Silly vent: You're not from the city!!

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when people ask i say i was born in Saigon. since most people dont know where that city is or even where Vietnam is i just say its a suburb of Hong Kong
Originally Posted by OBB
LOL when people ask me where I'm 'originally' from sometimes I say India if I don't feel like furthering the conversation. Most people don't know Bangladesh or still think it's India.

Yours is way funnier, lol.

I grew up in one of the suburbs you crap all over. If you ask me where I'm from and I know you aren't from Eastern MA, I'll tell you I grew up near Boston simply because the other option is to name the small city and then have to clarify it's location in my next sentence. Being "from Boston" explains my love for the Red Sox, my heritage (Irish Catholic), my sense of style/fashion, and my driving (no comment). Believe it or not, the culture of Boston really does extend beyond Boston proper.
Originally Posted by newcurly
I also grew up in one of those suburbs. And I've lived in the city for 10 years now. The driving is different. The style/fashion is different. I'm not saying better, I'm saying different. That's all.

I, personally, found living in the suburbs to be a terrible fit for me. I'm not crapping all over them. It just (irrationally) annoys me when people go on and in about being "Boston driver" when they spend 99% of their time on suburban roads and don't know Southie from the South End, and have never seem a moving truck stuck on Storrow Drive. Not that this describes you. But it does describe a lot if people. People I grew up with, or friends of family, or family, that often post on Facebook.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
I grew up about 30 North from Boston, went to college in the city, and even thought I moved back to the burbs for a few years I worked in the city where I did a lot of driving,and walking, and biking, and taking the subway plus did a lot of parting there as well. I spent more time there than in the burbs. So I don't see what the big deal is when someone here in AZ ask me where I'm from and I tell them Boston. I usually start by telling them MA, if they ask me where I sometimes say 30 mns outside of Boston or when I'm lazy I just say Boston b/c to be honest the person asking doesn't really care for details.
Originally Posted by ester80
I think the more familiar a person is with the city (whether they live there or not) the less it bothers me. So I wouldn't be secretly cringing if I knew you and you were posting on Facebook about how cool it is to be from Boston!
"I don't know! I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!" -BART SIMPSON
I once won $20 from a bartender when I was on vacation because he asked where I was from and I told him Boston and he told me he'd give me $20 if my driver's license actually said I lived in Boston and not one of the suburbs.

I grew up 10 miles outside of Boston, and have lived in Boston for the past 10 years - when I lived in CA and people asked where I grew up I said Boston for simplicity's sake unless they knew MA well..
Originally Posted by rileyb
That's a fantastic story!


Also, my annoyance isn't really related to money/wealth...some people who do this live in super wealthy and fairly "exclusive" neighborhoods of fancy suburbs. And I definitely don't live in a rich Boston neighborhood!
"I don't know! I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!" -BART SIMPSON
You have no idea how to get around the city (by foot, car, or subway).
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Lol, Boston is not that hard to get around at all. It's not a very big city and one could see it in a day.

Your rant tho kind of reminds me of some NJ folks claiming to be from NY. At the college I went to, there were a lot of NYers, but there were also a lot of Jersey folks who would talk like they were from NYC--they wanted to emphasize every possible connection they had to NY. Meanwhile, I'm over here thinking "Do you not have any pride in the city and state that you're actually from?" since they would talk so much about NYC. I'm sure this is not true of many NJ people--it just seemed to be that way with the specific NJ folks that I talked to.
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You have no idea how to get around the city (by foot, car, or subway).
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Lol, Boston is not that hard to get around at all. It's not a very big city and one could see it in a day.

Your rant tho kind of reminds me of some NJ folks claiming to be from NY. At the college I went to, there were a lot of NYers, but there were also a lot of Jersey folks who would talk like they were from NYC--they wanted to emphasize every possible connection they had to NY. Meanwhile, I'm over here thinking "Do you not have any pride in the city and state that you're actually from?" since they would talk so much about NYC. I'm sure this is not true of many NJ people--it just seemed to be that way with the specific NJ folks that I talked to.
Originally Posted by KinkyCoils10
I grew up 5miles from Boston proper. When people ask where I'm from I tell them proudly "I'm from Medford". Even now that I live south of Boston in the land of OFD (originally from Dorchester) I still tell them I'm FROM Medford, I live in weymouth.
This made me laugh. Not at you WhoMe. Just what you were saying.

