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Old 08-09-2013, 11:40 AM
 
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I know that many states have a negative view of people in California, and I was wondering if people in Montana had a similar view. I am moving to Montana so, and was thinking I should mention it as little as possible. I am from a rural area so I hope it isn't painfully obvious.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Brew City
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The news is usually received with an eye roll. As unfair as it is, California has a bad rep countrywide. Montana is no different.

I think the worst areas for anti-California are the Flathead Valley and Bozeman. Then again half the Flathead valley is Californians so maybe they welcome their own? I know the locals are not shy about their distain for Californians moving in and driving up real estate prices thus forcing locals out due to higher property taxes. Bozeman is often referred to as Bozangeles. Throw the Bitterroot valley in there as well.

I know several people from California. Some are great, some not so much. The bad one will have a tough time living it down. He is known around town as "California Mike" so even if one doesn't know him personally, they know he's from California.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:44 PM
 
Location: C-U metro
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:53 AM
 
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To be honest, I can't blame people for not liking Californians. I live here and I am not particularly found of them either, but then again I come from the State of Jefferson area. The far northern, rural, conservative part of California that has been trying to break off and form it's own state for years.
So any tips for fitting in? I am sure the fact that I'll probably be wearing long sleeves in by September isn't going to help my case much.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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If folks ask, tell them you are from the state of Jefferson, which also covers southern Oregon if I remember right.
Weren't they set to declaire statehood on December 8, 1941?

The main problem folks here have with Californians is attitude, and it is the same one you Jeffersonians get hit with, so you know what I am talking about.

Just be yourself, don't push the "I'm from California" stuff, let folks get to know you, join in for local events, go to your church, be a good neighbor and you will be accepted.

If you go someplace like Bozeman, (LA North) or Missoula, (Little Berkley) it's no big deal because most of your neighbors will be from California anyway.

Decades of transplants have caused problems here, and some animosity, most from folks that were forced out of their home states like Colorado and Washington because of the California takeover of their states.

Not all Californians are bad, I know some that are great folks, but there is a stigma so change your license plates as soon as you can, downplay the California part, and it will allow folks to know you before you get painted with the broad stereotype brush.

Heck, if you say you are from the State of Jefferson, it will give you a conversation starter so you can talk to folks and make a good first impression.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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The view of Californians in Montana is mostly negative as others have said.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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The Californians that do not get accepted here in Montana, are the ones with the big chip on their shoulder that go around telling everyone how much better things are done in California. How his is done in California and will be so glad when Montana moves into the current century and do things like they do them California.

I also am from the Jefferson area. My family settled in Humboldt county in the late 1800s, on both side of the family. It is a good place to be from, and the attitude there is not typical Californians. More like Montana. Just be a friendly person, and forget to ever mention California and you will do well here.

Born in Fortuna, and lived in Eureka after I was grown. Left after the big flood in 1955, as the county was devastated and I needed to earn a living. Went to the Silicon Valley area, and stayed there till the smog about killed my wife and one young son. When the doctor said get them out of there or prepare to bury them within 6 months we left. Moved and my wife is in her 80s, and my son is in his 60s and both very healthy. When we go back to visit family there, I am so glad to be out of there and love Montana.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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The Californians that do not get accepted here in Montana, are the ones with the big chip on their shoulder that go around telling everyone how much better things are done in California.
Having lived in both myself... the one thing Calif does better is PARKING LOTS, as in making sure they're big enough for the store. Good grief, trying to park at the Bozeman Walmart, what an adventure!!

Otherwise... not so much.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Brew City
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Having lived in both myself... the one thing Calif does better is PARKING LOTS, as in making sure they're big enough for the store. Good grief, trying to park at the Bozeman Walmart, what an adventure!!

Otherwise... not so much.
What always blows me away about parking lots here in Montana are the small spaces. We're a state with a healthy appetite for trucks and SUV's but the parking lot designers think we all drive Fiats. Except Costco. They get it right. Again.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Helena Costco might have, but Bozeman Costco sure didn't (I guess it's the artsy-fartsy designers in charge here). There's exactly one row, over by the gas station, where I can park the dually (also the only place RVs can park, and being across from the rest stop, it gets plenty of RVs!) The whole rest of the parking lot is broken up into cute little curves and curbs suitable only for smaller vehicles. Hello, look around, do you see all the fullsized pickups going by? Get a clue!!

Boise Costco has the same problem, and then some. Nampa's, not so much -- part of the lot is kinda crazy (apparently no larger vehicles are ever expected to exit the gas station) but the whole NW side is big and open.
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