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Since: Jan 09

New York, NY

#62 Mar 13, 2009
Rocky wrote:
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And, look what a fine, upstanding representative of New York you have... Alberta.??
I've been to New York City; I've walked down the trash filled streets and smelled the sewage smell and rotten fish odor in China town. I've seen the homeless sitting on the streets with their signs begging for money. I've seen the peddlers hoping for your spare change. I've had to watch my back because of dirty, smelly people coming up to me on the streets of New York, tugging my arm asking if I want to buy some of their knockoff purses and watches. I've been on your crowded, nasty subways and couldn't wait to go get a shower. Believe me, Alberta, you have no room to talk. Yet, I don't judge all New Yorkers by your level of incompetency and rudeness.
No, she doesn't represent NY at all. Only her section of NY looks like that.-LOL. There are many parts of the city that are nice. The buildings are rich in history and are considered artwork in themselves. Many museums, shows, plays, good food and great people. The parks are a delight. You can sit in Bryant Park, play a game of chess or checkers, read a good book while enjoying your tea or coffee and check out the summer film festival. Central Park has a fabulous bike path and you can even take a horse and buggy ride to view the park. The NY Public Library is incredible and is something to be seen, more books than you can ever imagine. The parades are great to visit as well, especially the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the St. Patrick's Day Parade. NY has a lot to offer. And no, I'm not a travel agent. As far as the subways...I must admit I do shower myself after using them.

Since: Jan 09

New York, NY

#63 Mar 13, 2009
Norskelt wrote:
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No, she doesn't represent NY at all. Only her section of NY looks like that.-LOL. There are many parts of the city that are nice. The buildings are rich in history and are considered artwork in themselves. Many museums, shows, plays, good food and great people. The parks are a delight. You can sit in Bryant Park, play a game of chess or checkers, read a good book while enjoying your tea or coffee and check out the summer film festival. Central Park has a fabulous bike path and you can even take a horse and buggy ride to view the park. The NY Public Library is incredible and is something to be seen, more books than you can ever imagine. The parades are great to visit as well, especially the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the St. Patrick's Day Parade. NY has a lot to offer. And no, I'm not a travel agent. As far as the subways...I must admit I do shower myself after using them.
I forgot to mention a couple of other important sights...Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the top of the Empire State Building to get a birds eye view of the city, the Grucci fireworks over the Hudson on the Fourth of July and the Grand Central Terminal has been restored back to it's former beauty...it's like taking a step back into time.

“Mike Huffman”

Since: Mar 09

Arkansas

#64 Mar 15, 2009
I don't know about being a Kentucky hillbilly, but I am an Arkansas hillbilly. I hope someday I will see New York City, I've never been any farther north then Virginia, I want to see a subway, I want to see the Empire State Building, I want to see Central Park, I love Italian food, I want to eat at a real Italian restaurant. I'm gonna drive my 96 Chevrolet, 3/4 ton 4 wheel drive with my camper shell, bring a ham, cornbread, and sweet tea, I want to go to Yankee Stadium, maybe camp out at Central Park, buy me a t-shirt, I love New York!!!!!!!

“Bryant Park”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#66 Mar 16, 2009
Mike Huffman wrote:
I don't know about being a Kentucky hillbilly, but I am an Arkansas hillbilly. I hope someday I will see New York City, I've never been any farther north then Virginia, I want to see a subway, I want to see the Empire State Building, I want to see Central Park, I love Italian food, I want to eat at a real Italian restaurant. I'm gonna drive my 96 Chevrolet, 3/4 ton 4 wheel drive with my camper shell, bring a ham, cornbread, and sweet tea, I want to go to Yankee Stadium, maybe camp out at Central Park, buy me a t-shirt, I love New York!!!!!!!
That's the spirit. Not further than Virginia? You have much of this country to see. The subway is nothing to write home about. The Empire State Building has an indoor/outdoor observatory on the 86th and 102nd floor. I've never been on the 102nd floor observatory. They have a glass elevator on the outside of the building that takes you up. It's quite fast and gets the adrenaline pumping. Oh, a few years back we went on a virtual ride called the "NY Skyride. It's a motion simulated tour over the city. We liked it. I'm not fond of flying and wouldn't try the real deal of a helicopter ride over NY. In Central Park you must take a horse and buggy ride. Most of the drivers have a thick Irish Brogue. And if you love Italian food, Little Italy's Mulberry Street has many good restaurants. I've never been to the "New" Yankee Stadium myself. I wouldn't suggest driving in Manhattan, even NY'ers find it hazardous to their health and it can ruin a perfect vacation...hail a cab. Next time I'm in Arkansas...I'll be sure buy an I love Arkansas t-shirt as well. The best of luck to you.

