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« Thread started on: Apr 5th, 2004, 10:31am »

I know that all of us pretty much understand "Our World" as FM/CFS is pretty much universal. I know that I've gained so much support, knowledge and comfort from all of you that we do feel as though we are a community amongst ourselves.
But, we are also scattered all over the world geographically. How bout telling me a little about your small piece of the world.
I live in Kansas, USA. Specifically, in my case at the southern mid eastern portion. KS is in the middle of the United States. The land in my area is fairly flat although just a little way from me there are small hills and areas where rock had to be cut out in order to build a road, but no mountains. There is quite a bit of open countryside and small towns with farming. We have 4 distinct seasons with Fall and Spring being alittle shorter than winter or summer. The lows probably average in the teens in the winter with 0's happening. And, highs in the lower 100's in the summer. We do get snow, but more ice. Tornado's are not our friend, but we're used to them and take appropriate action. The countryside is green and pretty until it gets really hot then turns brown and not so pretty althogh there are trees and vegitation that do keep the landscape interesting. The trees were transplanted by the settlers though and not native to KS. People had to settle in underground shelters or sod houses. They had to cut out rock to farm and worked hard to make KS a habitable place to live. KS is known as the place where Dorothy in "The Wizard of OZ" came from. It was the home of the famous clown Emmett Kelly. Wichita is considered the "Air Capital" because of all the plane manufacturing facilities, but Wichita itself is not all that large in comparison to most large cities. Topeka is our Capital and that's about all I know about Topeka. LOL We are proud of the Jayhawk, a fictious critter of many colors. Our State flower is the Sunflower, our State bird is the Meadowlark. Our moto is "Ad astra per aspera" or the english version "To The Stars Through Adversity"
K, that's all I can think of. This is pretty much a view of my part of KS and the others from may have very different things to talk about. KS landscape changed rapidly. But, if I read something from someone else that needs to be added I will.

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« Reply #1 on: Apr 5th, 2004, 12:31pm »

This is an interesting post Lendi......................

I live in Chillicothe, Ohio.........following is an excerpt taken from one of the Chillicothe web sites. Chillicothe is very rich in history.

Several thousands of years ago, the Wisconsin Glacier pushed through parts of Ross County leaving the northern part flat and the southern section hilly. Due to the rich land and the abundant wildlife, Indians settled here to live off its natural resources. The Paleo Indians came as early as 11,000 years ago during the Prehistoric Stone Age. The more famous tribes were the Adena and Hopewell Indians, commonly called the Moundbuilders. These two tribes were a highly advanced civilization well known for their large ceremonial and burial earthworks.
The last and most famous of the Indian tribes to settle in this region was the Shawnee tribe who came in regular contact with the white settlers as they infiltrated the Indian's land looking for a place to build homes. The Shawnee backed the British during the American Revolution hoping to put an end to American expansion into their homeland.

Blue Jacket, became a very capable leader and later war chief of the Shawnee tribe. Tecumseh was well known for his attempts to unite the Indian tribes into a confederation to stop the American growth into Indian land.

The Shawnee's support of the British during the Revolution gave many Americans the impression that the Indians has fortified their land. In 1787, Congress set up the Northwest Territory which included land in the current states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. The portion of this territory to become Ross County was part of a grant given to Virginia military veterans who served during the Revolutionary War. They had to fight another battle, this time with local Indians over the frontier land. In 1796, troops led by General Anthony Wayne defeated the Indians at the battle of Fallen Timbers and forced them to sign the Treaty of Greenville, opening Ohio for settlement.

In 1796, Nathaniel Massie founded Chillicothe, a name derived originally from the Shawnee Indian word meaning "principal town." By the following year, Massie's offer of free "in-lots" and "out-lots" to the first 100 settlers had been fulfilled. From that date in history, Chillicothe began to grow and prosper, attracting prominent men of culture and vision to move west and make their mark. Among these men were Ohio's first governor, Edward Tiffin and Thomas Worthington, the "Father of Ohio Statehood." The U.S. Congress designated Chillicothe as capital of the "eastern section" of the Northwest Territory in 1800. Two years later, the State Constitutional Convention was held in Chillicothe and in 1803, when Ohio entered the Union, Chillicothe became the first state capital, which later was moved to Columbus (1816).

