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I'd agree with Blair Reeves, above. When I traveled from Miss. back to NC this past weekend, the stark reduction in mask-wearing in NC was a bit of a shock, esp. in rest areas.

I have a probably crazy feeling about what you describe as the sense of menace in that area of Georgia. I feel it in many parts of the South. I think a location, and the culture in it, retains the emotions of its past for generations. And some parts of the South tolerated horrific violence/cruelty during slavery for many years, and then added the crushing violence of Civil War battles on top of that. I don't think that leaves a place. Maybe I read too much Faulkner. He certainly felt that was true -- blood in the soil, so to speak. I never feel that when I'm in the North or Midwest.

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