Since: Jun 08

The Creek

#67 Mar 16, 2009
country girl wrote:
<quoted text>hey,very funny and VERY TRUE!!!:)
Hey country girl, fancy meetin ya here. I was here looking for info about security having to barracade doors at AIG and I saw this post and low and behold there you are.

“Mike Huffman”

Since: Mar 09

Arkansas

#68 Mar 16, 2009
Norseceltic wrote:
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That's the spirit. Not further than Virginia? You have much of this country to see. The subway is nothing to write home about. The Empire State Building has an indoor/outdoor observatory on the 86th and 102nd floor. I've never been on the 102nd floor observatory. They have a glass elevator on the outside of the building that takes you up. It's quite fast and gets the adrenaline pumping. Oh, a few years back we went on a virtual ride called the "NY Skyride. It's a motion simulated tour over the city. We liked it. I'm not fond of flying and wouldn't try the real deal of a helicopter ride over NY. In Central Park you must take a horse and buggy ride. Most of the drivers have a thick Irish Brogue. And if you love Italian food, Little Italy's Mulberry Street has many good restaurants. I've never been to the "New" Yankee Stadium myself. I wouldn't suggest driving in Manhattan, even NY'ers find it hazardous to their health and it can ruin a perfect vacation...hail a cab. Next time I'm in Arkansas...I'll be sure buy an I love Arkansas t-shirt as well. The best of luck to you.
Thank you! I've always wanted to see the big apple, the museaums, the buildings, my little old town is only 160 people, I want to be able to see the things I've only seen in books, I know this sounds corny, but I wan't to ride a subway, I don't really understand them. On a personal note, besides Yankee Stadium, I want to see the old Yankee Stadium, where Mickey Mantle hit all them homeruns, of course the Statue of Liberty, but also, I want to go to the twin towers, I want to kneel humbly in prayer, and thank God for America, and that I got to see New York City once in my life, and that he would put a hedge of mercy, on this great city, that was where many of our forefathers landed, then I want a pizza and a real New York bagel!

“Bryant Park”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#69 Mar 16, 2009
Mike Huffman wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you! I've always wanted to see the big apple, the museaums, the buildings, my little old town is only 160 people, I want to be able to see the things I've only seen in books, I know this sounds corny, but I wan't to ride a subway, I don't really understand them. On a personal note, besides Yankee Stadium, I want to see the old Yankee Stadium, where Mickey Mantle hit all them homeruns, of course the Statue of Liberty, but also, I want to go to the twin towers, I want to kneel humbly in prayer, and thank God for America, and that I got to see New York City once in my life, and that he would put a hedge of mercy, on this great city, that was where many of our forefathers landed, then I want a pizza and a real New York bagel!
Not corny at all. It's important to see things you have an interest in. I believe there is a wall around ground zero that people from all over the world have signed and wrote personal messages as well as offered their prayers. Even though we come from different places and may have different traditions...the most important common ground we share is our compassion. It's good to be an American.
Bagels have been green in NY since this past Saturday. And they are truly great bagels. Have a very Happy St. Patrick's Day.
kybluegrassgirl

