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12 April 2012 @ 11:57 am
big little world  
I really like being a country-girl transplant to a city. It's hard to explain how substantially I think it influences my perception of things, but on comparing notes with other people who similarly grew up in small towns and now live in cities, there's a commonality that I think is rooted in that experience.

And there are funny and wonderful pleasures associated from being from the middle of nowhere. For example, today I ordered some electronics online and on receiving the order confirmation, I noticed the vendor is located in Bozeman, MT. My first thought, on seeing that, was to email them and say, "Hi, neighbor! I love Bozeman!"
 
 
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lazyzlazyz on April 12th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Then middle of nowhere misses you!
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on April 12th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)

I like that too.

Like when you're at a party and you find out someone is from Wyoming and you both smile and share The Knowing Look.

"These city-slickers are adorable!"
Tom

ruthless compassion: happyaroraborealis on April 12th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
YES! Exactly!
Antarctica, Winter 1982: Montana Bisonivorjawa on April 12th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Wait ... are you from Montana originally?

Edited at 2012-04-12 04:33 pm (UTC)
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on April 12th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
No, Wyoming, though I have family in Montana. All the mountain states feel like neighbors to me, though (which is part of what I'm talking about.)
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on April 12th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh! Yes. I know you and I have talked about this a lot, but I also love this experience.

Love living in the city - wouldn't trade it for anything - but I love having chosen it, and the sense of perspective that comes with that.
Chancemiss_chance on April 12th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
It's hard to explain how substantially I think it influences my perception of things, but on comparing notes with other people who similarly grew up in small towns and now live in cities, there's a commonality that I think is rooted in that experience.

imvfd has pointers to a really cool psychological study showing precisely this. That whether one grew up in a city or small town/country, and how long one spent there, substantially changes how one responds to stress, specifically, in measurable ways. Pretty cool stuff.
our lady of perpetual amusementdakotakym on April 13th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
On a somewhat related note, good friends of mine recently moved from FL to Wyoming, and can't stop talking about how awesome WY is, in so many ways.

I think that it's wonderful to feel connected both to where one came from and where one is at present.. I'm currently delighting in inhabiting the woodlands of NH, but I also appreciate the experiences of living in various parts of Boston-land, and even the weird upper-crust suburb where I spent my youth. It's really cool and helpful to be able to relate to and have insight about communicating with a variety of people.