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Old 06-25-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I could've posted this in the "love/hate SA" thread but frankly, I don't want to read the negativity that lives in that thread. And besides, this isn't something I love OR hate about SA; it's just a weird thing.

And here's the weird thing. I'm 5'11. I'm a woman. People approach me - total strangers, mind - and ask me, in some mix of disbelief and horror, how tall I am. This happens several times a month. It's happened in the halls at work, at the grocery, at the gas station, at church.

I grew up in Central Illinois. NO ONE there ever asked me how tall I was. Same in St. Louis and Tucson when I lived there. It never happened. But since I moved to SA 12 years ago it happens a lot.

I will admit that people are short here, in general. And the people asking how tall I am are of the very-short persuasion - usually women who are like five feet tall or shorter.

It's just odd. I did run into a girl I went to high school with in Illinois - she's also 5'11 - and she said that the same thing happens to her. In fact, she was the one who brought it up!

Anyway. Don't ask how tall people are. It's rude. Especially when it's said in a way that intimates I'm some kind of freak.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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I could've posted this in the "love/hate SA" thread but frankly, I don't want to read the negativity that lives in that thread. And besides, this isn't something I love OR hate about SA; it's just a weird thing.

And here's the weird thing. I'm 5'11. I'm a woman. People approach me - total strangers, mind - and ask me, in some mix of disbelief and horror, how tall I am. This happens several times a month. It's happened in the halls at work, at the grocery, at the gas station, at church.

I grew up in Central Illinois. NO ONE there ever asked me how tall I was. Same in St. Louis and Tucson when I lived there. It never happened. But since I moved to SA 12 years ago it happens a lot.

I will admit that people are short here, in general. And the people asking how tall I am are of the very-short persuasion - usually women who are like five feet tall or shorter.

It's just odd. I did run into a girl I went to high school with in Illinois - she's also 5'11 - and she said that the same thing happens to her. In fact, she was the one who brought it up!

Anyway. Don't ask how tall people are. It's rude. Especially when it's said in a way that intimates I'm some kind of freak.
OMG! REALLY? People would ask how tall you are? Hmmm...I'd say in general people here don't hesitate to say things and ask things that I'd usually reserve for relatives or long time friends. In some ways that is part of the "comfortable" nature people seem to have here but sometimes it just flat out crosses the line between friendly and rude.

I have an 18 m.o. & have had a few people ask me if I'm the Mom OR Grandma! Okay, I am 43 but I don't think I look like the grandma!

I'd never ask anyone how tall they were OR if they were the grandma!

I'm sorry people do that to you! Now I know why my former co-worker in another city was happy to move from here...he was 6'9"!
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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SA08, I have dear, dear friends who are 44 and 40 and they have a two year old and a 10 month old, so yeah. They get some of that too.

And I'm with you - I'd no more ask people those kinds of questions than the man in the moon!
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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LindaGrace

My wife is 5'9" and never gets asked. I guess the 2" makes the difference!

And as for those in their fourties being asked about their infants, considering the large number of teenage pregnancies these days, and the same instances of grandparents taking care of their grandkids due to both parents working; it isn't an exceptionally out-of-the-ordinary question to ask other than being a bit personal...

I guess San Antonio is just so friendly that people automatically consider you their buds!

Cheers! M2
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:05 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I think part of the "How tall ARE you" thing is how I'm built. My legs are damned near as long as some people here are tall! Ok, it isn't quite that bad, but I do have a 38 inch inseam. So I expect I look taller than I am. Plus I wear 3 - 3.5 inch heels to work (but not to the grocery or to church!).

And you're right about the teenage parent thing. I know tons of people here who are grandparents in their 30s. That didn't happen often at home! I have a cousin who was a grandma by the time she was 36, but she was the only super-young nana I knew...'til I moved here!
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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I'm short, so I like living here... I'm no longer alone!!
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:15 AM
 
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I have to admit I enjoy being able to see over crowds at Fiesta events and whatnot.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:18 AM
 
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Wow! I would never ask someone I didn't know well how tall they are! OTOH, I do get comments on my height (4'10.5"), as well, which I find annoying. I would never ask how much someone weighs, how much money they earn or whether they're pregnant, but know a few people who have no qualms about doing so! Some people just don't understand good manners, I guess.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:22 AM
 
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The weird thing for me is that after living in the Midwest for many years...
now I walk in a store and I'm confused as h.... because I don't know whether to speak English or Spanish because I can't tell just by the way people look.

The other thing is that it looks like the right lane is the passing lane in Texas
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:22 AM
 
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Anyway. Don't ask how tall people are. It's rude. Especially when it's said in a way that intimates I'm some kind of freak.
That is exactly what they are doing. They think they are being smart with you. Same goes with the grandma comments from strangers.
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