Hey, K-Lo, just stay in Atlanta. That's what I would do if I thought I had to have an escort to get "safely to their neighboring, albeit unwelcoming state".
It all started (I think) with this, Don't Ask How I know This:
...but if you had any question Americans are hurting in the pocketbook and making adjustments this summer: It's near impossible to get a train to Alabama from the Northeast (and who the heck wants to do that?? be on a train for 23 hours from NYC??) a week out.
I don't know whether or not anybody actually asked her but apparently Lopez received quite a few emails from "Sweet Home Alabama". After reading her post on the matter I emailed her and said she would definitely be welcome in Alabama (but to please leave her Senators and mayor at home). I didn't get a reply, no big deal, but I did notice her next post at The Corner:
A southern competitive spirit is alive and well among NRO readers. Very, many Atlanta residents have offered to cook dinner and escort me safely to their neighboring, albeit unwelcoming state.
One Alabama resident encouraged me to go to his town's musicfest next week. Based on the other anti-New Yorker e-mails from 'Bama though, I worry this is a faux site and the fest is another day and time and town.
I, of course, emailed her again and reminded her that at least one Alabamian sent her a welcoming email, but still no acknowledgment. I guess bashing Alabama is just too much fun. Hey, everybody does it!
So K-Lo, please, stay in Atlanta with your new friends. I'm sure the Musicfest (the W.C. Handy Music Festival) will get along fine without you. I would hate to see you risk life and limb to come to the terrifying state of Alabama. Your safety is very important to me.
(I'm sure Lopez is not really serious about this whole thing, nor am I. But...since my voice wasn't heard at The Corner, I figured it could at least be heard on my own blog).