Thursday, May 19, 2011
Defining America: Where are you, New England?

Ah, New England. There's so much to love: the Berkshires, the Maine lobster, the skiing, the Red Sox (OK, I might catch some flak for that one). Which is why we're devastated that New England has yet to be represented in our cultural census!

 

We have zero (yep, zero) submissions to any of our five fun cultural census assignments from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Our U.S. map that displays all the submissions is going to look a little lopsided without you guys! So if you're from the Northeast, we'd love it if you could take two minutes (literally) to fill out our survey and then complete one -- or, heck, all five -- of the projects below.

 

Share a photo

Take a self-portrait. Get creative!

 

Read aloud

Tape yourself reading a standard passage.

 

Eat dinner

Show us a photo of you or your family's typical weeknight dinner.

 

Write this down

Scan or snap a photo of your handwriting.

 

Get around

Show us how you generally get around town.

 

And that's it! We can't wait to see what you share.

72 Comments
May 19, 2011

Ah- New England -the best kept secret in the USA--and we like it that way!

As a New Englander, I offer the reason that no one from our region has submitted anything to this project (except, perhaps a few comments)is that a true New Englander doesn't suffer fools gladly. We like to be left alone, mind our own business if you will (and you can MYOB as well). If you want to have New England represented, you'll probably have to come here and do it yourself. 

May 19, 2011
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It's part of our culture NOT to involve ourselves in sappy little surveys. To paraphrase RAM05..... go away.

May 19, 2011
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We like to go our own way, do our own thing. We're participating by NOT participating... after all, if this is a survey about American culture I think our lack of participation says alot about New England culture. As RAM05 and Sulden have said, this is how we are. And proud of it.

May 19, 2011
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Come on.....go pick on Appalachia for a while.  We were living in relative peace and were very content........

May 19, 2011
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I love how they think they can represent all of New England by a survey...if they had ever been to New England, they'd realize that the minuta they're asking for (dinner and transportation and especially accents) change drastically between the lower part and NNE. You want to figure out our culture, come visit and figure it out for yourself.

May 19, 2011
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Tourist season in Maine starts July 4th and ends on Labor day.. thats way life should be. the rest of the year is soley for us.

May 19, 2011
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We don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like us as members. You can now extend that to websites working to distill our uniqueness down to a few sound bites.

May 19, 2011
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@legaleagle Some of us are from New England! :) And yes, we know that accents and the like are going to be different from state to state, city to city, and region to region. We're not trying to be completely holistic, just to get a sampling from around the country. And we can't physically visit every state, so that's why we're asking people to contribute via iReport.

May 19, 2011
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@irachel8  I being a fellow citizen of New England I'm going to extend some Yankee hospitality.  I think we can all appreciate you taking interest into our neck of the woods.  Your only trying to do your job and complete your assignment to the best of your ability.(which all true New Englanders can appreciate)  If your looking for culture, I think you may have found it in the comments above?  Anyways best of luck with the surveying of New England your going to need it.

May 19, 2011
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@rachel8. If you look at your lead, your title, your most bold letters, you’ll see that it reads, “Defining America” not “a sample of America” or “A taste of America”.  We New Englanders are not jerks, and we’re hospitable.  Just ask mainliberal about the wonderful nicknames that Main residents came up with for tourists. I especially like the one reserved for Massachusetts drivers.  From my perspective, surveys take time and they seem to be getting longer and more detailed.  Lately, we’re asked by every store, vendor and service provider to take a survey. All I hear from it is “Please take time out of your day to give me a free service that tells me how to get more money from you”.  That’s just not how we roll. I’ll sum it up for you. The cultural differences in New England are as vast and various as the cultural differences of all other regions of the country combined.

May 19, 2011
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"We have zero (yep, zero) submissions to any of our five fun cultural census assignments from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont."

 

Maybe that's because some people just don't like New England. I went to school there and I've been to

Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island and I have no desire to vacation there.

May 19, 2011
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I grew up in this area and left in my early 20's for the southwest.  Just got back.  And the FIRST thing that comes to mind as far as differences - beauty of the landscape, and the PEOPLE.  Most friendly people in the country, no jokes.  BIG difference from the snottiness of the southwest!

