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    What people say about where you're from

    I've experienced this, and I'm guessing you have, too. You go out of town, meet some people, and tell them where you're from. Invariably they answer with a stupid comment you've heard a million times before:

    #1: "So where are you from?"
    #2: "Indiana."
    #1: "Hoosiers! That was a cool movie. Is high school basketball really that crazy there?"

    Or...

    #1: "So where are you from?"
    #2: "Detroit."
    #1: "Wow! You made it out alive. Ever see anyone get shot?"

    Or...

    #1: "So where are you from?"
    #2: "Chicago."
    #1: "Cool! You vote early and vote often, right?"

    What do people say when you tell them where you're from?

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    #1 : "So where are you from?"
    #2 : "Montana."
    #1 : "Where men are men and sheep are scared?"
    #2 : "Hey, that's a good one, buddy. No one has ever told me that one."
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

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    Utah

    "Are you Mormon?" 99.9 percent of people ask this within a few hours of hearing where I'm from. Some ask right away and some take longer, but it almost always gets asked.

    "Do you ski?"

    "Have you ever swum in the Great Salt Lake?" (Got asked this in Europe a lot. The salt water means you are extra bouyant and the big thing in the 1920s was to go out to a resort on the lake and float around. No one does this anymore.)

    In fact, my answer to all of these is "No."

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    Cyburbian boiker's avatar
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    Out of Stater:
    #1: So, where are you from?
    #2: Originally, Streator, IL a small town you've never heard of.
    #1: I've never heard of Streator
    #2: (I just told you that! )

    Someone who knows of Streator and probably from LaSalle/Peru, Ottawa, Pontiac or some other town in Illinois within 50 miles of it:
    #1: Where are you from?
    #2: Streator, IL
    #1: Oh, I heard that town is dangerous and a dump.
    #2: It's not really that bad. Have you visited before?
    #1: No way! Not after what I've been told.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Milwaukee:

    "Did you ever meet the Fonz?!"

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    "Oklahoma City"

    ??????????.................

    Remarkably, nobody has immediately asked me about the federal buidling bombing. Whether it's courtesy, or disappearance from the national consciousness, I don't know.

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    After saying I live in (never from) Indiana
    They usually ask which school I root for ?
    To which I say Kentucky or my two schools just to confuse them or P.T.O.
    but never that school north of South Bend

    Similar to mentarman
    When I answer "What school did you attend/graduate from ?" (Utah State)
    most assume that I too am a Mormon. (way back then I would have said pass me a 5th thank-you )
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Miramichi

    Good fishing eh?
    How's Alan Leger (mass murderer)

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    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    I don't even need to answer this one
    A guy once told me, "Do not have any attachments, do not have anything in your life you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner."


    Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro): Heat 1995

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    Maine.

    "Did your family eat lobster every day?"

    If I ever say Massachusetts (lived there last 8 years)

    "How come you don't have an accent?"

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    Quote Originally posted by Chet
    Milwaukee:

    "Did you ever meet the Fonz?!"
    Oh and I almost forgot one for Dan and Mugbub ispired by local recording artist Sigmund Snopek

    Milwaukee: Thank God it isnt Cleveland

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    I live in (or near) Dayton, so, if they dont draw a blank, they will make some sort of reference to the Air Force Museum, which apparently is better known nationally than I thought.

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    Cyburbian biscuit's avatar
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    The questions are usually "How far is that from Myrtle Beach?" or most often
    "Where???"

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    Actually, most of the time the replies to me have been reasonable and non-slamming. I have had people ask me about the Toledo Mud Hens (minor league team with a funny name and a funny logo), the Toledo Zoo (one of the nation's best zoos), the Toledo Museum of Art (in the Top 10 in the nation according to many museum critics) and some have even asked me about a local family-owned grain and retail corporation called The Andersons.

    When celebrities visit Toledo many of them stop at Tony Packo's Cafe, on the east side of town. The place was mentioned many times in the MASH TV series, by Klinger (Toledo's Jamie Farr). Packo's will have these celebrities "sign" a hot dog bun. All of the signed buns from about thirty (30) years are on the walls of the place.....kinda neat and real good Hungarian fare. (The hot dog buns are actually fake but they look real.) I lived with a woman (back in the 1970's) who worked at Packo's.

    I did meet some folks in a bar (Stump's in Upper Michigan) and when I told them where I was from they started to laugh. I never did find out why because we moved on to other topics.

