Guys from the Midwest

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    Nov 30, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    Who grew up in the midwest of the country?

    What characteristics/attributes do you about guys from the midwest?

    I was born and raised in northern ohio. Ive noticed great qualities about us Midwest guys when i have travelled to other parts of the contry. These would include friendly, great work ethic and willing to help others in need.

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    Nov 30, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    I grew up in the MidWest (Indiana) raised by my single Dad on a farm with my grandparents less than a mile down the road. My daily routine consisted of feeding the cows, playing for hours on end at the creek, and watching my grandma prepare every meal from scratch.

    One attribute that sticks out is Pride. I was taught to be proud of who I was. Proud that my family had survived. Proud that the food on our table came from the back yard.

    Today, I see Pride as a flaw in character. It is willful to think that I can do it all on my own or that I have the solution to all my problems. I look at my 92 year old grandma, sometimes a replica of myself, still not ready to give up her anger, her fear, her control... I remind her that nowhere in the Lord's Prayer does it say 'me' or 'mine'. This is all about us and our connection; Pride keeps us from that.

    The beautiful part is today I don't have to lust after my Pride, but I don't have to despise it either.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 30, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    Well to begin with, the term "midwest" is a little vague. I think of it as being
    from Ohio to Illinois, including Minnesota, maybe Iowa. I dont' think of southern Kansas and Oklahoma as being "midwest" particularly, but we get grouped that way.

    I think of "midwest guys" as being open minded and flexible, not only on political matters, but background, insight and behavior, which I think is a real positive thing.
  • MikeW

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    Nov 30, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    deltalimen saidI grew up in the MidWest (Indiana)...

    HOOSIER'S UNITE!!

    I grew up on a farm in Indiana, too. icon_smile.gif But that was over a half century ago.

    Farm boys are rather queer, at least that's what I found out. That's not to say they're gay. We didn't even have that word for it. But horny, yeah, pretty much, IMX.

    But, yeah, "Midwest," covers WAY too much territory. I grew up in southern Indiana and culturally that was very different from central or northern parts of the state. More "Kentuckian" where I come from, although the most insulting thing you could say to a Hoosier was they were a Kentuckian, never mind that most of them were or had been at some point down the genetic road.

    But "midwest" guys are wholesome, sweet, occasionally rowdy and almost always randy. Not always the brightest bulbs in the pack but sometimes.
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    Nov 30, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    Grew up in Minnesota here.

    I like Midwest guys because I generally feel like they have better manners than most other people I meet. There's just a way of treating other people and behaving respectfully that I don't see in a lot of other parts of the U.S. (or world).
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    Nov 30, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    When I immigrated I came to the Midwest. Wisconsin, actually. So everything I know about being American came from the Packer Backers. Does that count for anything?
  • braynes77

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    Nov 30, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    I grew up in the midwest as well. I come from Kansasville, Wisconsin. I think people from the midwest have one of the best work ethics.
  • cageym

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    Nov 30, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    Born and raised in Michigan, live in Illinois. People from elsewhere often comment on how open and friendly midwest folks are, which I don't often notice and appreciate until I go to, say, Boston....
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    Nov 30, 2012 5:02 PM GMT
    rbdude79 saidGrew up in Minnesota here.

    I like Midwest guys because I generally feel like they have better manners than most other people I meet. There's just a way of treating other people and behaving respectfully that I don't see in a lot of other parts of the U.S. (or world).


    Definitely!

    Grew up in middle of nowhere Illinois.. "where there is no such thing as gay people". Not the best preparation for the gay world! Hah.. Worst part is I was taught that it's love first, then sex. Epic FAIL. icon_eek.gif LOL!!

    But these guys are usually honest, hard working, tall, and sometimes sexy. Typically not into games either.
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    Nov 30, 2012 5:04 PM GMT
    thatirishbastard saidWhen I immigrated I came to the Midwest. Wisconsin, actually. So everything I know about being American came from the Packer Backers. Does that count for anything?


    "Packer Backers" LOL

    But, yeah, born and raised in central Illinois. Midwesterners are a sturdy bunch.

    (Washington State now... If I could just get them to stop complaining about 45 degree weather...)
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    Nov 30, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    I come from NE Ohio. My take on midwestern guys is that they are indeed friendly, caring, well mannered, family oriented. They may not be as bold, progressive, eccentric or dynamic as guys from other parts of the country. Life is usually simple, easy going in the Midwest so I suppose guys here can reflect that.
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    Nov 30, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    I'm a born and raised beef cattle farm boy from Lawrence County, Ohio, way down in Ohio's Appalachian dip, where OH, KY and WV meet. It was/is a land of strange accents, unusual family dynamics, unemployment, racism, drugs, etc. I don't miss it, though I love it nonetheless for its narrow river hills and its stoic sameness that not even the internet/digital exposure has changed. People still play euchre tournies on Sunday and drink beer from coolers on their back porch.
  • nomadfornow

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    Nov 30, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    Born and raised in Missouri. Yes, I'll agree that Midwesterners are a sturdy lot on the whole, and generally speaking, pretty grounded. I feel like my upbringing gave me a lot of perspective when it came to navigating my way through the craziness of big city life. Growing up, I couldn't wait to escape, but now I have to say that I'm glad for having that background.