May 19, 2011
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Rachel8:  Sorry for the many negative pundits in NE.  When your in a deep freeze and snow up to your ears 8 months out of the year, NE'ders tend to get a little bent out of shape.  I am from NE (Portland, ME to be exact) and left for the US Air Force in 1982 after my HS graduation and never looked back.  My family is still there; however, I am living in Virginia.  I love the fact that I can go home anytime to take in the sights and sounds of the Old Port area and go to the seaside and explore the many lighthouses Maine has to offer. But as you can see by the postings, the many months of winter can have a negative affect on ones psyche.  Good luck with your research.  MAINE LOBSTER RULES!!!

May 19, 2011
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Hey 5555624. I can see why some people wouldn't want to vacation in New England. I totally understand, trust me. I've lived here all my life and it's not for the weak.

May 19, 2011

Oh we love to serve tourists-- I like mine well-done! My neighbor likes them to be rare.   :D

May 19, 2011
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As New Englanders we also understand that we are superior to the rest of America.  I am not being facetious, I am just saying what we intuitively understand.  We are more educated, have a better standard of living, less crime, and higher test scores than the rest of the country.  All you have to do is look at our posts here.  There are far fewer spelling and grammatical errors than your typical CNN post.  We don't need to compare ourselves with the rest of the country, we are just plain better! 

May 19, 2011
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Down East, where it has always been:-). My siblings and I learned how to swim there like our Mother did, I caught my first fish (perch) there. A great place to spend a few weeks in the summer/early fall, then back home where the weather is more reasonable :-).

May 19, 2011
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Go west.....leave New England for the rest of us.  Thank you very much.

May 19, 2011
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I just moved back to Maine for retirement after 25 years in Santa Fe, NM. I'm in a lake area and loving the green, the mist and fog, and the serenity of 6 acres studded with ancient white pines.

May 19, 2011
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I echo RAM05's sentiments. We like to keep our fine region to ourselves. Too many people are moving here. They are taking down our trees! (okay thats our fault for allowing the overdevelopment)So, please do not come to new England, it is absolutely awful here, honestly! Don;t bother (please!)

May 19, 2011
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As someone from New Hampshire, I enjoy having the mountains, the coast and hiking all within an easy hour to hour and a half drive.  We are a friendly, helpful breed that loves the relaxing life when we get home from work.  If anyone wants to know what New England is like they have to come up here and experience it for themselves, it is way to diverse to cubby hole into a few pictures.  You go from Caribou Maine down to New Haven CT and it is a world of difference.  Come visit, spend your money and enjoy the good life for a week or two.

May 19, 2011
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@5555624 - And thank you from the bottom of my heart for not vacationing here in New England anymore. Really, thank you!

May 19, 2011
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This makes me laugh.  I'd never heard of this "project" before.  Now that I have, I've no interest in participating.  And I lived in New England for the last ten years, until last September.  Put some money in it, and I might consider it.

 

I really wish this site would get rid of the iReport and blog crud.  Get back to real news.

May 19, 2011
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There's two nice things about Boston (and by extension New England): September and October...

May 19, 2011
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As a short time New England resident, 31 years, I can say that the best part of living here is the isolation from the rest of the country.  As others have said we live here and like it, so leave us alone. Ask the left coast for their opinion, I am sure they will be happy to bury you with opinions and photos of themselves.

May 19, 2011
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I dunno, self confidence?  Don't feel the need to sell what we are? 

May 19, 2011
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Grew up in MA now live in CA.  Recent visit to VT with a car with MA plates led to being flipped off by locals.  Generally New Englanders are an ornery, unfriendly bunch.  If you drive in VT or NH with MA, CT or NY plates you will find this out quickly.  Yes, I love New England, just not New Englanders.  Go to a Bosox or Pats game out here and the New Englanders are obvious, they are the loud, drunk obnoxious ones! 

May 19, 2011
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RAM05, you are my hero. I'm a transplant TO New England. Now that I'm here, please raise the draw bridge... ;-) I've been in almost every state, lived in 4 different regions of the country, and there's no place I'd rather be. It's not for everyone, and thank God for that. It's tourist season, again; good news is there's not bag limit this year! :-)

 

May 19, 2011
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Tell you about my hometown? Ya crazy? Go heckle Nova Scotia.

May 19, 2011
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I'm with redchas.  I lived in MA for 11 years & am happy to back to So. Cal.  Pix of food from there would be chowdah or fried seafood.  Sample of a read aloud?  It would be like: My kids went to "Ezra H. Bake -ah School, taught by Mrs. Mah-tin, first name Ann-er."   A self-portrait?  Suspicious eyes over a tight smile. 

