"Where are you from?" -- How do you respond?

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    Apr 16, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
    How long do you have to live in a city or town before you can claim to be from there? 5 years? 10 years? More?

    Personally, I don't think you can claim to be from LA, unless you've lived here for at least 20 consecutive years. LA tends to have a lot of people that come and go. So I think 20 years is about right.

    I know there are certain "rules" for some places. Like you can't claim to be from Hawaii unless you were born and raised there. I've heard the same for Savannah, Georgia and other southern states.

    So when someone asks where you're from, do you claim your current residence? Or the place where you grew up? Or some other response?
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    Apr 16, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    Montreal...

    Where I was born? Havana - Cuba
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    Apr 16, 2009 11:27 PM GMT
    Someone asked me that yesterday, I just pointed to my dorm room....
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    Apr 16, 2009 11:29 PM GMT
    Chaaxwvn saidSomeone asked me that yesterday, I just pointed to my dorm room....


    Hahaha...was he cute? Got you tongue-tied?
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    Apr 16, 2009 11:36 PM GMT
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    Chaaxwvn saidSomeone asked me that yesterday, I just pointed to my dorm room....


    Hahaha...was he cute? Got you tongue-tied?


    Yeah, but he was looking for someone else. Oh well then...

    Where are you from now?
  • DrewT

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    Apr 17, 2009 12:42 AM GMT
    I generally go with where I was raised. Glendora, CA. But there is some New England (many, many summers with my mom) and now a little bit of New Mexico. So I suppose I should say all three. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 17, 2009 12:44 AM GMT
    When asked, I tell people I'm from Dallas. So far, living there takes up the majority of my life and it only makes sense to consider myself a Texan, even if I've lived in CA 9 or so years, on and off.
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    Apr 17, 2009 12:44 AM GMT
    born n raised texan, there was a 6 month period were i lived in san diego but who cares
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    Apr 17, 2009 12:44 AM GMT
    **And also just a side note i get better responses when im out of the country when i say im from texas instead of the US icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 17, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    Finally thing people think I am out of the country when I say I am from Alabama
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    Apr 17, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    I would go with where you would know the most people, and such things. [I mean, it helps if people can verify that you've lived where you said, and actually remember you]


    Well, i'm from Tornado Alley, or Oklahoma. Either one is fine.
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    Apr 17, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    I roll my eyes


    Then if they push I tell them what country my passport is from, which country I´m currently living in and the two previous ones.

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    Apr 17, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    The last person who asked me that I said I was from hell on a scouting trip up top... I should note I get a lot of comments on my evil laugh.. and, she was a very hard core Christine.. apparently, I might have freaked her out a smidgen..

    But how was I to know, people wear crosses these days even when they aren't gods little idgets..
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    Apr 17, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    I never know what to respond to that question. I've lived in so many places and I travel a lot too. So, it all depends on where I am, who's asking, and if I think people will even know where I'm talking about.

    Since most people here on the island are European, if they ask me where I'm from, I usually just say the States. If they ask where, I usually have to qualify where I grew up and where I have a place now. It's just all too complicated. LOL!!
  • yoheee

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    Apr 17, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    I've only lived in Pennsylvania, then went to school in Ohio. Graduated, but still in the area for the time being (been here a total of 5 1/2 years), but I'll usually tell folks i'm from the middle of nowhere, which they consider works for both PA and OH, haha.
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:09 AM GMT
    Born and raised in Northern New Jersey. I always tell people I'm from NJ and then they respond with "No, really, where are you from?" expecting that I'm "actually" from India, I suppose... apparently people of different colors can't be born in the US? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
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    Sometimes people don't have to ask.

  • Webster666

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    Apr 17, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    San Francisco, though I was born in Cuba...
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    LAF.. you´ll never walk alone with a set up like that.

    Sleep alone... perhaps

    Guy: Oh, no. It clashes. It clashes with my top. Sorry. This isn´t going to work. No offense, really.

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    Apr 17, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    even if you lived in a different place every day of your life, you can always pinpoint one your heart desires, depending on circumstances. why is it hard?
  • dick_mow

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    Apr 17, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    Moscow
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:22 AM GMT
    Coming from the country it's not how long you have lived there, it's all about how many generations you are from there that makes you a local or not. So in many country towns if you parents moved there, and you were only born there, you still are not a local.

    I know call a city my home, but I will never be from here, as I'm a country kid, and not a city kid. I just live in the city now.

    But the same goes for being an Aussie. It not the fact the you have been here for 50 years that makes you an Aussie, or even only been born here that makes you an Aussie. It's how many generations you family has been here that makes you an Aussie.

    I will never be A city lad, but I'll always be an Aussie no matter where I live.
  • FredMG

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    Apr 17, 2009 1:22 AM GMT
    depends:
    if it's from someone back east I say Oregon.
    if it's someone from west of the Rockies I say Portland.
    if it's from the Portland area, say NoPo, which is Portland's North or '5th' quadrant.

    I grew up here, in Portland, but did 20 in the navy, and lived all over. Portland's a pretty nice place to be after all that.
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
    LostboyLAF.. you´ll never walk alone with a set up like that.

    Sleep alone... perhaps


    Perhaps this is where I'm going wrong.

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    Apr 17, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    Depending on how prissy I want to be, I say either
    Orlando
    or
    I live in Orlando, but I'm from Germany

    if people are even more curious I give them:
    Before coming to the US I lived in Cologne, but grew up in the middle of nowhere southwest of Frankfurt.