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Hello all! Today marks my 1 year anniversary of arriving here in the USA! To celebrate, I thought we could have a little fun!

So I always love reading people's perceptions of their state, so I thought it would be a fun idea to see what things everyone feels best represent their states! Tell me what your things are and write a brief description why! Feel free to post multiple things!

I'll start off;

Living here in New Hampshire there are a few things that I feel represent the Granite state (to be honest, probably more New England in general!)

Dunkin' Donuts - The great equalizer. Here in NH and NE in general, you'll find a Dunkin' Donuts literally every 2 miles on a street corner. They are EVERYWHERE. Go inside, and you'll see a great cross section of New Englanders. Doesn't matter if you're a construction worker, banker, CEO of a company, everyone drinks DD here!

Chowdah and seafood in general - Need I say more?

Market Basket - A Massachusetts supermarket that has spread into NH and ME, this family owned business is a great representation of New England. I feel like walking in to a MB store is almost like taking a step back in time, the workers wear shirts and ties, and aprons. Feels like they value a more traditional shopping experience, Market Basket is a Mass and NH stalwart in my opinion!

Autumn Leaves - Yep, nowhere does it better than NH in my opinion; a State of outstanding natural beauty.

Apples - The town where I live here in NH is known for it's apples, and it's a huge family event in the fall to go apple (and pumpkin) picking. There's pretty much an apple orchard here on my doorstep, and I've never had a nicer apple! Cortland apples taste amazing when freshly picked from the tree! :halloween:

Snow - Over this winter (2014-2015) we had a record breaker for the sheer amount of snow. I know states like Minnesota and Buffalo NY get crazy amounts of snow, but we're a much smaller area! :thumbs:

Impatient Drivers!!! - I'm sure this one is actually a lot more widespread than just here in New England, but it seems like everyone is in a rush all the time! Yeah, people will let you out and give way for you, but don't expect them to be gracious about doing it. :P

I guess in the year that I've been here, I've already turned into a proud New Englander (is that good, or bad?? hehe) I'm really excited to see what everyone else will say about their states! - Adam

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I live in Arkansas. Some of the things that represent this state in my opinion:

- Walmart; Walmart, as an employer and holder of property, and all the associated vendors and businesses are huge here, especially in the Northwest of the state.

- Crystal Bridges Art museum (paid for by Walmart)

- BBQ I am a vegetarian, so don;t participate, but those types of foods are huge here; being invited to backyard BBQs, tailgaiting BBQ before sports, BBQ restaurants, BBQ competitions at fairs....

- Evangelical Christianity. That was a big culture shock for me; religion is everywhere here. When you move into a new home, neighbours will come and welcome you and ask if you have a church yet. People will say "I'll pray for you" when you have any kind of problem/ issue; every school meeting, sports game etc starts with prayer.


Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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Texas: bluebonnets & mosquitoes.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Hello all! Today marks my 1 year anniversary of arriving here in the USA! To celebrate, I thought we could have a little fun!

So I always love reading people's perceptions of their state, so I thought it would be a fun idea to see what things everyone feels best represent their states! Tell me what your things are and write a brief description why! Feel free to post multiple things!

I'll start off;

Living here in New Hampshire there are a few things that I feel represent the Granite state (to be honest, probably more New England in general!)

Dunkin' Donuts - The great equalizer. Here in NH and NE in general, you'll find a Dunkin' Donuts literally every 2 miles on a street corner. They are EVERYWHERE. Go inside, and you'll see a great cross section of New Englanders. Doesn't matter if you're a construction worker, banker, CEO of a company, everyone drinks DD here!

Chowdah and seafood in general - Need I say more?

Market Basket - A Massachusetts supermarket that has spread into NH and ME, this family owned business is a great representation of New England. I feel like walking in to a MB store is almost like taking a step back in time, the workers wear shirts and ties, and aprons. Feels like they value a more traditional shopping experience, Market Basket is a Mass and NH stalwart in my opinion!

Autumn Leaves - Yep, nowhere does it better than NH in my opinion; a State of outstanding natural beauty.

Apples - The town where I live here in NH is known for it's apples, and it's a huge family event in the fall to go apple (and pumpkin) picking. There's pretty much an apple orchard here on my doorstep, and I've never had a nicer apple! Cortland apples taste amazing when freshly picked from the tree! :halloween:

Snow - Over this winter (2014-2015) we had a record breaker for the sheer amount of snow. I know states like Minnesota and Buffalo NY get crazy amounts of snow, but we're a much smaller area! :thumbs:

Impatient Drivers!!! - I'm sure this one is actually a lot more widespread than just here in New England, but it seems like everyone is in a rush all the time! Yeah, people will let you out and give way for you, but don't expect them to be gracious about doing it. :P

I guess in the year that I've been here, I've already turned into a proud New Englander (is that good, or bad?? hehe) I'm really excited to see what everyone else will say about their states! - Adam

I'm in MA, but I see you're in NH. I love the Lakes Region and Lake Winnipesaukee. NH is a beautiful state.

Back to MA. We're famous for liberals. :devil: Boston is rich in history. This is where the battle for independence started. Lots of good stuff to see and do in the city. Lots of good restaurants and shopping malls out here in the suburbs. Good colleges, a diverse population, lots of different cultures. The Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots out here in suburbia. The Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. The beaches of Cape Cod. A great state to live in, a beautiful part of the country.


R.I.P Spooky 2004-2015

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I'm in MA, but I see you're in NH. I love the Lakes Region and Lake Winnipesaukee. NH is a beautiful state.

Back to MA. We're famous for liberals. :devil: Boston is rich in history. This is where the battle for independence started. Lots of good stuff to see and do in the city. Lots of good restaurants and shopping malls out here in the suburbs. Good colleges, a diverse population, lots of different cultures. The Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots out here in suburbia. The Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. The beaches of Cape Cod. A great state to live in, a beautiful part of the country.

Awesome! I agree with a lot of those sentiments, and in some respects, NH and MA are very similar!

I'm in Southern NH, real close to the MA state line. I love where we're at because we get some of the NH benefits (no sales tax and cheap liquor heheh) but it's like a 40 minute drive to go to Boston for the day!

Southern NH and Mass are quite similar culturally, once you go above exit 12 or so on i-93 in NH, I feel that's where NH becomes more of it's own state. Things slow down a lot and people like to take their time a bit more. I like that :)

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Texas: bluebonnets & mosquitoes.

And fire ants.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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New Jersey - oil refinery


Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Pennsylvania:

-We got Hershey park and I actually only live 30 mins away :content: and since I mention that, I feel it only be appropriate to mention Hershey Medical and the Children's miracle Network, they are awesome, we have had great experiences taking our kids there.

-We also have Amish, I live in a small town, it's nice to have the old world feel seeing all the horse and buggies on the roads, but at the same time it sucks getting stuck behind one when driving in a no passing zone lol

-We are notorious for the stink bug population, absolutely hate them and no way to keep them away :ranting:





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Texas....Big Things, bible belt, Corny dog, howdy, F150s , Big Ben & the Rodeo

Florida...Beaches, Boats, shopping,, Restaurants, South Beach, sun.

Split both states but Texas is cheaper, having a home in both areas

is good the Mrs was born & raised in Fl, she prefers there but love Tx

like I do too.

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New Jersey-

Governor Christy lol


Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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