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Santeno
03-04-2005, 12:47 PM
Every city has unique little quirks that identify it and the people who live there. For example:<p>In new york, the locals love wearing black or shades of grey. If it's a color you'll often find a dark variant of a color before you see a bright one. New yorkers buy their morning coffee to go, from an assorted variety of coffee shops, carts, or deli's. you know you're drinking coffee in new york, because your coffee cup will be disposable and be either blue and white (with a greek design), maroon (with the names of different coffee drinks on it), starbucks, or dunking dounuts. when walking up or down an escalator new yorkers instictively know to stand on the right side and walk on the left (if you're standing on the left you're either an out of towner or an idiot and you deserve what you get). Our taxi's are bright yellow - all of them. if they aren't yellow they are called cars. your average new york apartment kitchen is mainly used to warm up take-out, not really to do any serious cooking. New yorkers can live in a 500 square foot manhattan studio and call it a luxury apartment. New yorkers consider pretending disinterest at the sight of celebrities to be good manners (if you're acting excited you must be from jersey or some other bridge-&-tunnel destination) - yes it's fairly common to see them and not that uncommon to meet them. Lastly is the restaurant kitchens. You'll be hard pressed to find a single restaurant kitchen in new york that doesn't have someone who speaks spanish or chinese or both (one for each language) working in it.<p>You get my drift. Are there any quircks to the places were you're from and people who live there? Please list them and give us all a laugh.<p><br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 5:21 PM 3/4/2005</i>

knicks125
03-04-2005, 01:06 PM
agreed totally... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>and also, when you buy a beverage (ex. coke, juice) here in nyc, they always give you straws, without you even asking, you never see that elsewhere.<p>of course most guys don't even use straws so it's not really an issue, but I was out with a friend last weekend, she's from out of town, and she noticed it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Santeno, you've summed up just about most about nyc, if i can think of any others, I'd share <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Santeno
03-04-2005, 01:10 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot, I-pods. Since new yorkers don't really drive to work, we have a lot of time to listen to our I-pods, and boy do we love them. even though we have access to every other brand, they just aren't as popular. Not that every new yorker has one, but ride any subway during rush hour and take an I-pod count. The white earbuds are everywhere, like little white leeches sucking the life out of people's ears. I switched my earbuds to black so I can ride incognito.<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 3:26 PM 3/4/2005</i>

knicks125
03-04-2005, 01:13 PM
I am probably the old one who STILL doesn't have one <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Nick
03-04-2005, 03:20 PM
hmmm...how am I going to sum up california? lets see...snobby, materialistic, high median home prices, a lot of custom cars, the best weather, we have everything, the governator...so yea...I guess that just about sums it up...or it sums up most of my area more or less...

Santeno
03-04-2005, 03:26 PM
that's great nick, but let's try to keep it less general and more specific. Think about it this way, If someone was watching a movie set in the place where you live, what little details about the place and the people would they have to include, that only locals would notice. <p>For example My guess is that for southern California it would be pretty safe to assume that most people (rich, poor & in between) are intimately familiar with a myriad of different taco stands and the many different varities of the staple dish they serve (and how it is supposed to be eaten right out of the paper plate while standing next to the stand).

Hornbag
03-04-2005, 04:07 PM
Thallon..........................<p><br>mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, most people r poor. They all have fashion sence in the 60's, they r all ugly, very few know what an iPod is or a mobile fone for that matter! Mosty all old, oh and none of them kno who Holly Valance is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, i hate Thallon......

Nick
03-04-2005, 04:37 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">that's great nick, but let's try to keep it less general and more specific. Think about it this way, If someone was watching a movie set in the place where you live, what little details about the place and the people would they have to include, that only locals would notice. <p>For example My guess is that for southern California it would be pretty safe to assume that most people (rich, poor & in between) are intimately familiar with a myriad of different taco stands and the many different varities of the staple dish they serve (and how it is supposed to be eaten right out of the paper plate while standing next to the stand).</TD></TR></TABLE><br>thats the problem, Cali, especially so-cal varies so much in every single way so there really aren't any traits we have that are exclusive to the area...I mean, when I went to New York I deffinitely noticed a difference...it is just soo much different from Cali...I mean, I could talk about my area and how everyone around here are a bunch of rich snobs, but still, there really isn't anything specific about california...it's like a variety pack of chips, or a sampler platter...you get a lil bit of everything...of course, I live in the suburbs, so I can't really speak for the people in the cities...

zwei Biere bitte
03-04-2005, 04:47 PM
Hmmmm... Here in San Francisco, go to the Sunset district and you'll find a mostly Asian population as well as mostly Asian restaurants. From what I've heard, if you're not Asian and walk into an Asian restaurant, the cook will cook you something more "American" style, and vice versa if you're not. Every bakery has fresh sourdough bread, which makes sense as it was created here. Also, don't expect to find many American cars, mostly it's Japanese cars. Not much else I think...

