Monday, March 07, 2005
Whoring for comments

Yesterday I wrote a post about what I think a few differences are being in the state I am now from the state I grew up in. I was sure that I'd get a response from that. Hasn't everyone been in a place that is a lot different from what they are used to? Or met someone with different ways of going about things anyway? I got 130 hits yesterday......and only one comment. (Thank you commenter.)

Apparently not. So I had my husband read my post and asked him what he thought. He said it was simply because I come off as an ignorant bitch. My apologies to all whom I might have offended (except my neighbors).

So today I want to hear from you. Under this I will post the part I wrote yesterday. I want you ALL to leave a comment. Please answer one of the following three questions in your comment:

1. What is unique where you are from? You can answer things like "We are the loudest city", "We have a funny-kind of accent", etc.

2. What place do you think you wouldn't like to live and why?

OR

3. Did I indeed come off as an ignorant bitch?

Here is part of yesterday's post:

The most obvious difference between living in Massachusetts and Maryland is the fact that life is so much slower here. Everyone is overly friendly. In Boston people are rude, but that's the way we like it. We don't want to talk about your kids while waiting to get through the drive thru line, we just want our god-damned coffee!

And by the way, regular is: Large- 4 cream 4 sugar, Medium- 3 cream 3 sugar, Small- 2 cream 2 sugar. How hard is that? It should be universal.
Here's an example of me ordering at my local Dunkin Donuts (which is 45 mins away)

"Can I have a medium regular iced?"

"HUH?"

"Can I have a medium regular iced coffee?"

"Do you want cream or sugar in that?"

"Yes"

"Which one?"

"What? Both."

"You're kids are so cute, I have two daughters too. They're a little older than yours. The oldest will be in middle school next year, and we don't know what we're going to do....

**Now two cars in line behind me.

"We want to have another baby, but it was so hard for us to get pregnant with the youngest that we don't know if it will even be worth it. You know, it's so draining driving for all those appointments. And we're even older now than we were last time, so I'm sure it will take longer to conceive.

**NOW HAS MY COFFEE IN HAND

"With my oldest, it just took once, I came off the pill and she popped out nine months later. My sister-in-law has two boys. I love her boys, except she hasn't even started to potty train them yet. They are three and four years old now. Are your girls potty trained? I know I started with mine when they were 18 months old. OH, here's you're coffee. That will be $1.50."

**I hand here a $5. She gets my change, I stick my hand out the window.

"I didn't mean to offend you if your girls aren't trained yet, they are trained, aren't they?"

"The oldest one is"...Arm still waiting for change

"Yeah, some parents just don't get around to training until later and that's fine too. I worry with my sister-in-law though, because her kids can't even get into daycare and she's upset about it. Are your girls in daycare?"

"I'm really running late"

"Oh, sorry Sugar, here you go hon."

Now again, but in Massachusetts.

"Can I have a medium regular iced"

"That'll be $1.94 please pull up"

I'm sure we'd get along fine if we met somewhere, and I'm sorry about your problems, but believe me, I DON'T WANT TO HEAR YOUR STORY, I DON'T WANT TO HAVE ANY CONVERSATION, I JUST WANT MY COFFEE!! And I'm sorry if I seem rude, I'm from Boston.

And the same goes for my neighbors. If you need something, please knock on our door. If we can help you, we'd be glad to.

On the other hand, DO NOT knock on my door to remind me that trash goes out Friday, I know.

DO NOT knock to tell me you know the secret to parking your car in the snow so you'll be able to plow through a foot of it in the morning, I've seen forty inches of snow in less than a week, and you're going to have to tough up and shovel. Sure, you can try to plow over it, but you WILL get stuck. I'm not going to take you're advice because I did this every winter for many, many years.

Oh, and just one more:

DO NOT push us to be your friends the second time we meet you in said snow situation. You are old enough to be our parents, and if we do end up being friends, that's great. Pushing us to be your friends isn't going to work though, and it's not socially acceptable where we're from to invite strangers to family gatherings just to be nice. To a cookout in the summer? Maybe. To an intimate adult family gathering in your apartment with our kids being the only kids there? I think not.

I miss Boston.






