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View Poll Results: Does anyone else feel that our country is too rude, inconsiderate, and hurried these days?
Yes! 35 63.64%
No. 13 23.64%
Its always been this way. 7 12.73%
Voters: 55. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Exactly. Cities seem to be breeding grounds for stressed out / cranky people.

Too bad rural living doesn't provide an adequate salary.
And I've encountered some truly sour people in rural areas where there isn't enough tourism money to really keep the economy humming. Some of the most sour people I ever met were in the western U.P. of all places.
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:48 AM
 
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Currently, the nation is going through hard times especially with the economy, and that tends to stress many people out. The late 00's are like the "new early 90's", another time period when we were in a recession and there were a lot of rude, inconsiderate, and stressed out people. The crime rate was bad back then, just as it is now.
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:17 AM
 
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Exactly. Cities seem to be breeding grounds for stressed out / cranky people.

Too bad rural living doesn't provide an adequate salary.
Aww, and small towns are full of gossip hens that you can't get away from.
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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I am always shocked when I leave the haven of my Maine to go out into the other part of America at how suspicious people are (and I guess that could make them rude).. If I tried to make small talk (at a grocery store or other place- and by small talk, I mean me saying things like "I love those shoes" or something similar), the eyes would narrow and I could almost see the thought bubble above their heads thinking "what does this person want?" or "what is this person up to?". Random acts of kindness or social interaction are seen as suspicious. And likewise- many people seem to limit many of their interaction due to the fear (or seeking) of lawsuits and other such friendly stuff- When visiting her in CT, I saw that my mil's neighbor's garbage cans had blown accross the street (and onto her property) and said "I should go out and return those to him", and she was more concerned that I shouldn't touch his property (the trash cans) or step on to his property (to return them) without permission. Wow.
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:40 AM
 
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If you think Connecticut is bad you should try out the area surrounding Kansas City. If you even say "hello" to a woman she automatically thinks you are hitting on her and are asking her out or want something. Never seen this level of stupidity even in New England.

I'm originally from Connecticut and I've never seen what you've described. I'm sure it exists however it may just be in certain kinds of neighborhoods. Most people that I know would appreciate someone taking the time to look out for their property.

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I am always shocked when I leave the haven of my Maine to go out into the other part of America at how suspicious people are (and I guess that could make them rude).. If I tried to make small talk (at a grocery store or other place- and by small talk, I mean me saying things like "I love those shoes" or something similar), the eyes would narrow and I could almost see the thought bubble above their heads thinking "what does this person want?" or "what is this person up to?". Random acts of kindness or social interaction are seen as suspicious. And likewise- many people seem to limit many of their interaction due to the fear (or seeking) of lawsuits and other such friendly stuff- When visiting her in CT, I saw that my mil's neighbor's garbage cans had blown accross the street (and onto her property) and said "I should go out and return those to him", and she was more concerned that I shouldn't touch his property (the trash cans) or step on to his property (to return them) without permission. Wow.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:32 AM
 
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No crime and no cocaine problems? Are you serious?
Well, I guess you are one of many that does not understand my dry sarcasm, but thanks for the history lesson for those not in the know!

I have seen this talk on here about how South Florida was great in the late 80s (ha!), so I was kind of spoofing on that. How soon we forget I guess...
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:47 AM
 
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Mainly because they weren't raised right. Consideration is not innate, but rather a learned trait.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Well, I guess you are one of many that does not understand my dry sarcasm, but thanks for the history lesson for those not in the know!
Ah yes, you're just too clever for me and all.

There's a reason why emoticons exist when trying to communicate in the written word on message boards. You might try using them if you want to make yourself clear.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:24 AM
 
Location: 602/520
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Ah yes, you're just too clever for me and all.

There's a reason why emoticons exist when trying to communicate in the written word on message boards. You might try using them if you want to make yourself clear.
I think it was pretty clear to everyone else.
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:40 AM
 
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Yes, especially in most metro areas. At least you can still find some civility in many parts of rural America.
What parts of rural America are you visiting? I've met some of the most intolerant people in rural America. That whole idea that people in rural America are more civil is just a stereotype. I do not want to start an argument but I can easily say I've met as many negative jerks in rural areas as in big cities.
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