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post #11 of 87 Old 02-17-2014, 08:53 PM
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Honestly I don't think there's a difference. It really rubs me the wrong way when people act like there is...
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post #12 of 87 Old 02-17-2014, 08:57 PM
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City people haven't a clue (in this area anyways) how to drive in the snow, lol.

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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.
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post #14 of 87 Old 02-17-2014, 09:16 PM
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Neither do some of the natives here!!!!
I lived in London for several years and although I found city life tough on me the people were friendly but the last country village we lived in (UK) they didn't accept newcomers well at all - even those that had moved from other rural parts
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post #15 of 87 Old 02-17-2014, 09:40 PM
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Biggest difference is between what people have learned from their environment. As an example 4 of us were sitting around a table one day swapping stories. We got onto how many times us and friends wrecked as kids crossing cattle guards on our bikes. We were whooping it up and laughing about the wrecks while the fourth guy sat there with a confused look on his face. Finally he asked what's a cattle guard is.

On the flip side three of us were talking about where we were from and the other two were from the same big city. They started talking about east side and west side while flashing what I assumed were gang signs. I asked what the gang signs meant and they looked at me like I was an idiot. For those like me if you hold three fingers up that forms a W for west side then three fingers to the side form an E for east side.

Then the biggest difference. You can talk city boys into peeing on electric fences...
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I do think there is a difference between city people and country people, and while we rib at them, they probably rib at us. Both have pros and cons. If you say something about one or the humor with a light, playful sense of humor without being rude, I think it is okay. :)

Here's a video y'all should watch with the country/city concept:

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Originally Posted by Corazon Lock View Post
I do think there is a difference between city people and country people, and while we rib at them, they probably rib at us. Both have pros and cons. If you say something about one or the humor with a light, playful sense of humor without being rude, I think it is okay. :)

Here's a video y'all should watch with the country/city concept:

Evention Tv Presents: The Difference Between Regular People and Horse People - YouTube
I was JUST about to post this LOL.

My favorite is the horse poop one :P
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post #18 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 01:56 AM
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Having gone from living in downtown Los Angeles to the absolute middle of nowhere..... I have to say I've seen everything posted in BOTH types of people.

I was flipped off tonight because apparently the guy behind me didn't appreciate me slowing down to turn left (we're talking swampy, mucky, ucky, dirt road right now).

I knew every single last one of my neighbors for blocks when we lived in the city and I can't count how many times they babysat, mowed my lawn, brought over cookies, etc..

My kids attend a very rural school. They literally are bused up to an hour away from 4 towns just to get enough kids. We're talking gravel roads, 2 stoplights max. (and that's the biggest town...mine has none), no grocery stores, minimal gas stations and tiny local stores. I was quite shocked when a kid came over for the weekend, stepped off my back porch and goes "There's POOP! Like POOP on the ground!!" This was followed by shrieking and running when Maggie the ultra-pregnant cow waddled up to see if she had treats and much amazement that "you open the door thingy and there's like EGGS in nests and chickens!!" I guess nobody has animals "in-town" (2-3 streets worth of a trailer park)!

I had chickens in LA, unfortunately mine turned out to be all Roosters and somebody turned me in (wasn't the neighbors....they all brought veggie scraps over to feed them!). 5 hens were allowed in my itty, bitty yard though!
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Over my 59 years, I have lived in a large city (1+ million), suburbs, a small town (<5000), just outside town in the county, and currently in a rural area (seems like a pattern)

The biggest differences is that people in town and the suburbs get upset when your horse craps in the road. Heaven forbid that you get some manure on your tires

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post #20 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 08:30 AM
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I think the biggest difference is the social one. We rural folk smile and say hello to everyone. In the city one avoids eye contact and definitely not acknowledge a stranger.
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