Originally Posted by sunrisetrucker
You made me laugh Steve because last spring my wife and I were down in the Los Angeles area and while we were doing some sight seeing I got talking with one of the locals. I mentioned to him that I was from Canada and he got a real surprised look on his face and then said to me "I never would have know that, because you don't even have an accent"
We toured a plantation home in Louisiana and at the end of the tour the guide asked who was willing to play along with his game: he tried to guess where people are from based on their accent. He did well with others, but pinned us as being from North Carolina. No - both of us have lived in Ontario and in western Canada, but have never even visited North Carolina.
Everyone has an accent, and they are often identifiable, but as people become more mobile (not staying their entire lives in one area) and hear people from other areas much of the time (TV and movies), accents (like all other aspects of culture) are becoming less distinct.