Guys from the Midwest

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    Nov 30, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    So I grew up in Iowa, and after living for 6 years in Boston and 5 in the Bay Area it has been easier to recognize Midwestern traits and work to enhance the positives and overcome the negatives.

    The most definitive trait, I think, is a desire to not be in anyone else's way. If you offer a Midwesterner a cup of tea, you'd better be enjoying one yourself, or at least have the water already boiling!

    I also perceive Midwesterners as more deferential to rules and to other sources of authority...and more resentful if someone decides that a rule doesn't apply to them. Even if it's an unspoken rule like painting your house yellow.

    That said, many of them are genuinely kind-hearted and community-minded people.
  • ohioguy12

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    Nov 30, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    Born and raised in NE Ohio, lived in SW Ohio for about 7 years. Midwesterners generally interested in other people and more willing to go the extra mile to help people. Also laid back
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    Jan 19, 2013 12:51 AM GMT
    I grew up in North Missouri, went to under grad at University of Missouri,Grad school at Kansas University and lived adulthood in Kansas City.... very Midwestern guy.

    I would say MW guys are more likely to have a good work ethic, connected to a greater community, and yes more than likely to be closeted. That is why I like to travel to more liberal cities often to feel the freedom to be me in a city that no one cares.

    I love me but I don't always feeled loved in the MW.
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    Jan 19, 2013 12:58 AM GMT
    I'm from the same kind of place, but above the Canadian border. Guys who were raised in the country are different than the city boys. We're more connected to the land. I think. Maybe? I love Hunger Games and the Twilight films for the forest scenes. Anyone else?
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    Jan 19, 2013 12:59 AM GMT
    I grew up in Iowa.

    The one thing that stands out in my mind about guys back home (straight and otherwise interested) is that they generally seem to be willing to lend a hand and help others out.
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:28 AM GMT
    Have been in a few states in the Midwest and have loved the ppl (respect they served) and the hot guys out there. But still think us Southerners are bit more spicy ;-)
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:56 AM GMT

    I was born and raised in Kansas, so I don't know if you would consider that the Midwest or the Central Plains area.

    Either way, I would agree that the personalities there are unique compared to the rest of the country. People there are generally nice, caring and easy-going folk. It's hard to differentiate their ease and care-free nature with naivety.

    I am amazed at how friendly they actually are. Where I'm from you would wave at everyone driving by in their cars, and you would always greet someone as you passed them on the streets, generally, with a "G'morn'n, Sir or Ma'am." It would be rude not to look someone in the eye while speaking to them, even if they were complete strangers that you pass on the street.

    People would actually stop and help you out if you fell on the street, not stopping first to take their phones out and take a quick picture to post later on Youtube or Facebook.

    If I had to summarize the Midwest, it would be Will Roger's famous quote: "I never met a man I didn't like." Well, this could also apply to pretty much every gay guy, too! icon_lol.gif

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    Jan 19, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    Minnesota nice icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 19, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    I grew up in a small town in North Dakota and have lived in Minneapolis for 20 years now. The things that stand out the most for me are the friendliness, willingness to help others, loyalty and great work ethic.
  • chi_rock

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    Jan 19, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Grew up in Illinois. Learned about hard work and treating each other well, regardless of circumstances.
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    Jan 19, 2013 2:39 AM GMT
    interesting to see many from midwest and good things to say about the guys, but dont live their anymore? not too gay friendly huh?, however, took the down to earth values with
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    Jan 19, 2013 2:44 AM GMT
    Grew up in South Dakota. I have lived in WV, OK, TX, WV, WY, and now CO....what I noticed from growing up in SD is the people there get shit done...."because winter is on its way" icon_lol.gif The other thing I notice is people do care and would give you the shirt off their back even if its 30 below or help you with your work when theirs isn't done. I grew up on a farm, and farmers/ranchers used to work together a lot more than they do now, things are changing. I do have to say the people in WV where I lived were very sweet but lacked the work ethic!
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    Jan 19, 2013 4:03 PM GMT
    teton saidGrew up in South Dakota. I have lived in WV, OK, TX, WV, WY, and now CO....what I noticed from growing up in SD is the people there get shit done...."because winter is on its way" icon_lol.gif The other thing I notice is people do care and would give you the shirt off their back even if its 30 below or help you with your work when theirs isn't done. I grew up on a farm, and farmers/ranchers used to work together a lot more than they do now, things are changing. I do have to say the people in WV where I lived were very sweet but lacked the work ethic!


    And it will be tonight (non wind chill!)...I guess I have a personality like Midwesterners (described above) and those folks find it amazing HOW I am having grown up in New Jersey - they are like "hey - you don't seem like a Joisey (added humorous North Jersey accent invariably spoken) guy" - maybe because I'm from South Jersey where the Garden State got its name!
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    Jan 19, 2013 4:05 PM GMT
    scruffLA saidinteresting to see many from midwest and good things to say about the guys, but dont live their anymore? not too gay friendly huh?, however, took the down to earth values with


    Minneapolis is pretty gay friendly if you can deal with the cold haha.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 19, 2013 4:11 PM GMT
    Despite the fact that I am from Buffalo, I have travelled extensively across most of the Midwestern states. The Midwest is the best region of the country. The people are friendly, the landscape is varied, and the guys are super hot. The Midwest is also relatively affordable as a region to live in with the obvious exception of the Chicago Metro Area which is unfortunately expensive but still an awesome urban area.