If you live somewhere other than where you were born, do you call yourself a local?
Posted 24 May 2010 - 04:48 PM
Posted 24 May 2010 - 05:19 PM
Posted 24 May 2010 - 05:51 PM
Well, I'm usually very clear when asked...
I currently reside in CA. I've lived here 13 years, 10 months, 38 days.
I'm still hoping for an early parole for good behavior.
Me too, LOL!
I was born in CA, went to college in the state, and have lived there for 12 out of the past 15 years but I am NOT a Californian! I'm a New Englander who happens to be living in California.
Posted 24 May 2010 - 06:17 PM
I'll always be a California girl and don't intend to ever be "from" where I currently live (it just isn't as cool). I tend to say, "We live in ____."
Posted 24 May 2010 - 07:07 PM
This is just not a inclusive community for some reason. Maybe because people often grow up here and stay around. That includes, it seems, those who go away to school. Many come back. There are already deep social roots from childhood. I don't know. It's weird but doesn't bother me.
Edited by sbgrace, 24 May 2010 - 11:40 PM.
Posted 24 May 2010 - 07:19 PM
I don't how long it will be before I will say where I am currently living (6 years) or this area (about 19 years - still feel like a transplant).
Posted 24 May 2010 - 08:32 PM
I was born in Jersey, but moved to Va when I was young. I grew up in a community that always felt too small townish for me and it never really felt like home. I moved to Ny in my early twenties and lived there for nearly 10 years. But it was hard to feel like home because I would always get asked where I was from and I would always reply Va.
Now I'm back in Va, (different part than where I grew up) and when people asked where I moved here from, the story is always way too long. If I just say "from NY", the conversation ends up as follows:
curious person- "which part?"
me- " I bounced back and forth b/w Manhattan, Queens and Long Island"
curious person-"well this must be a big change for you then, huh?"
me- "yes, but not too much because I grew up in Va"
curious person-" oh so it must be nice to be home."
me- "I didn't grow up here, I grew up in xyz"
I've had this same exact conversation more times than I can count. Will I ever feel local here? Doubt it, it would have to be at least 15 years I think.
Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:12 PM
However, when asked where I come from or was born...I say where I come from, not here.
Being a local is different, in my mind, to saying thats where one originated.
Posted 25 May 2010 - 04:52 AM
Posted 25 May 2010 - 04:57 AM
Well, when I used to tell people that I was from Japan (where I was born and lived most of the first 17 years of my life) people would tell me "no you're not".
He got the look from people, however, so now he says he was born in Hong Kong.
Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:04 AM