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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Twenty-fifth Question

Where were your parents born? What was it like where they lived?

24 Comments:

  • At 12:10 PM, Blogger Bent Fabric said…

    My mother was born in Hanover, Jamaica. I am clueless as to what it is like. I have never been there.

    No clue who my father is/was so cannot offer an answer.

     
  • At 12:30 PM, Blogger Sublime said…

    My father was born in Clarinda, IA - probably not even on a map. Born sixth or seventh to a man that owned a junk yard and had the heart of a monster. He was born again when he was adopted by a farmer and his wife at the age of 13.

    My mother was born in Gary, IN - a city which once came to be honored, years later, with the designation as murder capital of the USA. But not when she was a child. Nice place then. Hard working, steel mill town. A place where small-time gangsters came to congregate when it was time to get out of Chicago.

     
  • At 12:44 PM, Blogger arcane said…

    My dad was born in a very small Illinois township in the house he was raised in, there was no indoor plumbing there and the floors were dirt. My mom was born in Chicago and was raised here in Southern Illinois....

     
  • At 12:51 PM, Anonymous mike said…

    My dad was born in Beulah, Mississippi. It's pretty much a road sign on the highway in the USA's very own third-world region. He grew up on a farm beside the river and had relatives of the kind you only think exist in Faulkner novels.

    Mom was born in Ashland, PA. Now a dying coal-mining town, it used to be a fairly large town for the time. The big draw now is visiting Pioneer Tunnel, a played out coal mine turned period coal-ining museum. It's actually pretty cool.

     
  • At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Amgrace said…

    My mom was born in LaPorte, Indiana. The hospital she was born in no longer exists. She lives there along with many of my other relatives. It's a small town, pretty quiet. The best things about this town are the many lakes.

    I think my dad was born in Knox, Indiana (redneck capital USA). Very small town, very small minds.

     
  • At 2:24 PM, Blogger 'p' is for profound said…

    Both of my parents were born in Abadan, Iran. When they were growing up it was a beautiful city. When I went to see it, it was a poor, devastated city after it was bombed by Iraq.

     
  • At 3:18 PM, Blogger HappyKap said…

    My Mom and Dad were both born in New York. I believe E. Rockaway for Mom and Wheatley Heights for Dad. (Long Island!)

     
  • At 3:48 PM, Blogger Roma Rosa said…

    Both my parents were born in Philadelphia, PA. They were raised around the Italian Market at 10th and Christian, when the Italian mafia was still thriving. My father was friends with some of the guys but I didn't know anything about them at the time.

    I live across the bridge in NJ but I'm in the city all the time. It's still called the Italian Market but there are many different cultures there now and no signs of the mob.

     
  • At 4:06 PM, Blogger SassyFemme said…

    Dad was born in Boston. I think we all know what that's like, or have an idea, for the most part. He didn't grow up there, his mother just went there to have her kids. He grew up in Manchester, NH. Mom was born in Manchester, NH. More or less a mill city on the Merrimack River. In their day the city was split mainly between the French on the west side of the river and Irish and others on the East side.

     
  • At 4:47 PM, Blogger JB said…

    Dad was born in Tulsa, OK in 1952.
    Mom was born in Dallas, TX in 1956.

    Both are pretty standard southern cities, with the big D obviously being grander in every capacity, to include the not so pleasant ones.
    Both now reside with their respective spouses outside of Houston.

     
  • At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    25 questions and not one person has mentioned the misspelled word in the tagline?

     
  • At 6:26 PM, Blogger annie said…

    mom: appleton,wisconsin... small and relatively carefree, back then.

    dad: san francisco, california... amazing and unique, always

     
  • At 6:31 PM, Blogger I n g e r said…

    Dad was born in a small village in Norway, and everyone in the village bears the last name of the village...and so do I. Really fucks up genealogy labor, let me tell you.

    My mother was born in Roscrea, Ireland. Her father owned the only pub in town.

    Beautiful, tragic, family-oriented, risk-taking lives--the two of them--and yet I know that for all my opportunities and privileges I will never travel as far in my lifetime as they already have in theirs.

     
  • At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Phreddd said…

    My mother was born in the inland of St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Very lush and tree-filled, to say the least, and my grandfather had a little money and land (which he later parlayed into more real estate when the family moved to Brooklyn in the 1950s), which made things relatively comfortable.

    My father was born in a small "settlement" called Pleasant Hill in Lancaster County, South Carolina. Very dusty and gravelly then and now, and *possibly* a better place today for a black child to be born than in 1933 (Then again, it IS South Carolina.).

    Hustlers and fighters, both.

     
  • At 7:22 PM, Blogger sttropezbutler said…

    Father: Hicksville OH
    Mother: Philadelphia PA

    Been to both places. Hicksville is exactly what one would assume from the name and Philadelphia is a wanna be big city.

    Oops .... did I say that ... I really didn't mean it so early in my post ... LOL

    STB

     
  • At 12:54 AM, Blogger nancy =) said…

    father: scranton, pa...he had a very rough start in life; his parents were italian immigrants; his father never learned to read or speak english, and his mother drank heavily; his early life was exactly like frank mccort's (he wrote angela's ashes), only it happened in scranton, not ireland...

    mother: taylor, pa - her parents were also immigrants, but her father made a decent living as a musician and my mom's family were a bit more well off than my dad's family...

     
  • At 1:31 AM, Blogger Ace of Spades said…

    Both my parents were born in Kansas City,Missouri. Just as I was.

     
  • At 4:39 AM, Anonymous DAC said…

    My father was born in Hillsdale MI. I've never been there, and my father apparently didn't think much of it because he never talks about it and he ran like a bat out of hell as soon as he turned 18. I guess it probably was like what the world would be if everyone was a republican.

    My mother was born in Oakland on a street called Grove. Actually, the neighborhood doesn't exist anymore. They built a freeway and changed the street name to Martin Luther King Blvd.

    What a difference a decade makes....

     
  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger Sublime said…

    Quoting: "Anonymous said...
    25 questions and not one person has mentioned the misspelled word in the tagline?"

    Does anyone else see a misspelled word?? I can't find it.

    -Sublime

     
  • At 4:40 PM, Blogger nancy =) said…

    hi sublime =)

    i checked and i didn't see any misspelled words either...whaddup witdat?

     
  • At 7:45 PM, Blogger Chox said…

    Mom: Chicago, IL, 4700 North, Dad: Cleveland, OH (East side, Collinwood), but moved to Wickliffe, OH, a rural area at the time, when he was 6 months old. They met in Munich, Germany though. Go figure.

     
  • At 4:14 AM, Anonymous Jeff said…

    My parents were born in rural Germany. Life today is almost exactly as it was then. Except tractors now drag stuff. Not horses.

     
  • At 12:10 PM, Anonymous tmgrace1 said…

    both parents born in maryland. God how boring.

     
  • At 3:24 PM, Blogger sdk said…

    My mom was born in Marshall, Michigan, and my dad was born in Battle Creek, Michigan.

    According to him, everything was uphill both ways.

    According to her, you could buy everything for a nickel.

    sdk

     

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