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Old 09-16-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Just sitting here getting curious about peoples' attitudes when they move. Brought about by a comment on the retirement forum. Someone mentioned that moving from the west coast to the east would involve culture shock and maybe that was a good thing.

There's a lot of reasons to relocate-job, climate, relatives, etc but do you consider the cultural differences? Not just culture as in museums, schools and such but social things too.

Do you realize people will be different too? What may be okay where you're from might offend your new neighbors, and vice versa. Can you or will you adapt? Or at least accept?

Some people might like catsup on their eggs Benedict.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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Your absolutely correct. I have traveled a lot even over seas. I took a friend once to England and she was offended that soda was club soda to them. She was kind of rude about it. In England chips are french fries and crisps are chips. But my husband and I are from the west coast and traveled to Nashville once. Right away I could feel the difference. I am use to fast pace, cut you off or miss my exit attitude. In Nashville people actually let you over on the freeway. Some people even came to a full stop because they noticed we had our blinker on trying to make the freeway change. They let us change our lanes. Washington DC seemed nicer too. I did not expect that but I was only there for two days. It just seems nicer and polite on the east coast then the west coast. I am actually embarassed by this. But the northwest is a different story. I think their nicer up there then in the southwest. I noticed that in the northwest the coffee stands(the drive thru coffee stands) people usually get a to go coffee and put one of those thin straws in the top and sip there coffee. I thought that is weird but I think its better then burning your tongue. I actually like it. We are now moving to a small town and so far they seem a lot slower pace which my husband is welcoming. I have to learn how to slow down though. It's going to be a challenge but a welcome one.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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more power to you!


Seems like a lot of folks move and expect everything to be the same.

Enjoy the challenge.
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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I think one of the best things about moving to a new place that is far away is the experience of different people and different culture. We are moving from the west coast to the east coast and I am thrilled to be exposed to different people, thinking,being. If you embrace people's differences instead of fighting it you can learn so much!
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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You're right, oc2nyc.

if you don't have celery soda in CA, try to find some in the big apple.
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