Pop vs. soda

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Active Rainer Scott Gormley's map (Members Only*)  of the US and his question about real estate bubbles reminded me of the mystery re: the disappearance of CA bubble blogger Cole Kenny.  Kenny stopped blogging at the end of June 2006.  A month earlier Kenny's second to last post appeared on his 'Boy in the Big Real Estate Bubble' blog. I keep wondering was Kenny busy looking at houses in June 2006? Is Cole Kenny now a contented home owner rather than a bubble blogger? 

A couple of months before his disappearance Cole Kenny wrote about an important correlation between housing and whether the locals call soft drinks pop or soda. Bubbles

 

What do people call soft drinks in your market? Pop or soda?

On his April 6 2006 post "Have A 'Coke' And Smile, Have A ‘Soda' And Pop!" Cole Kenny had maps, and more maps.... including Generic Names for Soft Drinks by county. Click on a state and find out by county if IT is called "pop" or "soda."

I liked Cole Kenny's blog better than most Bubble Blogs... If I am not mistaken Kenny is a journalist. Not that being a journalist keeps the media from calling everything a bubble. The Columbus Dispactch did a series of articles on housing woes in Central Ohio in the fall of 2005.  It was picked up by MSN's Contrarian Chronicles which said: 


"You can see how the housing bubble is bursting in places like Columbus, Ohio, where builders and lenders threw common sense away and enticed people to buy homes they couldn't afford."

... but Central Ohio never had the run up in prices that other parts of the country saw. I don't believe, the in-depth, fall 2005 Columbus Dispatch series of articles ever called the problems in the Columbus market a "bubble."   ... by definition you can't tell there was a bubble until after it pops. 

I've searched Kenny's blog for clues.  Did Cole Kenny feel like the S. California bubble popped in the fall of 2005 and is he happily sitting in his own home now sipping a soda?

The Top 10 Riskiest Housing Markets - Fall 2006 (also The Top 10 safest list...ho hum... Columbus Ohio made the safest list, buy now.)  The correlated maps pop vs. soda and bubble markets on Cole Kenny's blog bear this out...Columbus is safe... 483 of 622 Franklin County respondents call it pop.  

What American Accent do you have?  ... touched on the "pop vs. soda" controversy. 

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Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
SKBK Sotheby's International Realty - Birmingham, MI
SKBK Sothebynulls - Metro Detroit
MI is a 'pop' state without a bubble and with a big fizzle in its real estate market...
Dec 03, 2006 05:08 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent
I use the soda/pop theory to identify midwesterners.  It's like the yins to Pittsburgh or is that Picksburgh?
Dec 03, 2006 10:00 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Chris: What are "yins"? I grew up in the Milwaukee area ,,, midwest but I was always confused about whether it was pop or soda.   We did not drink it much and our next door neighbors called it "pop"  looking at the east side of that state we were in soda country.  Craig Schiller and I hashed this out a couple of weeks ago.. what was Chicagoese... what was Wisconsonese for "soft drink.."

Maureen: "Pop, pop fizz, fizz oh what a relief it is" ...  Alka Selter ad....thanks for the word that 'pop' is Mittenese.  Hope 2007 is kinder to the state North of us... and us too.  

Dec 03, 2006 10:29 PM #3
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Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN
For the record here in Minnesota we drink pop, and eat hotdish and then have some bars. - - and we don't have a bubble.
Dec 04, 2006 09:44 PM #4
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Delayed reaction?  I knew I posted something about this on AR long ago, there's a post today with 22 maps about regional speech in the US.  Discussions today about crayfish / crawfish / crawdad on Facebook.  Discussion on Soda or Pop on Twitter.  I obviously missed Teresa's comment and I still do not know what "yins' are in Pittsburgh. 

Thanks Teresa.  "Hot dish" is funny. 

In 2006 I used crappy animated gifs. 

A week or so ago, a local architect got snippy with me over commenting on one itty bitty aspect of a Seattle architects post about the difference in 2005, 2006 and 2013 real estate markets... wonder what happened to Cole Kenny.

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