I think we need a silly vent thread - for things that aren't serious enough for the say it thread. Shall I start one?
Originally Posted by curlypearl
And, the bolded made ME laugh!!!

That thread itself has become a joke! Ain't nuthin' serious about it! It's become one big dumping ground for passive-aggressive, random, pointless silliness!!!

LOL, we don't need another one of those; what we really need, if anything, is another "Say It..." thread that is used properly!!!
OK, I admit it.....I'm an alias! I wasn't born with the name Honeycurls!
Dood, get over it; there's no time limit on lurking.

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Last edited by Honeycurls; 02-03-2013 at 08:21 AM.
CP, for clarification purposes, ^^ was totally tongue-in-cheek--true, but TIC.

Elsewhere in other news:

"It isn't different than Say it."
OK, I admit it.....I'm an alias! I wasn't born with the name Honeycurls!
Dood, get over it; there's no time limit on lurking.

I so busy runnin' allllllll over the place and ain't nobody chasin' me!


Your rant tho kind of reminds me of some NJ folks claiming to be from NY. At the college I went to, there were a lot of NYers, but there were also a lot of Jersey folks who would talk like they were from NYC--they wanted to emphasize every possible connection they had to NY. Meanwhile, I'm over here thinking "Do you not have any pride in the city and state that you're actually from?" since they would talk so much about NYC. I'm sure this is not true of many NJ people--it just seemed to be that way with the specific NJ folks that I talked to.
Originally Posted by KinkyCoils10
EXACTLY like this! Sums it up perfectly.
"I don't know! I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!" -BART SIMPSON
You have no idea how to get around the city (by foot, car, or subway).
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Lol, Boston is not that hard to get around at all. It's not a very big city and one could see it in a day.

Your rant tho kind of reminds me of some NJ folks claiming to be from NY. At the college I went to, there were a lot of NYers, but there were also a lot of Jersey folks who would talk like they were from NYC--they wanted to emphasize every possible connection they had to NY. Meanwhile, I'm over here thinking "Do you not have any pride in the city and state that you're actually from?" since they would talk so much about NYC. I'm sure this is not true of many NJ people--it just seemed to be that way with the specific NJ folks that I talked to.
Originally Posted by KinkyCoils10
I grew up 5miles from Boston proper. When people ask where I'm from I tell them proudly "I'm from Medford". Even now that I live south of Boston in the land of OFD (originally from Dorchester) I still tell them I'm FROM Medford, I live in weymouth.
Originally Posted by cailin
Hahaha! I've never heard it called "OFD" but that is sooooo true. I'm originally from the south shore. My parents grew up in Weymouth (with OFD parents [my grandparents]).
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I came out of my self-imposed time out to post my silly rant in response to your silly rant. My rant is about the lack of knowledge the majority of residents who live in Boston have about the rest of their home state. I grew up in Southern NH but had 4 Aunts who lived in Boston, Mattapan, and Cambridge who I often spent time with. I went to school in Boston, lived in Boston for 5 years (oops, I cannot say that because I lived with one of my Aunts for a while in Mattapan and then had an apartment near BU-which was actually Brighton or Brookline depending upon which end of my apartment you were in -so technically NOT Boston). I know my around the city fairly well via a car and do not make a fool of myself on the T. Yet, if I give the town I live in now I get a blank stare. So I start listing off bigger towns and cities that head closer and closer to Boston until I get some sort of recognition of a name of a city. It amazes me how many people who were born and raised in this state and have such a limited viewpoint of what Massachusetts is. It is all wrapped up inside of 128 or if I am lucky maybe 495. So, yep, now I just say Central Massachusetts and I can see the look in their eyes and the thought in their head-who in their right mind would live out there and what is out there???? And is that really Massachusetts and not Vermont?

When I am traveling there is no way in hell anyone would know the town I am from so I typically just say Massachusetts and if they dig I then say Central Mass If I am asked where I grew up I proudly give my hometown in New Hampshire.

