November 9, 2006 2:03 PM Subscribe
East Coasters: What does it mean to ‘go out West’?
What goes on in the minds of those who leave the East coast and head West? What do people privately or otherwise think of those who leave? What are the underlying cultural connotations?
Is it the search for fame and fortune? Is it a disgrace? Are most seeking a change of weather? Do people leave in search of something; to escape something? Is it to trade a class-based structure for ‘informal culture’, jeans and flip-flops?
I’m not looking for a flame war or a West coast vs. East coast comparison. Anything qualifies as ‘West’, even those ‘fly-over’ states. I’m looking more so for the mindset and cultural meaning for what it means to leave ‘back East’.