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American Polonia. Wisconsin - the most Polish state?


Chicago Pollock 7 | 504
30 Aug 2010 #61
Matt32

yes, it's very beautiful with limestone cliffs. Wisconsin is known for its dairy farms, cheese, beer and sausages. Yes, the capital at night in Madison is all lit up. Quite impressive when seen from the interstate at night. yes, University of Wisconsin is very big, very good, lots of research dollars. But so are University of Illinois and University of Minnesota. World Class.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
30 Aug 2010 #62
The most Polish state in the US is New Jersey. Second, New York. Third, Pennsylvania.
Then, you got Illinois and maybe Michigan. Wisconsin follows after all those.
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
30 Aug 2010 #63
ChicagoPollock wrote:

In Chicago go to the SE Corner of Wacker and Michigan and go down the stairs to the River and take the boat ride where they explain the architecture of Chicago. By all means take in the night life in Chicago, start at Rush St. and work your way northwest to the Polish joints mentioned in earlier posts. Ya might find some of your ex-students from Polska.

as i stated earlier, Chicago is excluded for obvious reasons. don't really know why you brought it up.

ChicagoPollock wrote:

Next drive on I-94 (right through Wisconsin) all the way to Minneapolis. Make a bee line for downtown. Check out the restaurants, night life and the University of Minnesota is nearby. Hey ya know they have a waterfall downtown?? Nice city, Minneapolis. There's more but too much to list right now.

would love to check out Minneapolis......in June, July and August. otherwise, no thanks. i hate packing a luggage full of sweaters.
BookOwl - | 22
30 Aug 2010 #64
It sounds to me like you are questioning the innate intelligence of Polish and Polish-American people. Why does it matter to you where they live? Let them live where they want to live. Besides, do you have any data to support your claim that the majority of Polish-Americans live in "shite" neighborhoods"?
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
30 Aug 2010 #65
Bookowl wrote:

It sounds to me like you are questioning the innate intelligence of Polish and Polish-American people.

no.

my mother's a Pol-Am. pretty bright woman.

Bookowl wrote:

Besides, do you have any data to support your claim that the majority of Polish-Americans live in "shite" neighborhoods"?

i have personal experience, which i've already stated and will not waste my time typing again.

for what it's worth, check this out:

Polish

it's as if they followed the line of latitude from Poland on a globe and decided to live along the same line of latitude in America! ;)
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
30 Aug 2010 #66
my mother's a Pol-Am. pretty bright woman.

Hmm, Fuzzy...how come you don't claim yourself to be one?
sledz 23 | 2,250
31 Aug 2010 #67
The most Polish state in the US is New Jersey. Second, New York. Third, Pennsylvania.
Then, you got Illinois and maybe Michigan. Wisconsin follows after all those.

Where did you find this or are you making things up again???

Chicago has more Poles than any other city in the world (besides Warsaw)

Most Poles have left Wisconsin years ago, just re-read the beginning of the thread.

"shite"

Limey alert!!!
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
31 Aug 2010 #68
delphiandomine wrote:

Hmm, Fuzzy...how come you don't claim yourself to be one?

my mother is 100%, I am 50%. it seemed appropriate at the time to mention my mother to Bookowl for i most certainly do not think Pol-Ams are in any way inferior and he seems to be questioning my judgement and/or credibility.

sure, my mother is 100%, her mother (my babcia) lived with us my whole life so i had plenty of polish influence, but i see no reason to label myself as a Pol-Am. i feel more american than anything else, whatever that means.

what about you Delph? what do you claim yourself to be?
Patrycja19 63 | 2,699
31 Aug 2010 #69
Hmm, Fuzzy...how come you don't claim yourself to be one?

pretty bright woman.

my guess is he is a boy..
Matt32 4 | 83
31 Aug 2010 #70
Chicago has more Poles than any other city in the world (besides Warsaw)

Wow! Its working - I mean quote function:)
sledz you seems to be well informed person, what do you know about Mississippi?
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
31 Aug 2010 #71
what about you Delph? what do you claim yourself to be?

Ah, the usual - Scottish by nationality, but British by citizenship.

An interesting question is whether or not there's a separate Scottish ethnicity - my view is that there isn't, personally - we are a different nation, sure - but ethnically? I doubt there's much difference there, apart from language.
Pinching Pete - | 558
31 Aug 2010 #72
what do you know about Mississippi

He probably knows enough to avoid it.
Matt32 4 | 83
31 Aug 2010 #73
Hey what would you said a thing like that ?
sledz 23 | 2,250
31 Aug 2010 #74
what do you know about Mississippi?

Drove through it a few times, Ive been to Gulfport once. They had a beautiful beach community until Katrina destroyed most of it.

I used to live in Florida, thats my favorite place!

I really dont like the southern states, having them calling me yankee, getting pulled over by the Cops and being harassed because I have Illinois license plates.

They hate Abraham Lincoln and most of them think the civil war is still going on??

I usually just stop for gas in those states, until I make it into FL and it gets normal again:)
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,883
31 Aug 2010 #75
delphiandomine wrote:

Ah, the usual - Scottish by nationality, but British by citizenship.

......by blood?
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
31 Aug 2010 #76
......by blood?

Scottish, but only as far back as I've bothered to trace - so to around the early 1800's or so. Before that? Impossible to say, so many Northern people ended up in Scotland one way or another.
Matt32 4 | 83
1 Sep 2010 #77
getting pulled over by the Cops and being harassed because I have Illinois license plates.

Really? I wouldn't have thought that possible no more.
sledz 23 | 2,250
2 Sep 2010 #78
To be fair it was over 10 years ago when it happened, and Ive made the trip several times since then without incident.

