Business Insider has named my hometown one of the Top
11 Most Miserable Cities in America
We're number 11, so it's
last on the list, but I still find myself highly offended by this accusation.
When you call the place I was born and raised and currently reside in
'miserable' - I'm taking it personally, sorry
First of all, it names
"Utica-Rome, N.Y.," as number 11, which puts me off right there.
Utica and Rome are two separate, very different cities in Central New York. One
probably far more miserable than the other, and shouldn't be grouped together
so frivolously. I'm also very disappointed in the 'reporting' from Julie
Zeveloff, who fails to mention any of the reasons she has labeled our area
The only semblance
of an attribution is the note below each city listed stating:
based on phone interviews with a random sample of 353,563 adults in the U.S.
Metro areas are based on the Metropolitan Statistical Areas defined by the U.S.
Office of Management and Budget."
Phone calls, really?
The story also says it is
based on Gallup ratings stating:
"The index ranks
well-being by averaging scores in six categories: Life evaluation, emotional
health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to
Life evaluation? What the
hell does that even mean? What did they ask during these dubious phone
interviews, "Hey, on a scale of one to 10, how bad does your life
suck?" "How many times do you think about jumping off of a bridge on
a daily basis?"
As far as physical
health, I wouldn't say we were the most health-conscious place on Earth, but
what about people from McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas? They didn't make the
list either, yet they have the highest
obesity rate in the country. Those people have to be pretty miserable.
And access to basic
necessities - we've got that covered. We have a Walmart, OK? A Walmart
SUPERCENTER. Basic needs: met.
How about Brownsville,
Texas, the city that was named
the poorest city in the country this year - I wonder if Julie called
anybody there? They have 3 Walmarts that they can't even afford to shop at. I
bet they're more miserable than I am.
I find it extremely
difficult to believe that the Utica-Rome area is one of the Top 11 Miserable
Cities in New York State, let alone the country, based on these gauges. I mean,
have you ever been to Syracuse?
On a regular basis I
complain about Rome, and sometimes I do feel miserable living here. But reading
this article really made me become defensive of my hometown. Yes, it's a
relatively boring place with annoying weather and its share of degenerates
running around; but it's the place I call home.
It's just like when
someone calls your best friend a jerk. You can call them a jerk if you want,
but when somebody else does, you're ready to fight.
So, Business Insider, you
wanna call my home miserable? I'm ready to fight. Or just write a really
passive-aggressive, defensive, ineffective rant in the form of a blog post. See
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