I grew up in western NY State [with some early western PA too] and always thought
that we spoke with the "Standard American Accent'. But, when I was in the USAF years ago,
and was in San Antonio, TX visiting a friend who was stationed there, a Texas native told
me that I had an "Eastern Accent" - whatever that is. I assume that he meant an east coast
or northern accent since we definitely aren't even close to a New England accent where I come
And that strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street curb is called a "subway" back there.
I've also heard it called called a "devil's strip", but I can't remember if that was another name
for it from there or if that is a name from some other place that I've lived in the meantime!
Also, "creek" is pronounced "crick" back there, and soft drinks are "pop" not "soda".
If you have a house - you have a hobby.