But Minnesota… why Minnesota? Most of you know that I’ve been living here for while now and most of you know the reason(s) I am here. (If you don’t and you really really want to know, send me an email and I’ll be glad to tell you why). And even though I always thought that I adjusted pretty well (to climate and culture) and that I’ve gotten over all major culture shocks, there is always something that takes me by surprise. Sometimes those things are easy to learn and understand but it takes a while (a long while) to really get it.
Here you have one of example. May be you can give me some insights to understand this situation better.
Example : Paulino and Peter Olsen (Paulino’s friend from the Midwest)
Paulino: (on Facebook or email) Hey Peter, I haven’t seen you in a while. Would you like to get together for coffee sometime and catch up?
Peter: Yeah, you betcha. Let’s get together soon.
… a couple of weeks pass by…
Paulino: Dude! Peter! When do you want to get together? What’s your schedule like these days?
Peter: Oh, yes, we should get together. I am busy this weekend but I’ll let you know.
…a month passes by…
Paulino: So… Peter… are you still interested in getting together? Let me know. Thanks
Peter: Oh, yes. I’ve just been busy. But we’ll get together soon. I’ll let you know.
… long time passes…
Peter never innitiates communication to even try to arrange a time to get together. So, after a few cases like this with other Peter’s and Mary’s I start to wonder about the whole Minnesota nice thing. Luckily I have many examples of other people (most non-Minnesotans but a few of them are) who make the whole “let’s meet for coffee” process much easier. :-)
Any thoughts? Please leave a comment
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Dec 7-10 @ 7:30 pm
DON’T CRY FOR ME by Paulino Brener
A tall Argentine leaves his mother land to come to the U.S. and discovers that changing the language you speak might change who you are. Don’t Cry For Me uses satire, movement, and storytelling to explore connections between language and identity. Performed by Paulino Brener. Directed by Dario Tangelson.