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Old 03-26-2009, 09:13 AM   #20
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Default Re: Describe Pittsburgh, PA Folks For Me

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Originally Posted by xfl2001fan View Post
Absolutely it makes sense. I've always felt that people (in general) where as "warm" as the weather they grew up in. My mom was raised near USC before moving to OH (after Grandpa retired from the Navy) so she raised us to be more open/friendly. I get lots of funny looks, because the instant I hear someone say "Hi", I return it, whether they're talking to me or not. Most of my friends are used to it by now...so they just roll with it...but for a perfect stranger who grew up in northern OH...not so much.

Now, I live so far out in the country, that I can't see my neighbors houses through the trees (except in the dead of winter.) It's nice and quiet...but that also lends itself to livnig "in my own world." I've met my neighbors and all, but most are signifcantly older than my wife and I (retired) and aren't typically around through the winter anyways. I know the old couple on the North side of our property are really nice....I help Jerry work on his lawn mower when it needs fixed (sharpen the blades and such). My wife trades recipes with his wife (her name ALWAYS escapes me...) when they return from Florida (which should be in the next week or so) to start the spring cleaning process...and plan for the gardening/canning season.
True, and I am definitly genralizing, of course. There are assholes and nice people no matter where you go, north or south. But, in terms of an overall attitude in the region. I notice a difference. When I moved from Pittsburgh to Detroit, I had to noticeably change my driving habits. People here are agressive on the roads, don't like to let you merge, always are on cell phones while driving, sudo-tailgate and rarely use turn signals. If someone gives you a courtasy wave for letting them merge, it's maybe 1 in 20. I know this happens everywhere, but I noticed it trending majorly in the Southern Michigan and northern Ohio areas...it was totally noticeable. Now, when drive back to Pittsburgh or down to Louisville, I notice the change, as does my wife, a Detroit native.

In fact, since she has known me, I have heard her say "Wow, people from this town sure are nice" when talking about Pittsburgh.

It fascinates me that culturally, these things tend to happen. I also notice that it is also affected by age (generational).
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