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Old 06-27-2009, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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You know you live in a BIG city when...the constent sound of sirens in the back ground is the norm
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Old 06-27-2009, 07:56 AM
 
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You know you live in a BIG city when...the constent sound of sirens in the back ground is the norm
It made me think of a friend of mine.
He sold his small,older,house in a quiet residental area of a city of about 7,000. ( he built a new house on land he owned out of the city)

An elderly couple from Minneapolis bought the house for retirement.
After only a year,they put it up for sale so my friend stopped by to see what the reason was.-----"too quiet" said the wife.
She missed the noise of the city and specifically mentioned --"sirens"

Strange to many folks !


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Old 06-27-2009, 10:55 AM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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It made me think of a friend of mine.
He sold his small,older,house in a quiet residental area of a city of about 7,000. ( he built a new house on land he owned out of the city)

An elderly couple from Minneapolis bought the house for retirement.
After only a year,they put it up for sale so my friend stopped by to see what the reason was.-----"too quiet" said the wife.
She missed the noise of the city and specifically mentioned --"sirens"

Strange to many folks !



Different strokes for different folks. I am in the heart of the city and just moved from a very busy street to a dead end and miss the noise, families walking by, etc.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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I get enough noise from the train tracks across the street.
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Old 06-27-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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I get enough noise from the train tracks across the street.
When I did a stint of railroading on the CN Railroad in Canada it was an odd arrangement. Up there the distance between cities is too far so they have camp cars where you sleep right on the train. Not bad until a freight train passes by 2 feet away. They said you either get used to it in the first week, or you never do.

I couldn't wait to get back to the USA even if it was staying in hotels.
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Old 06-27-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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When I did a stint of railroading on the CN Railroad in Canada it was an odd arrangement. Up there the distance between cities is too far so they have camp cars where you sleep right on the train. Not bad until a freight train passes by 2 feet away. They said you either get used to it in the first week, or you never do.

I couldn't wait to get back to the USA even if it was staying in hotels.
In 72 or 73 I rode a freight train from Chicago(or St Louis, I don't remember) to SanDiego, Ca. (I was on my way back to Mich, from Tx, on foot), It took over a week to get to Ca, so I slept on a pile of straw in an empty box car I was in and fell asleep by the rythym of the wheels rolling on the tracks.

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Old 06-29-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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I get enough noise from the train tracks across the street.

My grandparents have a line that goes through their property. When you go out the sidedoor the line is only about 80-100 feet away. Trains come through about 2-6 times an hour depending on whats going on at the Big Four Yard. When they come through they literally rock the house.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Bedford County, Va.
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... when many of your friends and neighbors never learned how to drive a car.

... when the place you live (or any city over 50,000) wasn't chosen by CNNMoney as one of the Top 100 places to live in the U.S.

... when nobody knows your name.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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You know you live in a big city when most Americans know what state your city is located in.
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:04 PM
 
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You have to introduce yourself because the rumors about you have not reached everyone.
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