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Enlarge Image »Dana's SeafoodDana Taylor, along with her husband Jason, had plans to open a seafood processing plant before the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The oil spill may have delayed their plans, but today they operate a successful business that depends on the Gulf of Mexico. Jason Taylor
by Cody LyonNovember 15, 2012  |  1:27pm EST
When BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, it damaged thousands of businesses and threw into doubt the plans of countless more. But for some entrepreneurs like Dana Taylor, the man-made disaster was merely a stumbling block on the way to starting a Gulf-related businesses.Today, as BP agrees to pay a $4 billion fine to the federal government for the damage caused by the oil spill, Taylor serves as a reminder that business success doesn’t come easy. But with drive and determination, calamities—whether man-made like the BP spill or natural like Hurricane Sandy—entrepreneurs can still launch successful endeavors.Taylor is the face and driving force behindDana’s Seafood, a 2-year-old crab processing plant along the Gulf Coast in Alabama. It’s a business she didn’t expect to be in—nursing was a first choice after high school, though she ended up spending a decade in a pair of good-paying office jobs—but it just happened to be part of the family’s makeup.LINK TO FULL STORY AT UPSTART BizJOURNALSWINE ENTHUSIAST

Some Southerners work to erase accent as others drawl with pride
    • By CODY LYON

NEW YORK — On his first trip to New York, Mississippi Delta native Will McKee was invited to a small party for a performer he had been publicizing in the South. Most of the attendees were show business insiders from New York and Los Angeles.

Aware that it might draw unwanted attention, McKee tried to tone down his Southern accent.

But after a few bourbons, McKee, a marketing director in Birmingham, says he sounded more like a blend of Rhett Butler and Thurston Howell III from “Gilligan’s Island.”

A man from Los Angeles took notice of McKee’s Southern roots.

“I just love how many syllables you can put in a little ol’ word like Bur-min-ha-am,” McKee recalled the man saying.

To that, McKee demonstrated how many syllables he needed to insult the man, using what is for most people a monosyllabic word that refers to a donkey.

The tense exchange was an example of a common clash between Southerners and non-Southerners over an accent that connotes a quaint gentility to some and a lack of sophistication to others.



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November 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

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