13 Comments:
Blogger Jason had this to say:

You think you got it bad...I moved from Worcester (aka Wistah) to Florida. Whenver I travel to a colder area everyone needs to inform me that its going to be cold. I was in the blizzard of 78 and saw many days below zero and snow banks over my head. Thanks for the warning pal!
No you are not being an ignorant bitch! I'll be back...

2:18 AM EST 

Blogger Kate had this to say:

Oh I so understand where you're coming from, I just recently moved from New York to North Carolina, and the culture shock has been intense. I especially sympathise with your story about people telling you about their kids when all you want is coffee. There's one thing that southerner's don't understand about northerner's. We value formality. I've heard so many unwanted personal details of the lives of people I don't know or care about, I could write a book.

2:55 AM EST 

Blogger Julie had this to say:

I am originally from New Hampshire, now in Arizona. There is such a difference between the two cultures!
I don't think you were being a bitch just homesick! :)

Julie
www.simplylife.blogdrive.com

8:43 PM EST 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

I almost commented yesterday, but didn't for some reason. Had I known you were whoring for comments, I woulda! I'm Colorado.. we're notorious for lots of things. Recently for professor churchill. We were named as one of the top three "fittest cities in the nation." The Texas Seven were found just two miles from where I live. Columbine H.S. massacre happened here...
Lots of publicity! I've never lived in any other state. There ya go! A comment, just for you.

Maggie
http://home.adelphia.net/~richandmags/blogness.html

1:28 PM EST 

Blogger opforsoldier had this to say:

Try moving from Long Island to the midwest spending some time and the moving to SoCal for 6 years and then back to the same piddily town in the midwest.

My midwest pet peeve would be...
THE LEFT LANE IS FOR PASSING, NOT DOING DRIVING IN.

For the comments from Colorado,we do not hold anything that nimrod says against you.

Well I do enjoy a somewhat more relaxed lifestyle now, I also believe that you can have that anywhere.

5:09 PM EST 

Blogger Kris had this to say:

Well, your post made it pretty obvious you don't like conversation with people you don't know. Maybe that had something to do with the lack of comments. I live in a suburb of St. Louis (and they are all made of ticky tacky and they all look just the same)

7:26 PM EST 

Blogger Dr. Forbush had this to say:

I grew up in Ohio and moved to Texas when I went to grad school. When I graduated from TAMU I went to Germany for three years. I now live in California.I met my wife who was origionally from Minnesota in Texas.

I understand what you are saying about people being rude in Boston, but Hamburg is even worse. People in Texas aren't rude to your face, but they talk about you behind your back to no end. It is insane to witness the behavior when you are talking to someone about a person and when that person shows up the whole mood changes to sweet as peacan pie.

People are rude in Ohio in front of your face and behind your back, so at least you know where you stand.

2:24 AM EST 

Blogger Heidi had this to say:

just came across your blog today via BE and enjoyed reading your posts. Thought I'd give my 2 cents....

I'm from Indiana originally, and I've been living in Maine for the past 5 years. It's funny b/c people around here think they are known for being so friendly (maybe when compared to other parts of New England), but when we first moved here we were treated like we had the plague b/c we were from "away." Heh. People in Indiana are as overly friendly as the ones you meet in MD. So, being treated like foreigners here in Maine was a real culture shock. It took us a few years, but I think we have settled into the Mainer mold fairly well. I am hooked on DD coffee (make mine a med. reg. French Vanilla, please.), bothered by the "leaf peepers," and would never step foot into a Red Lobster! LOL ;o)

I still miss IN though, and I don't think you were an ignorant bitch at all. We all have our own personal preferences based on how and where we were raised. Nothing wrong with that. There's also nothing wrong with finding out your preferences have changed after living someplace "different" for awhile. It's all good! ;o)

2:39 PM EST 

Blogger Mark had this to say:

I grew up in Woodville Ca, a town of about 1,000 people, no stoplights. People often ask how many stoplights are in the town to get an idea how small it is, so yeah we have none. I moved from there to San Franciso. A bit of a change yeah? I loved San Fran, but didn't really like the noise I mean having to hear fire engines or police sirens everynight was just so foreign to me, and I lived across the street from the firestation in Woodville. Now I'm in a town of about 25,000 much more at home here.

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