i moved here from new york where nobody went to high school there and even if they did, you wouldn't have heard of it. but in michigan, where i lived before that, nobody ever asked me where i went to high school unless they had first asked me what city or part of the state i was from first. it was not assumed that you were necessarily born and raised in that area.
things are different here. before, i always thought the questions were supposed to go like this:
- what's your name?
- where are you from?
- oh really? where in _______?
- no way, me too! where did you go to high school?
my weirdest "where did you go to high school" experience happened a few weeks ago. i was out with my friend beth and some of her friends. beth's friend matt is from dayton. as in, not cincinnati. here is how the conversation went:
matt: hi, i'm matt.
liz: hey, i'm liz.
matt: where did you go to high school?
liz: uhh... farmington.
liz: it's in michigan.
beth: matt, what the hell? you aren't even from cincinnati!
poor matt has clearly fallen victim to cincinnati syndrome. he wanted to know where i went to high school, even though i would not have gone to his high school even if i was from here! it was hilarious.
my question: is this just a cincinnati thing? or do people do this in other places and i just don't know about it? if so, how do those places compare to cincinnati in terms of their general openness to outsiders?