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Old 07-14-2009, 02:33 PM   #61
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Probably glad you don't live in Tehran anymore?
I have a picture of the old Embassy floating around. My dad was an East Asian specialist so State sent him to West Asia figuring at least they got him to the right continent.
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I see from the results that, as of now, there are 58 rural and small town vs. 40 'city types'. I'd guess that in the general population there are more urbanites. If my guess is right, does that mean rural people are more likely to save and have a FI and RE mindset?
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I see from the results that, as of now, there are 58 rural and small town vs. 40 'city types'. I'd guess that in the general population there are more urbanites. If my guess is right, does that mean rural people are more likely to save and have a FI and RE mindset?
Along those lines, could we say that the more numerous city slickers are less likely to learn to read and write and join a forum?
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0-2 Tehran, Iran
2-3 Jakarta, Indonesia
3-5 Taipei, ROC (now Taiwan)
5-8 Detroit, Michigan
8-14 Manila, Philippines
14-18 Seoul Korea

All small towns

On the other hand, my wife also grew up on a wheat farm in north central Montana right off US 2.
Wow...you do get about!
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Along those lines, could we say that the more numerous city slickers are less likely to learn to read and write and join a forum?
I'd hesitate to agree with that. My grade one class was small enough (1o kids) that I know what happened to every one. Here's the educational result:

University degree: 2
Similar (RN): 1
Finished High School: 2
Did not finish High School: 5

As far as joining a forum, who knows.
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Grew up in small town of 19K, but area total was about 250K or so at that time. It's much bigger now.
Mom grew up on a farm, and was tight but spent wisely for things she felt was worth it. Stepfather was just downright cheap, and would have been a survivalist in the woods if Mom would have let him. Unfortunately, he who makes the gold makes the rules, also.
Mom should have been in control, but this was the '50's and that wasn't happening then. But it was a typical Midwestern childhood, and nothing different than all the other Midwestern kids I grew up with. We were all products of parents who lived during the Depression.
Me? I wish I had grown up 35 miles north of Manhattan. What a great experience that would have been!
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On the other hand, my wife also grew up on a wheat farm in north central Montana right off US 2.
My maternal grandparents homesteaded near Scobey/Wolf Point in the 1920's- always had some great stories about the experience when we were growing up.
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I thought everyone passed through the 4th largest city in the USA, Brooklyn, NY, my hometown.
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I thought everyone passed through the 4th largest city in the USA, Brooklyn, NY, my hometown.
Yep, I've passed through Brooklyn. Great city filled with so many interesting people, places and history. Do you still live there? If not, do you visit and/or retain an emotional connection to Brooklyn?
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As a kid, I spent Monday-Friday in a small town (pop ~ 23,000) and week-ends/vacations in a rural area (pop ~ 300). Money-wise, I was strongly influenced by the frugality and conservatism of rural folks like my grand-parents.
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Yep, I've passed through Brooklyn. Great city filled with so many interesting people, places and history. Do you still live there? If not, do you visit and/or retain an emotional connection to Brooklyn?
I'm right up the road from you in Arlington, VA. I'm still connected to Brooklyn with family there and fond memories of yesterdays long gone.
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I grew up a Sox fan. We would take the city bus to old Comisky and get in for a $1.00 as a student. The beer of the White Sox back then was "Falstaff" and if you were tall enough to reach the counter, they'd serve you. As I got a little older I started to favor the Cubs solely because they were televised daily on WGN. When I left to join the Navy in the late 70's every place I went had WGN and the Cubbies. I even lived in Cuba (GTMO) for 4 1/2 years and had WGN. So hence......."WRIGLEY"

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Was born in a 55.000 town in the South of Spain. Moved to Newcastle when I was almost 4. Came back to Nortwestern Spain when 7 to where I´ve been living since. Another 75.000 town.
Now living in the countryside in a coastal village 12 km away.
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My dad was a "land man" during WWII and we followed the oil plays as
they moved, living in trailer courts and rent houses in small towns as well
as big. Talk about "formative years" ....... I had to establish myself in the
pecking order ever time we moved! It was good trainiing for later years.

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Charlie, what an interesting life!

My BIL is the product of lots of moves because his dad was military. He and my sis are moving to Vermont and it is tough for our side of the family because we never leave our home state.

He thinks (and I really do agree) that it will be good for their three kids to experience just what you've described.

What does it mean to be a "land man", as I'm unfamiliar with the oil industry?
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Grew up in a small town of 5,000. Had a population of 5000 in 1930 and still has a population of 5000 to this day. Too bad I had to leave to get an education and jobs. Go back to visit now and it seems way too small.
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Grew up in a small town of 5,000. Had a population of 5000 in 1930 and still has a population of 5000 to this day.
That sounds kind of scary. What happens to the 5001st person?
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Hi Sarah,

A "land man" is a person who specializes in organizing leases for oil companies.
If an oil company is interested in leasing a particular area, they send land men
(or lease hounds) out to lease the property from the land owners. Often
this involves a lot of work in the local court house to track down all the heirs.

After the war we settled in Wichita Falls, Texas which had about 25-30,000
people. So from the 5th grade on, I had a small city life. Wichita Falls was
the oil and cattle capital of North Texas ..... the place where all the small towners, farmers and ranchers went to shop and play on Saturday night.

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