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(Otsego, Delaware, Allegany, Ulster, Westchester)
Man I hated Westchester. Did I not give it a fair shot, or is it really a hellhole? The terrain would be gorgeous if it weren’t so… suburbanized, but as it is, it means you can’t get anywhere from anywhere else, and the tiny little roads are all crowded with self-important morons in Lexuses and there’s just nowhere to park. Also their snow removal was terrible. The highlight of my year in Westchester was the mockingbird that lived in the pine tree across the street and impersonated car alarms. “Weeoo weeoo weeoo weeoo chook chook chook chook chook! Oo! Ee! Oo! Ee! HRNK HRNK HRNK HRNK!” Freaking adorable. Let’s not discuss how it learned that call though.
I’m just gonna insert this gif, which I stole from here, for any readers who may be wondering what all these lists of names are. New York State is a big fuckin’ state. It’s not the biggest, but it’s not small, and there’s a lot going on in this bitch, some beautiful fuckin’ terrain I tell you what, some history and some culture and some idiots. Also, note that I could not have chosen more poorly which two counties to drive back and forth between (Erie and Rensselaer. Hint: look way left, then look way right. Yeah. For scale, that’s 300 miles/ 480 km.)
Related: When Hillary Clinton came here and ran for Senator, someone made a quiz for her, to see if she could get Oswego, Otsego, Otisco, Owasco, and Otego all correct, and she actually did, because she fucking studied, so, kudos. (I bet you Trump couldn’t identify any of those, and he’s lived in NYC his whole life! You think he’s ever even been to the rest of the state? I strongly doubt it!)
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I’ve lived in Oswego, St. Lawrence, Cortland, and Tompkins counties…whenever I see someone else online who is like “No, not the City” I want to high five them and share some Hoffman’s hot dogs. :)
ohhh hot dogs though!!! What a regional thing hotdogs still are!!! I used to work at the Buffalo airport and it was a running joke that the security screeners could tell if you were from Buffalo or if you’d driven in from Rochester because they could tell the difference on the X-Ray between what a pack of frozen Sahlen’s looked like and a pack of frozen Zweigel’s!
And I gotta say, when i was in the ROC I did not appreciate Zweigel’s the way I ought to have. But after about a week in Buffalo (and I’ve been here now for like fifteen, mostly full-time), I have become a ride-or-die Sahlen’s eater. I mean you cannot fuck with the Sahlen’s dog. However, on a garbage plate, I concede the superior utility of the white hot.
I had a sister in Tompkins and a sister in Cortland for many years. (One went to Cornell, so.) And actually– we had an ancestor in the Civil War who fought in the Tompkins County regiment, Mom has some documentation and artifacts from him– he was a woodcarver and we have a really intricate interlinked puzzle thing he carved while on campaign. So I guess we have kin out there, but I think nobody still living in the direct line. Anyhoo. Lovely area but I swear the directions to Ithaca get you off the highway and send you on a bunch of little winding roads and at one point I swear you have to drive through someone’s driveway to get there, so it’s such a shock to come down that hill and suddenly see this massive (relatively) city spread out in front of you.
St Lawrence must be really pretty, though. I’ve never been up there.
I love the city, I really do, but it’s a different world. I’m so proud to be affiliated with it, really I am, I’m so glad our state has that counterbalance; it enables a lot of our cultural exchange, contributes a whole lot to our economy etc., is where nearly half our electoral votes come from– nearly half, though, guys! More New Yorkers live not in the City than in it! My dad’s family are all from down there (Queens, but Brooklyn ancestrally). But sweet Christ, I’m not from New York City, I live really really far away from it, and its concerns are largely not mine. I’m glad it’s there, but it’s way over there. I’d love to visit it again but again, it’s way over there. I’m much closer to Toronto, and indeed visit it much more frequently.