City people in the country. They have a rough time surviving up here.

@writersedge (22579)
United States
March 27, 2011 7:37am CST
Sometimes everyone has a rough time surviving up here. But city people have more of a challenge. One time a greyhound bus was stalled on the side of the road. The driver tried to get cell phone or radio contact. He couldn't get anyone (probably our mountains). Because they were all city people, including the bus driver, no one went to the neighbor across the road to get help. The neighbor kept looking at the bus and wondering what was going on. The driver was running out of gas. So he turned the bus on and off to try to preserve gas, but still give people heat. The neighbor kept looking out the window. Then he saw people shivering and looked at the tailpipe. No exhaust. So he bundled up and went to talk to the driver. The bus had broken down. The neighbor told them all to come in and get warm. Also they could use his phone. The driver hesitated, but a woman with a baby didn't and everyone wanted to protect the woman with the baby so they got off, too. Anyway, he gave everyone hot chocolate and warm blankets while the bus driver made the call. This made the local newspaper and the neighbor was called a hero by the bus company, but the guy just felt that was anything anyone would do. We had a city person move up to the country. My Dad emptied his septic tank because that was my Dad's business at the time. Now my Dad had made the big mistake of having the words free consulting in his ads. People were calling us about all kinds of crazy things. We should have been a 900 number, we could have made a mint. Anyway the city guy called about once a week. He lived on the non-electric, back-to-nature road. He called one time because he thought his hand pump didn't work. I would never ask this question of a country person, but I just had to ask this city guy how many times he pulled the pump handle up and down. 2 or 3 times was the answer. I explained to him that he was pumping from many feet down in the ground (at least 80, but since on a hill, maybe more) and that he was going to have to pump many more times than that. 2 or 3 probably did very little to raise the water anywhere (may have just primed it for all I know). He went home and pumped for all he was worth and the water did come up. Next time he called about raising tomatoes. Someone gave him a seed packet. I had a business call coming in so I told him to turn the seed packet over and tell me if it had directions on the back. It did, so I told him to follow them. The next time he called about pumpkin seeds a neighbor had given him (why he didn't ask the neighbor what to do with them I'll never know) and they didn't come in any ki8nd of package. So I told him to just throw them wherever he wanted them to grow, they grow like weeds up here. Now in our newspaper and thanks to Saturday Night Live, there are many city people that are calling us uneducated rock chewers with no teeth. We're not the ones sitting in buses trying to die with neighbors around us. We're not the ones who think a hand pump works with two pumps. We're not the ones who call someone up instead of reading a seed package. I don't go places where I don't know the culture without someone in that culture to assist me. In France, I had guides. In Canada, I had Canadian students. I have all my teeth except for one in the back. I have 2 college degrees (but I didn't need any of them to give advice to Mr. City no electric, I was a teenager at the time). Who chews rocks? Our newspaper allows city people to say stupid things about us, but when I write in to defend us, they censor it. Afraid the city people are going to send their big, bad gangs after us? Geesh!
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@celticeagle (111470)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Mar 11
We get alot of weird stuff up this way too. I was so innocent and had never heard some of it until a older gal told me. I guess we have a rep for being inbread. (I think most places where there are rural areas gets that.)It struck me pretty funny. And we are famous for the underground book called The Boys of Boise. I used to have a copy and someone got away with it before I could even read it. I think it had to do with gays. Ignorance is bliss!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Mar 11
Yeah, we get the inbread jokes, too. I hate that. At least that didn't get on Saturday Night Live or in the newspaper! That makes me feel a little better (in a reverse kind of way).
