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geographical ignorance?

Something about the Evansville tornado is amusing.

Not the tornado itself: in fact it's one of the worst tornados to hit in a long while, and I have seen the images of all that destruction on tv: not a pretty sight.

It's the fact that while this is a disaster that hit pretty close to where I am, noone has sms'ed me asking if I'm okay. (of course, this may not have been deemed newsworthy enough to be highlighted in the Malaysian media)

As opposed to when Katrina and other hurricanes hit states half the country away, and so many people asked how I was, was I affected by the hurricanes, etc etc.

While I appreciated the concern, I just *had* to reply that I was half a country away!

Okay, so I know that for many non-Americans, even if I say I'm in Urbana, Illinois, it means nothing to you. But still, surely you have *some* idea of where Chicago is in relation to the rest of the U.S.? After all, that's about the only way I can get anyone to have an inkling of my location here: I need to say "about a 3hr drive south from Chicago" before there's any hope of moving on in the conversation. And I've had this conversation with just about everyone.

So do me a favor: when news of hurricanes wreaking havoc hit the headlines back home, take a minute to see where that is happening, in relation to where I am, before sending frantic text messages, okay?

It's not that I don't appreciate the concern, but, well, you don't want me thinking you are an idiot, do you? Tee hee *grin!*


  1. Really sucks when friends don't even have the faintest idea where you live. Tsk tsk...

    Anyways,I've been reading some of your posts and they're good reads.Am coming back for more. :D

    BTW...Mind if I link you to my blog?

    Oh,oh,and thanks for dropping by mine :D

  2. hey there! great to see you here :-)
    Please feel free to link to me (I've taken the liberty of linking you already, teehee!)
    drop by often!


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