Self respect is a tricky thing, while a universal concept it varies from person-to-person…and even state-to-state. There’s plenty of things North Carolinians do and don’t do that they should or shouldn’t…and while not everyone acts or feels the same way about certain things, these are 10 things no self-respecting North Carolinian would ever do.
1. Eat BBQ in South Carolina, or cover their BBQ in mustard-based sauce if offered.
We might argue over tomato or vinegar-based, but we can all agree that mustard-based is seriously confusing.
2. Turn down an impulsive beach trip.
If your schedule complies, you'd be crazy to say "no" if your friend or partner suggests something like - let's wake up at 6AM and drive to the beach! It's a North Carolina rite of passage.
3. Drive super slow on the Parkway.
Guess who's always driving 10 M.P.H on the Parkway during peak leaf season? Everyone with an out-of-state license plate! We all love the Parkway, we all love the beauty of the Blue Ridge, but that's why there's overlooks.
4. Give directions by some logical means...like suggesting GPS, a map, or God forbid using road names.
Anyone knows that if you even so much as admit you have no idea where to get somewhere, you're in for about ten minutes of landmark-driven directions from whoever knows the best way to where you're going. Even better, usually they also know a shortcut, usually suggested by someone else, "Like, oh no, you can cut through down there by Billy's barn, it's red, and then you keep going like, a ways, and then you're gonna see a blue church, and keep going..." you're not a true North Carolinian if you haven't received or given directions in this manner.
5. Miss a UNC/Duke Basketball Game.
Honestly you don't even have to watch the game, but you do have to know who won...it's law.
6. Actually stay calm before a snowstorm.
Is the world really ending if you don't buy enough milk and bread to help you survive through 3-5 inches of snow?
7. Take a shortcut instead of the scenic route
In a state full of beautiful views, why would you bypass said view?
8. Drive past Krispy Kreme when the hot light is on.
Especially if you're having a glazed dozen craving. Life's too short!
9. Apologize for your accent or using typical southern dialect.
If someone makes fun of you for saying y'all, make fun of them for having absolutely no charm. North Carolinians are proud of our accents, our strange little words, and our cultural quirks that make us who we are.
10. Turn their back completely on North Carolina.
While North Carolina has its ups and downs, and sometimes we dream of moving away and starting over, the one thing no North Carolinian should ever do is completely denounce the Tar Heel State. No matter where life takes you, NC stays in your heart forever.