I find this subject very interesting and have had several conversations on this very topic with others since having moved up here from another part of the country. I was very recently scolded by another who was clearly in the wrong within ear shot of many strangers and felt intimated and shamed and humiliated--all those things one felt when being chided in front of the class on the first day of school before you had a chance to explain to yourself.
But I found this incident to be an exaggerated case of what I have seen so much of since having left the South. Up here I am more apt to know someone food philosophy, political views, intimate family details even before I know the new acquaintance?s last name. I find that people are more demanding regarding their personal needs than I was accustomed to. There is more of that individualism here or at least an individualism which is advertised and expected to be catered to. I deal with a large group of people and the expectations of meeting individual food preferences I have found to be at an over the top high level. I was very surprised that once having moved here, I not only had to deal with the somewhat pleasant stresses of meeting new people but also had to make sure their were no holes in my socks when I went to someone?s house! The shoe removal rules I have found amusingly odd.
I would not trade PDX for any place in the world?but it does have its attitudes clearly broadcast from sleeves.
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