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Old 06-12-2014, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Griffin, Georgia
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That thread title says it all. If you live in a region that you enjoy, the "vibes" feel right, the culture more your speed-does it have anything to do with how people respond to you personally? Some people still think about "southern hospitality"-and to me that sounds like something out of the '40s! Southerners (to me, anyway) do not seem as friendly as they are made out to be. They may "seem" friendly to your face, but sometimes it sounds like a fake or forced type of friendliness. Then they cut you up to their friends right behind your back. I know some Southerners like to badmouth the North-they see them as brusque, rude, assertive, etc. The way I see it, nobody's right or wrong here. One man's meat is another man's poison. I personally think I would prefer the Midwestern region to the Northeast, because the culture sounds more to my liking-farming, nature ,agriculture, European nationality melting pot, good cuisine. not as much "churchiness" or pretension as the Bible Belt South, and not as fast-paced or assertive as the Northeast.

So who has run into this? Did you classify a region or state as "unfriendly" or "hostile" because come to think of it, you felt out of sync or you didn't fit in well with that area? Do the two matter?

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Old 06-12-2014, 11:12 PM
 
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That thread title says it all. If you live in a region that you enjoy, the "vibes" feel right, the culture more your speed-does it have anything to do with how people respond to you personally? Some people still think about "southern hospitality"-and to me that sounds like something out of the '40s! Southerners (to me, anyway) do not seem as friendly as they are made out to be. They may "seem" friendly to your face, but sometimes it sounds like a fake or forced type of friendliness. Then they cut you up to their friends right behind your back. I know some Southerners like to badmouth the North-they see them as brusque, rude, assertive, etc. The way I see it, nobody's right or wrong here. One man's meat is another man's poison. I personally think I would prefer the Midwestern region to the Northeast, because the culture sounds more to my liking-farming, nature ,agriculture, European nationality melting pot, good cuisine. not as much "churchiness" or pretension as the Bible Belt South, and not as fast-paced or assertive as the Northeast.

So who has run into this? Did you classify a region or state as "unfriendly" or "hostile" because come to think of it, you felt out of sync or you didn't fit in well with that area? Do the two matter?

Thanks
Just to clear something up, the Northeast varies in term of pace and has areas that offer the things that you like about the Midwest.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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And to clear something else up, much of the Midwest is indeed quite "churchy". Farmers and people in rural areas and smaller towns in the Midwest are generally quite conservative and often quite religious. I've lived in the Upper Midwest my entire life and outside of the larger cities it is pure red state country, as you can see if you consult any political map of the region.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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No, it's the other way around. When the people seem friendlier, it makes the place resonate with me.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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And to clear something else up, much of the Midwest is indeed quite "churchy". Farmers and people in rural areas and smaller towns in the Midwest are generally quite conservative and often quite religious. I've lived in the Upper Midwest my entire life and outside of the larger cities it is pure red state country, as you can see if you consult any political map of the region.
Different kind of "churchy," though, not the same as the Bible Belt AT ALL. People go to their Catholic/Lutheran church and get drunk watching the Packers afterward. You may have lived here your whole life, but I'm not sure you have much experience with the South - we're talking a whole different world.
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Griffin, Georgia
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My husband is ordained. He does not practice, though. I daresay he would enjoy the church participation, no?
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:00 PM
 
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Different kind of "churchy," though, not the same as the Bible Belt AT ALL. People go to their Catholic/Lutheran church and get drunk watching the Packers afterward. You may have lived here your whole life, but I'm not sure you have much experience with the South - we're talking a whole different world.
Maybe in WI. But on a whole?

Are there different religious cultures in the two regions? Definitely. But much of the Midwest is very religious & conservative - just from my experiences. And the Midwest is a hotbed for fundamentalism & charismatic sects. The 'Jesus Camp' documentary is set in the Midwest and is almost entirely Midwestern in its culture. And that's not me trying to say that's the norm for religious belief in the region or that we don't have that in the South either, but not everyone gets drunk and watches the Packers after service... Look at Kansas and all the noise about teaching evolution.

However you look at it, the South is the most religious region of the country and the Midwest is right behind it.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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My personal experiences are quite different from someone in Wichita - "Midwest" is a giant region. I was addressing someone who specifically said they've always lived in "the Upper Midwest," and in this region, religion plays a FAR different role than it does in the Bible Belt.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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My personal experiences are quite different from someone in Wichita - "Midwest" is a giant region. I was addressing someone who specifically said they've always lived in "the Upper Midwest," and in this region, religion plays a FAR different role than it does in the Bible Belt.
You're right. The Great Lakes are very different. I've lived in Cleveland and spent a good amount of time in Chicago. That region does have a lot of folks who were raised in a church but do tend to enjoy their beer & football
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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My personal experiences are quite different from someone in Wichita - "Midwest" is a giant region. I was addressing someone who specifically said they've always lived in "the Upper Midwest," and in this region, religion plays a FAR different role than it does in the Bible Belt.
People in the South just don't go to church in the morning, usually it is until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, that's how my church works, 8:30 to 1:00 p.m
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