Back to my time out
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I came out of my self-imposed time out to post my silly rant in response to your silly rant. My rant is about the lack of knowledge the majority of residents who live in Boston have about the rest of their home state. I grew up in Southern NH but had 4 Aunts who lived in Boston, Mattapan, and Cambridge who I often spent time with. I went to school in Boston, lived in Boston for 5 years (oops, I cannot say that because I lived with one of my Aunts for a while in Mattapan and then had an apartment near BU-which was actually Brighton or Brookline depending upon which end of my apartment you were in -so technically NOT Boston). I know my around the city fairly well via a car and do not make a fool of myself on the T. Yet, if I give the town I live in now I get a blank stare. So I start listing off bigger towns and cities that head closer and closer to Boston until I get some sort of recognition of a name of a city. It amazes me how many people who were born and raised in this state and have such a limited viewpoint of what Massachusetts is. It is all wrapped up inside of 128 or if I am lucky maybe 495. So, yep, now I just say Central Massachusetts and I can see the look in their eyes and the thought in their head-who in their right mind would live out there and what is out there???? And is that really Massachusetts and not Vermont?

When I am traveling there is no way in hell anyone would know the town I am from so I typically just say Massachusetts and if they dig I then say Central Mass If I am asked where I grew up I proudly give my hometown in New Hampshire.

Back to my time out
Originally Posted by xcptnl


OMG, WHO ARE YOU?!?!?!?!


(Yes, all caps were necessary )
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I came out of my self-imposed time out to post my silly rant in response to your silly rant. My rant is about the lack of knowledge the majority of residents who live in Boston have about the rest of their home state. I grew up in Southern NH but had 4 Aunts who lived in Boston, Mattapan, and Cambridge who I often spent time with. I went to school in Boston, lived in Boston for 5 years (oops, I cannot say that because I lived with one of my Aunts for a while in Mattapan and then had an apartment near BU-which was actually Brighton or Brookline depending upon which end of my apartment you were in -so technically NOT Boston). I know my around the city fairly well via a car and do not make a fool of myself on the T. Yet, if I give the town I live in now I get a blank stare. So I start listing off bigger towns and cities that head closer and closer to Boston until I get some sort of recognition of a name of a city. It amazes me how many people who were born and raised in this state and have such a limited viewpoint of what Massachusetts is. It is all wrapped up inside of 128 or if I am lucky maybe 495. So, yep, now I just say Central Massachusetts and I can see the look in their eyes and the thought in their head-who in their right mind would live out there and what is out there???? And is that really Massachusetts and not Vermont?

When I am traveling there is no way in hell anyone would know the town I am from so I typically just say Massachusetts and if they dig I then say Central Mass If I am asked where I grew up I proudly give my hometown in New Hampshire.

Back to my time out
Originally Posted by xcptnl


OMG, WHO ARE YOU?!?!?!?!


(Yes, all caps were necessary )
Originally Posted by SarcasmIsBeauty

i agree thats an unxcptnl post
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I find that funny because one of the largest cities in the country is Phoenix, and people never want to claim they're from Phoenix even if they're from the metro area. Instead it's "I'm from Tempe/Scottsdale/Chandler/Buckeye" and they're all considered from Phoenix in the general view of things.



It's funny to me, too, because one of my biggest meaningless annoyances is something you did in your post. "I have so many facebook friends from the suburbs, who I literally almost never see because they never come into the city, and when they do they only go to the most obnoxious touristy downtown places." Because CERTAINLY it couldn't be because you never go see them...
Originally Posted by NetG
Maybe it's because I am one of those few people that were actually born in Phoenix - a long time ago - that I am proud to say I am from Phoenix. I attended Scottsdale schools, lived in Tempe and Paradise Valley, but throughout I have always said I am from Phoenix.
I came out of my self-imposed time out to post my silly rant in response to your silly rant. My rant is about the lack of knowledge the majority of residents who live in Boston have about the rest of their home state. I grew up in Southern NH but had 4 Aunts who lived in Boston, Mattapan, and Cambridge who I often spent time with. I went to school in Boston, lived in Boston for 5 years (oops, I cannot say that because I lived with one of my Aunts for a while in Mattapan and then had an apartment near BU-which was actually Brighton or Brookline depending upon which end of my apartment you were in -so technically NOT Boston). I know my around the city fairly well via a car and do not make a fool of myself on the T. Yet, if I give the town I live in now I get a blank stare. So I start listing off bigger towns and cities that head closer and closer to Boston until I get some sort of recognition of a name of a city. It amazes me how many people who were born and raised in this state and have such a limited viewpoint of what Massachusetts is. It is all wrapped up inside of 128 or if I am lucky maybe 495. So, yep, now I just say Central Massachusetts and I can see the look in their eyes and the thought in their head-who in their right mind would live out there and what is out there???? And is that really Massachusetts and not Vermont?

