Breaking into the social scene could be difficult. I know of a family that moved to a rural town and moved after two years of trying to make friends.
To be fair, that true of places that aren't rural also.
Whenever friends visit me from....well, from anywhere else really, they say at some point during their visit "God, everywhere we (I) go, people just start TALKING to us (me)!"
I forget that it's not like that everywhere.
I lived right outside of Milwaukee on 2 occassions, and I just couldn't seem to get more than 5 words out of anyone at any given time. I'm sure people who grew up there would tell me that's not true, but that's because they grew up there, or at least in that state. I remember saying to a friend on the phone that I couldn't figure out how people made friends there because any time I was standing/sitting next to someone and said "Oh, look at that", or something general like that, I'd get this blank gaze back, and that's about it.
Little segway...First time, I moved there in early November, from Fla. Having grown up in NJ, I knew I better get my car winterized.
Yeah, winterized. Tell me you don't know what that means if you've ever lived somewhere with a decent amount of snow or ice.
I drove to a small local garage, the guy there had obviously been a mechanic for at least 30 years, probably most of it at that little shop. I got out of my car with the Florida license plates still on them, and asked him if he had time right then/how much, etc. to winterize my car.
"Winterize?" he said with this half sneer, half "I'm talking to a retard" look on his face.
"Um....yeah...isn't that the word...winterize?" I'm thinking I couldn't have forgotten such a simple term, even though it'd been 10 years since I'd used it.
He basically told me he didn't know what I was talking about. So I was "you know, change the oil and put in a heavier grade, add anti-freeze, uh...you know, winterize"
I remember he kinda just shook his head and turned away, like "whoo boy, they let the weirdos out early this month."
The 2nd time I lived there, I drove by the same little shop, that had a big sign posted out front "Special!!! Winterize your car - now 30% off!!!"
I figured he was that way because he saw my Fla tags, and he was a bit more of an asshole than most people, but still, I don't remember anyone being all that friendly, or helpful.