May 19, 2011
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NH transplant in Texas, here. I have to say, reading all these posts from my fellow New Englanders makes me so  homesick! Do you have any idea how hard it is to be a Pats fan in Texas? I'm moderate in my political views but down here I am considered a flaming left-wing commie bastard. Things I miss most about NE: Patriots, Bruins, Sox, Celts, the freezing cold north Atlantic, Gifford's icecream, Dunkin Donuts coffee, lobster prepared any way and Moxie.

May 19, 2011
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I have been a New Englander for 50 years. From Connecticut to be exact and I hate it here, can't afford to move. Not much to say about it. Ever notice when they promote Connecticut it's always the Mystic area. I've visited most of New England, spend most of vacation time in Maine, because my daughter attends school at, UMMachais, not much happening in that town. Not sure where we will spend our retirement years, certaintly, not in Connecticut.

May 19, 2011
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Lived in NH for a few years.  If you're not from New England, you will always be treated as an outsider.  What a shame...beautiful country, not so beautiful people.

May 19, 2011
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Sorry to Machias I misspelled  the name.

May 19, 2011
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I made the mistake of moving to Northern New England a few years ago and so many of these typically narrow-minded "We're so unique. We're so stoic. We're so above educating ourselves.  We're so above participating with and interacting with the rest of the world. We're so above tolerating others." bumpkin responses make me happy I'm leaving, and won't be back for a visit.

Forget the Sox game people; read a book & visit another culture every so often.

May 19, 2011
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@Ram05: New England? Why bother. There's so much more to do that's actually interesting in the rest of the country. As far as that goes, Old England beats the sox off New England. There's a reason why your New England isn't represented yet. Look in the mirror for the first clue.

 

May 19, 2011
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My bumper sticker says "welcome to New Hampshire" now go home..

May 19, 2011
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It's 4:30. I'm eating "lunch" at my desk at work. Does this give you any clue as to how much time I have for a survey? I guess the rest of America has time for such leisurely pursuits. If it weren't for us New Englanders, the red coats would have taken over and there would be no CNN. That's all you need to know.

May 19, 2011
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I only lived in Maine for 15 years, but deah, Ahm proud to repoht thut the responses youhr gettin' ahr dead-on and whut I predicted to mhyself.  No sensible New Englander is going to share anything about themselves to the general public.  They are above all that drivel and don't need you to understand them.  Just be jealous of their bucholic life and the scenery.  Leave your money at the borhdah and go home where YOU belong.  A-yuh!

May 19, 2011
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good lord i know this is just a small sample of new englanders but you guys are just obnoxious. you guys like to be left alone? i forgot that's something that only you can claim. every other region of the country loves to pander to CNN fluff pieces. but not you guys. no sir. you guys are different. you guys are one of a kind. i praise your fearless view of the world and you truly are unique. thank you for inspiring the rest of country. you clowns.

May 19, 2011
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@Rachel8: Don't get me wrong, I like this "Defining America" idea and fully support it. We're just not that interested in telling others about how we live our lives.

 

@kidalive25: I don't think anyone claimed New England owned the rights to wanting to be left alone. What we ARE saying is we don't want to do the survey because we tend to keep things to ourselves. And as it happens, ALL the various regions in the US are different and unique in their own ways. But while we are no more unique than any other region, we do seperate ourselves. Can you blame us? We have NY to the west and south, and Canada to the north. We aren't really a major tourist destination, there's no need to swing through NE on your way to the rest of the country... We're about as seperate as you can get. Obnoxious? At least we aren't berating people for opting not to tell strangers about our lives.

May 19, 2011
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I grew up in New York and moved to MA 15 years ago and have never looked back.  I LOVE New England.  You want to talk obnoxious, try going back to NY to visit family with MA plates on your car. I was almost run off the road near NYC by a group of guys in a car yelling obscenities at me. 

Each NE state is so different. Heck, each town or county is different. For example, in MA, North Shore and South Shore people are different in so many ways (if you are either one of those people, you know what I mean). I like to think that we are reserved. I may have grown up in NY, but I like to think of myself as a New Englander at heart.  I found New Englanders to be very inviting and friendly, everywhere. I guess it really comes down to attitude. If you act like you don't want to be here, you will get treated that way.

May 19, 2011
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We in New England are suspicious of scam artists and carpetbaggers. We're not sucker enough to create your content for you for free. I've got better ways to spend my time.

