Being from the South, we're generally laid back, slow talking, hospitable people. When I speak to people from the Northeast, I feel an angst to them like none that I experience anywhere else. Even small talk conversations are laced with a tinge of rudeness. What gives? Are Northerners perpetually pissed off? Am I reading them wrong? On the other hand, when I visit a restaurant or something in say, New York, the servers are generally fascinated with my accent and insist on me talking endlessly. What is so different between the northern and southern cultures?