East or West, which is best?

East or West, which is best?

I was a senior in high school when Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics. I watched the torch pass by on the high school track and got to see Apollo Anton Ohno skate from the back row of the nosebleed section of the Delta Center. But something that has stuck with more me from that time is a comment one of my teachers made after watching some of the national coverage on the news. He said something like, “It’s like they are surprised to see civilization west of the Hudson.”

I didn’t realize until then that Easterners have a bit of a superiority complex in the United States, but I have noticed it a lot more since, and especially now that I live in the East. I was surprised to hear one of my classmates who is local talk about going out into “the wilderness” to get a job before coming back to The City where the real work is to be had. It really did sound to me like he thought there wasn’t much going on outside of the Megalopolis area. Another guest speaker emphasized that “news” actually did happen in the Texas town where she started working, believe it or not. And then there the world of college football, in which many teams with great records are discounted because their “strength of schedule” is weak–all the teams they are playing are out West. Now, I don’t disagree that most of the Eastern teams are better and play stronger opponents, but I do think there is a bit of a bias towards Eastern teams.

Micah has conceded to me that, as an Easterner, he is aware of this superiority complex. So now I’m curious, do Westerners have a bias against Easterners of which I am not aware? Does anybody else have views on the issue? It is just strange to me and I don’t understand it.

8 thoughts on “East or West, which is best?

  1. It’s so funny that you bring this up. Chad and I were discussing something like this a couple of days ago. We too have noticed a difference in people from the east and west parts of the U.S. I myself haven’t had much experience with it except that I’ve noticed cultures are much different, accents are different, and it just seems like westerners are more laid back, compared to easterners, who act more uptight–for lack of a better word.
    Anyways, yes I have noticed a difference but not sure if I myself have experienced the superiority complex that some easterners exhibit.
    But we too decided that we are confounded by it and not sure why it exists.

  2. As far as I can tell, I believe that Westerners think that Easterners are snobbish and like melissa said, “uptight.” The stereotype might have come from the reputation of private and ivy-league schools, most of which are in the East. Or maybe I’m way off the mark. I really don’t know.
    I think its funny that the guy referred to it as going out into the wilderness. I’d hate to hear of what he’d think of places like Moroni, Utah.

  3. I think it all started off when the Beach Boys came out with California girls, “Well east coast girls are hip I really dig those styles they wear…” So they may be stylish, but let’s get back to the wisdom of the Beach Boys, “The west coast has the sunshine And the girls all get so tanned.” And after the beach boys travel the world and see all kinds of girls, where do they go to find “the cutest girls in the world”? The WEST! And Micah, you can agree….you did come to the west and to find one of the cutest girls in the world…
    Now let’s not forget the Beach Boys song Salt Lake City,
    “And girl for girl
    They’ve got the cutest of the Western states
    They got the sun in the summer
    And winter time the skiing is great yeah
    Salt Lake City we’ll be coming soon”
    Do I have a bias about East and West? Or just a Utah superiority complex?

  4. I don’t know about complex, but differences, for sure. Although the only states I consider truly “West Coast” are the coastal ones…WA, OR, CA. But that’s coming from a true West Coast Girl! Ya know, Jim Morrison did say “the West is the Best!”

  5. i make it a point to assume that anyone from the the east is an uptight snob. ok, i try not to assume anything about anyone, but it always made me laugh when people found out i was from utah and they’d say something like, “you really don’t seem like a utahn.” and they meant it in a good way. i never knew exactly how to respond to that…

  6. Kareena,I love it. Who can argue with the wisdom of the Beach Boys?

    And Meg, I’ve also wondered how to respond to the “You don’t seem like a Utahn” comment. What are Utahns supposed to be like?

  7. That’s pretty funny. I’ve never really thought much about it, but I’ve never traveled East of Wyoming. I guess I’m just a small town girl out here in “the wilderness.”

  8. from what i’ve gathered, we walk around in tank tops over t-shirts and say “i bought the pellow on sell.” and we like a capella bands. i learn more everyday that i’m married to a california boy. =)

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