The construction of the Ohio and the Erie Canals in 1831 made Chillicothe a major canal port and offered Ross County farmers adequate shipping of their crops to market. The canal system combined with the construction of the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad attracted many new settlers from Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. One of these settlers was Colonel Daniel Mead, who purchased a paper-making plan in 1890 eventually becoming the nationally known Mead Corporation.

The build-up of World War I in 1917 resulted in the construction of Camp Sherman to Ross County. In three months, the city's population jumped from 17,000 to 60,000. Much of the original Camp Sherman is currently occupied by the Veteran's Medical Center, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, and three state correctional facilities.

Today, Chillicothe is know as an industrial city surrounded by one of the most productive agricultural counties in Ohio. The rich historical past of this area provides a source of pride for local residents.

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 5th, 2004, 1:17pm »

I live where the sea meets the sky ... on the west coast of Canada.

Here's a little of the geography of where I live ....

The continental drift of the Pacific Ocean plate towards the North American continent created the wrinkles on the west coast called mountains. In fact, over three quarters of BC lies over 1,000 metres above sea level. There are actually three ranges of mountains in the West: from the coast moving east: the Coast Mountains, the Columbia Mountains (which includes the Purcell, Selkirk, and Monashee Range, famed for their deep powder heli-skiing), and finally the Rocky Mountains along the border with Alberta.
BC's highest mountain, 4,663 metre (15,388 feet) Fairweather Mountain, is in the northwest corner of the province. The Rockies' highest mountain, Mount Robson (3,954 metres, on BC's eastern edge, close to Jasper, Alberta, is the source of the Fraser River. The Fraser is Canada's third longest river, which ends up in the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver. The Rockies’ largest glacier, the Columbia Icefield (over a mile thick in places, straddling the Albert/BC border) is the source of the Columbia River, which winds its way through British Columbia, and reaches the Pacific at Portland Oregon.

The Islands off the coast of Vancouver are also mountains, just with their bases under the ocean. Vancouver Island is the largest North American island in the Pacific Ocean. There are 6,500 islands off the BC coast, with a total coastline stretching 27,000 kilometres.

more to follow on our history ..........

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Vancouvers History ....

The last ice age, which ended 10,000 years ago, created a land bridge between Asia and North America, which many believe enabled early homo sapiens to walk to this continent long before Europeans arrived by boat. Over the years, these Natives dispersed across both North and South America. Archaeological evidence from several sites around Vancouver show thousands of years of human occupation.

The Indians that settled around Vancouver come from the Coast Salish peoples, (not as commonly thought, the Haida, whose society centred around the 150 islands in the Queen Charlotte group). The three main local Nations within Vancouver are Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. The sea and forests provided an abundance of both food and building materials, and enabled them to develop a sophisticated culture including a system of trade. There are currently over 90,000 Natives in BC with 11 distinct linguistic groups. There are 197 bands living on 350 reservations, represented by 33 tribal councils.

In 1778 James Cook, the famous British captain, first landed at Friendly Cove in Nootka Sound on the western side of Vancouver Island. The arrival of the white man was followed shortly by the scourge of new diseases like smallpox, tuberculosis, and venereal diseases, which decimated the native populations. In 1790 the Spaniard Manuel Quimper, sailing on the sloop Princesa Real, sailed into the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the southern end of Vancouver Island, landing just west of Victoria. The following year, a pilot in the Spanish Navy, Jose Maria Narvez, discovered the mouth of the Fraser River. Fourteen years after sailing here under Captain Cook, Captain George Vancouver (for whom the city is named) returned to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in 1792, and spent the next two years exploring the area with the aim of finding the western end of the elusive "Northwest Passage", which would have helped British traders to travel more quickly from England to the Pacific Ocean.
In 1793 Alexander Mackenzie, working for the fur-trading Northwest Company, managed to reach the Pacific from the eastern side of the Rockies. He first traveled up the Peace River and then down 400 kilometres of the Fraser River, portaging, and used the lower stretch of the Bella Coola River arriving about halfway between Vancouver and the southern tip of Alaska. In 1808, Simon Fraser, also with the North West Company, navigated 35 days to the Pacific all the way down the river since named after him, passing through many uncharted rapids. David Thompson, again with the NorthWest Company, managed to navigate the entire length of the Columbia River. Fur trading posts were established along all of these rivers and began a period of white settlement in the interior of BC. When the North West and Hudson's Bay companies merged in 1821, the province already had significant agricultural interests centred around the forts, supplying the travelers, traders and the Royal Navy.

and then there was the Gold Rush!

needless to say - it is much different today...

