In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “We Built This City.”
I have lived my whole life in Missouri, mostly in or around St. Louis. I’ve talked about this before, mostly about being “accidentally in a Cardinal nation.” One of the things I love most about St. Louis is a game I call “Six Degrees of St. Louis.”
For better or for worse, St. Louis can be an insular place in that people don’t really leave, for whatever reason. Or they leave and come back, like me. The weather isn’t bad, the cost of living is fantastic and there is enough variance between the little neighborhoods to keep it interesting.
On the flip side, this means that people can be myopic. But, that also means that people kind of “know” each other. “Where’d you go to high school?” is a common question asked among native St. Louisians and the most random people are connected in that everyone knows each other, or they know a friend of a friend. We’re like a small town, but we’re not.
For example: My daughter is less than six connections from Jon Hamm.
The Hammer went to John Borroughs High School a few years ahead of me. I didn’t know anyone at Borroughs during the time he was there, and I don’t know if he knew anyone at Parkway South (my high school) when I got there. If he did, we might be connected through that person. (He also went to Mizzou, like me, but that would be even harder to match up.)
He does know Paul Rudd, who was in a fraternity at KU with a guy I worked with in high school. So, through me, to the guy I worked with and Paul Rudd, my daughter is connected to Jon Hamm. But unless her sucky thing is named Jon Hamm, she doesn’t care. 🙂