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post #31 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
City people haven't a clue (in this area anyways) how to drive in the snow...
how to drive in the rain...
how to drive in the sun, etc.
Give me the WHOLE ROAD when it's bad and I can drive ANYONE home safely. Put me on the road with city-trained drivers and somebody gets hurt...or injured...or dead.
I was born in a big city (Philadelphia), moved as a child to the suburbs of a big city (Chicago), moved to a smallish city (Champaign) and now live in the tiny "Town That Time Forgot," with maybe, 199 other people (if you can find them all, like the sign suggests.)
I don't think that "friendly" describes either. You can find "nice" everywhere, you can find "mean" everywhere, you can find "weird" everywhere and location doesn't always keep you safe.
I have a gun and dogs for that, ha, ha!!
You have to love the quiet and the dark and the wild animals to love the country. I happen to love that my neighbors are too far away to see me through my windows, so I can get dressed in front of them. In town, your neighbor's windows are ~15 feet from your own!
The country is dirty and gritty. It takes a whole boatload of work to manicure your front yard, and when you have horses to train you may not ever get to it.
Country horseman have "grades" of clothing. I wear the worst rags to muck stalls and clean the barn and the basement. I wear the next grade up to just throw out hay, and the next grade up to ride. When I lived in the suburbs I would wear my best jeans or show pants to ride...Until I started ripping them on nails. You learn quickly it's dollar foolish to ruin your good stuff. You also save your leather boots by NOT throwing them on just to feed.
I stopped CW Reenacting (supposedly) bc the horsepeople were getting sloppy and dangerous. They WERE, but the real reason is that I can ride, burn paper, dig and plant and do pretty much anything I went to events to enjoy, just by walking out my back door.
I would be heartbroken if I had to move back to the big city. I understood it, lived near it, worked downtown and took the train with everybody else, and I could do it again, but it isn't where my heart is.
P.S. I lock my doors bc I STILL can't get over how country people will just walk right in your house...if you let them. =b
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post #32 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 04:42 PM
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When I look at it in states, the around montana we all don't care that it is -20, we are going to school. Two feet of snow? No problem!!

Around georgia and such
five degrees, no school.
half inch of snow, no school.
Rainy, no school.

haha!! We had a horrible snowstorm - meet the news papers? nope.
A few states got half inch of snow and nothing else - posted everywhere
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post #33 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 05:22 PM
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Hmm...I've never had a bad day because Starbucks mixed up my drink, I've never been in a traffic accident even in the rain, I don't flip people off in traffic and I grew up off roading and riding horses, guess I must be a country person with the wrong address!!

One thing I do notice..."thank you" waves while driving do not mean the same thing everywhere. Give me a wave as you cut me off without a blinker because you've missed your exit and I don't care where I am, I take that as sarcastic as all get out. You know you made a mistake at my expense and possible danger....I sure as heck am not saying you're welcome. Me following traffic laws doesn't mean I have to thank every driver I pass, my arm would be tired by the end of my drive to work let alone my way home! I live in a part of the country where city and country often blend and I notice bad drivers all over, not just in congested areas.

I appreciate spending time in both rural and more populated areas and typically try not to generalize areas by the few people I encounter each day. There are good hearted and cruel people everywhere, not just in the city.
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post #34 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 05:46 PM
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People are the same everywhere, it's the surroundings that change. There are rude people, kind people, considerate people, selfish people everywhere.

Living in a big crowded city means that one sees hundreds, thousands of faces each day. It's impossible to say hello to all of them.

Living in a big city makes it easy to find casual labour. Makes it easier to make a living doing casual labour! Living in the middle of nowhere means you have to learn to be more self-sufficient.

However, as the OP wanted a humorous example, this one comes from an old work colleague.

He came over on the boat from small-village Ireland to London at the tender age of 21. Where he came from, if you get on the bus you talk to the other occupant(s), most of whom you are probably related to or grew up with.

In London there is a kind of 'public transport courtesy code' that has developed as a result of millions of people being forced to share their personal space. In essence, you never intentionally get in someone else's space, but if you are forced to so do, you still keep out of their bubble. Respect their privacy mentally even if you can't do it physically.

So, he got on a bus with one other occupant on it. Quite possibly some poor innocent Londoner who was tired, and enjoying a moment of peace. The Irish lad goes and sits NEXT TO the other passenger, offers him his hand to shake, and introduces himself. He then proceeds to chat the entire journey. An innocent culture clash
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post #35 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 07:44 PM
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Very little actually.
They both plan vacations to see & experience the other side and both look forward to getting home to their own abode.

The grass is always greener (due to the muck). :)
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post #36 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 08:03 PM
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There are definitely arguments for differences but there is one similarity. We are all proud of where we come from and are willing to defend it.
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post #37 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by kiltsrhott View Post
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.
^^^This totally>>>.... "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."
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post #38 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 09:25 PM
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city people are not afraid of elevators to the 70th floor, of subways that are 4 stories underground, of high speed trains, of taxis driven by strange looking "fureners", of crowds. they are not fazed by heavy traffic or complex street layouts, nor reading timetables of complex subway and bus routes.
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post #39 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 09:51 PM
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Yep, it's just a difference in experience. Neither is better or worse than the other...just different.

I can hook up 4 head of horses and go plow a field. I can take a previously untouched horse to a competent riding partner in just a few weeks.....

But if you ask me to navigate a mall? Yeah, I'll look at you like you sprouted antlers LOL.
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post #40 of 87 Old 02-18-2014, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by EmilyJoy View Post
^^^This totally>>>.... "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."
We all tend to dislike things or fear things that we aren't used too.
I grew up in the rural life and no one loved the outdoors more than my mother but in our household the outdoors stayed outdoors because she didn't like all that poop and dirt trailed into her home
My husband has worked in hands on agricultural jobs but he loathes dog poop and any cleaning up in that area is always my job - he would be the one throwing away a pair of good shoes rather than clean them off if he trod in any!!!
PS - I hate flies, they disgust me, having to live with them bothers me a lot. There are downsides to country living
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