I love traveling. No surprise there, right?
I have been through Council Bluffs, Iowa / Omaha, Nebraska area over a dozen times - how's that for random?
Which brings me to an experience I had one FHE (Family Home Evening) at BYU (Brigham Young University). We were getting to know each other and they said, "If you are from the Midwest, raise your hand!" Only one other fellow and I raised our hands.
We both got overly excited and simultaneously asked each other, "What part?!" He responded, "Nebraska."
"What?! That's the west! Ohio is the Midwest. There is no way you are Midwest cause you are 15 hours from me!"
We were both very firm in our stances until someone decided that Ohio would be more "Mideast." Hmm..nope, that didn't work either as I didn't live in Western Asia or Northern Africa.
I've, since then, taken to ambiguously telling people I'm from "back east." Although they do usually first guess I'm "not from around here."
With all this Midwest/Mideast confusion I tell ya, I'm still not sure where I'm from - and I found an interesting forum thread from someone with a similar identity crisis here. And does looking up official maps help? No way - even those maps don't agree - check 'em out below.
What do you think?