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Old 10-28-2016, 08:56 AM
 
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I'm interested to hear examples of culture shock after a move. Did you feel completely out of place, or pleasantly surprised? Did you end up staying or moving on?

I'd like examples of positive and negative stories.
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Old 10-28-2016, 05:27 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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My first day in Oklahoma City, I was buying beer (near beer mind you as that's all they can sell here) in at Wal-Mart, and a man in the checkout line told me I shouldn't be drinking because it's a sin. To me, that moment set the tone for my years since in OKC.

I have stayed in OKC because I can't afford to simply pack up and move without a job, though eventually I intend on doing that.
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:05 PM
 
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My first day in Oklahoma City, I was buying beer (near beer mind you as that's all they can sell here) in at Wal-Mart, and a man in the checkout line told me I shouldn't be drinking because it's a sin. To me, that moment set the tone for my years since in OKC.

I have stayed in OKC because I can't afford to simply pack up and move without a job, though eventually I intend on doing that.
wow,I am sorry you had that experience.Talk about culture shock.
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:14 PM
 
Location: 352
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Going from SC to DC, I went to Gravelly Park for the first time and it felt like EVERYONE there was Indian, Pakistani, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, etc.

Nothing is wrong with that, they just arent a big population in SC, so to go from barely seeing them to pretty much feeling outnumbered, it was a shock.

I love DC's diveristy though. Im glad its not all of one or two races.
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:32 PM
 
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My first day in Oklahoma City, I was buying beer (near beer mind you as that's all they can sell here) in at Wal-Mart, and a man in the checkout line told me I shouldn't be drinking because it's a sin. To me, that moment set the tone for my years since in OKC.

I have stayed in OKC because I can't afford to simply pack up and move without a job, though eventually I intend on doing that.
This could have happened in any state. The man was simply expressing his "concern" for you even though it may be unwarranted. What's so shocking about it?
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:40 PM
 
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I would be mortified if anyone said that to me! Judgemental churchy people are the worst!


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My first day in Oklahoma City, I was buying beer (near beer mind you as that's all they can sell here) in at Wal-Mart, and a man in the checkout line told me I shouldn't be drinking because it's a sin. To me, that moment set the tone for my years since in OKC.

I have stayed in OKC because I can't afford to simply pack up and move without a job, though eventually I intend on doing that.

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Old 10-28-2016, 06:53 PM
 
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This could have happened in any state. The man was simply expressing his "concern" for you even though it may be unwarranted. What's so shocking about it?
Really? The guy sells beer. I mean honestly.
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Old 10-28-2016, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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This could have happened in any state. The man was simply expressing his "concern" for you even though it may be unwarranted. What's so shocking about it?
That would never happen in the upper Midwest. There are some churchy people here but they keep that kind of stuff to themselves. Mind your own business is the mantra here. Plus most religious people here drink, at least a little bit, temperance is a Southern Baptist thing.
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Old 10-28-2016, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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This could have happened in any state. The man was simply expressing his "concern" for you even though it may be unwarranted. What's so shocking about it?
Hah. In Wisconsin you're more likely to be chastised if you DON'T have beer when you check out.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Moving from the South to Pittsburgh. The most difficult culture shock has been with the lack of sun, attitudes, and housing. I am most shocked by the housing and slum lords. I've learned to turn on every faucet and shower head, flush the toilet, make sure every door open and closes, flick every light switch, test outlets, ask about separate utilities, and ask about assigned parking spaces while previewing apartments. I listen to landlords' empty promises about remodeling with a blank stare while thinking, "You won't show up to fix anything."

I'm here for a job and looking to relocate down the road.

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