Clarksville, TN

#70 Mar 16, 2009
I have never seen anythings like that either, I have never been outta Kentucky, i want to see a real beach one day, and i would love to just walk the street of NY City it looks so awesome in the movies, its definitely a faster paced life than what I'm use to but would absolutely love to visit New York

“Mike Huffman”

Since: Mar 09

Arkansas

#71 Mar 16, 2009
kybluegrassgirl wrote:
I have never seen anythings like that either, I have never been outta Kentucky, i want to see a real beach one day, and i would love to just walk the street of NY City it looks so awesome in the movies, its definitely a faster paced life than what I'm use to but would absolutely love to visit New York
Im gonna drive my truck, have my camper shell, coleman stove, my cooler, I aim to see it before summer's over, I know it will be exciting, I've been to Memphis, that's about the biggest city I've ever been so far.
southern girl

United States

#72 Mar 16, 2009
alberta wrote:
ya'll are a buncha dolly parton look-a-likes with great big tee-ye-tees ain't cha? now meet me at the super walmart for saturday family day and ya might win a new hawg. then come on over to my trailor ! going to see loretta lee-yun when she comes into town. born in the holler !
I live close to Kentuky and I think you have the wrong picture. There are people here that are pretty skanky,but thats a small percentage. Most people here are decent, smart and well traveled. Their clothes are the current style and they have their teeth. I for one would rather live here than in New York, nice place to visit but theres to many drugs, disease, violence, and its just not as safe to raise kids in that type of situation. Where I live there is very seldomly a crime worth mentioning, the people are friendly and you can shake hands with others without worrying about catching somthing. So, I would rather live in a small town than to live in your city close to prostitutes, crack-houses and murderous thugs. Just saying.
Jim Dandy

Morning Sun, IA

#73 Mar 16, 2009
I have spent far too much time of my life, on this internet. I look for information, that may bennifit everyone, at some time, so it will not be lost! Time and time, I run into complete idiot's and very hateful people. I have traveled through most of this country, and met countless wonderful people, everywhere! I Love the rural people of this country...City Slickers...do us all a favor and stay home (your home) and leave the good people of this country, to tend to their own life and interest!... Comberland Forest people,are the best in the world!
Hell No

United States

#74 Mar 17, 2009
Hey there! I've been catching up on some reading. I've been working, working, working and it sucks to work all the time but oh well. We all got to do it. My dad is Italian, Every year since I was a kid for Christmas the family gets together for some home made spegetti and meatballs. We stay up all night making ravioli. And also Mike Huffman I have had my own 84 chevy scottsdale 4x4. Lift, row cage, flowmasters, cooler and went muddin just about everyday. My friends and I have the time of our lives. I love some towns. But I would also like to see New York one time in my life.
East TN

Johnson City, TN

#75 Apr 15, 2012
country girl wrote:
I know alot of people have seen the 20/20 story on "Children of the Mountains".Is there any thing you ever wanted to know about us ?I will tell you,just ask.
I realize this is an old topic. However, I just recently watched the 20/20 ‘Children of the Mountains’ documentary on YouTube, and I wanted to read some of the reaction from other parts of the U.S. A Google search eventually bought me to this topic.

I’m not from Kentucky, but I am from Northeast Tennessee so the Appalachian stereotypes get placed on us as well. I believe that the term “hillbilly” is one of the few derogatory names (if it is intended that way) that is still acceptable to use in our society for some reason. Anytime you see a story about the Appalachian region on national news, they always seem to focus on the negative aspects. I remember watching another video on YouTube about a group of prescription pill abusers and criminals from a part of Appalachia (I think it was in West Virginia but not sure). They interviewed one of the locals in that town and he basically said,“Why are you focusing on these people?”“Why don’t you focus on the local kid from a humble background who recently got accepted into MIT or other positive stories from this county?” I guess showing positive stories would hurt ratings, but these media stories just perpetuate stereotypes that many have worked very hard to eliminate.

