Just reading the thread about relocating from California (where they sleep out every night) to Maine (where they wear down parkas year round) and I was thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of staying where you were dropped. Some of us don't get to even decide. Army brats, preacher's kids (yo!)...whatever, some of us get dragged around early on and find out firsthand about always being the "new kid". But later, as an adult, how where you affected? It may be a cliche, but good friends are often those 4 buddies you grew up and went to school with. And then they became trusted business contacts. Or, you didn't and they weren't. I heard a figure the other day (wish I could check this) that 40% of us don't live in the state we were born in. That seems high, but if true makes this nomad life more common than I thought. Until I was nearly 30 I had never been in one place over 3 or 4 years. Now I've been in Texas for half my life, but I'll never really be a Texan. Having grown up in the Midwest and then living on both coasts I have no identifiable accent, but no one would be fooled into thinking I was a good ol' boy either. And I don't have a solid opinion about this. I've been to lots of pretty places and appreciate the overview...but I'll never know the pleasure of watching generation after generation of neighbors being born, marrying, growing old. There is an irritating smugness from those who never ventured beyond the county line, they're special because they stayed put. And maybe they are.