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Old 02-27-2011, 09:51 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Why are people from Montana so nice?

this can be changed, all ya gotta do is to harp on how they do things differently in New York, then go into detail.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:05 PM
 
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I've never met a person from Montana that I didn't like.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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username18,

Montanan's are pretty much just regular folks, we tend to treat people as we are treated.
If you come up to us and are friendly and willing to speak openly in a manner that is not demeaning or put us down for loving this backwater state with no shopping or clubbing, then we can be really friendly and helpful.

If you are bitter, feel you were forced to move here and live amongst the barbarians, you will be treated as just another PITA. (pain in the hindquarters).

Some folks move here and find their little slice of heaven, others spend their time spouting how mean everybody is, can't wait to move, but once they have left, they then spend and inordinate amount of time trolling the Montana Boards waiting for an opportunity to spout more vitriol against us.

Your second question asked about Butte. Butte is a hard driving little town that refuses to give up the ghost. When the mines shut down, they worked hard to bring in other businesses. They fight and stratch and refuse to die because jobs moved away.

The old miners loved to drink and fight, not necessarilly in that order, and the modern Butte citizens still have the fighting spirit, and on St. Patrick's day you will see something like a high mountain mardi gras for partying.

If you decide to come here for a visit or move here, embrace the culture and what we offer. Be open to new experiences, don't be afraid to invite a stranger over for a bar-b-que or talk to them on the street, and you will find we can be some of the nicest, friendliest people on earth. Offering a cup of coffee and an invite into your home can make you friends for life around here.

If you are stand-offish, bad-mouth us and our state incessantly and it can be a very lonely place.
We tend to treat people as they treat us.
Any place is as good or bad as you yourself make it.

Good Luck.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:46 PM
 
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I think that in Montana, you get treated the way you treat others. The people want to be nice to strangers speaking when they see someone, smiling, and treat them nice if the person responds the same way.

When you get someone that tries to feel superior because they came from a big city and lords it over the locals, they are going to be pushed out as they do not fit in.

In Montana you are treated as you give out your treatment.

My grandfather was born in Montana in 1862, so my background goes back a long way. However I did not live here until long after retirement.

I moved to town, and was trying to find someone to unload a truck. My daughter had already moved here. She was at work on the phone arranging for a service to unload us. One of her coworkers overheard the conversation and told her,, "That is not the way we do it here. There is going to be a group meeting at 4pm at their house." Ten men showed up to unload us. They did not know my daughter well yet, and did not know us at all. They were executives at the biggest employer in the county, the owner of the biggest restaurant/bar/casino in town, and others you would not see pitch in this way in the other parts of the nation. That is the way people are in Montana. Super friendly, and ready to pitch in and help you on a moments notice or less.

If you have a bad experience here with people, blame yourself as you have to be doing something that turns them off of you.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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It's nothing like NYC.

Is it just me?
Why are we so nice?
It is an illusion.
We are actually rude, crude, obstreperous, cynical, sarcastic, and occasionally downright mean.
Especially if you badmouth owning and/or carrying guns, hunting, fishing, square dancing, camping, wilderness hikes, backyard BBQs and ice cream socials.
But, if you get stranded on a lonely back road, one of us ornery people will be glad to stop and help in any way we can.
But then, I am not a Montanan. I am from the wilds of Blair County, PA. I came to Montana in about 1948.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:33 AM
 
Location: New York
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I moved to town, and was trying to find someone to unload a truck. My daughter had already moved here. She was at work on the phone arranging for a service to unload us. One of her coworkers overheard the conversation and told her,, "That is not the way we do it here. There is going to be a group meeting at 4pm at their house." Ten men showed up to unload us. They did not know my daughter well yet, and did not know us at all. They were executives at the biggest employer in the county, the owner of the biggest restaurant/bar/casino in town, and others you would not see pitch in this way in the other parts of the nation. That is the way people are in Montana. Super friendly, and ready to pitch in and help you on a moments notice or less.
Lol it almost sounds like the Amish. Thanks for the story.

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We are actually rude, crude, obstreperous, cynical, sarcastic, and occasionally downright mean.
Especially if you badmouth owning and/or carrying guns, hunting, fishing, square dancing, camping, wilderness hikes, backyard BBQs and ice cream socials.
1. What are ice-cream socials?
2. A lot of people in Montana do seem defensive about their state and lifestyle. But you'll find that in a lot of places. I don't know if I can blame them for that. But would I be treated differently as an out-of-stater?

I haven't really visited Montana; I just know some people from there. They were all really nice. Are people from Butte different than people from other parts of Montana? Politically speaking, where most of Montana is red, Butte is blue.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Butte, is an old mining town. It used to be the largest town between Chicago and Spokane. I think because of the mining unions back in the hay day, there is probably some democratic hang over. IMO.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:32 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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1. What are ice-cream socials?
Where folks gather for some kind of meeting and eat ice-cream. Very old-fashioned gathering - popular all over the US once upon a time.
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2. A lot of people in Montana do seem defensive about their state and lifestyle. But you'll find that in a lot of places. I don't know if I can blame them for that. But would I be treated differently as an out-of-stater?
So long as you don't hang a sign upon your person announcing the fact, it is unlikely anyone will even notice, but with these exceptions: 1)You move to one of our really, really tiny towns with a population under 100; 2) You wear Gucci and Prada everywhere you go; 3) You behave like a total know-it-all-jerk; 4) You really ARE a total know-it-all-jerk. Other than that, you should be just fine. Really. It's that simple, and not just in Montana.

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I haven't really visited Montana; I just know some people from there. They were all really nice. Are people from Butte different than people from other parts of Montana? Politically speaking, where most of Montana is red, Butte is blue.
You just GOTTA visit. If you're actually planning to move (anyplace), doing so without visiting first is a form of insanity in itself.

Butte and several other of the population centers (Bozeman, Missoula, and Whitefish fairly LEAP to mind) have greater concentrations of liberal political thought than the more rural parts of the state. But it can be hard to pin down the politics of Montanans - many defy description because they can cling to fiscal responsible notions while being pretty green when it comes to energy and environment - for example.

Keep asking, you'll get this thing whittled down to where you can make some good initial decisions of where to visit and where not to visit.


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Old 03-07-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: New York
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So long as you don't hang a sign upon your person announcing the fact, it is unlikely anyone will even notice, but with these exceptions: 1)You move to one of our really, really tiny towns with a population under 100; 2) You wear Gucci and Prada everywhere you go; 3) You behave like a total know-it-all-jerk; 4) You really ARE a total know-it-all-jerk. Other than that, you should be just fine. Really. It's that simple, and not just in Montana.
I kinda know what you mean. A lot of people don't like it when people from the big cities (such as LA and NYC) move in. We bring different attitudes, lifestyles, etc.

I hope to visit MT soon to see for myself.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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We leave the door open on the house so if you are stranded in a storm you have somewhere to come into.

Just remember we are all packing....
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