My ears perk up whenever I hear people in Nashville say something about Memphis. Having lived there (or in a bedroom community nearby) for 8 years, I’d always heard people in Nashville look down their noses at their sisters to the south. But after 10 months of being here, I’ve rarely heard anyone say anything about Memphis.
Until election night.
Watching one of the non-stop broadcasts of Election 2006, a state lawmaker was on giving some analysis of the big races. I don’t remember which lawmaker who made the comment, but while talking about the Ford-Corker race, he sort of rolled his eyes when asked about the Memphis voting lines.
“Oh…Memphis. Well that’s another world over there. I don’t like going to Memphis and try not to get over there very often. Some say it’s the capitol of north Mississippi and others say it ought to be in Arkansas. But Memphis…man let me tell you that’s another world over there.”
Later in the night, Steve Gill our political analyst had what I thought was one of the funnier broadcasted comments. Talking about the long lines and late ballots being cast in Shelby County, Bob Mueller said, again talking about Corker-Ford “it will be a while before those votes are counted and we won’t know how many votes there are in Memphis for a while”, to which Gill said “Well, they don’t know how many votes they NEED yet.”