    OTOH.....if you run into Toledo residents when you are travelling, THEY will do a real admirable job of slamming the place.

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    Q - questioner
    A - answerer

    Q: Where are you from?
    A: Near the Big Apple...

    interrupted
    Q: Oh, you're from New York City?
    A: No, I'm not. I'm from an area from near the Big Apple, the big restaurant stop by the 401 on your way in or out of Toronto.

    Q: What big apple?
    A: It's the 5th most visited destination in Ontario. It's where they make a bunch of apple pies and desserts and where there's a fake big apple in which you go into and observe the view of Lake Ontario.

    Q: Oh, that Big Apple!
    A: Yeah...

    Q: So how are the apples there?
    A: *sigh*

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    It could be worse -- you could live in Dampfach, West Germany and have the preacher asking in outrage "WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY????!!!"

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    1: Where are you from?
    2: Wellington.
    1: Ahhh... the Windy City!

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    A = Them
    B = Me


    A - Where do you live?

    B - Austin, Texas

    A - Ooh! Do you have a cowboy hat and live on a ranch?

    B - No, I live in a dense, urban area in a very liberal city full of hippies, artists, musicians, college students, a transvestite homeless man who has run for mayor three times and the 3rd largest gay population in the country. Oh, and you won't see any cowboy hats.

    A - Are you serious?!? And this is in TEXAS??!?!

    B - Yeah, 85% of our state's population is urban.

    A - So is it flat and dusty around there?

    B - Nope, it's very hilly and green with spring fed creeks and rivers.

    A - Wow, I had no idea...... I was in El Paso one time and it was all desert and dry.

    B - Well, Texas is a huge state and has a variety of different climates and geographic features. In fact, the cultures, accents, etc. are completely different depending on what region you go to.

    A - So, (insert "who shot J.R.?" or "there's only steers and queers in Texas" joke)

    B -

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    Recent true story:

    1: So where ya from?
    2: Originally Atlanta.
    1: Wow, I have been through there. They have a lot of traffic!

    1: So where ya live now?
    2: Florida.
    1: I bet it is hot there!
    2: Not bad……[thinks to self]people are idiots[/thinks to self]

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    Where are you from?

    My father was in the military.

    So you're from nowhere?

    ****

    Where are you from?

    My extended family is from Massachusetts.

    You a Red Sox fan?

    ****

    Where are you from?

    I grew up in Germany and outside of DC.

    Why'd you come here?
    Every time I look at a Yankees hat I see a swastika tilted just a little off kilter.
    Bill "Spaceman" Lee

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    Other person: Where are you from?

    Me: Escanaba

    Other Person: Oh... In Da’ Moon Light?

    Me: No, we do not have night time there... it is day all the time, we drink a lot of coffee and alcohol and beat up people who like the Movie Escanaba in Da’ Moon Light...

    Other Person: oh

    Me (muttering as I walk away): Dick

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    "I'm from New Jersey
    No I don't talk that way"
    "Its like Ohio, but even more so"
    From John Gorka's song "I'm from New Jersey"

    I think NJ people have the biggest burden as far as negative ideas about your state go. If you go into Manhattan, you're "bridge and tunnel crowd" If you go into Philly, the attitude is "Go back to f#@*in Jersey". They seem to think we're all rubes who live on farms. I've found it's the New Yorkers who are a little more open minded. I've actually gotten a few New York women to go out with me. Philly women are more Parochial. In Colorado I was asked "How come you don't have an accent?" In Tennessee on a coast-to-coast road trip with my friend, he locked the keys in the car. We had to call a locksmith to break in. When we told him where we are from, he said "Don't all you guys know how to do this?" In Baton Rouge La. on another trip, these girls called us the "Bon Jovi guys", another Jersey stereotype I don't identify with.

    And of course you've all heard the most common: "Jersey? What exit?"
    Adrift in a sea of beige

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    Where you from?

    Quincy

    Oh cool, when I was at BU I partied at the Black Rose all the time.

    No, that's Quincy Market

    Where's Quincy?

    Borders Boston- 8th largest City in the state

    You people like gut stuff?

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    Other person: Where are you from?

    Me: Escanaba
    I have to PM you. Check your in box

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    Where you from?

    Charlotte.

    Chaaaaaalut, Nawth Cahlina?

    No, Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Nothing more irritating than a non-Southerner doing a Southern accent.

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