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Old 07-17-2014, 09:15 PM
 
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As a young person, I have traveled the country more than just about anyone my age. I am turning 21 in August and have already visited 42 of the 50 states and that does not include 'driving through'. With all these experiences, I've come to learn something about the country -- there are no bad states, just bad parts.

It amazes me how certain people have such negative perceptions of some states and fail to see the beauty in all of them. They all have their own charm and areas that I'd love to live. I have come to love most states, some more than others, but I can appreciate the beauty that each state has. Even some states with less than stellar reputations, have parts that I'd consider a great place to live.

I think a lot of people have a lot of negative perceptions about a lot of states and the more I travel, the more I realize how diverse each state is and how awesome they all are in their own regard. I'm always bothered when people refer to an entire region as being 'boring' or 'pathetic' or something of that regard.

If you approach every new and/or different experience in life with a negative attitude, you're going to be miserable. Some areas may not be a good fit for you as an individual, but the perfect fit for someone else.

The other day I was reading an article on Yahoo entitled 'worst states to live in America'. I laugh reading the bottom ten, because they all happened to be some of my very favorite states. Scrolling through the comments, people were regarding certain ones as 'trashy' or 'terrible' based on one experience they may have had in a particular one. You cannot simply visit one city or live in one city in a state and conclude the entire place is exactly the same. Saying you hate North Dakota because you lived in one area of the state and didn't like it is like saying you don't like blonde women because you dated one and she was crazy.

Instead of saying you don't like an entire state, please, just stick to the city you were in, because your experiences might have been quite different had you chosen a different town.

Every state has people that love it and take a lot of pride in that area and it's pretty rude to call them 'trashy' or 'terrible' just because you don't like it.
Repped you for this true, wise post! If only more could see like you.
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:16 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Last month I took a trip to Pittsburgh for a friend's wedding and to visit my brother and his family, but instead of taking my normal route via Charlotte, I instead took a drive up U.S. 23 through the north Georgia mountains, western North Carolina, extreme western Virginia and the eastern Kentucky coalfields before entering West Virginia on I-64. I did it just to see what was there. I got some nice pictures of the early evening fog from a scenic overlook near Big Stone Gap, VA; and stopped for dinner in Pikeville, KY. I've now driven all of U.S. 23 between Atlanta, GA and Catlettsburg, KY; as well as all of I-64 and I-79 in West Virginia.
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:42 PM
 
Location: O.C.
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Massive influx of California-haters in 5, 4, 3...
CA itself is amazing. Some of the best weather, beaches, mountains and deserts in the country. However, the liberal Democrats in charge are destroying it. Highest number of people living in poverty, worst unemployment rates in the nation, Welfare is out of control, bad gang and drug problems, millions of illegals...its getting closer to becoming North Mexico every day
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:54 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I have found that people who dismiss an entire state as "boring" or "bad" usually have a very limited understanding of geography.
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Old 07-18-2014, 05:11 AM
 
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I have found that people who dismiss an entire state as "boring" or "bad" usually have a very limited understanding of geography.
Yeah those people usually live in California. Kidding!!!!! Just playing of an earlier poster about CA bashing Those people usually live in Massachusetts.
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I have found that people who dismiss an entire state as "boring" or "bad" usually have a very limited understanding of geography.
I was born/raised in Kansas, and my opinion is that it truly is a boring state with boring geography. But there are people who like wheat fields and sunflowers, apparently
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Old 07-18-2014, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Midwest Gent
I enjoyed the content & tone of your original post here. Unfortunately we have a situation on the forum where there are "trolls", for lack of a better term, who have a posting mission here led by personal factors such as anger & vengeance who act out their anger issues against a specific locality. Often they use the excuse that they are merely fulfilling the "location review" function which is one of several basic aspects of the forum. Howwever, there is a point where it is obvious that things have progressed on beyond that review function.
I have seen such behavior repeatedly on the Iowa & Atlanta forums as specific examples where those locations are "revenge-bashed" to coin a phrase.
Frankly, I don't know how such behavior can be dealt with effectively. If a moderator is here on this thread, perhaps they could join in the conversation with suggestions.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:55 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I was born/raised in Kansas, and my opinion is that it truly is a boring state with boring geography. But there are people who like wheat fields and sunflowers, apparently
Yes, there are people who like those things. I actually like the geography in Kansas.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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No Such Thing As Bad States
True, but that doesn't stop people from criticizing various states and the people who live there, even though those posters may never have set foot into those states and are operating solely on bad stereotypes.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I've visited about 30 states for extended periods. Lived in 7 (including DC) for over a year each.

The only states that really gave me the "i want to get the hell outa here" vibe were Missouri, Alabama and Indiana.

Kansas isn't bad, just boring with crazy religious/political leaders.

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