1. I don't belong here. I am reminded of this every day. Not only by everything that is different and foreign, but by people who tell me this, or ask me where I'm from.
2. There are a few redeeming factors of living here, particularly of being in Massachusetts. First, July and August. South Carolina prepared me for living in hell....the heat, not the people. July and August in South Carolina are miserable. In Massachusetts, July and August feel like March and April in the Southeast. Beautiful and green, with temperatures resembling spring in the rest of the country. Second, the schools are amazing...arguably the best in the country.
3. The drivers are terrible, and are proud of their status of being the worst. It is mind-boggling. This is NOT just my observation. For three years in a row, the insurance companies have proven that statistically Massachusetts drivers, and those from Boston in particular, have THE WORST driving records in the country. And these terrible drivers wear their titles of "Massholes" with pride. I don't understand it.
4. If you don't eat seafood, there is very little in the way of foods distinctive to the area.
5. EVERYTHING is expensive. Not just a little expensive, but really freaking horribly expensive.
6. If you don't have ALL THE EXCESS MONEY to spend, you are looked-down upon or pitied.
7. There is a HUGE divide between the HAVES and the HAVE-NOTs. When houses range from $600,000 and up in one town, and two towns over the majority of people struggle to pay $200-$300 in rent per month, there is something really, REALLY wrong.
8. White male privilege is very visible here.
9. Corruption in the police forces.
10. NO ONE drives the speed limit, or even close-to the speed limit. Average highway speed is close to 20 MPH over the speed limit.