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Old 10-11-2009, 11:22 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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As soon as you move in, make a dish that is popular in your culture or where you moved from---and then share it with the neighbors.

Nothing like food.
If you can get the neighbors to answer.
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:57 AM
 
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LMAO....that is what my husband has basically said about a place in the Midwest, and he was right and so were your friends. I don't know about KC because I've never been there but I'll take your word for it; never had a desire to go and definitely wouldn't now.
I've lived in ten different states from Maine to Colorado and there is no doubt in my mind that the most closed communities exist in areas of the Midwest. Certainly not all Midwestern communities are like St. Louis and KC but there are a lot of them in many states. If I wind up having to settle down in the Midwest it will most likely be a community in Minnesota or possibly one in western Kansas or Nebraska. Central and northern Indiana are alright and so is southwest Ohio but I also try to avoid the Cleveland area as well. They too have a bee in their bonnet just like KC and St. Louis.
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:58 AM
 
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As soon as you move in, make a dish that is popular in your culture or where you moved from---and then share it with the neighbors.

Nothing like food.
In some communities a 12 foot parabolic with the local favorite NFL team's game on TV may work too.
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Old 10-12-2009, 11:20 AM
 
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I've lived in many places and was never considered an "outsider" until I moved into the Midwest.

Long Island and Orange County were the most open (probably because they are use to an influx of newcomers) Pittsburgh, Boston, DC and West Virginia were also very welcoming.

I currently live in the St. Louis Area. If I wasn't telecommuting to the home base in California, I would be up the creek.

The people in this neck of the woods are among the most parochial and insular people I have ever met. It doesn't make a difference if you have an award winning portfolio and national experience. All they care about is what high school did you attend. Then there is the fact that no one returns phone calls and emails around here.
Hold on here a minute. Don't include Pittsburgh because I lived there and I can tell you that you a complete outsider for ever and that isn't just my opinion. Yes, some people were friendly but that isn't going into the heart and soul of a community. I think that we are interpreting differently what it means to go into the heart and soul of a community.
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Get a full-time job in the local media. Like, news reporter for the local newspaper or radio station.
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Old 10-12-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Hold on here a minute. Don't include Pittsburgh because I lived there and I can tell you that you a complete outsider for ever and that isn't just my opinion. Yes, some people were friendly but that isn't going into the heart and soul of a community. I think that we are interpreting differently what it means to go into the heart and soul of a community.
I lived on the Northside for 5 years and never had a problem. I still have a lot of friends (locals) that live there. I still try to get there at least twice a year.

I'm not a Yinzer, but who would really want to be one of those Dumb-arses anyway?
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