What Part of the Country (or Which Country) Are You From?

Discussion in 'Places I Have Lived' started by Yvonne Smith, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Terry Coywin

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    Wow, that is a lovely area to live in Peter. We've been up that way several times in years past.
     
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    I was born in Newark, New Jersey and spent my pre-teen years 5 to12 in Paterson, New Jersey. The WW 2 years 1941 to 1946 were exciting times for a young kid but I am glad that I never had to spend my teen years and adult hood in either of those two present day hell holes.
     
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    I was born in Indiana, and lived in Crawfordsville where the 4H grounds were literally my back yard, and school and Doctor Shannon (office-in-home) were within walking distance.

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    It was nowhere near this built up back then (who here cannot say that?)
    The woods to the left of 4H were larger, and there was only one small 4H building and a stall where they kept a couple of critters. I used to find all sorts of arrowheads in the creek there.

    They would park all sorts of agriculture equipment at the fairgrounds during the off season. I used to climb up in it all the time and play with the controls & levers whenever I wanted. They stored hay above the critter stall, and my elementary school friends and I would just kick around up there.

    All the kids walked to school except for a couple from the farms who got short-bused in. They brought their lunches (there was no cafeteria), and the rest of us walked home to eat, then returned for the afternoon session.

    We moved to Vienna (Fairfax County, VA) in 1963 when I was 9. This was the year after the Beltway opened up, for those familiar with the area.

    My father worked for G.C. Murphy's his entire life, managing store for much of the time, and got transferred quite a bit. He got transferred to the store in the old business district in Arlington VA, which is why we moved.

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    Pretty retro, huh? Here's what part of that area looks like today:
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    I got lots of stories of kicking around those old stores with their old hand-operated stock elevators, snack bars where you mixed your own sodas, old time candy counters with nuts roasted on-site, live pet departments with escaped parakeets flying around the store, neon dyed Easter ducks & chicks...

    I lived in Vienna until a couple of years after high school, moved to Richmond under the pretense of helping my father with a staffing shortage in his store there. He had pancreatic cancer and did not want to tell us he was sick. He died a year or so later, I moved back to Fairfax County, living a year in Fairfax and a year in Falls church.

    I got married, ended up buying a house (circa '78) in Vienna. It was a house I used to deliver newspapers to as a kid, right up the street from where I grew up. We divorced soon after, I stayed in the house (I hated apartment life.) That little Podunk town ended up getting national recognition as the town to live in for many years running. I think it was because it was an established bedroom community that was near all the big city stuff, but for the most part density was not gonna change. My tiny 600 ft² home got replaced by a McMansion, just like all the other homes on my block.

    I lived there until 2010, when I moved to Louisa County VA, where I am today (in between Richmond and Charlottesville). My company was closing offices to save real estate costs, and forced folks to work from home. A bunch of us got permission to head for the hills (I was already reporting to someone in another state, so the difference was slight.) One coworker moved to South Africa and kept her DC area job. I chose this location because it was within commuting distance (100 miles) for emergency meetings, and we have a satellite office about 30 miles away where I had a place to work rather than sit at home alone all day.

    Sadly, I see some changes happening in the short time I've been here. Our republic is meant to keep government oversight close to home, but all that seems to mean is you get to witness first-hand the corruption you can do nothing about. Lots of insider deals when developers and politicians speed-date in growing areas.
     
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    I think I've been in that part of the state, Hugh. Really pretty area. Would that be Bryce Flooring you refer to (I won't name the county)?
     
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    Interesting. I grew up in southeastern Idaho, as a farm boy outside a village of about 750. Our HS graduating class was 28. If I mention the Lost River Range, you'll know where it is.
    Growing up our house was never locked, and when people visited, they didn't knock, but just walked in. An anecdote: As an adult I and family were visiting my parents one summer, and one morning when I got up and came into the kitchen, Dad asked me: 'Did you use the pickup and leave it somewhere?' When I answered no, he just shrugged the shoulders, and went on eating breakfast. 'Dad, if your pickup has been stolen, aren't you going to report it?' "Nawww.' Some time later the pickup drove into the yard. A neighbor's car had run out of gas or something on his way home the night before, snf walking home.he helped himself to Dad's vehicle and drove home.
    I graduated from the U of Idaho. I lived in Austria during my graduate studies, then lived in Baton Rouge Louisiana, Miami FL, and now near Gainesville Fl. Both wife (Grew up in Austria) and I miss the mountains.
     
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    I have a friend who lives near Salmon, Idaho, and many years ago, I was helping another friend who needed to get to the Challis area to see his family. It was a long drive, but the scenery was so beautiful there, and the mountains were awesome.
    I lived near Boise for a while, but other than that, I have not spent much time in the southern part of the state. When I was selling insurance, we went as far south as White Bird Pass and Riggins, which is trapped in a narrow valley between two huge mountains and the river.
     
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  7. Terry Coywin

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    A friend and I drove across the country, east to west and back again. Going westward, by the time we reached Idaho, all I could remember was Sun Valley. I know Averell Harriman had built it and Ernest Hemingway had lived there. Didn't have much time to linger, but as I recall, it was a beautiful place.
     
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    Did you drive over the mountain pass from Ketchum to the Lost River Range (where I grew up)?
     
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    Yes, we did. By that time I was utterly exhausted as driving always tired me out quickly. From Idaho on, I did not want to do anything but sleep. We were pressed for time as we had a wedding to go to and since my old college roomie hadn't seen much of the country, wanted to drive. I wanted to fly. Never again.
     
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    I was born and lived in Buenos Aires until 1980; my parents were French. In 1980 I moved to US and I always lived in NY except from 1997 to 2001 when I resided in Pennsylvania.
     
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    What area of NY Silvia?
     
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    Westchester county. You?
     
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    Seneca County in the Finger Lakes.
     
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    I never was there; it must be lovely.
     
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    I have some pictures scattered around thephoto section.
     
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