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Leaving St. Paul, Minnesota

Being a person who actually did grow up in St. Paul, Minnesota, I can tell you that leaving it certainly was a culture shock. Even though I transitioned here years ago, Minneapolis still seems a little strange at times.

Michael Hobbs
Monday, December 15, 2003

I'll have to agree with you, Michael Hobbs. I recently moved to the west bank university area from Frogtown, and it is a different world over here. I had no idea that white people liked eritrean food, or that ethiopians liked to hang out at starbucks.

Phong Nguyen
Monday, December 15, 2003

Chalk up another lurker born and raised in St. Paul.  My (first) culture shock ocurred at 13 when we moved to an uber-wealthy NYC suburb in Nassau County.

Ian Olsen
Monday, December 15, 2003

Chalk up a lurker who lives in San Diego and, when he sees Minnesota on the news 2-3 times per winter says to self "how the hay do those people stand it?".

Monday, December 15, 2003

Actually  Most of the people who stay or come in a least tolerate it and a good number love winter here (It has actually been quite mild the last 5 years and a goodly number of the people are hoping high snow year to do cross country sking, snow shoeing and snow mobleing.)

Of course it might be those I hang out with.

But then I live in Minneapolis

A Software Build Guy
Monday, December 15, 2003

>Chalk up a lurker who lives in San Diego and, when he sees Minnesota on the news 2-3 times per winter says to self "how the hay do those people stand it?".<

Because we're made of stern stuff up here... :)

Winters have been a bit mild of late though; I kind've miss the mornings when it's 30 below zero.  Breathing that air makes one feel alive!

You betcha!

Mark Newman
Tuesday, December 16, 2003

So I'm half Iowan, half Arky. Been in Iowa since I was 12 (now 24) and I have to say, athough I adjust to the cold (I too think that 50's are appropriate shorts temps in Feb) I gotta say, bleh. And yes, there is a big difference in culture between the midwest (or IA and MN anyways) and most other places. On the upside, my new job will grant me travel around the world 2-3 weeks/month. So I will probably dislike German winters and Spanish summers equally. At least I'll have variety.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

I think 50's are shorts weather as well. Though even in Saudi it only gets to 50 centigrade in summer.

Never knew it was so warm in Iowa in February :)

Stephen Jones
Tuesday, December 16, 2003

I've visited St. Paul a few times... The locals were always so nice...

I couldn't wait to get back to reality ;)

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

I lived in St. Paul from 1987 to 1997. I also lived in State College, PA; Salt Lake City, UT and Tel Aviv, Israel.

Of all the places I lived St. Paul was the best, including the standard of life, economy, education, civic responsibility and people in general.

I'm moving to Florida soon, but I'd love to live in Minnesota again (though my Brazilian wife would have a hard time adjusting to the winters).

Chi Lambda
Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Culture shock? Try moving from Houston to rural southern Minnesota! I moved to Fairmont two years ago after spending my whole life till that point in and around Houston, and boy, did I get the change of scenery I wanted...

Jay Maynard
Thursday, December 18, 2003

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