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Old 01-31-2010, 11:31 PM
 
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I'm from Britain and currently live in Oklahoma City - is there likely to be a great deal of difference in culture between Oklahoma and Virginia?
Yes, there is quite a bit of difference between Oklahoma City and the Shenandoah Valley. The valley is generally more diverse as there are colleges and universities in most town.

One of the more irritating aspects that I found in my three years in Virginia is the preoccupation as to what university you attended. It is like some people want to know where you attended school before deciding whether they wanted to associate with you.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:08 AM
 
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I would be glad that it means what Uni you went to and not what high school you went to.
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Old 02-01-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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One of the more irritating aspects that I found in my three years in Virginia is the preoccupation as to what university you attended. It is like some people want to know where you attended school before deciding whether they wanted to associate with you.
I've lived here 20 and don't recall anyone ever asking me that question. If they did I'd say "Cal" and they'd have no clue what that was anyway.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:57 PM
 
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I've lived here 20 and don't recall anyone ever asking me that question. If they did I'd say "Cal" and they'd have no clue what that was anyway.
They would know, because Cal stole the Basketball Coach from JMU in 1986, after we had made it to the NCAAs three years in a row.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:13 AM
 
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Just how hard is it to get in?
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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I've lived in Harrisonburg for nine years and just posted on another thread asking about the area. Here's my post:

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We've lived in Harrisonburg for nine years and love the city and R-ham county. We have three kids and live downtown. The downtown area has revived considerably in the past four or five years and new shops, restaurants and condos appear monthly. The city itself is quite safe-- my kids and I walk the 3/4 mile to the downtown from our house weekly to the library and shops. There's a large alternative-living community here (which we find very attractive), but also a great mix of traditional suburban neighborhoods. The college community is a little different than the "townies", but they're only here for half the year and they at least provide us with regular entertainment and free concerts!

H-burg is very racially diverse and I've never seen or heard of any negative racial stereotypes. There are various heritage festivals every spring and summer-- including a big International Festival every fall celebrating the myriad cultures represented in our community. You can walk through Walmart any weekday and hear at least five different languages by the time you hit the checkout, including Spanish, Russian, Kurdish, French, Imheric, and others I can't identify.

The area outside the city is very rural and downright pastoral. You can live right in farm country and be only five minutes from the mall. There is a thriving art and music community-- including a yearly Bach Festival and a downtown celebration of local artists.

Comparing to Charlottesville... in general, H-burg is smaller and a little quieter and a lot cheaper to live here. I wouldn't want to commute daily to C-ville, but we find it well within weekend-shopping/dining distance. Staunton also has a lot of great things to offer in the way of arts and entertainment, including the world's only replication of Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theater-- the home of the American Shakespeare Company.

All in all, I highly recommend this area. It has a little something for everyone! If we weren't relocating for job reasons, we'd stay here into retirement!
To add, addressing the claim that it's full of bible-thumping Walmart shoppers, I moved here from a small town in So Va and let me tell you, if you think this area is like that, you've not seen much of the small-town South. I find the heavy influence of the Brethren and Mennonite Churches (who are strong advocates of Social Justice, Pacifism and similar issues) in this area to keep local political views far, far away from radical-conservative and Bible-thumping.
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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small town with mid/big school and students that like to drink (since there's not much else to do)
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