Some people are really nice (Southern Hospitality) it does exist, but then you also have your Rebel Rednecks and they dont like us Yankees! lol
Tymoteusz 2 | 353
2 Sep 2010 #79
they dont like us Yankees!

Nah, They just dont like you flatlanders and F.I.B's. Illinois charges about 12 bucks on my I-pass every time I go home, I guess if I have to pay to get out of Illinois then thats a fair deal. :) If it wasn't for guys from Chicago coming up to deer hunt, The fat chicks would never get laid.
sledz 23 | 2,250
2 Sep 2010 #80
ah, They just dont like you flatlanders and F.I.B's.

Yeah, but he was asking me about Mississippi:)

If it wasn't for guys from Chicago coming up to deer

Wisconsin would be broke if the FIBS stopped going.

The fat chicks would never get laid.

Wisconsin has the fattest women in the country, they need 2 bar stools ,,,lol

Illinois charges about 12 bucks on my I-pass every time I go home

Its the biggest Rip-off, I hate it too!
Chicago Pollock 7 | 504
2 Sep 2010 #81
Tymoteusz

Nah, They just dont like you flatlanders and F.I.B's.

You know what a F.I.B. is? My, my you must be from Wisconsin. And here I thought you were an Ohioan. Boy this is a small world isn't it??
Tymoteusz 2 | 353
3 Sep 2010 #82
I thought you were an Ohioan

25 years in the Stevens Point area. :) Mom grew up in Chicago on Harrison Ave.
BookOwl - | 22
3 Sep 2010 #83
FUZZYWICKETS
By the way, I'm a "she," not a "he," which you could have easily discovered by rolling over my uername or clicking on it to view my profile. I will accept your apology now. :-)
Chicago Pollock 7 | 504
3 Sep 2010 #84
Tymoteusz

25 years in the Stevens Point area

Whatever happened to Point Special Beer? Is it still around? It used to be the best.
jasinski 10 | 62
3 Sep 2010 #85
indianas pretty polish. thats where my polish family comes from. warsaw indiana. believe it or not texas had one of the first polish settlements in the 1870's. other than that the American government tended to locate poles and germans in the midwest during the early 20th century.i would say illinois is the most polish state though.
BookOwl - | 22
7 Sep 2010 #86
Your traditions are of a Poland of what, 100 years ago? That's not the culture of today.

Yes, you are correct, that is why they are called TRADITIONS. Here is a definition of "tradition" from Webster's New World Dictionary:

Tradition: "story, belief, custom, information, etc. that is handed down from generation to generation, esp. by word of mouth or by practice."

Traditions are not supposed to imitate the CULTURE of today's Poland. Traditions are to keep alive what was done by our ancestors, so that our children can learn how things were done in the past, so that they can feel connected to their grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents, etc. down through the ages. By learning Polish traditions, our children are learning some of Poland's history. I don't see anything wrong with that. On the contrary, I think it is very beneficial.

Obviously, one is not forced to teach these traditions to one's children. But I could use ChicagoPollock's argument to reason that we should not teach any history at all in schools today. After all, the culture of today is nothing like it was back then, so why should we have students learn about it? It's totally irrelevant, it would be like living in the past.

That argument doesn't hold up, does it? We learn about the past because it teaches us important lessons for the present and for the future. If we didn't learn from the mistakes of the past, we might repeat them. Also, studying the past shows us how our homeland became the great country that it is today. (There are many more reasons for studying history, of course, but space constrains me to be brief.)

In a sense your living a lie. You live in a never-never land. If someone has been here or anywhere for that matter for two or three generations what connection does one have with the old country? Culture evolves,

I'm not saying that Polish immigrants should live life in America as if they're still living in Poland. Of course they should learn English and absorb American culture and contribute to American society as quickly as possible. But I see nothing wrong with ALSO preserving traditions from Poland (or perhaps some of these are actually Polish-American traditions): for instance, preparing Polish food, Polish dancing in traditional Polish costumes, teaching Polish to the next generations, observing Polish Christmas & Easter traditions, etc.
Patrycja19 63 | 2,699
7 Sep 2010 #87
Scottish by nationality

my view is that there isn't, personally

then why not just call yourself british? if you have no ethnic background and dont
believe in it, why would you even claim to be scottish?

you make no sense. so anything you say is all a bunch of bull.

again, the only reason you talk crap is cause your jealous of polish
cause there is scottish Americans who have the same festivals, same claim to their heritage
and same need to find their great grandparents.. do you have any issues with them?

yeah, thats what I thought.. I think you are a troll.. and I bet your one of our old trolls
that we all wanted booted a long time ago. but I cant remember his name cause
he wasnt that important to me , and he was a jerk!!
GuitarJohn
20 Dec 2011 #88
Wisconsin comes in 6th in the most poles in a state with New York and Illinois taking 1st and 2nd, respectively. You can find this info at "ampolinstitute.org/ip.asp?op=Polonia_Numbers" . It didn't take much to look it up. You should really do your homework before posting stories that you heard.
delphiandomine 85 | 18,254
20 Dec 2011 #89
Old post, but -

- yes, very much so. I was reading about those "Scottish-Americans", and they're every bit as lame as the Polish ones.
RevokeNice 15 | 1,859
20 Dec 2011 #90
Wisconsin has the fattest women in the country, they need 2 bar stools ,,,lol

Its a great state. Madison is some town. They were getting ready to celebrate some Norwegian(?) festival when I was there. Mad into their Scandinavian culture, apparently.

I was in a bar that had wide screen tvs showing pûrn. Mad shop Near the main campus.

Best place I visited in America by a mile.

Id love to spend three months there.


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