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  •  I enjoy rudeness! (none)
    That's not true exactly, but in the time that I lived in Brooklyn and worked in midtown, I did enjoy the fact that you didn't have to project some kind of fake niceness or friendliness to the world when you didn't feel like it (as I was explaining to someone else from my hometown, where I think grumpiness is against the law). I did get racially slurred in Coney Island, once, but that was about it. I don't know that NYC would win awards for niceness exactly, (I found people in Chicago, where I've also lived, to be generally a bit nicer--although I was groped on the street once there...), but it certainly gets something for "exceeds expectations". I kept thinking that New Yorkers were surprisingly nice, all things considered.

    In fact it was rather a shock when I moved to Philadelphia--ruder than NY by far. And I still think so, but my particular neck of the woods feels like something of an oasis.

    However, whenever people from HI come up to visit, it is quite a culture shock. One has to warn them not to try to make conversation with all the check-out people at stores or expect people to say, smile, or anything, and not to take those things personally.

    I'm happy with my $20 of influence

    by JMS on Mon Aug 23, 2004 at 10:41:42 AM PDT

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