May 19, 2011
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I live on cape cod and love it. But the wealthier people here are such elitist scum, very self involved and into themselves. I've mingled with very wealthy people from other states when I lived in them and found them so much more down to earth and artistic, loving people, even. Not here. Give them their high end purses and their Escalades and their pottery barn catalogs. That's all they seem to talk about. THEIR STUFF. Cape cod rich are ignorant and solipsist and uninteresting. If I had their money, I'd do a heck of a lot more than talk about shopping. I'd shop like them, in secret, but I'd talk like me. It's more inviting. :)

May 19, 2011
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New England?? You can't get theyah from heyah!!  (lol)

May 19, 2011
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After escaping the Liberal Policies of Massachusetts and settling in New Hampshire.  I really have nothing positive to say about New England.  Looking about moving to Arizona or Utah... 

May 19, 2011
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I love New England. I left and came back and never regretted it. It's my home.

New England has some of the greatest little "big" cities and some of the most charming little villages you've ever seen.

It has flavors of Europe and also has flavors of the earliest patriots.

It reeks of education and stories that steep in American history.

New England is where the seed of the United States was conceived and it is where great minds still work to make this country great.

New England is maple syrup, magnificent museums, fishing villages, skiing trips, sandy beaches, rocky shores, fantastic restaurants and heaps of history.

I love it and I love that I have been able to live my life here.

May 19, 2011
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To the iReport people: How many submissions have you got for this thing anyway? Hundreds? Thousands? I'm curious just how big a space NE is leaving.

May 19, 2011
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Dirigo

May 20, 2011
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Massachusetts has some absolutely gorgeous spots besides Cape Cod, not visited by tourists.  And we'd like to keep it that way!  I'm not sharing!

May 20, 2011
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You "flat-landers" come up heah and raise our taxes, take our women. If you need to find your way back to wheah you came from, "you can't get theah from heah." New Englanders covet their sea views, mountain views, and city views. We have some of the best universities in the world. We can be in all five states within a couple of hours and enjoy the succulent lobsters to the best of country cooking in the nation on the trip. The sun shines regularly; and the seasons bring variety, color, and harmony to our lives. We really don't enjoy sharing it with most outsiders, not because we aren't hospitable, we're just selfish.

May 20, 2011
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Nevah did think of Connecticut as a New England state, It "connects" New England to the uthers. Besides, those folks are mostly New Yorkers anyhow.

May 20, 2011
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As an "outsider" who has lived here the past 11 years, I am still shocked at how close minded, unwelcoming and "selfish" New Englanders are.  You should all be embarrassed for how horrible you sound, but instead you take pride in your rudeness... unbelievable.  I understand what you are all saying about the beauty of New England.  I 100% agree and that is the only reason that I enjoy living here (although I've been actively trying to move for 3 years, but there aren't any jobs where I want to go).  The rest of the country is not as horrible as all of you New Englanders think.  It is actually pretty refreshing to have people make eye contact with you or smile at you when you first meet them.  It can be quite interesting to have a new conversation with someone you don't know who might have an experience that is different from you that you can learn from.  These are not bad things!  People of New England seem scared of change or anything new or different.  There is a pervasive fear that "outside is bad!"  But I'm here to tell you as someone who has travelled the world, there are lots of wonderful things about places other than New England.  Please open your mind and you just might be surprised!

May 20, 2011
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Wow, the comments are so funny and true! Having lived in CT all my life we are rude (and pretty proud of it), we don't try to be rude, we just are, we like our privacy and are so self assured that we don't need any to be acknowledged by any other states. We don't dislike other states, we just don't live in them. We are not people afraid of change we just love our heritage and strive to keep it in tact. 

May 20, 2011
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lobster, steamers, stripers,chowder, the beach, the lakes, hills, fast running streams beneath covered bridges, sking, snowboarding, hunting, autum golden leaves, canadian geese, mallard ducks, white tail deer, spring festivals, summer carnivals, hockey, baseball, lacrosse, soccer and football, what more can I say...you just gotta be here!

May 20, 2011
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These are the best New England posts ever!  I lived in Central New Hampshire for 9 years then Boston for 5 years - and now that I am condemned to life in Tennessee - I find it so refreshing to read these posts and realize that my memories of life in New England have not been romantasized.  People in New England ARE different - they are not sheeple.  And they don't flaunt.  They are comfortable without being excessively friendly to the point of insincerity.  And the region IS varied - how can you compare Boston to the coast of maine to the white mountains???  I <3 New England - please don't change!!

