Frontier Former Editor

September 23, 2008

Well, it does explain why I don’t get many dinner invitations . . .

Hard to believe its been almost 40 years . . .

Hard to believe it's been almost 40 years . . .

When I think of the Wall Street Journal and the word ‘health,’ I usually think of reports of stockbrokers leaping to their deaths after the closing bell, but the good folks at Rupert Murdoch’s new bitch seem to have something of moderate interest here.

“Certain regional stereotypes have long since become cliches: The stressed-out New Yorker. The laid-back Californian.

“But the conscientious Floridian? The neurotic Kentuckian?

“You bet — at least, according to new research on the geography of personality. Based on more than 600,000 questionnaires and published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, the study maps regional clusters of personality traits, then overlays state-by-state data on crime, health and economic development in search of correlations.”

According to this little piece of enterprise reporting, the lower 48, the upper 1 and the offshore 1 were rated on a scale of 1-50 (1= most, 50 = least) on five basic qualities. The Old Dominion’s rating on those qualities?

  • Extraversion: 45
  • Agreeableness: 44
  • Conscientiousness: 39
  • Neuroticism: 21
  • Openess: 11

So, if the slogan is true that Virginia is for lovers, then it’s for that sullen, uptight, careless, annoying, in-your-face girlfriend or that Robert DeNiro ‘Taxi Driver’-like boyfriend. The first four categories, however,  do go some length to explain some of our more notorious recent products, like George Allen and James Gilmore.

But, if you like living in a state where every spinster has the potential to have a dead boyfriend in their bed and a large bill for quicklime, then Mississippi may be your kind of place:

“Or take a cue from Ted Ownby, who studies Southern culture at the University of Mississippi. His state came up highly neurotic — and he suspects his neighbors would be proud.

“”Here in the home of William Faulkner,” Mr. Ownby said, “we take intense, almost perverse neuroticism as a sign of emotional depth.””

Yep, and all Virginia did besides mother a few presidents was to run Stephen Austin and Sam Houston out of the Commonwealth and to speculate on some real estate just north of the Rio Grande . . .

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28 Comments »

  1. Yeah, somebody was high on shrooms when they put Virginia and lovers in the same sentence.

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

  2. Hola!

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

  3. Well, I certainly ain’t getting laid!

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

  4. Hold out some hope – CNN and MSNBC say we’re going blue this fall . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

  5. The correlation between Virginia’s red and my really lame sex life never occurred to me! And I thought it was me this whole time! Oh god, it’s not me, it’s you, Sic Semper Tyrannis!

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

  6. Pssst…I stole this!

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:32 pm

  7. Are you the master of your Old Dominion?

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:32 pm

  8. Good. Share the Commonwealth!

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

  9. I’ll have you know, I will not share my commonwealth nor will I bear your bastard love child! HA!

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

  10. I’ve already used the Tom Cruise drink line, so I’ll just skulk off and kick Jim Gilmore read goddamn hard

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

  11. ‘Are you the master of your Old Dominion?’

    It depends on how many I chug and swallow. It’s so beery good!

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:43 pm

  12. Jim Gilmore…any relation to spree killer Gary?

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

  13. No. Gary had charm and intelligence.

    Great, now I need a Guinness, stat!

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

  14. ‘Share the Commonwealth’

    Is there a fucking tax on that, too?

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

  15. Mmm, that sounds delightful! Dark, rich, and frothy! I’m still waiting!

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

  16. Not until July 1 – remember the fiscal year schedule

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

  17. I’m thinking more along the lines of one’s annual vehicle property tax, something my Maryland neighbors still can’t believe.

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:51 pm

  18. I need another 12-Guinness night
    It’s been four years since the last one

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

  19. Oh, my point was, mine’s due next month. Blah.

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

  20. Mine’s in December

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

  21. You can consume 12 Guinness in a night? Fuck. You could have kept up with “Mr. England.”

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001657/bio

    “He died of a heart attack in a bar after downing three bottles of Captain Morgan’s Jamaica rum, eight bottles of German beer, numerous doubles of Famous Grouse whiskey, and beating five much younger Royal Navy sailors at arm-wrestling. His bar bill for that final lunch time totaled 270 Maltese lira, almost £450.”

    That’s my kind of guy.

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

  22. Do you think he paid up? hahaha

    Comment by Stiletto — September 24, 2008 @ 11:57 pm

  23. Let’s just say that the editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch had to lean against the bar, I didn’t, and I walked back to the hotel without guidance.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:57 pm

  24. Yeah, I could have taken him

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 24, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

  25. That IMDB pic has a strange Robert Downey Jr. vibe to it

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 25, 2008 @ 12:00 am

  26. Yes, indeed it does. Well, I’m thinking Ollie probably saw the tab and then croaked. I would have.

    Comment by Stiletto — September 25, 2008 @ 12:03 am

  27. or he said, “I’m drunk on MALTA?!!”

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 25, 2008 @ 12:05 am

  28. Here’s how Wall Street rates in it’s current ‘State’ of affairs

    Subversion: 1
    Disagreeableness: 1
    Unconscientiousness: 1
    Autoeroticism: 1
    Openess: 50

    Comment by Donn — September 25, 2008 @ 3:36 pm


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