The small town that I’m from isn’t nearly as poor as the town shown in the 20/20 story, but I’ll admit that there are areas within my home county that are just as bad. Fortunately, my hometown has spent a vast amount of money on the educational system. Most of our test scores are above national averages. We’ve had students go to Harvard, MIT, Duke and other great universities. The overwhelming majority of my high school class graduated from college. I’m basically just trying to say that we aren’t all the uneducated “hillbillies” that people think.

The way the media has portrayed us over the years leads me to my question. If I decided to move to New York, then would my East Tennessee accent cause problems for me while trying to find a job? Would some employers quickly dismiss me based on stereotypes once they realized where I’m from? Would they take me seriously? People from my region get ridiculed often because of stereotypes, so I’m curious to see how serious this problem really is.
East TN

Johnson City, TN

#76 Apr 16, 2012
I didn’t get any responses from my first post, but I still wanted to add some new information.

Regarding the 20/20 story that was the basis for this original topic in ’09, I just watched a video on Youtube that was added as a rebuttal to the original story. During the original story, they focused on the “Children of the Mountains” who were growing up in extreme poverty. I have no doubt that was accurate for those people. They showed one high school kid illegally digging coal from the side of the highway to heat his home. They focused on drug use, toothlessness, and lack of education in the Appalachian region. My main problem with that is, why didn’t they focus on the positive aspects of this area? In this rebuttal YouTube clip, they show the exact same high school that the previously mentioned kid attended. The 20/20 show apparently took a ton of video at this school, but they never once showed the actual school or focused on the success there. I guess this video wouldn’t have made for such good ratings. This school doesn’t seem so bad, does it?

http://youtu.be/9bkyGBAY-MY

The kids in this video have an accent, but everyone has an accent of some kind. Otherwise, they seem like a very bright and well educated group of kids with an updated school to attend. To be honest, the high school I went to in the Appalachian region was actually much nicer than the one in this YouTube clip. Yet, that is the side of Appalachia that is never even mentioned by the media. No wonder the stereotypes about this area remain engraved in the minds of the rest of America. The only information you guys ever get about us is inaccurate information from shows and documentaries about the region.

I just find it interesting that this video doesn’t even resemble the video that was shown in the national news. That’s what irritates me about the whole situation.
Virginia Girl

United States

#77 Apr 21, 2012
Hey yall, what's it like livin in a big city the closest I've came to a city is kingsport TN, I come from a very small town in VA our town is prolly less then 2 miles long. All we have is a walmart, rite aid and food city we have more banks and schools than anything well not to mention gas stations. I have only been to KY,TN,NC an SC!
East TN

Johnson City, TN

#78 Apr 22, 2012
Virginia Girl wrote:
Hey yall, what's it like livin in a big city the closest I've came to a city is kingsport TN, I come from a very small town in VA our town is prolly less then 2 miles long. All we have is a walmart, rite aid and food city we have more banks and schools than anything well not to mention gas stations. I have only been to KY,TN,NC an SC!
I was actually in Kingsport today. My location says Johnson City, but that isn’t accurate. I live about 30 minutes from the Tri-Cities area of Northeast Tennessee.

I’m not sure why you were judged negatively on your post. Maybe they didn’t fully grasp what you meant by “yall”?
Virginia Girl

United States

#79 Apr 22, 2012
It don't matter if they judge me lol if that's what they want that's fine with me. I lived in kpt for 2 yrs and I didn't care that much for it.
East TN

Johnson City, TN

#80 Apr 22, 2012
Virginia Girl wrote:
It don't matter if they judge me lol if that's what they want that's fine with me. I lived in kpt for 2 yrs and I didn't care that much for it.
I can totally understand why you didn’t like living in Kingsport. The smell of Eastman alone is enough to make me not want to live there.
Virginia Girl

United States

#81 Apr 22, 2012
Yea that got to me for awhile, there are some great people that live there but that place wasn't right for me. I would like to travel more and see some other states!

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