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    02-18-2014, 08:25 AM
  #21
Weanling
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Here's a video y'all should watch with the country/city concept:

Roflmfao at the water pail skit
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    02-18-2014, 09:07 AM
  #22
Weanling
There IS a difference, and those that say there isn't are apparently blind and deaf.

I could never live in the city. I grew up in Maine, where our biggest city is tiny. I do occasionally like to go to Boston for a weekend, but by the time the end of the weekend rolls around, I am ready to go home!

I have a hard time with how complicated city living is. Everyone is always is a hurry, and because of that, their common courtesy goes down the crapper. People are always honking their horns, cutting people off and swearing. No one ever stops to let someone cross the street, and if they do, you can bet your buns the people behind them will cause a ruckus! Slow down people! Life is short!

Where I come from, people stop and let other cross the road. People let others pull out into heavy traffic, and a friendly wave is exchanged as a "thank you." When your mail gets put in your neighbor's mailbox, they deliver it to you themselves, and bring pie. Not throw it away. When your dog gets loose or goes to visit the neighbor, the neighbors throw sticks and let the dog play with their dog, and then bring it home when play time is over. The guy down the street that has private property with "no trespassing" signs plastered all over it, calls you up during hunting season and offers it to you for a place to trail ride, where you and your horse will be safer.

It takes me 5 minutes to drive from my house to my office. I like that. I rent a 1400 sq ft. House for the same price as my sister's efficiency apartment just outside of Boston.

The air I breathe is fresh, and occasionally salty from the harbor mist first thing in the morning. It never smells like smog or car exhaust. In the summer, I have a nice breeze that is never blocked by buildings upon buildings.

Its a simple life in the "country." Its the way I prefer it. My sister would go insane living like this. She needs to always have somewhere to go and something to do. And the type of work she does really requires her to be in a city setting.

I have no issue with city folk, as long as they remember common courtesy when they visit the country... That means, if you're from the city, and I let you out in traffic, you better wave to me to say "thanks!!"
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    02-18-2014, 09:17 AM
  #23
Weanling
I've lived in the country for all of my life. I dated a guy from Milwaukee WI...yeah there is def a difference and the difference ended up breaking us up. He loved the big city, I hated it. When I was visitng him one year for Christmas I could actually hear his neighbor next door talking in their kitchen....yeah a little to close for comfort. Also from what I've noticed is city folks tend to not be as friendly. Where I come from you say hello and wave to random people driving by.
I also had a friend that lived in the city that came over to our place for a weekend. I wanted to climb the fence to get into the horse pasture instead of walking over to the gate and the whole time she's climbing it she is yelling "HELP ME"....
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    02-18-2014, 11:44 AM
  #24
Trained
One of the biggest misconceptions I've seen is that country life is slower... What?!?!?!!!

We work from sunup to sundown 7 days a week, and on holidays. There is always something to be done. My city friends are always going to functions or parties or even coming out here for fun... Fun? Who has time for that?
It's rush to get the hay done, rush to get the garden in and out, rush to get enough wood chopped, and on and on!

Being so far out one has to always be prepared. Most city folk wouldn't know what to do if the trucks stopped rolling in...
I could easily survive if the world went to pot.

Most of my city girlfriends can't cook... Even proclaim it proudly! HA! I cook three GOOD meals a day, that there's braggin rights in these here hills! You never know when someone's going to show up for dinner, and if they do you know they'll be hungry. They're probably coming to help you out by doing some kind of physical labor.

Clean houses... I have to sweep three times a day, clean the kitchen three times a day...
I've also had almost every kind of animal on the farm live inside at one point... Baby deer, chickens, dogs, baby goats, LOL!!!

When my female city friends visit they "just don't see how I do it..." They'd be terrified to live out here, especially stay overnight alone. Heck I'm more scared of people than I am a snake or a bear.