Nick
03-04-2005, 04:54 PM
yea...like I said, I can't account for all of Cali...on the part which I live in which is in the suburbs...I am sure hollywood, L.A., and San Fran as you stated are very different...but as far as california suburbs go, I dont think there is much that we have going for us as much as the cities do...

anonms
03-04-2005, 05:06 PM
Well, Fremont, California is boring beyond belief. In the Mission area, white people are among the minority (whee). I'm not sure about the other areas, though. A particular part of the Mission area is filled with rich people with not-really-that-large, multi-million-dollar houses. Camrys, Accords, Sienna, Odysseys, RXs, Corollas, Scions, and Civics rule the roads in the Mission area. Nearly all commercial areas are in other parts of Fremont-- the only areas of any shopping interest is one with an Albertson's, one with a Longs Drugs, three or four small small "plazas" that have nothing significant, and The Old School (which has a Bank of America, Starbucks, Quizno's, and UPS Store). There's a community college, too. Most high school students congregate at Subway's or Tapioca Express (a fobby franchise of drinks and food). Fry's Electronics is also an important part of the community.

Cozz
03-04-2005, 06:08 PM
Nawark, NJ <p>AKA: Brick City<br>Motto: We cap your ass if you look at us the wrong way. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bow.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>PS. This is also where the Portuguese mafia is.<br>

Tidal
03-04-2005, 07:38 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Cozz</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">PS. This is also where the Portuguese mafia is.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ah... well, we do get around <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Here in Lisbon we drink a lot of coffee, smoke a lot of cigarettes ( even when we don't smoke ourselves ), dodge a lot of construction work, and dog poo... There's a huge soccer following ( all over Portugal really, i don't like it so i'm weird and/or gay ), but in the great Lisbon area we have 4 major league teams: Estoril ( crappy ), Belenenses ( still crappy, but nicer and better ), Benfica ( i have to say their good because of my co-workers ), and Sporting ( or the devil, again, co-workers ). The hole city stops when there is a game in town, especially a Benfica-Sporting or vice versa.<br>On June 13th, we celebrate Saint Anthony's day, which consists in people drinking WAY to much beer and wine, eating grilled sardines, bifanas ( grilled pork steak ) and chourio bread ( a chourio is a type of sausage ), and singing and dancing to bad music up to the 14th. Its great!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Has for other traditions, we have Fado ( Portuguese music, kinda like the blues ), pasteis de belem ( small cream pastries, i could have one now... ), Bairro Alto ( fun ), our light, our people, our food ( can't really describe them, sorry ) and other things you should come see for yourself. I love my city. <br>

Cozz
03-04-2005, 08:06 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DVieira</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Here in Lisbon we drink a lot of coffee, smoke a lot of cigarettes</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I do that in Viseu. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0">

zwei Biere bitte
03-04-2005, 08:37 PM
Anoms, you seem to have forgot that the largest Afghan population in the U.S is in Fremont...<p>And there's NUMMI <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0">

syclone
03-04-2005, 09:16 PM
Pittsburgh has its own dialect, Pittsburghese.

CarMattZu777
03-04-2005, 09:28 PM
Hmmm, well I live in a fairly unique area, Right on the Mexican border in Southernmost Texas (Rio Grande Valley), in the McAllen metro area, specifically Mission, TX, specifcally Sharyland, a "suburb" or district I guess you could call it. Its a subtropical area, palm trees, very very much like California, just hotter. South Padre Island is near, so Spring Break here is crazy. Sharyland is the most coveted area in the Valley, and since land prices are stil pretty low, you can get a mcmansion for around 750k. But around Sharyland is the poorest people of the United States. Around the sprawling gated subdivisions lies very poor neighborhoods, and then further south is even poorer Mexico. Fortunately I have been given alot in life, so I dont have to experience the poverty outside our area much, but its there, and the kids from the other schools are fast to make trouble with us. <p>Oh, and everyday theres a new drama at Sharyland High, hehe. A few incidents have made CNN too. Like the pot-brownie one, where our school mascot brought and sold pot brownies to minors, some got sick, and they found out, and he was an adult so he is in some deep trouble now. Then there were the illegal aliens on the tennis bus who jsut got on a school bus going north to competition, and were accidently smuggled into the interior, lol. Then the mascot who brought pot brownies got meningitis in jail and went to the senior party and there was this huge meningitis scare and antibiotics went out of stock everywhere but I found some in the little clinic and errr I didnt even get it! Theres others too but this is just a little taste about daily life here.... hehe

