I'm trying to go home to L.A., but I'm not doing do a very good job.
Tornados within Hamilton County (the greater Chattanooga area) closed the airport.
We had to go back to the hotel that we had checked out of, this morning, and get new rooms.
So I took a 4 mile walk while black clouds gathered overhead. There aren't all that many Confederate flags around, these days. And that's a good thing.
Actually, Tennessee has been rather cosmopolitan and sophisticated. I have a couple of ideas as to why:
1) According to Wikipedia, 20% of Tennesssee's residents are from outside The South.
2) Whenever you get any group of people isolated from the outside, world, things get ugly. Modern Southerners travel the country, and the world, and bring new ideas and viewpoints home. The South isn't the same place it was in the 1980s when I was in the Army, down here.