When I am traveling there is no way in hell anyone would know the town I am from so I typically just say Massachusetts and if they dig I then say Central Mass If I am asked where I grew up I proudly give my hometown in New Hampshire.

Back to my time out
Originally Posted by xcptnl
X~come back! We miss you!!

In regards to your post I've worked in Leominster and Athol. Athol was a good 1hr 45min ride from Medford and I saw a whole other side of MA than I ever had before. Such pretty country, but economically depressed. Admittedly for much of my childhood to young adult life, if I couldn't get there by train I wasn't interested. But I've grown now.
I see what you mean. It reminds me of people being like "I love being Irish!!" yet know nothing of Ireland, have never been there, their last ancestor from Ireland came here 100 years ago and is long gone...

There is a totally different thing between saying "I'm from Boston" to avoid confusion when no one ever recognizes your podunk town, versus bragging about being a "Boston girl". I think what bothers me is that there is no such thing as a Boston girl! Boston is full of tons of immigrants from all over the world, it has a hispanic pocket, a black neighborhood, a newly gentrified Southie. It just doesn't make sense, it's like bragging about being American, I don't get it. I'm just like...ok...you are from Boston...congrats? You and a few million other people haha. It's not much different from any other city. It has big buildings, a train, lots of shops...

ETA I sound angry but it doesn't bother me THAT much I just think it doesn't make much sense.
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I grew up about 30 North from Boston, went to college in the city, and even thought I moved back to the burbs for a few years I worked in the city where I did a lot of driving,and walking, and biking, and taking the subway plus did a lot of parting there as well. I spent more time there than in the burbs. So I don't see what the big deal is when someone here in AZ ask me where I'm from and I tell them Boston. I usually start by telling them MA, if they ask me where I sometimes say 30 mns outside of Boston or when I'm lazy I just say Boston b/c to be honest the person asking doesn't really care for details.[/QUOTE]

I think the more familiar a person is with the city (whether they live there or not) the less it bothers me. So I wouldn't be secretly cringing if I knew you and you were posting on Facebook about how cool it is to be from Boston![/QUOTE]

Good to know! lol, everyone has their pet peeves, I have more than a few myself. =)
i will admit, it annoys me as well!

I'm from baltimore, and i have met people who claim they are from Baltimore then know nothing about it. and have never been there! How the hells bells you from a place you never been!?!?!? I have relatives who have never stepped in Baltimore, but claim they are from there. its like, "NO! Just because our grandparents are from there do not make you a baltimoron my default! and no, sorry, but towson, catonsville, cockeysville, westminster, owings mills, ect. does not count. if you have no idea what a chicken box and half and half is, you are not from baltimore!"
i will admit, it annoys me as well!

I'm from baltimore, and i have met people who claim they are from Baltimore then know nothing about it. and have never been there! How the hells bells you from a place you never been!?!?!? I have relatives who have never stepped in Baltimore, but claim they are from there. its like, "NO! Just because our grandparents are from there do not make you a baltimoron my default! and no, sorry, but towson, catonsville, cockeysville, westminster, owings mills, ect. does not count. if you have no idea what a chicken box and half and half is, you are not from baltimore!"
Originally Posted by thelio
chicken box w/ western fries washed down with half n half. mmmmmmmmmm

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i will admit, it annoys me as well!

I'm from baltimore, and i have met people who claim they are from Baltimore then know nothing about it. and have never been there! How the hells bells you from a place you never been!?!?!? I have relatives who have never stepped in Baltimore, but claim they are from there. its like, "NO! Just because our grandparents are from there do not make you a baltimoron my default! and no, sorry, but towson, catonsville, cockeysville, westminster, owings mills, ect. does not count. if you have no idea what a chicken box and half and half is, you are not from baltimore!"
Originally Posted by thelio
chicken box w/ western fries washed down with half n half. mmmmmmmmmm

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Originally Posted by naturaldoll
western fries!!!??? Blasphemy!!! just regular ole fires thank you very much! and make the half & half a jumbo, with a little bit of ice!!
it kind of annoys me when people care so much about their city. Like... who cares lol.

70% of the people at my school are northerners and ALL THEY TALK ABOUT IS THEIR CITY omg no one cares. "jersey city this, new york city that, bmore in the house blah blah blah"

"oh you don't know nothing about this I'm from up north that's how we roll blah blah blah" I get it, you're different, feel special, because the person beside you is probably from the same state as you also, you is kind you is smart you is important. Bless you and good night.



seriously! who cares!!!!
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