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Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: September 05, 2016 06:28PM
I want to scream the next time we day trip somewhere, and in conversation with locals we say we are from Western Mass, and the reply is "Oh, you mean like Worcester?"

Boston to Worcester, half hour west.
Worcester to Greenfield, over and hour WEST.
Then there is still an hour more west you can go to at the state line.

There is a political joke that says Massachusetts is Boston area and then the other forgotten side of the state.
I could understand lack of geographic knowledge if we were in Omaha, or something, but this is day trip distance, Eastern NY, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Rhode Island. This should be close enough for some to realize Western Mass is NOT Worcester.

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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: billb
Date: September 05, 2016 06:38PM


Try explaining to someone how to get to the South Coast NOT the South Shore.


and yeah, for too many anything west of 495 is "Western" Mass.



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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: September 05, 2016 07:09PM
Morgan Hill is just outside of the San Jose city limits. From there to Novato is 93 miles and both can be considered part of the S.F. Bay Area. That's a few miles more than Boston to Springfield. Maps says it's another 141 miles to get to N.Y, N.Y. from Springfield.



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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: September 05, 2016 07:41PM
As a fellow W. MA resident since the age of 5, I fully understand your frustration. From growing up in the Berkshires, to having lived in Greenfield for almost 3 decades, the lack of knowledge about the rest of the state exhibited by many from the eastern part of the state is annoying at best. People from CT and NY often seem to have a better idea bout the area than those from the Boston area.
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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: blooz
Date: September 05, 2016 08:25PM
Geography is a forgotten discipline. People in Springfiedl—hell, people in Northampton, Northampton!!—don't know where Cummington is. "It's 20 miles away from where you're standing, idjit!"
I could understand people from Boston not knowing this area—they don't think there is anything between Worcester and Tanglewood. They are morons. But people who live here not knowing what is around them?
Boggles my mind.

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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: billb
Date: September 05, 2016 08:32PM








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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: FormerlySaleenl
Date: September 05, 2016 08:53PM
I live next to Springfield, right off of 91 near the CT border and it still seems hard for Boston/Cape folks to figure out where it is. It's also close to where the Mass Pike meets 91, so it shouldn't be confusing! Then again, I grew up in central CT and we took 91 north to go camping and skiing in the Berkshires and Vermont so I spent a lot of time looking out the window when driving through the area.

My husband's from western Michigan and everyone just points on their hand to show where they're from - probably because people outside of Detroit don't know what's in the rest of the state, either. The hand thing is useful, though!
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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 05, 2016 09:21PM
We don't really need to know, because we pay all of your bills... smiley-music039
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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 05, 2016 09:23PM
Fwiw, many of us do know W MA quite well. Except for where billb lives...I get turned around all the time when there, might as well be little Rhodey.
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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: September 06, 2016 12:53AM
Why the rest of the country regards denizens of Massachusetts as provincial. Most, if not all of New England could fit in Southern California with room to spare.
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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: DP
Date: September 06, 2016 06:45AM
My husband's from western Michigan and everyone just points on their hand to show where they're from - probably because people outside of Detroit don't know what's in the rest of the state, either. The hand thing is useful, though!

But that's only for the lower Peninsula! Da Yoopers aren't happy when weather folks and out-of-staters talk about the state of MI as only the part that's below the Bridge. But, you just hold your left hand horizontally with your thumb up (to represent the Keewenaw) and point to places like Escanaba or Ontanagon...
There's also pronunciation. For example, our Charlotte is pronounced, shar-LOT, not SHAR-lit!







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Re: Blooz, can you relate to this?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: September 06, 2016 12:44PM
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RgrF
Why the rest of the country regards denizens of Massachusetts as provincial. Most, if not all of New England could fit in Southern California with room to spare.

The population of those six states is only a little more than the L.A. Metro area.



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