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Old 07-09-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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I'm shocked at how many Southerns, like to stick their dirty feet out of the passenger windows, when they're riding in a truck. Seriously, that is dangerous and disgusting.
I couldn't count on my ten toes the number of times I have cruised the narrow streets of Boston with my legs hanging out the passenger window. It is a very comfortable position and not nearly as dangerous as your mom might have told you when you're 8 (hint: pull 'em in if you see something they're gunna hit). Seriously man, I love good ol' fashioned C-D southern bashing but you are really reaaaaaching for it on this one.
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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I am currently surprised at just how beautiful the Puget Sound area is. I knew it would be pretty, but I just wasn't prepared for how green and hilly it is. Even the run-down and industrial areas seem to have their own beauty. The mountains seem so much more dramatic than the Rockies or Appalachians. They seem to rise 10,000 feet straight out of the ocean.
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Jackson, MS
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On my first trip to Colorado, I was shocked to see two field goal posts with no grass in between them. I think that was somewhere in north Texas or maybe New Mexico. On my first trip to Utah, I was shocked that the home we were visiting had only juice and water to drink - no soda/pop (we call it coke down here), no sweet tea, and no coffee (I was young and didn't know much/any about the Mormon religion). I was shocked to see snow on the ground in June, even though I was in the mountains of Utah. On my first trip to Omaha, I was shocked at how big the city was. I was there for the College World Series and not the city so much, but I left there with an appreciation of Omaha. I was shocked my first time at Mardi Gras in New Orleans - enough said.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Back home in Kaguawagpjpa.
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I couldn't count on my ten toes the number of times I have cruised the narrow streets of Boston with my legs hanging out the passenger window. It is a very comfortable position and not nearly as dangerous as your mom might have told you when you're 8 (hint: pull 'em in if you see something they're gunna hit). Seriously man, I love good ol' fashioned C-D southern bashing but you are really reaaaaaching for it on this one.
Whatever.

I post my own thoughts, and I get bashed.

I'm from New York, not Boston.

I've never been to Boston, so I can't speak for that place.

I've traveled all up and down NC, VA, MD, and SC, and I've seen this plenty of time.

I love the whole "Southern bashing" thing. If I don't like sushi, I guess I'm a Japanese basher, too.

Seriously, this thread is a discussion of mores that shock a person when they have travel to another part of the country. I believe am entitled to postings my thoughts, without repercussions.
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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I grew up in Michigan, left to go to college in Pittsburgh. I hadn't really traveled outside of the Midwest at that point, and the street layout there was just baffling. The topography change was a bit of a shock as well, but learning how to exist without a logical, orderly street grid - something I had always sort of taken for granted - definitely took some time!
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:20 PM
 
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Loved the mountains outside Salt Lake City. Hated the assumption that I was conservative, Christian, and hated the federal government, gay people, gun laws, etc.
Totally impressed by the size of Lake Michigan.
Loved all parts of California -- LA to the Oregon border.
Shocked by how boring Las Vegas can be if you don't like gambling and naked women and you can't afford the pricey shows.
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:04 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I was surprised that the accents in Morgantown, West Virginia sounded just like Pittsburgh. By the time you get to Cumberland, Maryland they have East Coast accents
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:27 PM
 
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I was surprised that the accents in Morgantown, West Virginia sounded just like Pittsburgh. By the time you get to Cumberland, Maryland they have East Coast accents
NoVa and Maryland has their own distinct accent. I can immediately tell if someone is from that region.
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:50 PM
 
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When I went to the Newark, NJ area where I lived for a couple of years, I was quite shocked about a few things:

How insanely crowded it is

Very little green space

How tightly packed the homes and neighborhoods are

Loud, loud, loud

Crazy traffic and road system

So expensive

Polluted and smelly

Quite rude people
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:30 PM
 
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-How large Phoenix was when I first visited
-How beautiful Charlotte was/is (especially uptown)
-The hugeness of LA
-Salt Lake City seemed much lrager than it's population
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