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Old 03-16-2008, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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It certainly is a different culture! I guess my biggest problem is that I wasn't born and raised here. I was born and raised in the deep South, and don't feel at home here in the Midwest at all. As soon as someone hears I'm from the South originally they start asking all sorts of rude questions based on stereotypes. I had the same problem out West, but people there seemed less biased against ex-Southerners. Maybe because everyone was from so many other places.

I like the family friendliness here a lot... great schools, lots of thinking and planning for families... rec centers, family friendly festivals instead of pure consumer oriented events, etc. The work ethic here is above all else, and I love that too. My kids are expected to work hard in school and be responsible for themselves, which is HUGE.

I just feel like a fish out of water here...
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, MO
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It certainly is a different culture! I guess my biggest problem is that I wasn't born and raised here. I was born and raised in the deep South, and don't feel at home here in the Midwest at all. As soon as someone hears I'm from the South originally they start asking all sorts of rude questions based on stereotypes. I had the same problem out West, but people there seemed less biased against ex-Southerners. Maybe because everyone was from so many other places.

I like the family friendliness here a lot... great schools, lots of thinking and planning for families... rec centers, family friendly festivals instead of pure consumer oriented events, etc. The work ethic here is above all else, and I love that too. My kids are expected to work hard in school and be responsible for themselves, which is HUGE.

I just feel like a fish out of water here...
Yeah...I think the upper midwest might have the problem more than, say, Missouri or Southern Ohio. Half of Missouri basically IS Dixie so....nobody cares if you're a southerner. In fact, most people here would fit right in with the south! lol.

I'm curious....what are the biggest differences you see between the midwest and south?
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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Well, I've only lived here a year and a half, and we're very rural, but people up here are very stoic and much more reserved than in the South (or West). At least when I lived in the South (moved in my 20's in '90), people there seemed to have more of a joy of living, Southern hospitality, etc... Social ettiqette there is much bigger... debutant balls, society living, manners, etc... I still cringe hearing kids call adults by their first names, which isn't as prevalent here as it was out West, but still more than down South. The South is more formal than either place.

The Midwest is by far the most patriotic place I've ever lived... 4th of July here is a BIG deal, and they teach patriotism much more in school. Out West, my kids hardly ever said the Pledge of Allegiance. Here they know it by heart. Down South I remember having "a moment of silence" (prayer) each day in public school, as well as no sex-ed. I was also bussed to segregated schools in order to desegregate. Never seen that outside of the South.

Politics is totally different here too. Down South they don't pretend that it's anything other than "good ole boy network". Here they pretend it's legitimate, but it's really who you know. It all seems to happen behind the curtain. I still haven't figured out some of the decisions they make here. It's much more localized too here. Out West, I don't think people care too much about politics. It's much more petition oriented and ballot measure, at least in Oregon, king of the ballot measure...

Anyway, just a few observations...
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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I have been on both the I-5 and the I-25 corridors and the Front Range seems to have been busier. Both were quite comparable, but CO has way more cities and on-ramps than OR. I have never actually compared the two before so neat observation!

Like someone else said, neither compare to Seattle!
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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Yeah,..out here, it's who you "like" NOT...the "PARTY"!!

Don't be scared. Come to Colorado....you won't be sorry!! Seriously!
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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Never mind, you are already here!!!
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