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greg dahlen

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How does it feel to live in a "flyover state"?

Some people say life in the U.S. is most exciting on the coasts, East Coast and West Coast, and they jokingly call the other states "the flyover states," meaning they're not too exciting and you just fly over them as you go back and forth between the coasts. For those of you living in "the flyover states," is this a fair characterization? How does it feel to live there? For people on the coasts, is your life more exciting?

For people in other countries, is there a similar division, that life is considered most exciting on the coasts?

I live right on the edge of Los Angeles, and I'm kind of torn. Part of me thinks it's pretty exciting to live anywhere. Another part just loves L.A., feels like it's the only interesting place to live on Earth.

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      Jan 26 2013: Well, as best I can tell, the excitement that people associate with coasts is the port activity, ocean and air. You have ships and airplanes coming in from many farflung places, bringing people and goods and along with the people and goods come new ideas, new ways of looking at the world, new ways of dressing (clothes-wise). So it is stimulating. Are you sure you can't divide between the parts of Australia that feature ports, particularly seaports, and the inner parts? After I wrote this, I realized that another name people have for our inner states is "the heartland." That's much more flattering, isn't it? But you know, I wonder what the excitement is in the heartland, I get the excitement on the coasts.

      I get the joking argument with New Zealand. But how another state of Oz, are they run by a wizard who is really just a little guy behind a curtain?
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          Feb 9 2013: Although if it's growing that has a good side, right, more people to meet and things to do?
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          Feb 10 2013: well the buses were always that way, no, that doesn't have to do with the town growing?

          Are you a renter? Has landlord raised your rent?

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