Growing up as an Air Force brat means that you don't really have a home. I was born in Germany, but the home I most relate to is Del City, Oklahoma. I lived there when I was 12 until I left college in 91'(I went to OU in Norman). I was just there for a vacation (strong word for what it really was) and must say I now remember why I left that place in the rear-view mirror.
Oklahoma (although I do love growing up there) is a complete shit-hole these days. I don't remember it being like that, but as a kid you just don't see it the way it really is. Now there are parts of OK that are really nice, Norman is one of them. But visiting Del City was unusually disturbing. There is trash everywhere and almost every other business is a pawn shop, liquor store, gun shop or express check-cashing operation.
My father lives in Seattle now, but still has a house in that area. I didn't expect him to have wifi since the house is never occupied, but usually you'd expect someone in the neighborhood to have some type of high speed I could "hack" into. Nope, we're talking 3rd world. Additionally, the closest Starbucks was miles and miles away.
I know that living in Minnesota warps my perspective on most other places, with our clean streets, nice neighborhoods, low crime and moderate summer weather, but even my friends that still live there think it's a complete shit-hole these days. What's happening to that part of the country?
Did I mention it was "hotter than hell"?