Hi all - this is Kelsey Proud, Online Producer for St. Louis Public Radio. We'll be starting the chat at noon. Thanks for joining us!
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Hi everyone, and welcome to our chat. I'm Kelsey Proud, Online Producer for St. Louis Public radio and your host for this chat.
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First Question (a few of you have asked to discuss this):
Is it difficult to make friends in St. Louis? Do transplants and locals befriend each other?
Does anyone think that it IS difficult to make friends here? Or was the author's experience unique?
Michelle Fassler says by email:
I grew up in the Metro East, moved away for college, moved back to STL, moved away again and moved back to STL so I don't know what you would call me. But I have a hard time believing that Transplants and Natives don't befriend each other. I have friends that are both (Maybe I am just friendly?) I would like to see what others think.
Any more discussion about making friends in St. Louis? If not, we'll move on to the next question at 12:12 p.m.
We'll move onto the next question at 12:17 p.m. (Edited - more conversation about making friends came through!)
Next question coming up in less than a minute.
Second question: Does the last paragraph of the piece (below) sum up your identity of a St. Louisan? What identifies other cities?
"It was strangely instantaneous, as when people switch bodies in movies. My husband and I were, naturally, at a trivia fund-raiser, at a table for eight. St. Louis’s professional ice hockey team, the Blues, was in the playoffs, and as an M.C. asked the trivia questions, a large screen showed the game. When a Blues player scored late in the game, the room — a school gym — erupted in cheers. And just as meeting the same people in two settings has propelled forward our friendships, I felt how the intersection of these two disparate but quintessentially local phenomena, trivia and the Blues, forged my new identity. It was involuntary but not unwelcome; in a noisy gym, I became a St. Louisan."
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Third question: If you could describe St. Louis' "brand" in three words, what would it be?