Originally Posted by nmguy
Casden, you're absolutely right on this point. I moved to Abq 5 years ago from Palo Alto, CA. It is sometimes referred to as Shallow Alto..
I put away my Stanford sweatshirts after noticing that nobody --except Lobo fans-- wears college attire here.
nmguy - I really miss the fact that most people in Albuquerque tended to take me at face value - they didn't seem to care how much money I made, or how much education I had - we related on other levels.
I was college student and worked after college there, and wasn't getting paid very much, but I met some of the most extraordinary people from all walks of life, with various economic situations (that I knew of), and they were always nice and receptive to establishing some kind of friendship.
I lived in California (Bay Area - Walnut Creek and San Francisco) for a while and it seemed friendly but not in the same way it was in Albuquerque - and I was more established professionally and had more economic stability in the Bay Area.
Now, I live in Chicago and I have a great job. I really like it here in Chicago, because the people here are friendly in a very similar way that they are in Albuquerque.
At this point in my life I can honestly say that Chicago and Albuquerque will be where I feel most at home. I'm planning on moving back to Albuquerque within the next 5 to 10 years, but I'll try and keep a small place in Chicago too. I'm really torn between the two cities that I love most, so hopefully soon my time will be shared between the two.