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Old 12-31-2013, 02:12 PM
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As a family we've lived in Michigan, Tennessee and Minnesota. I do have to say I love the Midwest! We will miss the "Minnesota nice." Colorado has always been my husbands dream location!
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:47 PM
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People are nice here, too...I just feel that after a while it's easier to really engage in meaningful friendships if that makes sense? Most of my contacts in Iowa, after 8 years, never really passed the "friendly acquaintance" stage. It's allowable to discuss even controversial topics among people, to really connect with who they are and what they think. I felt like in Iowa that was frowned upon. People were nice, they just seemed to shy away from that deeper level of interaction that I was wanting, and coming from Virginia it sure was hard to respect that and censor myself...in Virginia we're pretty brutally forthcoming with our opinions. But of course I also think that Virginia was a lot less friendly.

I feel like I've got the best of all worlds here.

The only reservations I sensed were that a.) my acquaintances didn't understand my snarky sense of humor at first. They seemed to have a hard time telling when I was joking...until they got to know me. I've never encountered that before. b.) My neighbors took a while to get around to talking to me, but eventually they were quite friendly.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:28 PM
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I understand what you are saying. The town we live in, seems like everyone was born here, and have stayed here. So they all know each other. They would be more than willing to help out when needed, but are nothing more than "just friends." I grew up in California, so being around friendly people took some getting used to!
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:34 PM
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Yeah as a local/native of this area, I've found we have a hard time at first understanding certain personality types - the New York/Boston type vibe being one of the hardest - they always seem to come across as rude/mean/crass to us at first but eventually we get it.
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