Junk "yards"....
That's TREASURE not JUNK! Although my yard is spotless, I truly appreciate other people's junky yards. There is just so much useful STUFF in theirs. It's all I can do not to pull over and ask to "shop", lol!

Jack of all trades...
Country folk have to be plumbers, electricians, vets, builders, mechanics, you name it. It costs a bloody fortune to get people out here to do work. A person also had to be able to rig stuff to "make it" until they get to town.
"Make it" is our mantra out here!
How are you doing? "Makin it".
Don't say you can't, just "make it" happen.
Lets get that patched so we can "make it" for another month.

Neighbors out here are priceless. When I lived in town they were nuisances. Bad kids, bad dogs, property line issues, no privacy, drama drama drama... We all get together here several times a year to drink/party/canoe etc. if someone has a grudge it's easily forgotten over a bottle of moonshine! ;)

Like you guys said, in the country everyone waves, smiles, and is generally ready to offer a helping hand. We live in a scenic area where city folk come to gawk at the breathtaking mountains. They drive 10-20 miles an hour on the hwy and NEVER EVER pull over to let a faster car go by. This drives us insane! Especially because we all pull off for the sports cars who want to enjoy the winding road or for each other because we know people have to get places and speed limits are optional... Only one county officer on duty, and he's usually tied up in town.

There are also daily wrecks out here due to inexperienced motorcyclists attempting one of the most dangerous scenic highways in the country, and idiots going TOO fast. You think the city people stop to offer help? Nope. I've watched several cars in front of me gawk, but they never stop. All of us out here have helped save a life or two, and stopped to comfort a new widow and get them help.
Help is at least an hour away, usually involving a helicopter.
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    02-18-2014, 01:04 PM
  #25
Green Broke
I'm from the "city"...

People from the city are friendly. Just because we don't say hello to every single person who drives by doesn't mean we aren't friendly, and certainly not . When 3 million people live in your county. All the neighbors are friendly in my city. I've hardly even seen anyone be rude to a worker. The one time I did I was SURE to rip the woman a new one. I know and talk to all the workers in the stores I frequent.

Yeah, "city people" are busy. They cost of living in a city vs that in the country is more. Long Island, for example, the average income is TWICE that of the rest of the country. 10% of those people will make 5x the average of the rest of the country. We have to work hard to maintain that lifestyle. We are also busy because we actually have things to do! We have movie theaters, amazing places to eat, NYC is a short train ride away, great entertainment, beaches, boating, parks, lots of recreational activities. People in small towns... How many times can you do the same things over and over again?

One thing I love about the city is pride. I LOVE where I live. I'm proud to say I'm from New York. When we do it we do it well. We have some of the best health care facilities and great schools.

Another thing I love about the city... Diversity. There are black people, Asian people, Buddhists, Muslims, gay people, young and old, etc. you can be anyone you want to be when you grow up in a city. You'll have opportunities you'll never have in a small town.

Just because we don't think that smelling like cow crap everyday is appealing doesn't mean that city people are stupid. I'd feel pretty darn lucky to be born with the "privilege" of growing up in a farm setting. Likewise, I'm sure there are people who would rather be born into the "city" lifestyle.

Some "differences" city people see in "small town" people are they close minded, bible thumpers, backwards, slow, etc. Do I think they are true? No, but there are lots of people who think that way.

The door swings both ways here.
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    02-18-2014, 01:14 PM
  #26
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Lived both in "city" (small to American yardstick tho) and in a small town, I've personally noticed few differencies. Tho also cultural issues can play some role, you have to remember that I come from Finland.

What I experienced is that city people are more open to differency and different people. They might seem to be distant from a perspective of a small-towner, like don't (seemingly) care that much of other people around them, but I believe that it's result of a city life and different social networks and lifestyle. On the other hand, there can be some urban networks in hoods.

In small town, the community is might more close-knit and safe when "everyone knows everyone". The downside is that tolerance toward differency and "outsiders" can be low. I personally experienced that it was difficult to get in the town society when I moved from a city to a small town.