anonms
03-04-2005, 10:00 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zwei Biere bitte</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Anoms, you seem to have forgot that the largest Afghan population in the U.S is in Fremont...<p>And there's NUMMI <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well, no one that I know of pays much attention to NUMMI.<p>And I'm not exactly aware of the Afghan population. I don't see much non-Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Indochina-looking people, especially at school.

knicks125
03-04-2005, 10:17 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Cozz</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Nawark, NJ <p>AKA: Brick City<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>that reminds me, the university I went to has more bricks than chicks, I know it's just a saying, but it doesn't appeal very well to the persepective students. In some colleges (IT, engineering), where the male to female ratio was "out of this world". Fortuantely I went to the business college, where there was about the same amount of girls as boys <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

The Water Is Poison
03-05-2005, 03:16 AM
Hewlett, New York in 3 words: Rich and Jewish

whipster
03-05-2005, 05:20 AM
My town's called Radzymin but it hasn't got any unique things<br>but Warsaw - the nearest city - has. It has a very unique atmoshpere, doesn't matter if you are in an old or a new district.<br>

Krypton
03-05-2005, 08:14 AM
About everyone is rich and the majority snobby,every single girl has a tiffany junk which i find a waste of money even though my sister has a few. 60% of the people commute to NY and almost everyone has lived in NY at some time so theirs a lot of New York influence, its a boring little place where nothing interesting ever happens

Superfresa
03-05-2005, 02:25 PM
What can you say about Bogotá, Colombia...<p>- several streets are closed on sundays for cars, and people go out to ride bycicles, skate or jog in the streets, it is quite good that, actually.<p>- People like to drink Black Cofee (ahh nothing like Colombian Cofee)<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/drink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>- all cars have an alarm system here, however old or junky - all except ours that is...<p>- There's a law here where according to your number plate, you cannot take your car out on certain days at peak hours.<p>- It's common to find dogs tied to the ROOF of their houses here, and they guard from up there... <p>- Football is the prefered sport. Beer is the prefered drink. I've heard that not bad beer actually.<p>- we've got a system of articulated buses that have their own lanes in the streets and everything (they zoom past you on a traffic jam). It's become a culture and all. <p>- UNLIKE YOU WOULD EXPECT people here USE A LOT LESS DRUGS AND STUFF THAN IN THE USA for example. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I might think of more things later on...

Naga Royal Guard
03-05-2005, 02:31 PM
god i wish hokman was here to answer this

knicks125
03-05-2005, 02:36 PM
if my memory serves correct, was he the one that kept arguing about how 99% of Canadian was blue collar, and there was a 99 yr old lady driving a truck <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Naga Royal Guard
03-05-2005, 03:24 PM
<i> "my neighboorhood full of these big cannibals blue collar workers. they drive trucks the size of empire state building and I cant even see down the street with these tanks. I wish somebody come here and clear these blue collar worker-mobiles away, these big strong dirty men"</i><p>and thats what he would say LOL<p>

r3vilo
03-07-2005, 09:31 AM
where i live, you could safely say that young people are either drunk, or in a fight, or driving insanely fast in insanely suped up cars, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0"> or will just be doing something generally stupid, or if you're middle-aged, you'll be avoiding all of this. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> this just about sums up youth culture in the south-east of the U.K <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0">

CarMattZu777
03-08-2005, 06:05 PM
I find it very odd that we have the most millionares per square mile (Palmhurst, Tx, a town that is part of Sharyland), and the the poorest as well in the sorrounding colonias (shantytowns):<p>Sharyland:<br> <IMG SRC="http://www.sharyland.com/images/bunoverview_main2_1024.gif" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.sharyland.com/images/buslogistics_main1_1024.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Colonias 5 miles away:<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.bordercoalition.org/Proyecto%20Azteca/PA2022.GIF" BORDER="0">

Krypton
03-08-2005, 06:15 PM
Stuck on the bus becuase of the snow so i decided to take a poll. One in every 3 cars was a luxury car and 55% of cars were foriegn and 45% were american made.