    (And besides, big tall corn-fed Midwestern boys are hot! icon_lol.gif )
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    Nov 30, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    I hail from northwestern Illinois, riiight on the edge of the Mississippi (Iowa being on the other side).
    I think Midwestern guys are generally more open minded and easy going than guys in other parts of the country icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 30, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    People from elsewhere often comment on how open and friendly midwest folks are

    Definitely! I grew up in Michigan and Wisconsin, then moved to Connecticut after college. I find midwesterners to be more friendly to strangers. Here, if you go on a biking or hiking trail, people usually won't look at you, let alone say anything. Whereas there, people you've never seen before and have no chance to ever see again, will say "hi, how you doing". When acquaintenances return from a trip to the midwest, the first thing they always say is "the people are so friendly!"
  • FuriousGeorge

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    Nov 30, 2012 7:44 PM GMT
    Another Hoosier here. Echoing everyone else, I'd say that by default everyone tries to be polite and friendly. On the flipside though, if you represent something that challenges a commonly held worldview (atheist, gay, not a pure capitalist or libertarian or conservative), they'll get uncomfortable really fast. That's not to say they'll be rude or confrontational, but they'll clam up and start shifting their weight.

    Life is definitely simpler and slower, and it's actually quite nice. Outsiders tend to turn their nose up at this, but it leads to lower blood pressure and a higher overall sense of happiness. icon_biggrin.gif

    The weather sucks though ...
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    Nov 30, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    bjerwin99 said
    But these guys are usually honest, hard working, tall, and sometimes sexy. Typically not into games either.


    The fuck is this "sometimes" crap? A lot of 'em are fine as hell. I just wish I could say the same about the women in the midwest. :/
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    Nov 30, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos said
    bjerwin99 said
    But these guys are usually honest, hard working, tall, and sometimes sexy. Typically not into games either.


    The fuck is this "sometimes" crap? A lot of 'em are fine as hell. I just wish I could say the same about the women in the midwest. :/


    LOL. Well, depends on where you are. Chicago guys.. icon_razz.gif Middle of nowhere IL guys.. icon_neutral.gif

  • MixedJock91

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    Nov 30, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    Hoosier Nation baby...the others are so so
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    Nov 30, 2012 7:57 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos said
    bjerwin99 said
    But these guys are usually honest, hard working, tall, and sometimes sexy. Typically not into games either.


    The fuck is this "sometimes" crap? A lot of 'em are fine as hell. I just wish I could say the same about the women in the midwest. :/


    Haha... good point. I'm not attracted to women, but I certainly see what you mean, and agree with you.
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    Nov 30, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    bjerwin99 said
    Bullwinklemoos said
    bjerwin99 said
    But these guys are usually honest, hard working, tall, and sometimes sexy. Typically not into games either.


    The fuck is this "sometimes" crap? A lot of 'em are fine as hell. I just wish I could say the same about the women in the midwest. :/


    LOL. Well, depends on where you are. Chicago guys.. icon_razz.gif Middle of nowhere IL guys.. icon_neutral.gif



    Right? There are a ton of hot guys at my college gym. Most are from Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs but there are a lot of fine as hell farmboys. The hot girls came out of hiding also now that it's the holiday season.
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    Nov 30, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    been @ UW since August. met lots of guys from WI, MI, IL, and MN. pretty cool guys. they don't understand stubtlety @ all (forget bout them taking a hint); kinda have 2 hit them in the face with it.
  • LJay

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    Nov 30, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    upright, unpretentious, friendly, not afraid to work, no better nor any worse than anyone else

    We were raised to be who we are, to understand that other people were all valuable in their own way. We said hi to people walking down the street and we saw our parents and grandparents share what they had with those who needed it. We learned that democracy meant that everyone has a chance.

    Being from a small Indiana town, I know the beauty of cornfields and good meals and the pleasure of knowing how to do just about anything for myself.

    I love other parts of the country, but would not give up my Midwestern core for all the city rush, bling and posh that there is.

    And no matter where I live, I know exactly where home is.

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    Nov 30, 2012 8:10 PM GMT
    I was raised in Northern Kentucky on a horse farm, right in the middle of it all. I tend to like Midwestern values a lot: hard working, humble, easy going, friendly. I've enjoyed meeting people from all over when I travel, but I can always tell when I meet someone from the Midwest, they usually feel very familiar and have qualities I can easily relate to. But, good people are all over.
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    Nov 30, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
    deltalimen said...One attribute that sticks out is Pride. I was taught to be proud of who I was. Proud that my family had survived. Proud that the food on our table came from the back yard.

    Today, I see Pride as a flaw in character. It is willful to think that I can do it all on my own or that I have the solution to all my problems. I look at my 92 year old grandma, sometimes a replica of myself, still not ready to give up her anger, her fear, her control... I remind her that nowhere in the Lord's Prayer does it say 'me' or 'mine'. This is all about us and our connection; Pride keeps us from that.....


    Your answer fascinated me. I wonder if you are confusing pride with hubris in this context, although I suspect even hubris is not appropriate. Based on my understanding of pride perhaps you are being unfair to your Mid-Western family.

    As someone raised as a Roman Catholic I was taught that "Pride" is on one of the 7 Deadly Sins, and I wonder if your take is similar. However, pride in that context refers to "...a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God)." I just don't see how being proud that your family survived (something) or supporting themselves through hard work on a farm meets this criteria.

    Maybe people raised in other faiths see things differently.