Sure these are just my views and it's possible that them don't represent the truth.
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    02-18-2014, 01:53 PM
  #27
Trained
I think it's a misconception that small towns aren't diverse. We have everything from Buddhists to Catholics to Baptists, black, white, Asians, Pacific Islanders, Mexican, British, German, Italian, etc... The thing I find different is everyone out here has more of a "community" mentality. Where as in the large city I left it was becoming "segregated".

It's also not like small town people don't have culture or have never experienced it... They do drive.

Granted the stereotype of "if you weren't born here you'll never belong here" rings true for some, but they are by far a minority. I grew up small town, large city, international, etc. When we first moved here most everyone embraced us.
Actually the "old timers" became our friends first.
That's in a town of 3,500 and a county of only 18,000 people.
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    02-18-2014, 02:29 PM
  #28
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I live in a small town and when we shop we go to the big city - because our town doesn't have costco and stuff like that.

I always say that you know you are in the city when people stand by the stoplights or crosswalks, acting like they will cross - then when you tak all your time to slow down and back traffic up to let them by, they wave you on because they werent going to cross in the first place.

I actually have some good ones I came up with, but I can't rmemeber at the moment.
     
    02-18-2014, 03:07 PM
  #29
Yearling
I think the difference is in how City People and Country Folk view/experience every day life:

For example:

A bad day for a city person would be if Starbucks mixed up your drink order and you got a regular Mocha with Whip when you ordered a Soy Mocha without Whip.

A bad day for country folk would be if your best milk producing cow died and you find out that your sweetheart is also your cousin.
     
    02-18-2014, 03:58 PM
  #30
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SlideStop    
I'm from the "city"...

People from the city are friendly. Just because we don't say hello to every single person who drives by doesn't mean we aren't friendly, and certainly not . When 3 million people live in your county. All the neighbors are friendly in my city. I've hardly even seen anyone be rude to a worker. The one time I did I was SURE to rip the woman a new one. I know and talk to all the workers in the stores I frequent.

Yeah, "city people" are busy. They cost of living in a city vs that in the country is more. Long Island, for example, the average income is TWICE that of the rest of the country. 10% of those people will make 5x the average of the rest of the country. We have to work hard to maintain that lifestyle. We are also busy because we actually have things to do! We have movie theaters, amazing places to eat, NYC is a short train ride away, great entertainment, beaches, boating, parks, lots of recreational activities. People in small towns... How many times can you do the same things over and over again?

One thing I love about the city is pride. I LOVE where I live. I'm proud to say I'm from New York. When we do it we do it well. We have some of the best health care facilities and great schools.

Another thing I love about the city... Diversity. There are black people, Asian people, Buddhists, Muslims, gay people, young and old, etc. you can be anyone you want to be when you grow up in a city. You'll have opportunities you'll never have in a small town.

Just because we don't think that smelling like cow crap everyday is appealing doesn't mean that city people are stupid. I'd feel pretty darn lucky to be born with the "privilege" of growing up in a farm setting. Likewise, I'm sure there are people who would rather be born into the "city" lifestyle.

Some "differences" city people see in "small town" people are they close minded, bible thumpers, backwards, slow, etc. Do I think they are true? No, but there are lots of people who think that way.

The door swings both ways here.
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I wasn't trying to make it sound one sided... I can appreciate the things people like about the city, its just not for me. My future step son lives in NYC and my future step daughter is there right now looking at schools. My sister and many friends live in the city. I like to visit, but here in the country is where my heart is. I like how simple life is here. We do have a movie theatre and a few really amazing restaurants... that's all I need! I am too busy with my horse, children, and work to have much time to do any of those things anyway. And while you can appreciate all the things there are to do in the city, I appreciate doing nothing from time to time.

To each their own.

And regardless of your opinion- I still want a darn "thank you" wave if I ever let you out into traffic or stop so you can cross the road!!
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