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Old 08-01-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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The first time I heard the expression was from a kid from Manhattan. He was visiting family in my neigborhood and we were playing in a strip of woods about 50 yards wide between two 9 story apartment buildings with a railroad track running down the middle all about 12 miles from the Empire State building. He said something like, "This is my first time in the suburbs. It's like the middle of nowhere." What a sheltered kid, huh? :-)
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:03 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The mayor of London thinks it is Salt Lake City.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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The first time I heard the expression was from a kid from Manhattan. He was visiting family in my neigborhood and we were playing in a strip of woods about 50 yards wide between two 9 story apartment buildings with a railroad track running down the middle all about 12 miles from the Empire State building. He said something like, "This is my first time in the suburbs. It's like the middle of nowhere." What a sheltered kid, huh? :-)
No, I feel like I know this guy! He's not sheltered, he doesn't even believe what he's saying.....he's just trying to put you in your place and place himself above you based on his ZIP code. I say this because my cousins from Chicago do this. They come to a place like Minneapolis, Columbus, whatever -- anyplace outside of the Chicagoland area that is not NYC (and they've never been there either) -- and complain about how things aren't nearly as big as Chicago, crime isn't nearly as bad, there aren't nearly as many languages spoken at XYZ place, etc. Even though I've lived in and taken them to places that are far more a.) urban, b.) diverse, c.) international, d.) bustling, etc. etc. etc. than where they live and I KNOW it. I'm almost certain they say what they say because they need reassurance that they like where they live and they actually feel threatened for some reason. There's always the person who grew up in a literal "concrete jungle" who doesn't see an urbanized area for what it is, but that's rare and usually that person LOVES the open space, but doesn't mock it!
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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Default midddle of nowhere?

when i went to LA on my roadtrip earlier this year, id say some of those montonous stretches of mid nebraska on i-80 before reaching denver, and definitely anywhere around that stretch around moab, utah when i was driving from denver to las vegas. easy to say this when travel signs say its 116 miles to the next rest stop/gas station... or when my friend is falling asleep at the wheel and i wake up to the rumble strips....
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:42 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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No, I feel like I know this guy! He's not sheltered, he doesn't even believe what he's saying.....he's just trying to put you in your place and place himself above you based on his ZIP code. I say this because my cousins from Chicago do this. They come to a place like Minneapolis, Columbus, whatever -- anyplace outside of the Chicagoland area that is not NYC (and they've never been there either) -- and complain about how things aren't nearly as big as Chicago, crime isn't nearly as bad, there aren't nearly as many languages spoken at XYZ place, etc. Even though I've lived in and taken them to places that are far more a.) urban, b.) diverse, c.) international, d.) bustling, etc. etc. etc. than where they live and I KNOW it. I'm almost certain they say what they say because they need reassurance that they like where they live and they actually feel threatened for some reason. There's always the person who grew up in a literal "concrete jungle" who doesn't see an urbanized area for what it is, but that's rare and usually that person LOVES the open space, but doesn't mock it!
I hate to say it, but that is my impression of a lot of people from Chicago, too. This is based on seven years of living in IL. My daughter then went to college in the Chicago area, and she said the same thing. One year, I asked her if any of her friends were going anywhere on spring break. She said "No, they're all from Chicago. Why go anywhere else when it's better than everywhere?" (Sarc on her part)
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:46 AM
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When you don't know where you are and there are no road signs or signs of human life, you are in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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Bottom of the Grand Canyon.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:46 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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When you don't know where you are and there are no road signs or signs of human life, you are in the middle of nowhere.
^**Winning answer!!!**
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:03 PM
 
Location: PG County, MD
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I don't think i've ever been somewhere I would call "the middle of nowhere", but I would define it like NCN did.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Most of the Great Plains, the Desert Southwest, pretty much anywhere where the trees are gone and sparse population is the rule.
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