I’ve lived in four states – Montana, Colorado, Washington, and Arizona – and one Canadian province – British Columbia. I’ve lived in big cities and small towns. But I’ve always lived Out West. One thing I’ve heard about Back East is that people are not as friendly there as they are here, and that human interaction is just a little less amicable.
A friend of ours was living Back East for a while and people kept asking her if she was from Out West and finally she asked why they all thought that and she was told that it was because she smiled when she talked. My own sense, working with a number of people from Back East is that this generalization, while not always true, is certainly pretty accurate – at least of North Easterners. I have had less experience dealing with people from the South.
Indeed, people who I’ve worked with out here from the East Coast have said that it took them a while to “mellow out” and adopt our more lackadaisical approach to…everything. Of course, this could be more of reflection of the town I live in now, rather than the “West” in general. Or it may be a broad truth with many exceptions.
So for those of you Back East, does this seem right? Or am I way off? Anyone lived both Back East and Out West that can compare? Or better yet, in the South as well. There’s no perceptible difference that I can tell between the Northwest and the Southwest in how people act, though I can attest to the fact that Montanans are deeply distrustful of outsiders, and that Utah feels a lot like a foreign country (as does the Navajo Reservation).
Just something I was pondering – wondering if I could ever venture east to settle or if the culture shock would simply be too much….