Some Nissan insiders have told me that they expect up to 80 percent of the companys 1,300 employees in California to refuse to move to Tennessee.
That seems excessive unless its a clever way for Nissan to shed unwanted staffers.
It must be a stereotypical lifestyle hang-up.
Left Coasters enjoy the sun and the sand and their nonmainstream lifestyles, which must make Tennessee seem desolate and foreboding.
Forget all the snide comments about Dogpatch. The resistance cant be about hillbillies or culture or country music because Nashville is a great city. Its a wonderful community for families.
After all, Tennessee is in the heartland. Its part of the Bible Belt.
Oh, wait. That must be it.
Many Left Coasters have an aversion to the Bible Belt and its more, uh, traditional lifestyles.
Well, put your mind at ease. Yes, there are still dry counties where you cant get a drink, but it isnt all fire and brimstone in the heartland.
Dont forget that Bible Belters distill some pretty good whiskeys. (And that doesnt include the illegal stuff, sometimes known as moonshine, white lightning or hooch.)
Americans take these whiskeys for granted. But some of the visiting Japanese execs develop a connoisseurs taste for the local products.
The best-known Tennessee sour mash whiskey is Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Brand, which is distilled in Lynchburg, some 60 miles down the road from the Nissan plant in Smyrna.
Next door in Kentucky, where archrival Toyota is entrenched, bourbon is the local whiskey.
Bourbon is similar to Tennessee whiskey. But distilling Tennessee whiskey has an extra step in which a portion of the previous days grain mixture, or sour mash, is added to the new mixture.
There are many fine bourbons, though Toyota executives are said to favor Makers Mark, which is distilled in Loretto, Ky., about 140 miles from Toyotas manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger.
But if the Left Coasters who relocate just cant develop a taste for whiskey, dont worry. Many exquisite California wines are available in most Nashville liquor stores. All you need to do is look under imports.
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