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April 27th, 2005

How to Look Like an Out-of-Towner in New York City

  1. You and your friend, both wear jeans and cowboy hats.
  2. Yell across the subway tracks to your female friend in a drunken fashion, talking like the tools you are about Billy Ray Cyrus while everyone else tries to ignore your blatent idiocy.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday April 27, 2005 -- 11:12:10 am
3. Complain that everyone is walking too fast in Midtown.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday April 27, 2005 -- 5:20:44 pm
Nod to a stranger politely and say "hello."

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday April 27, 2005 -- 6:37:16 pm
Wear a "I LOVE NY" T-Shirt.

DATE: Wednesday April 27, 2005 -- 11:11:50 pm
Wear a Red Sox T-shirt and cap

DATE: Thursday April 28, 2005 -- 7:26:23 pm
I dont understand the second one....

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday April 29, 2005 -- 9:42:01 pm
I dont understand the second one....

The common perception of New Yorkers is that they're cold and don't make eye contact.

While it's true that most don't make eye contact, I was commenting during my most recent visit that New Yorkers have to be the most incredibly patient people to deal with some of the worst tourists on an everyday basis.

FROM: jk
DATE: Friday April 29, 2005 -- 11:07:30 pm
One of my best friends at Penn State was from NY and it totally freaked her out that people in Happy Valley ALL made eye contact and even said hello to strangers.

I think people don't make eye contact because they are truly in a great hurry to get somewhere and they're just trying to avoid tripping.

I really miss NY.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Saturday April 30, 2005 -- 9:27:52 am
In my experience, if you say "hello" to a stranger in New York and the person responds, they usually respond with the "May I help you, lost tourist?" look, and dutifully wait for you to ask where some place is.

I don't find New Yorkers cold at all. I was surpised because of the common perception. But, if they are addressed by a stranger, it seems that they are conditioned to assume that you are an out-of-towner.

In other cities, you say "hello," you get a "hello" back, or a "hiya," whatever, with no apparent assumption about who you are being made by the person you have addressed.

DATE: Monday May 2, 2005 -- 3:59:20 pm

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