I lived in B'ham for several months back when the earth was young and have traveled over most the state. I love the Shoals area, used to spent 6 or 8 weeks a year up there. Great lake fishing for bass, crappie, beautiful country. Alabama was originally part of the Mississippi territory, I tell Georgian that when Mississippi entered the union the Mississippian insisted Alabama be formed as a buffer between them and the criminals used to settle Georgia. Part of that is true.
It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. Mark Twain