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« Reply #4 on: Apr 5th, 2004, 1:29pm »

We are a diverse city both in geography and culture. Non English (as a first language) speaking citizens make up 47% of our population! The ocean and the Fraser River and the Mountains dominate our view.

We have the mildest climate in all of Canada, with very little or no snow in the winter. We can grow palm trees and exotic flowers here due to the warm weather. If you want snow - then head up the mountains. 10 minutes from where I live is some of the best skiing in the world! So good in fact - that we will host the 2010 Olympics here.

Our beaches are excellent and if you are a sailor (like me) you will have landed in Paradise. Incredible coastline, unsurpassed wilderness and wildlife like you have never seen before!

The down side - well since we are a major port to and from the far east we have horrendous drug problems and our public transit and road ways suck big time.

As you know, I have done a lot of travelling and lived in some different places and this - well this is the best of the best. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, each day here adds another day to your life, it is nirvana... or as the easterners like to diss us ... lala land. One of my friends says the west coast is like granola - what ain't fruit and nuts is flakes!

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 7th, 2004, 4:43pm »

ditto to Lendi's as I'm in Ks also and not much different in the SW except I do believe we don't get as much moisture but guess that depends on who one talks to.

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« Reply #6 on: Apr 7th, 2004, 8:23pm »

hey I have friends who do a lot of work coming out of Wichita from Cessna. I may get down there yet!

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 7th, 2004, 8:28pm »

I live in a small community on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Town logo is a pine tree and rocks. The rocks happen to be gold.
The motto or slogan for the town is.
Built on Timber laced with Gold.
There is one major pulp mill, and 3 major gold mines. The mines opened about 20 years ago and that is when the town grew. We came and built the town up in size and conveniences. from about 1000 to 5000 pop. in 3 years.
The Ojibway Indians are native to the area and the town of Marathon is on the shore of lake superior and to go anywhere you travel on the Trans Canada Highway. We are approximately halfway between Sault St. Marie and Thunder Bay.
The climate is never really hot and there is always a breeze or stiff wind blowing off the lake which keeps the temps. down. A bit too down in the winter.
We have been known to have snowball fights in July.
Neys Park is a provincial park 20min to the west of Marathon and Puckasawa Park is a federal park about 20 min. to the east of us.
We can go hunting about a 10 min. drive from home and the fishing is fantastic both on Superior and the innumerable number of lakes inland.
There are at least 8 fed. or prov. parks within a 7 hour drive in either direction.
We have coyotes, cougars, lynx, foxes and bears in the area and quite often in the town. Wolves are a not as common sight as the coyotes but oh they are beautiful. The moose are a danger on the highway as well as the deer so you have moose whistles attached to your fenders if you travel much.
The mines are about a 40 min. drive down the highway to the east but the pulp mill is right in town.
There is talk of a paladium mine in the area, which when it opens will be good for the town.
The mines have about 6 years of life left and if nothing opens up the town will go into decline as 3/4 of the working people are miners.
We do not have a homeless problem since it would be almost impossible to survive here without proper shelter. The bugs black flies and no seeums are used as crime control. The fugictives run into the bush (forest) and the police sit and wait and within about 7 hours the fugictive comes running out begging to be taken to the hospital covered in bites. (that is true and happens once in a while) As the highway is the only way for a direct route out of the province many drug dealers try to get by this way. Some do many don't.
It is a beautiful area to live. We have the inland sea, the mountains, (not as large as the rockies) but much older.
It is the great white north and most of it is still unspoiled.
Don't want to live anywhere else.
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 22nd, 2004, 2:08pm »

Bumping..............I'd like to hear from more people...........
tell us about where you live..............................................
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 22nd, 2004, 2:37pm »

Here's a little history on my area:

"Brownsville situated, at the western most point of Fayette County, on the National Road and overlooking the Monongahela River was the gateway to the
west.

