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    Building cloud's thread about Southern Indiana - each place is interesting in it's own way. Considering there are people here from all over the world - why not share some unique aspects of your hometown?

    I grew up in a very remote small village on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It was at the end of a long, unpaved logging road, very hard to get to, and had next to nothing there. There was one school, all grades in the same building, and I had 9 people in my class. My Biology teacher was also my Chemistry and PE Teacher, as well as the ambulance driver.

    There was a gas station, two restaurants and a corner store. Bread came in on Tuesdays, milk came in on Thursdays, and everything else was bought at the nearest town, a three hour drive away. We ordered clothes from the Sears catalogue (This might sound like I grew up in the distant past, but I'm 33).

    We had one live television channel - CBC North. The other "channels" were run by an old drunk guy who ran the "tv station". It was a trailer with a bunch of VCRs and he'd put tapes of shows in. Nothing like a schedule, so you never knew what you were going to get. My mom said when I was small, she'd come home to us kids watching porn, cuz that's what he'd put on

    The main threats we grew up with weren't drugs and alcohol - it was bears, wolves and cougars.

    Great place to grow up though. We'd just take off every morning and go exploring. We did a lot of camping and boating. I miss the camping and boating, but not the lack of shopping.

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    Sounds like the West Coast, paradise and porn! I grew up on a farm in central eastern Alberta and moved to Penticton in the Okanagen Valley of British Columbia. Both places had lots of big sky, wildlife and beauty, but Penticton had a lake at either end of town, orchards, horseback riding and tons of cute guys visiting every summer so guess which place I preferred. Moved to Vancouver later to go to high school and university, but I'll always remember my country roots with affection.

    I was so lucky to be able to grow up in a time when we played outside freely -- hell, my mother used to throw us outside at 20 below -- and blissfully unaware of all the dangers that surround us now. Our biggest concern was not getting frostbitten or sunburned!

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    I grew up in the sleepy suburbs of Ottawa, and now live in the central core of Toronto
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    Born and raised in a very small town in the Southern Tier of NY State--just above the PA border. Now live in a suburb of a bigger city in Central NY. Lots of snow.

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    I grew up in one boring suburb and then moved to another boring suburb 30 miles away. I never thought I'd live in one again but about five years ago Mr. Butt convinced me it would be good for the kids to get out of the city. We lasted less than two years before we were both going nuts. Ok, I was going nuts and Mr. butt knew it was me or the suburbs. So we're back in the city, happy as pigs in shit. Luckily the in-laws live on a huge spread in the country, so the kiddies spend quite a bit of time during the holidays there. And we spend most of the summer at the beach. Also, there is a huge park within three seconds of our flat, featuring a proper soccer pitch, proper skating rink in the winter, excellent playground, track and field facilities, etc. etc. We'll probably retire to the beach but will always keep a place in the city. And I will never, ever live in the burbs again. The country might be ok but never the burbs. They suck the life out of you.
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    I was born in London, England and lived there with my family until I was three. We always had a home in Michigan though, and would spend summers and Christmas break in Michigan. My dad had an insurance company in England and in the states. When I was three, we moved back home permanently and I have lived in Michigan ever since.

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    Ok, everytime I see the title of this thread, I think "Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did you come from cotton eye Joe?" Bullshit, stepped in what? Bullshit!
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    Not sure what you mean, Mel...
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    Grew up in the country surrounded by family. Grandpa had a small farm and he sold peices of it to his kids to build houses on. So all my neighbors were cousins, lol, and I was surrounded by fields and woods.

    I now live right outside the downtown of my city. Nice street with old neighbors. We live in a central location (which means I can get anywhere I want in no time!) with lots of old houses. I love where I live now...and I think I'm a city girl at heart. I grew up country, and I still adore being outside (we go camping and hiking almost every other weekend), but when it comes to where my home is, I prefer the city.

    Luckily my boys get to spend lots of time at my parents running around, having the country experiences I had. I do think I gained a lot from that upbringing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kitten33
    I was born in London, England and lived there with my family until I was three. We always had a home in Michigan though, and would spend summers and Christmas break in Michigan. My dad had an insurance company in England and in the states. When I was three, we moved back home permanently and I have lived in Michigan ever since.

    Planning to move to Rochester, NY in about 6 months, so if anyone has anything good to say about it, please let me know as I am a little nervous
    I have spent many a summer just outside of Rochester in Geneseo on Conesus Lake. Beautiful. You must go. The water is so very clear. The summer catillion dances, the farmers markets...you will love it.

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    A suburb of the same city I live in now..One of America's first post war 'planned communities'-financed by Nationwide Insurance(with many streets named after Nationwide execs, their families, kids names, etc. at that time). Egotistical asses! The elementary school I went to for five years had 700 students and EVERY SINGLE ONE was white! I now live closer into town..about 4 miles from the center of the city.
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    Oh dear...the suburbs I grew up in were like that as well. Except it was the '70's so they bussed in one black kid for each grade from the local city. And for some reason, every single one of those city kids was the most popular in their class. We must have been fascinated by thier sheer otherness.
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    Born and raised (uni/work in London), married and bred in a small town in the Thames Valley between London and Oxford, and famous for it's annual rowing regatta/social circuit fixture. Sold up and moved to Melbourne, Australia and never looked back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch
    Oh dear...the suburbs I grew up in were like that as well. Except it was the '70's so they bussed in one black kid for each grade from the local city. And for some reason, every single one of those city kids was the most popular in their class. We must have been fascinated by thier sheer otherness.
    Mine was the 70's too. No busing or anything like that. This was a suburban district. Much more integrated now though. In my first year in middle school there was 1 black student(out of hundreds of students) and he was very popular.
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    Toronto, Toronto, Toronto.

    I hope I die in New York or Italy though!

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