i found a super fun blog post on Facebook the other day that i knew i needed to reblog. but, being the blog snob that i am, i could not simply reblog it as it was. i wasn’t satisfied with how it looked exactly, so i tweaked it a bit and i added my own photos – not because the original photos were bad, but because i am putting this on my blog and i believe that i should be using my photos and images more than stock photos (minus the pinterest inspiration posts that i do every now & then). i suppose using my own stuff is the stubborn photographer in me.
anyway… most of you are aware of the fact that i live in asheville, north carolina, and that i absolutely love this city. every single day i give thanks for living here. and every single day i experience something new. there is just no other place like it on earth. and this post that i am sharing with you from movoto.com highlights some of the reasons why…
* belovelive did not write the following, but is just sharing it for your enjoyment! so, photos are mine, text is not *
1. Everyone Is Chillin’ Like An Ashevillian
Ashevillians do business during business hours and only during business hours, and prefer to define themselves by what they do after 5 p.m. rather than what they do for money.
Which isn’t that surprising, considering…
2. Ashevillians Are All Stuck In The 1960s
There’s an Asheville joke that goes like this:
“Why did the hippie move to Asheville?”
“Because he heard there were no jobs!”
It’s true, Asheville is a city full of hippies. You’ll spot them by their dreads, homemade clothes, tie-dye, and wait, where is that stench coming from? It’s a mixture of patchouli and body odor. If your friends visit, this is probably the one thing they’ll actually remember about Asheville.
All the wayward hippies of the Southeast are drawn here-after all, they’re not looking for jobs. But when they come to Asheville they meet with some conflict, because…
3. The Right Wing Ashevillians Can’t Keep Quiet
You’ll see more than a few deer-hunting, gun-toting, rebel flag-waving, country folk who make sure they’re not forgotten among the liberals. Don’t be surprised by street preachers who visit festivals to make sure their voice is heard with signs and megaphones.
And it goes all the way to the top: State senator James Forrester (a Republican, to no one’s surprise) once not-so-lovingly referred to Asheville as a “Cesspool of Sin.”
You think the New-Agers took that as an insult? Ha. You can buy “Cesspool of Sin”‘ t-shirts at local shops.
4. Everyone In Asheville Drinks Beer You’ve Never Heard Of
The beer snobs do not drink “domestics” (which is basically a dirty word in this town) or even socialize with those who do. I once asked my brew-snob Ashevillian friend if she teased her domestic-drinking friends-to which she answered, “I don’t have any friends that drink domestic.”
Point taken, I guess.
5. And Only Eat Food From Within Fifty Miles Away
They are pretty much anywhere you go, and won’t hesitate to tell you about the hottest restaurant of the week and their latest local food obsession. Want to know where to get the freshest duck eggs or raw milk? Trust me, they’ll know.
These people aren’t happy just knowing that the meat on their burger is from Hickory Nut Gap Farm. They want to know where the cheese, pickle and potatoes for their fries came from, and you better bet they’ll want to know if the bun is made with local, gluten-free grains.
6. You’ll Get Your Chakras Fixed In Asheville Whether You Like It Or Not
And everything that happens to them is because Mercury is in retrograde, or because, oh horror-their chakras are out of alignment.
7. The Transplants Will Make You Nuts
Why are Asheville transplants so annoying? They’re way too happy. They gush about how cheap it is to park, how cheap the amazing food is, and how low rent and mortgages are (comparatively, of course). They fawn over the weather, the waterfalls, and the mountains.
They think Asheville is better than any other place on earth-and hey, natives don’t disagree, but as new people move in by the droves, they become unstoppable “Asheville Cheerleaders” who then convince all their friends and their entire families to move here, too.
Native Ashevillians already knew their town was great, they don’t need noobs fangirling all over the place about it and ruining the small-town vibe. Speaking of small-town vibes…
8. The Mascot Of Asheville Is A Hula Hoop
Basically. In Asheville, hula hooping for fun isn’t just a thing that weird introvert girl does in the corner. It’s for all the wierd people in town. You’ll see people hula-ing those hoops at all the street festivals, the downtown drum circles, and just about any event that you can think of.
Going to the roller derby? It’s very likely that ‘Asheville Hoops’ may be your half-time entertainment. Going to see a show? Expect to see hoopers on the stage and on the dance floor.
And watch out, because they’re kind of hypnotic. If you run into one, you might be sporting your own hoop within a few minutes.
9. Most Used Asheville Oneliner: “Hey Man, I’m Playing Tonight!”
You can’t walk downtown without getting a fistful of flyers, because everyone is playing tonight, and every night. All the local artists want to play Moogfest, The Orange Peel, The Grey Eagle or the Asheville Music Hall, but if they can’t, you can find them playing the pre-party, or the after-party, or the after-after party.
Or on the street corner, their friend’s backyard or maybe their mom’s basement.
10. Everyone And Their Mother Is Obsessed With Yoga
And they don’t just do your typical “downward-facing dog”: You’ll meet yoga practitioners in every form of the practice, and don’t be surprised if you’re invited to ‘heavy metal yoga’ or ‘blacklight, glow in the dark yoga’.
Everyone carries around their yoga mats around everywhere, and will greet you not with “Hello,” but probably a “Namaste, Y’all.””
It sounds like Ashville NC is the anti-Reading PA. Except, we do have bible thumpers here too. And one yoga studio … newcomers that complain how unfriendly everyone is … lots of anti-abortion protesters … does beer in 40 oz bottles count? … maybe about 2 dozen hippies in the whole county … and a voiceless queer community.
But hey, in 2.5 hours you can be in New York.
That whole – 2 hours to NY – thing is all the reason I need to be in a place like Reading. 😉
Too freakin’ funny! I love it! How long do you have to be here to be an Ashevillian? Haha
You’re already one!! xo
Reminds me a lot of Eugene, Oregon!
I’ve heard that Asheville is like Portland and/or Eugene! I love Oregon, by the way. 🙂
There are some things Asheville has in common with Melbourne – or, at least, parts of it. It sounds like an interesting place of extremes! I might think of doing one of these posts oneday. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Oh, now I want to visit Melbourne even more than I already did! You should definitely do one of these posts – I would absolutely love that! Hope all is well with you, dear Alarna. xx
Liz, This is SO great! You totally nailed it. When we lived in Asheville we talked about all of these things, and you managed to pull them all together into one fabulous post. This should be required reading for anyone considering moving to Asheville … or away from Asheville. 🙂 ~Terri
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Thanks. Learned a lot from your witty post and I’ll revisit to learn more. Regards from Thom at the immortal,jukebox (drop a nickel).
Thanks for your comment! Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂
We just love this post and wanted to let you know that we featured a link to it today as part of our “Slice of Americana Series” that we’re running this July. You can check it out at the link below. Thanks for your beautiful writing and photos!
All the best, Terri & James
You guys so are generous and kind! Thank you, again, for the feature on your beautiful blog. I am truly honored!
Love this post. You are spot on about Asheville, at least from our perspective as Knoxvillians who love to visit. I’ll bring my hula hoop next time!!! (Glad Gallivance included this post so I could get to know you better!) http://ohtheplaceswesee.com
Thanks, Rusha! It is quite a unique and fabulous city, I think. 🙂 Hope you are well!