I have a most unusual situation of invironment that I've come to enjoy. I was originally from a small college town just into Michigan, just an hour from the burbs of Chicago, and other metro areas. We all new each other where I was raised and near the college had hundreds of other cultures represented, so all seemed to be friendly. I moved south, and my God what a shock to the system !!! Short sighted Baptists, pentacostals, and most do what "PaPaw" did, "IF IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR PAPAW, ITS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME" kind of attitude. But once I was known in the neighborhood, these people would do anything for me, we have worked on each others houses with literally building from scratch large rooms, small additions, bartering work back and forth with each other. Its been wonderful. They know I generally have any thing down the hardware line they might have need of in an emergency, so now and then I get to help one of them out. Otherwise, I'm living 1/2 mile up a private road on some mountain property, and I'm left alone to do as I please independantly. but when I "COME OFF THE MOUNTAIN" LOL !! everyone I pass driving to town waves, my neighbors stop me for a chat by the road, when I get to town, I rarely go anywhere and don't recognize someone to talk too. One day I had 8 errands to run, and met someone I new at each place, then I wanted to stop at the library to send an email, I was crossing my fingers that I wouldn't meet another "SOMEONE I KNOW" sat down to the computer, and I'll be damned when I hit "HOTMAIL" the last hotmail user was my daughter !!! LOL !!! (who lives about 35 miles from home and had missed me at the mountain place) So I'm lucky I have the quiet when I want it, and lots of socializing when I want it at my will. Overall though, I have found big city people very "STUFFY" When I visit the cities though, I bring the "DOWN HOME" friendlyness with me, I get some strange looks at my hello's but still get out of them some shocked returned greetings. To me each person is important, so if I'm coming face to face, that person deserves a greeting, don't see why a big city person seems so estranged from that.