind the difference between Washington City and Washington State. I forget now. Is Washington near New York and Washington State on the west coast above Californiaye.
Ok, out of steam, need to look at a map.
Louisiana, New Orleans, cyclone, trams, jazz. levee banks.
Mississippi, show boats on the river, magnolia trees, mint juleps.
Arkansas, Little Rock, Clintons, why is it pronounced Arkansaw.
Kentucky, horses, green grass, white timber fences.
Georgia, Coca Cola, Olympics.
Maine, holiday houses.
Tennessee, Pardon me boys, its the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Going to Jackson with Johnny Cash, Memphis and Elvis, Nashville and bad music.
Now, before this post becomes the basis for a school child's home work project, someone better correct a few things.