Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Geography 101: New York
The necessity of this post comes from a conversation I had with a gentleman in Missouri. While discussing work matters, a misconception surfaced (I'll admit it was one I held myself before I moved here from the midwest) that this state is just one big, crowded mess.
The Reader's Digest version of the conversation:
"Hey guy in Missouri, I have this constituent and I need help with (this and that and this and the other thing)"
"Well, I'd love to be able to help but we just don't have the same technology as you do in big cities."
"I just would like to find out if there are any other options for our constituent."
"We could do (this, that, blah, blah) but we just don't have the money like you do in the big cities."
"Um, we do not live in a big city."
"Out here in Missouri we are just a buncha very rural towns and villages..."
"Ok....SO ARE WE."
So begins the lesson: New York State is not just one big New York City.