anoury wrote:Quoted by actual Californians:"You're from Rhode Island...I hear traffic here still isn't as bad as New York's." (huh?!?)On childhood camping trips to Vermont: "That's near where you lived in Virginia, right?"On debating whether or not to fly into Boston or Providence: "Well if you fly into Bostonyou could take some extra time and see the Lincoln memorial and stuff...""Oh you're from 'Back East'? I've got family 'Back East'." Me: "Oh really? Where abouts?"Him: "Chicago."I think I can do you a few better, having lived on the East Coast for three years.Quoted by actual New England/New Yorkers at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA circa 1984-1985:"You're from California? Why don't you have blue eyes and blond hair?"There aren't too many people of Italian descent with blond hair and blue eyes that I know of."You're from California? Do you know how to surf?"My usually response was, "No. The water's too cold." They don't get that because all they've ever seen on TV was Venice Beach."You're from San Francisco? It must be nice to live in all that sunshine!" (obviously someone whose watched way too much television emanating from Hollywood...)The most amusing situations I've witnessed right here in San Francisco is the inevitable tourist from the East Coast who thinks it's warm out here and gets caught in San Francisco wearing shorts and a t-shirt with no sweater or jacket. I've seen many East Coast tourists freezing at bus stops in the fog and damp of the City. I usually inform them that on their next outing to the City that they should really dress in layers so they're prepared for the day.... <grin>CCSand
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