Have you lived in different U.S. places and struggled to make sense of the great differences?
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This New York City kid found that suddenly transplanted, living in Texas, was too different an electron spin energy level from living in urban NYC.
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In New York City it's coming at you so fast that sometimes, even paranoid people, are truly being followed.
Down there, by comparison, it's coming at you so very slowly, that it's been a hundred years, since the beginning of this sentence.
I've lived several different places, from PA to WY. didn't seem to be that much difference in the people
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You bet. I spent my youth in Pittsburgh, PA - people in PA are warm, giving and wonderful. I moved to Connecticut and wow, it was vastly different. People were stuffy and unfriendly. But I'm one that doesn't give in to first impressions and I figured out that the folks in Connecticut are not ones to make the first move. So, since I'm an extravert anyway, it wasn't a stretch that I worked it out - I can't tell you how nice everyone is now. I know how to do it - all I have to do is stand in line in the super market or bank, Wal Mart even, and people will speak to me. Is it because I've gotten older and people think I'm a cutie older person? No, I think it's because I think pleasant and it shows. I'm approachable. I've lived in Damascus, Maryland and worked in Washington, D.C. Nice people, but not my faves.
I live in Connecticut due to circumstances beyond my control - my family chooses to live here and I don't choose to separate myself from family - at least not as far as I would have to if I followed my personal dreams. I hate cold weather, especially when the going is as tough as it is this year in Connecticut. I'd rather be in the south. Right now it doesn't matter where just where it's warm. Will I leave? Never. My family would understand if I'd go but it's not in the cards. I am destined to remain near my grandchildren and kids. I could run my business anywhere easily enough, I like the people most anywhere, but here's is where family resides and here is where I'll stay.
Total Answers: 3, Total Page Views: 991.Trying to describe a city, state or country in a few words or ideas, is like trying to describe the contents of a grocery store in a few words. As an overall description of the store contents, you would just say it contains food; without going into detail about all the sub- contents under that heading. To elaborate a little, you may say it contains meat, vegetables, fruit and dairy products- without detailing all the types and combinations of these basic products. Then you may describe the layout and decor of the store itself, and how everything is made to look and arranged. You may describe the people who shop there, but unless you want to go into great detail in this varied description- you would say- men women and children of all ages can be seen in the store- whether they are actually shopping or being led, carried or allowed to run wild through the store- some of them may even be shoplifting......or grazing on the fruit, vegetables and/or free samples offered- whatever they are doing- they are inside the store- no need to go into what those outside in the parking lot are doing.......
The gist is- a city, state or country is made up basically of people- human beings- who happen to be basically all alike, in their needs, desires, and feelings. it's the manner in which they express and go about fulfilling these that is different. To say that one is better than another is like telling someone that apples are better than oranges.
It's funny, but it seems that as people start to get older, they seek places of a slower more orderly pace- it seems to them that their time is flying by far too quickly already. They seek to slow it down and organize it- to better match the pace of their minds. Where do you usually see older people in a big city like New York- in the park- closer to nature, where they may find a modicum of the peace, quiet and natural order they crave. Electrons spinning too quickly cause them to seek escape. We seek to escape into ourselves........and can't find ourselves that easily with everything we really don't care about anymore (been there done that) bombarding our life and minds. That's the main reason why we were never able to find ourselves when we were younger- too much bombardment from the outside world. besides- we're beginning to get a little tired, and it's just not worth it any more. We tend to be more selective in our choice of adventures and interests- got to make sure it's worth it..........Uh oh.....I've written another article.......almost- well, that's it in a big nutshell.....oh- no, I've never lived in any state other than Texas, figured I'd quit while I was ahead, :)--but, just as I know that aliens and their craft exist in Earth's environs-I also know that NY and India exist, even tho I've never seen them with my own 4 eyes.....I have a good enough imagination to use those descriptions and know what those places and things feel like--okay- okay- I'm going......
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