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Old 12-13-2012, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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In some ways I'd say there are two levels of culture shock. There's the up-front and obvious culture shock, like how I felt pulling up to a rural gas station in Wyoming where I was the only one driving a sedan (with Massachusetts plates no less) and not a pickup truck, and the only guy wearing "city" clothes and not a cowboy hat. I felt like any second someone was going to come up to me and say "hey, you don't really belong around here, do you?"

But there's also a more subtle culture shock too, when you think you're getting along with people but then you realize you're not on the same page at all. I got a kick out of this and had some similar experiences living in the midwest as well. Midwestern Manners: I cannot eat the last cookie unless I offer it to you first. CaptainAwkward.com
That was a riot. Is this really expected? (Midwesterners please weigh in.) I wouldn't have known that game had to be played, either.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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In some ways I'd say there are two levels of culture shock. There's the up-front and obvious culture shock, like how I felt pulling up to a rural gas station in Wyoming where I was the only one driving a sedan (with Massachusetts plates no less) and not a pickup truck, and the only guy wearing "city" clothes and not a cowboy hat. I felt like any second someone was going to come up to me and say "hey, you don't really belong around here, do you?"

But there's also a more subtle culture shock too, when you think you're getting along with people but then you realize you're not on the same page at all. I got a kick out of this and had some similar experiences living in the midwest as well. Midwestern Manners: I cannot eat the last cookie unless I offer it to you first. CaptainAwkward.com
I have experienced most of those things in the article in places like the southeast, northeast, northewest and southwest. I think most of those are just common courtesy
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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I would have to disagree about Maryland and Delaware. Those states are more Northeastern than southern, and D.C. and Boston are tied together through the Bos-Wash corridor.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:44 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Interesting thread. I read the whole thing to this point at once!

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Well, in New Mexico, Blacks are considered Anglo. So there you go.

Anglo =/= White

Caveat: The more Black there are in New Mexico (we are up to about 3% in Albuquerque) the more Hispanics are differentiating them from Whites, thus putting Anglo in more of a racial, rather than cultural, pigeonhole.
That is the way it is in Colorado. Blacks are not considered "Anglos" here, but people like me (German ancestry) and my husband (Swedish) are.

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Many northeastern states have a different definition of 'town' than elsewhere. In the northeast, town is merely a matter of political boundaries, not a built up residential and commercial area.

My sister lives in a 'town' and she is miles from the nearest shopping and surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of acres of forest filled with deer, bear, and coyotes.
Wisconsin has similar definitions of "towns".
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:53 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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To the posters saying the OP hasn't traveled to the midwest, he has been there and for whatever reason considered a "culture shock".

My impressions of the Midwest (road trip)
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Linden, NJ
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Its kind of funny that all the white states on that map voted Obama and all but 10 of the orange states voted Romney
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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Honestly, being from the Midwest (Michigan,) when I've visited the Northeast, I've experienced basically zero culture shock. There were a few minor things that seemed different - the Northeast is built up more with shorter distances between places, for example - but none of it really registered as shocking to me. When visiting the South, it seemed a little more different from what I'm used to than the Northeast, but still generally not anywhere near enough to register a culture shock.

The only place in the U.S. that I might have experienced culture shock was El Paso, Texas. That's because the terrain is completely different, the isolation is much more pronounced, and it's heavily influenced by Mexico. Still, if you ducked into an Applebee's or another similar establishment, it didn't seem that different at all.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:25 PM
 
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That was a riot. Is this really expected? (Midwesterners please weigh in.) I wouldn't have known that game had to be played, either.
I don't know if it's expected, but I do it. LOL However, it's not some sort of game that I expect the other person to play, I really just feel bad taking the last of something without offering it to others first.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:41 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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The American SW is probably the most culture shocking.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I don't know if it's expected, but I do it. LOL However, it's not some sort of game that I expect the other person to play, I really just feel bad taking the last of something without offering it to others first.
No, no, I would also. It's the idea that if the person ACCEPTS, they were wrong to do so. From what the other poster was saying, when someone offers you the last cookie or the best room or whatever what they are REALLY saying is that THEY want it, and you are supposed to know that and politely refuse the offer.
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