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Old November 18th, 2012, 02:40 PM   #251

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Old November 18th, 2012, 02:52 PM   #252

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sorry about that 3rd generation american
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Old November 18th, 2012, 05:35 PM   #253

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Old November 18th, 2012, 05:44 PM   #254

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I was born near London and had been brought up in affluent well to do area in Essex. I became disillusioned with the attitude of snobbishness and shallowness of the people that I was surrounded by. I went to my nephews wedding a couple of years ago and attitudes are still the same as they were back then when I lived down there. The first questions they ask you are what do you for a living and how much money do you make. I told them I was a checkout girl and I just got a look of disgust back and they soon left my company. I live in Scotland now and when I meet people they ask me how I am. People up here are so much nicer towards each other, nobody is bothered about being posh, especially where I live.
Both of my paternal and maternal families were both minor bourgeoisie families back in Iran. So they did contain a little bit of snobbishness after arriving in America as first generation immigrants that withered away.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #255

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Old November 19th, 2012, 04:43 AM   #256
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Lol me too. Not american though as you can see in my sidebar.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 04:48 AM   #257

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Lol me too. Not american though as you can see in my sidebar.
Ha, actually 3rd generation american, i made a mistake in my original post. I was just in Israel this past summer on Taglit! got some family there too in Jerusalem.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #258
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My dad's side is from the Sognfjord region of western Norway. I still have distant cousins who live on the old Seljeset land, near a mountain lake which I believe is the deepest in Europe.

My mom's side comes from a village in what used to be East Prussia a few miles east of Koenigsburg.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 10:56 AM   #259

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Old November 25th, 2012, 11:47 AM   #260

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