Superfresa
03-08-2005, 06:51 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CarMattZu777</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> and the the poorest as well in the sorrounding colonias (shantytowns):<p>Colonias 5 miles away:<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.bordercoalition.org/Proyecto%20Azteca/PA2022.GIF" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>well, that isn' exactly an indication on poverty. 1/2 of the population of the world don't have A house, let alone a cottage with windows, well made walls, and so on...<p>Or U refering to poverty compared to US standards?

Santeno
03-09-2005, 08:29 AM
Here is another cooky thing about NYC. New York is divided into five pieces called borroughs. Each borrough is it's own county. So basically you have one city occupying five separate county's. If you ever write to someone in new york city and your letter is sent to New York, New York, it will go to Manhattan. If you want to send it to one of the other borroughs of the city, then you have to use the name of that borough (brooklyn, new york, etc.). That is, unles you are sending it to Queens. <p>For some odd reason, people in Queens really dislike using the name of the borrough in their addresses. Instead, they use the name of their neigborhood (as if it were a city). This happens a little bit in the bronx, but only in those high income areas that border westchester county (as well as city island), who don't want to be associated with the rest of the (much poorer) borrough. Somehow everyone still manages to get their mail. Crazy huh?

Andre
03-09-2005, 02:40 PM
Yeah, I've always wondered<p>I Don't consider "New York City" to be an existing place...<p>Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, sure. 'v never heard of a "New York" burrough, maybe It's because I'm literally add-corner from you, but still.

Santeno
03-09-2005, 03:09 PM
The reason is because before all the borroughs were formed (over 100 years ago) New York City was only Manhattan. Brooklyn was a separate city and the Bronx, queens and Staten Island were a bunch of loosely tied villages. The habbit of calling the borrough of Manhattan, New York (or as locals call it, "the City" - notice that City is capitalized, there is no other "City") simply stuck. Manhattan is located inside New York County though.

CarMattZu777
03-10-2005, 04:33 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Superfresa</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">well, that isn' exactly an indication on poverty. 1/2 of the population of the world don't have A house, let alone a cottage with windows, well made walls, and so on...<p>Or U refering to poverty compared to US standards?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Oh US standards of course. But life is very hard for these people, harder than it seems, but not as hard as other places. Many of these "colonias" are filled with disease, and food must be delivered by organizations. When it rains, the dirt roads become rivers and the areas are inaccessible.

Tomo Motorsport
03-11-2005, 01:16 AM
In Russia (particularly Moscow) you haven't "made it" in business unless you have an armored car and a couple body guards. People drink vodka with dried sardines and pickles. Going to the Sauna is a national pastime. Has more africans than Olympia, WA. <p>In Kyrgyzstan, people eat laying down on the floor, with a rug acting as a table. If you don't accept a drink of friendship, they take you to the outskirts of town and cut your head off. If you don't eat bread in any house you are visiting, you are considered an enemy, even if you're just asking for a cup of sugar. The national food is "Plav" and it is cooked in a large pot over an open fire in fron of the guests to show off the ingredients and for them to be sure you're not poisoning them. Some of the friendliest people in the world as long as you don't offend them. The population is largely muslim, but they are the most liberal muslims I've ever seen.(no offense to Muslims) There are not much good lookin women there. Other than that the climate is similar to Cali.<p>In Ukraine, Shepetovka. horses and carriages are a common sight in towns and smaller cities. Even on paved roads, so theres horse crap all over the place. American and Japanese cars fetch a good price. People get extremely jealous, so if you've got something expensive, hold on to it like there's no tomorrow. Some of the most beautiful forests are in Ukraine, like the white forest, which is only birches for miles. Most roads aren't worth the pavement they were paved with. Many cars' suspension needs to be heavily overhauled every 7k to 10k depending on the reliability of the car. Cheap official VW parts. ( they fall off the back of the truck, get their INs ground off and resold in the blackmarket.) My friend bought a part for his Passat for $80, when he went down there to visit, but here it costs around $350.

RepairmanJack
03-11-2005, 08:46 PM
Boulder Colorado: No one voted for Bush, Nobody eats meat, and nobody goes to Church. I love it here <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icon11.gif" BORDER="0"> oh and the county vehicles are Prius's

mzoltarp
03-12-2005, 02:41 PM
Welcome to Bakersfield, California. It is ESSENTIAL to have a high dollar pickup and or an SUV. Chevy, GMC, Ford, and Dodge are the heavy hitters among truck buyers. Juxtapose that with quite a few import tuner boys blasting around. The city and surrounding county is very Republican. A respectable house must have 2500 square feet and a nice one has to top 3500. A 3500 sq ft house can be had for around $600,000.