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@celticeagle (111470)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Mar 11
(I guess it is 'imbred' actually)If it had gotten on SNL I would have to move. Ugh!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Mar 11
Exactly, you get what I'm saying. It hurts tourism when they think people are too stupid to be bothered with, too.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
29 Mar 11
I hate the way that my area is depicted as well. It's not fair that they can say what they want, no matter how insulting, but when there is a rebuke, it's censored. I have seen shows about my area done by people that have spent 0 time here. They present a certain view of the area and hardly anything they say is even near true. Maybe we should start out own paper...lol..they couldn't censor you then.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Mar 11
True, they're former city people. We had to censor them when they first took over our paper from country people. First week they took it over, there was a car accident. A reporter took a picture of a victum of a car accident. She was covered in blood. People wrote in, called, and dropped by to tell them we don't do that up here. 1. Have compassion for the victum. She's covered in blood. She's just been through something traumatic and you're using a flash to half-blind her. Now she has to worry about her family, friends and neighbors seeing this. 2. Have compassion for the family, friends, and neighbors of the victum, they see this, you'll probably give her Grandmother a heart attack or something. 3. We don't want to see that on the front page of the newspaper or any page for that matter. Blood and gore with our coffee and donut in the morning doesn't make it here. What next? Dismembered bodies by the side of the road? The new owners and editor issued an apology, esp. after 97% of the people said they would cancel their subscriptions if this kept on and run the paper out of town. They asked us what we do want. We want to know if the person was treated and released, then relatives can call that day. Others the other days afterward. Airlifted to Vermont or Albany, NY, then we can offer rides, gas cards, ferry tickets, etc. We would rather know what we can do to help. So we taught the city people something.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
30 Mar 11
That wasn't very tasteful of them. I think that people form certain places are hardened in a way..they aren't used to the closer knit communities and when they go to one, they don't know how to act. Glad you give them a lesson in decency and respect. Take care.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 Mar 11
I think we surprised them. Surprised me. On every issure, people are all over the place up here. Always seems like half want one thing and half want another. That about 97% agreed and stood on this issue was pretty incredible. This paper is terrific at letting us know what we can do to help. Now the end of every article has at least if the person was treated and released, ambulance transporte or life flown (life flight is our medi-vac unit up here) somewhere so we can help.
@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
27 Mar 11
You go girl!!!!!! As one who grew up in the suburbs, spent my first adult years in the city, then moved to a gated community in the country, with very primitive camping under my belt for a years of vacations, I know a little of each living. I can understand the hesitancy of the city people, except I'd only stay on the bus if on the wrong street in L.A......LOL I already knew how to plants seed, because though from age 5-18 I lived in the suburbs, before that we lived on a big lot in a small village and my grandmother lived across the street. I would help my dad with her garden. Plus, maybe for a year or two, I talked my dad into allowing a small garden in our suburban yard. In all the years I lived there, only us and one other neighbor even had a small garden plot..lol What's funny is, because the suburbs I lived in, it was a pretty upscale one, so we got information quite a lot from the city, plus my dad worked in the city and we went there to go swimming every summer. And that I lived in the city before moving out here, I think I have kept my ways pretty much and passed them down to my children. Yet a few years down the road this kid whose grandfather was a doctor, and would visit the "doctor's lot" every summer, and would come and play with my kids and the neighbors kids. The last time he came over, he left with a "you are a bunch of hicks" on his lips. I don't know if he was talking about the neighbor's kids, (The neighbors are really smart and have grown up in this small village other than living at the college they attended) or my kids, but I thought that was rude and glad to see him no longer.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Mar 11
My cousin from the city came to visit us. She never wanted to do anything because she got to do nothing in the city. Just sit around. So I played solitare because my Mom wouldn't let me go outdoors or in the woods when she was here. She stole my solitare cards! I went to the bathroom and they were gone. So I tried talking to her and she didn't want to talk to me. I received an invitation from a friend. My Mom let me go to the party. A couple days later, my cousin suddenly wanted to go outside. She saw a neighbor boy and wanted to flirt with him. She was fawning all over him. I thought she liked him. She came back in complaining that he smelled. I told her, "That's what you get when you interupt a farm boy when he's working and after he shoveled manure." She was all upset when I said manure. But I think she was more upset that he didn't ask her to sleep with him. She was in the wrong neighborhood for people who throw down on the first meeting. We take things nice and slow in the country. Sorry to hear the hick comments. We tell them "We're country crickers" and let them try to figure that out. They look puzzled. I've never looked it up in the dictionary, but I don't think that's a compliment either. I think it has to do with the creek (or crick with some accents) running through our town. But it's OK because we call ourselves that and they don't know what it means. Rock chewers, I'd love to know where that came from. I lived with my cousins in the city. I didn't like it. They had changed their back yard into a pool. There was no place to go and nothing to do in the winter. I walked to my Aunt's house and back. They were all upset. But there was stuff to do at my Aunt's house. They thought something might happen to me. Not really likely. Not sure why, but people don't generally mess with me. The few who have, don't mess with me now!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Mar 11
Back in the city, there were many tv stations, in the country, only 2 stations back then. No, for 2 weeks, I was supposed to entertain my cousin, but she didn't want to play board games, play with dolls ( I didn't really like dolls either, must be a family thing), no matter what we or I suggested, she said, "No." So if she was bored, as far as I was concerned, that was her problem.