May 20, 2011
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I am from Southern Vermont and I would not live anywhere else in the world!  "Where are you, New England?" - We are hiding from all of the nuts in this world. P.S. - REAL MAPLE SYRUP!

May 20, 2011

We know we seem rude to outsiders, but as I wrote before, we don't suffer fools gladly. Many of you "outsiders" expect everyone in the world to be like the place you came from, which is unrealistic.  And rather than correct you, we simply ignore you, mostly because we all hold dear the motto "Live Free or Die," even if New Hampshire did claim it as their own. We'd just like to know why you came here in the first place if you're going to complain so much about the weather, the food, the isolation, the people. If you didn't chatter so much and expect this place to be Disneyland, perhaps you might get to know us a little. But why should we waste time with someone who thinks their opinion needs to be shared with everyone?

 

If you have ever read any classic American literature, like "The Scarlet Letter", "The Crucible" or even "The Witch of Blackbird Pond", you will understand that our temperament comes from a harsh history. The Puritan severity instilled in us a sense of superiority just as the Salem witch trials taught us the value of keeping to ourselves. We make no apologies--we are what we are.

 

I think some of the insults being hurled here at New Englanders are quite funny-- we know who we are, and how we are, and we don't need you to like us. (I can picture some of you getting all hot under the collar, your little faces turning red as your blood pressure rises typing out your hatred.) We even laugh at some of your stereotypes because we know most of it's true, but we don't care. We also know that there are many in the southern US states who still hold a grudge against Yankees for the Civil War, even if the term "Yankee" means to them everyone living above Virginia.

 

I have lived in other parts of the United States and in other countries not connected to our continent, and they were nice places with decent people, but New England has been and will always be my home. It's not for everyone and, as countless New Englanders have written before, if you don't like it, don't come here, but also, please, keep your opinion to yourself. We don't really care what you have to say.

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2011
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@pierre1290 You are absolutely dead on. You will find many degreed people. You, unfortunately, will not find many educated ones.

@seekingamove Lived here for 10 years and completely agree. I wish I could get in touch with some of you. Maybe we could have coffee and it would be considered a prelude to friendship instead of either a waste of time or a prelude to sex.

 

 

May 20, 2011
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avgcitizen45:  Um...  I don't really think you get what you're saying. You are telling everyone how exclusive you want to be. That's plenty about your life. And the fact that none of you get that is exactly why you get these comments.

May 20, 2011
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First... let's not look at New England like it's one state.  it's made up of several states. Each one of them special in their way. 

 

Second... i'll give you some input but i'm not doing your job for you.

 

New Hampshire folk (yes i am one of'm) have their own brand of humor which many mistake for humorless.  Also, we have strong feelings as to how to protect our little state, which so many others seem to want to squash.. the Northern Pass comes to mind.

 

NH has a very pretty though little coast line.  It's one of my fave places.  The White mountains are breathtaking no matter the time of year.  Our forests are rich with beauty and... well... forests.  We like it that way.  We dont embrace the idea that if it has trees on it, we should cut them down and grow condos instead.

 

to answer your survey questions:

 

- Share a photo - i'm at work right now so i dont have any photos.  but if you would like to see a BUNCH that i have taken, visit face book - Hackleboro Orchards.

- Read aloud - i'm 40 something, but people tell me i sound like i'm 12.  and i prefer to read to myself

- typical dinner - our dietary needs are SO varied that i actually cook 1-2 different meals every day.   it's too complicated to write down.   i use the grill year round though.   love that.

- hand writing - since computers came into my life in the 80's my hand writing has gotten worse and worse.  sometimes even i cant read it.

- Getting around - well.   this hear is a rural place.  gotta have a car.  the nearest subway is an hour's drive away.

 

 

PS - Nothing puts of a NH-er faster than being asked.. "hmm New Hampshire.  what part of New York is that in?"

 

 

 

May 20, 2011
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Mass. Conn. RI VT and half of NH are gone all lost flatlander MONEY. South Maine is next on they list. The only part of REAL NEW ENGLAND left is northern MAINE.  They want to live like us ,they came and changed it to what they left  LONG LIVE OLD NEW ENGLAND

May 20, 2011
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Move along citizens, move along, nothing to see here...

 

(A life-long New Englander offering "help" for those from elsewhere).

