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Old 11-20-2009, 07:40 PM
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It seems that many people I know have a love or attachment for their hometown (big city or small town). I personally never really liked mine. It was just a small, boring little Midwestern town. Some alright people, but I never thought, 'Oh my God, I can never leave this place!'

I always wanted to travel abroad, live in other areas of the U.S., etc. Just generally live and see what's 'out there'. However, I recently went back to the old hometown, and realized that many people never left. Heck, a couple even mentioned that they hadn't been out of state since high school (I'm in my 30's now). They seemed bewildered at the idea that I would want to live overseas, or visit the big cities 'out east', etc.

I guess the question is, do most people, or you, feel the way my old high school acquaintances do, or are more people like me?
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:11 PM
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I think this site attracts a disproportionate amount of people who are moving or consider moving so you likely won't get that many devoted to their hometown. Well except maybe the New Yorkers and San Franciscans.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:20 PM
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I'm from a small town in upstate NY - growing up my #1 goal was to simply leave

I didn't want to date, I didn't want to get a job, I didn't want to do anything that would at all sprout roots and make me consider sticking around

I found it boring, I knew there were no jobs for anyone with ambition, the weather was a grind and my personality is definitely more urban.

However, I do have an attachment to my hometown. I love visiting and now that I'm a little older I don't even mind running into old acquaintances anymore. I get upset when I see it go downhill and I can recognize the benefits that I gained from growing up there.

I still would never want to live there, but there will always be an attachment and I still get a different feeling when I breathe in that cool country air than any other place I've ever been.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:34 PM
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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Yes I am, very much so.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:38 PM
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Not at all, never ever ever lol. I can't wait to get up out of this piece, Southside Jamaica, Queens, NYC sucks. I want to live in either FL, GA, SC, NC, or CA.

Yep this New Yorker is not attached to NYC at all.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:28 PM
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I am attached, although I dont wanna go back because I know too many people there and my family is there, I prefer to be where everyone dosent know my business or my familys business, Im from a small town btw, but I do love my town and it holds sentimental value for me, all my best times are in that little town.

I miss the farms, the flat landscape that goes on for days-wide open spaces,the sunsets, the smell of the town, the dirt roads in the country, the laid back people and lifestyle, getting from here to there in a couple minutes, and the christmas decorations in the neighborhoods, just everything of the small town I like.

when I was younger I always wanted to leave and live in a city, I still do want to live in other cities just for the change of scenery and all but my heart is in a small town, one thing for sure is that I dont want to be old living in a city, I think it would be too stressful, I will probably move to a town that is similar to my hometown and do what the old locals do, hang out at the donut shop with the other old folks,drink coffee and talk about the crops or whatever may be going on in town.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:42 PM
Location: Florida
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Born- Attached to home state, not city. I am committed to returning to Texas soon, but it probably won't be Houston.

Raised- Heck no. If I never see that snobbish town or the state of crumbling infrastructure and decay I'll be a very happy person. (Michigan btw...left as soon as I possibly could)
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:42 PM
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I was raised in Nassau County and left for college and never returned. I visit relatives, but you could not pay me to return.

Western New York has lots of good people. 40+ years later, I am glad I married a local and that we raised our girls here
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:13 PM
Location: Jersey City
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I wish my hometown well, but I doubt it'll become a place I'd want to live during my lifetime.
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:46 PM
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I've lived two other places in the country. Before I left, I thought to myself "I can't wait to leave downstate NY" because I needed a change. When I was away, I got pretty homesick and realized there's nothing like home. I felt I didn't fit in with the local culture where I lived during college.

I have a familiarity with Queens (more so) and Manhattan in NYC since that's where I lived for a while and where my family is from for many generations. I went back to Queens to live there for a little while, but I prefer Long island (where I also lived growing up). I'm not in the same town as I was where I lived on Long island, but in general, I love the island and don't want to move...at least not until retirement. Even then, I'd like to find somewhere on the west coast that reminds me of my hometown.

I still go to my hometown here on the island, but it's still a little of a drive since it's about a 40 minute drive. I sometimes go to my favorite italian bakery there, and also to do some errands. I also sometimes go to Queens and do some errands from time to time.
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