Thomas Brown, realizing that pioneers would be drawn to the Brownsville area to get to the Ohio Valley and the state of Kentucky, purchased land in the 1700's and by mid 1700's a town was being mapped out. It was then, that the town of Brownsville (named for Thomas Brown and formerly known as Redstone Old Fort) became a "keel-boat" building center as well as other
businesses for travelers. The businessmen from Brownsville supplied transportation and supplies to the traveling pioneers, and the town became very
prosperous.

The steamboat industry soon took over to facilitate traffic along the Monongahela River. The very first steamboat, the Enterprise, to travel to New Orleans and return by its own power was designed and built in the Brownsville boatyards and launched from the Brownsville Wharf in 1814.

The town began to decline in the mid 1800's due to the completion of a railroad designed to connect Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. Brownsville's transportation
system wasn't able to surpass the fast track of the railway.

The steel industry soon appeared and shortly after that in the twentieth century, Brownsville's rich
coal veins provided the necessary product for making steel and became an important railroad and commercial center. This boom lasted until the mid 1900's when many changes in industry affected the atmosphere of this twice prosperous town and many other communities in this Monongahela Valley. "

cry...Sadly althought there are still many attempts at revitalization of this area, and still some hope for future growth... Brownsville is like many other mining towns of this region...many buildings stand vacant or have long since gone into neglect...

I grew up in NY next to a flood control dam, also a very interesting area for any of you who wish to do some "virtual traveling" here's the link:

http://www.lrb.usace.army.mil/brochure/mmd.html

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« Reply #10 on: Apr 27th, 2004, 08:05am »

Hi there! I am English but live in Switzerland close to Zurich. It's a truly beautiful country with amazing scenery, low crime and public transport that arrives on time!! It's divided into 4 regions - the FRench speaking, German speaking, Italian speaking and the Romansch speaking areas.THese areas are divided into 'CAntons' or counties and are pretty much self governing and so have a lot of Autonomy.
People think it's cold here but it's not! Well O>K if you're up a mountain in the middle of winter yes it is!!! BUt the summers are great and today it's around 70f and sunny! Even in winter it's pretty mild at low altitude.
Everyone here has health insurance scaled to what you can afford. YOu choose your own doctors and don't need a referal to see specialists.It works well, but Drs like eveywhere else seem to be sadly lacking in their knowledge and accepance of FM/CFS!
WE do pretty well with ecology and pollution is minimal. I think it's a healthy place to be.
Culture??WEll I'm not so impressed with the pop culture there does seem to be a lack of creativity here. Maybe cos people have a good standard of living and don't need to get the angst outhuh!!! However folk culture seems to be alive and well - cheese making and blowing the Alpen horn!
However it IS NOT Utopia and there are problems and disadvantages. But then nowhere is perfect!
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 27th, 2004, 1:11pm »

Switzerland is indeed beautiful if bereft of cultural icons other than Heidi! I once paid $16 for a hamburger in Geneva (boy did they see me coming). When I think Switzerland I think cheese and watches and the Swiss gaurd at the Vatican. How long have you lived there?

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« Reply #12 on: May 1st, 2004, 2:52pm »

i live in a small town, near omaha, nebraska. came this way from over fifty years on the west coast smiley

i enjoy small town life. it works for me.
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I used to live in York NB. Loved that little town. We went to Omaha fairly often for weekend get away's. Pretty town. Loved Peony Park and the zoo. Lendi
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 19th, 2004, 3:57pm »

I live in the Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio. It's pretty up there, oak trees, lots of rocks, lol, very little topsoil, but carpets of wildflowers in the spring and summer.

It's hotter than the fires of hell in the summertime, lol, cool and rainy in spring and fall, cooler and off and on rainy in the winter time. Oh and two years ago we had an ice storm, lol.

I work in San Antonio-a one hour drive. San Antonio has a very Spanish influence and is a pretty city, with a lot of fun tourist attractions. There are parts of it, like the Paseo del Rio (Riverwalk) where you can pretend to be in Mexico or Spain. Especially if you have never actually BEEN to Spain, lolol.

Austin is about an hour and a half north of me and is a blast and a half. Lots of music, a smidgen of culture, especially for Texas, lol, and a more liberal group of people.

My doublewide is on about a quarter acre. I have a garden and flowers and bantam chickens. It's peaceful and I can hear people but not see them.

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