 

May 20, 2011
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Oh Gawd, gimme a break.  The majority of the New Englanders huffing and puffing about their culturally blaise concerning 'outsiders' are making gross generalizations (not all Southerners are rednecks or Texans cowboys,etc).  And Ram05 needs to take a chill pill: I bet New Englanders vote for the Presidency , right?  You filled out the US Census forms right?  So you're not as blaise about surveys as your generalizations claim to be.

 

Yes, there are regional distinctions but relax...it's a survey, not a Civil War.

May 20, 2011
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I lived in NE for 3 years and that was enough.  People there, yes, are nice, for the most part, depending on where you go.  I would say a few things here.  One, some of these comments are so snide and rude, which can be typical for the region.  I mean, this woman is trying to do her job and all of you just give excuses for why you are lazy and snobby.  Elitism and coldness are traits especially reserved for NE (ie. Massachusetts).  I have never met so many territorial and egotistical people in my life.  Sorry for those from NE who are civil, but for the most part, many people are just really sensitive to any insinuations about their intelligence and sense of being.  I can't believe some of these comments.  If you're saying that people from NE can't be bothered like you're some special breed, well that speaks for itself. 

May 20, 2011
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I live in the South but I consider myself 100% a New England snob and PROUD of it!  Actually born and raised in pennsylvania, but moved to New Hampshire at age 17 and knew I was home.  What you will find in New England that is lacking elsewhere is sincerity!  I once heard this analogy and it is so true:

 

In the South, people always say, "come on over anytime" - but if you ever just drop by unannounced, people are horrified and think you are so rude.

In New England, people won't typically say "come on over anytime", but if you did just drop by on a whim, you would be heartily welcome and made to feel at home by your delighted host. 

 

That analogy is SO TRUE.  People in the south act friendly, but will judge you and whisper about you way more than in the north.  At least in the north, we don't pretend to like you if we don't.  Maybe that's unfriendly - but I call it honesty.  Also - I never heard the term "hateful" used in New England. It's actually a VERY southern thing to accuse others of being hateful.  New Englanders don't think in terms of being hateful, we're just indifferent.

May 20, 2011
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Budgie, did that analog ever actually happen to you?  If it did, it may be true, but it ain't a fact.  None of these anecdotal stories can be considered factual evidence that support the claim that New Englanders are sincere and indifferent and Southerners are disingenuously polite.

 

I won't buy it...We don't know the reason why the author claims that New England has not filled out the particular survey.  But most of us are quick to push some sort of generalization as the cause.

 

And that's wack.

May 20, 2011
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@ The Ducci.

YES.

May 20, 2011
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I moved here from India. I've lived in South Carolina for a couple of years before moving to MA and have lived here for over 15 years now. I have visited other places in the US including CA and WA and parts of the mid-west including MN and IL. I love NE and the people here. The people are direct, to-the-point and are true friends. What else do I like about NE? It is beautiful country - a gorgeous coastline, mountains, cities and rural country-side all with driving distance. It has a history and tradition that the locals are rightly proud of. Boston is a charming, beautiful city. The region is liberal, progressive, has some of the best universities in the world, is a hub for high-tech, bio-tech and financial industries. The sports teams are great, the schools are great - I don't think there's one other region in the US that offers what NE does (CA comes close but not the same). And to those who don't like NE - that's totally fine with us.

 

May 23, 2011
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These are the BEST POSTS EVER! New England Rocks!!!

May 28, 2011

im from Springfield Massachussettes, just got ranked the 12 deadliest city in the country sad but true. Hats off  Newark Nj at first place way to go!!! :) coming to springfield stay out of downtown main street north end and south end VERY VERY BAD TO BE CAUGHT IN ANY TIME OF DAY!!! WE JUST HAD A SHOT OUT THIS MORNING AT 5 A.M 

June 16, 2011
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Its true that we are mistaken quite commonly for being rude. But for something to be truly rude there must be an intent to be rude, and that's typically not the case in my experience. We just treat people differently. What other areas consider polite to us is unecessarily obsequious.  I grew up just outside of Boston until I was 20 and then moved to southern New Hampshire and have been here for 10 years. There are dramatic differences just between those two locations. And it would be just as dramatically different if I travelled to northern New Hampshire, just a couple of hours away (also we measure distance in time and how many stops at Dunks it'll take to get us there). Maybe you're not getting the responses you want because each New Englander knows that it would be disingenuous to suggest that what we know as New England is the same in each of its six states.

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