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• United States
27 Mar 11
Geesh is right! See the way I see it sometimes is that the truth more then likely hurts and when it comes from educated people it sort of hurts more. So rather then allow the truth to be displayed they censor it. I am surprise they allow it to begin with because my thought would be that they would hide it completely. But then there may be someone with half a heart/brain who knows the truth but too afraid to publish it completely. I am also thinking that what is initially published about city people is to attract humor, humor that certainly is not appreciated and or given any forethought. But who can understand media today for the things they find worth publishing and or hold no equal weight to the real things they should be publishing.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Mar 11
The original about country people was supposed to be funny, but not appreciated. Then city people wrote junk and it was agreeing with Saturday Night Live "Oh yeah, you guys are all toothless rock chewers, ha, ha." But the rebuttals are sensored, not because I wrote anything stronger than I wrote above, but because the newspaper is owned by City people now. It was sold out by country people to city people. That's what I think happened. I could be wrong. Plus there are more city people than country people and they want more readers. We have only one newspaper in our area, so country people have to buy it or go without. But city people have their own newspaper. So to get them to buy a paper that has nothing to do with them, they are stouping (spelling?) this low.
• United States
27 Mar 11
That's pretty sad really because I am sure they perhaps should be writing about the finer qualities in that section and maybe it will increase the interest even more, would be my thoughts.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Mar 11
Most peopls smile and say,"Hi," to everyone. It's changing due to the people getting kidnapped and/or raped and/or murdered. As a kid, I used to talk to strangers all the time. My Dad used to give hitchhikers rides all the time. I was with him when he did it. He was "paying it forward" as people put it now. He had hitchhiked a lot. Esp. going to construction jobs. We can't do that any more. Too bad, hitchhikers are fun. They tell you where they're from, what they've been doing. Where they're going. All kinds of fun stuff that they can't tell you \now for their personal safety. People used to hitchhike across the country or just to work. There was a guy that was a friend of our family who didn't have a car, if I was driving to work, by myself, I would give him a ride to work. Now we can't do that. We've given up a lot to the bad guys. Yes, there are a lot of cool things here. Caves, caverns, natural stone bridges, Ausable Chasm, High Falls Gorge, lots of mountains for skiing. Wonderful stuff!
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
27 Mar 11
My family comes from the country and I lived in the country for a little while myself. In fact I prefer it and so when I get the money to do so I am going to be moving back, it's much more peaceful and people are much more nicer there. I don't understand why people have to talk down to those who live in the country, we aren't stupid people, we're in fact more resourceful people then some. If I was that bus driver I would have gone knocking on the door, becuase I would not have been afraid that someone was going to hurt me, I would have been much more afraid if I was in the city to go knocking on someone's door.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Mar 11
Even if the bus driver was afraid, because of the baby, he should have tried. Ever watch the Elvis Presley movie where he made a whole bunch of city people look stupid? He got on the witness stand and make the lawyers look dumb. My family roared. I think some of the city people have a complex. They come up here, find out how much they don't know. Then they think of all the stuff country people don't know. So that makes them feel better. Like I'm terrible with public transportation. I went to work in a small city. I worked with people with 60 IQs and under. They told me to help a young lady get and take a taxi. I asked them who was going to help me? I've never taken one myself. They said the taxi needs to know where she is and where she's going. Then she needs to know how much the taxi is going to cost so that she can have the correct money ready. I helped her find the number in the phone book and listened to the phone conversation. She did great! She had a skill that I didn't have. I thought that was cool and so did she. Don't even ask me about subways. I'm terrible in them. Both in France and Canada, I had a terrible time in them. Everyone has different skills and abilities depending on where they're brought up. Then the opposite, if they go somewhere that they weren't brought up, they have to either hang out with people who were brought up there or learn the skills by taking classes, something. I wouldn't go to New York City by myself. But Mr. Non-electric came up here and picked the hardest place in the North Country to live. I would have a hard time in non-electricville. Due to power outages, I do know how to do most things, but all the time. Hard life. He did appreciate the help and he was a nice guy. I think he was lonely. His wife wouldn't come here. Reminded me of the show "Green Acres". His heart was in the right place, wanting to live in the country, but he chose the most severe living situation, a hill that used to be a Quarry road with no electricity. I think the Saturday Night Live people and the people that wrote into the newspaper have never been up here or they've been to a country area where they were picked on and made fun of. SNL I think just likes to pick on everybody. I can't stand it because I think it's stupid. What gets me is some people believe that show. So more people will show up at the Canadian Border with winter coats in July again. Oh well, what can you do?