>does where you're born matter? is it the place where you spent >the most years? or the place where you came of age and had >your formidable years? > >also, if you're from a town right next to a large city, do you >tell people you're from that town or from that nearest big >city? > >where you from?
i'm from Chicago.
i didn't grow up here but i've lived here for nearly 21 yrs. that means i've lived here longer than i lived in any of the places where i grew up. it also means living in Chicago has shaped me more than any of the places where i grew up. so to make it simple when ppl ask i say i'm from Chicago. if they care i'll follow-up explaining that i grew up in STL and the Bay Area. if they ask where in STL i tell them the name of the 2 suburbs where i lived. if they ask where in the Bay Area i tell them the name of the suburb i lived in. of course, i wasn't born in any of these places but no one cares where i was born.
6. "^^ this is it for me too! I say LA &/or KC. Or I just say "a lot of plac..." In response to Reply # 1 Thu Jul-30-15 04:59 PM by SuiteLady
I was born in the Bay Area, but my mother moved me to KC just before I started kindergarten. My father remained in the Bay and I spent time there during summers and holidays growing up but, my primary residence form 4-18 was KC. I stayed there until I was 18 when I moved to LA. My years in LA were my formidable years. Meaning those years shaped more of who I am today than any of the other places I have lived. I moved back to the Bay Area for 1 year of my adult life, then back to KC for 3 years and now I am in STL. I'm a gypsy so it is always a hard question for me to answer. I look forward to hearing what others have to say. I have actually had people argue with me about where "I'm" from.
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2. "For me, it's where grew up, unless I'm on vacation," In response to Reply # 0 Thu Jul-30-15 04:34 PM by John Forte
then, it's where I live. Bartender in Mexico or stripper in Vegas says "Where are you from?" I'm going to say Pittsburgh, not NYC.
I generally say New York, Although I've had New Yorkers tell me I wasn't from NY. I was born in Richmond, but I went to elementary schools, JHS, part of HS in NY (lived with my dad in VA for 2 years), and moved back for college.
8. "Virginia, unless I'm on vacation, then it's Arizona" In response to Reply # 0 Thu Jul-30-15 05:17 PM by Ishwip
I was born in England and lived there along with a gang of other places, but VA is where I consider home. My mum is still there and it's where I lived 84-90, then 2007 to 2012, so it claims the most of my 33 years so far.
I've lived in Arizona for 3.5 years now, though, so if I'm on a trip/vacation somewhere and I'm asked where am I from, I go with Phoenix.
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12. "when i lived in north carolina for a while" In response to Reply # 9
i ran into that a few times. people whose parents were from new york or they were born there but left when they were mad young would claim it hard lol i thought it was really interesting. it was even to the point of feigning a ny accent for one of the dudes i met
13. "I lived in NJ til I was 22" In response to Reply # 0
I've been in CO for over 5 years but I say I'm from NJ if someone here asks me. If someone asks where you're from when I'm on vacation or something, I do say CO, but I kind of cringe because I still identify with the east coast culture much more than CO.
To clarify a more specific area, I would say South Jersey or "close to Philly". Claiming a city when you're not really from there is corny. Plus, you could run into someone who's like "Oh wow, I'm from South Philly! What part are you from?" and then you gotta be like "Oh actually I'm from Jersey."
24. "One of two options..." In response to Reply # 0
I've grew up in Ohio (25 years) but I've lived in Florida for the past 10. If I'm in Tampa and people ask where I'm from, I say I grew up in Ohio. If I'm in any other city and people ask where I'm from, I usually say Tampa.
25. "Whatever you consider important." In response to Reply # 0
For me I don't consider the first 10 years that important/molding so rarely mention I ever had ties to East England... my parents moved us to the sticks outside Bristol when I was 10 and that's where I became a person, so I normally say I'm from Bristol but have lived in London for most of my adult life.
29. "Depends on the context of the question." In response to Reply # 0
As an example, if I'm at a convention for my industry with people from all around the country, and someone asks where I'm from, I know they really are asking where do I live now, which is Brooklyn.
But if I'm talking to a woman at a speed dating event or cookout or something about deep life matters, they are often more likely to be asking about my origins, which is Philly, which is how I'll answer.