I'm a native Texan (fifth generation), but was mostly raised on the Gulf Coast of the deep South. Memories are thick there. On a recent visit it gladdened my heart to see things slowly returning to "normal" in the wake of years of ravaging storms and the BP oil spill. This stretch in the Florida panhandle--Pensacola through Fort Walton, Destin and Panama City-- used to be known as "the redneck riviera." Now clever marketing minds have rebranded it "the Emerald Coast." I hope the person who came up with that idea got a nice bonus check.