Well, the last time we had relatives from NY visit us they were petrified of the night. We have no outdoor lighting or street lights where we live. When the sun goes down, it's dark. This is normal for me. I never really thought anything of it. Our relatives were totally freaked!
I don't always lock my front door. First of all, I've always lived somewhere with a dog. If a stranger comes anywhere near the house, everyone will know because of all the barking. Second, break ins are pretty much unheard of where I live. Third, everyone assumes everyone else has a gun and isn't afraid to use it. Fourth, I don't own anything of value. Do you want my old "dumb" phone with only calling capabilities, my lap top that I bought refurbished 3 years ago, or my television that only works sometimes? You can have it! My renters insurance will just replace it with a better one! If you can fit it in your car, you can have my falling apart Kmart furniture too! Most city-people I know wouldn't dare leave their door unlocked even when they're home during the day.
In the country, most people drive old, dirty pick up trucks. In a city (or more so the suburbs), I see a lot of shiny pick up trucks that have probably never seen a bale of hay or hauled anything other than the driver.
People in the country are not normally afraid of poop, dirt, dead things, the smell of fertilizer, pig pens and cow pies. Flies don't bother us. City people are generally horrified by all of the above. My husband and I are surrounded by dairy farms. We leave our windows open all summer long because we don't have A/C. My hubby's city-dwelling parents complain that our house smells like cow and the sight of a fly makes them freak out. They refuse to walk around the barn for fear of stepping in horse poop and have to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer every time they touch a horse.
City people are shocked when I tell them I put about 70 miles on my car every day, just driving to and from work and my grandparent's farm, because things are so far apart, but I only spend about an hour in the car, total, because there aren't many other cars on the road, or cops. I can easily drive more than 20 miles at a time without encountering a single traffic light. I just remember the first time my husband came to visit me out here. I met him in college and he's from the Philadelphia area. His parents were going to be in the area for another reason. I told him to hitch a ride with them, and I would pick him up. I told him to just call me when he was about 20 minutes away and I would meet him. He looked it up on google maps and exclaimed. "There's no way you'll be there in 20 minutes! That's like, 20 miles! That will take you at least an hour!" I just laughed.
On the flip side, city people can parallel park, but I have not attempted it since I took my driver's test 9 years ago.
Last edited by kiltsrhott; 02-17-2014 at 09:18 PM.