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Old 09-19-2008, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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My wife and I are birdwatchers, and we have a serious problem in Southern states. Sometimes we drive down a back road, and stop and walk a halfmile or so, just checking out the birds. In southern states, people yell out their doors demanding to know what we are doing on their road. Or they get in their cars and chase us to confront us. Several times, they have phoned the police and described our car, and we got pulled over after we got back on the highway.

In 30 years, I have never met an African American birdwatcher. It's pretty easy to guess why. Imagine what these people would do if they saw a black guy walking down their road.
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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Rudest: Connecticut, Jersey, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana

Nicest: Vermont, Illinois, Indiana, Carolinas
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Where you wish you lived, LA
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Rudest: California

Nicest: Illinois, New York,New Jersey
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:38 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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In my personal experience only. And in no particular order.

Rudest: Texas, Connecticut, Florida, & Ohio

Friendliest: Mississippi, Colorado, Nevada, & Montana

That said I have met some great friendly people in the rudest states and some real curmudgeons in the friendliest States. Take Texas for example, the Dallas area I lived in for a couple of years and wouldn't go back for anything, Abilene area I was in for a while and met some great people, more nice people than idiots. But main exposure was in Dallas and that area has tainted my views on the entire State even though I know that is narrow minded. In Mississippi within 2 days of getting there I had people waving at me when I drove by and going into any store in the little town I was staying in resulted in an hour long chat with just about everybody in the place wondering how I was making out, how did I like the area, and if there was anything I needed. On the other hand Mississippi is home to the one individual that the only reason I didn't choke him to death was the simple fact I didn't want to be "Bubbas" play toy in jail for the rest of my life.

Every place has their good and bad people, but personal experience may make your friendliest place, someones personal worst place.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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My wife and I are birdwatchers, and we have a serious problem in Southern states. Sometimes we drive down a back road, and stop and walk a halfmile or so, just checking out the birds. In southern states, people yell out their doors demanding to know what we are doing on their road. Or they get in their cars and chase us to confront us. Several times, they have phoned the police and described our car, and we got pulled over after we got back on the highway.

In 30 years, I have never met an African American birdwatcher. It's pretty easy to guess why. Imagine what these people would do if they saw a black guy walking down their road.
Thats funny, I always find that more up North. But then again if you're on someones private property its not quite the same.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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Friendliest: Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Ohio, Wyoming, Michigan, California, New Mexico, Colorado.
Rudest: Indiana
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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Friendliest: Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Ohio, Wyoming, Michigan, California, New Mexico, Colorado.
Rudest: Indiana
Southern Indiana is pretty bad but I've found that people in central and northern Indiana are generally alright. And get over the border into OH, KY and IL and it is completely different from southern IN. Night and day difference! A lot less attitude in those areas.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: moving again
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Friendliest: North Dakota, Kentucky, Mississippi, Delaware, Maine, native MDers are very friendly (not transplants), Pennsylvania

Unfriendly: Indiana, parts of Virginia (NoVA, richmond, norfolk), Florida,

Of course, that's only from personal experiences
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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Friendliest: North Dakota, Kentucky, Mississippi, Delaware, Maine, native MDers are very friendly (not transplants), Pennsylvania

Unfriendly: Indiana, parts of Virginia (NoVA, richmond, norfolk), Florida,

Of course, that's only from personal experiences
Not true. Richmonders are VERY friendly. You must have run into some transplants. NOVA is just average in friendliness.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:45 PM
 
Location: moving again
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Not true. Richmonders are VERY friendly. You must have run into some transplants. NOVA is just average in friendliness.
Maybe it was just the day i went. People just didn't seem to want to help me out. Im sure there are some friendly richmonders, i just didn't find the friendliness i did in a few other places. The City is quite beautiful though.
People from NoVA are almost all transplants. Transplants = rude. I don't know how to explain Norfolk though
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