|But in defense of Breck, and in defense of easterners moving west, culturally, it is an exciting place to be! I've already seen a fabulous play, which, BTW was directed by one of our own epic people, who lived in Boston and New York, and had a very sucessful acting career . I've seen concerts and art shows. Many of the artists and performers are from back east. Why is this a bad thing? To say that easterners only bring money and box stores to the mountain is foolish and naive!
I do wonder whether you'd like to save this little gem. I'd bet that in 2 years, you won't be thinking that East Coast "culture" is as valuable and needed in the West.
it's the notion of "superior Eastern Culture" that makes the old schoolers like offpiste and me shudder at the Eastern or Western Coast Emigres to our nice mountain towns. we don't NEED any external culture. culture is what you make of the place you live, not something you import. if you need externals to drive your cultural well-being, you may be in the wrong place.
ADDENDUM... read ryan's post.
to clarify, the issue is NOT whether you are aboriginal... as ryan points out, everyone is an emigre and new immigrant at one point or another unless he or she truly is a native american.
rather, the issue is whether you can appreciate a town for its own independent character, and NOT compare it to a completely different cultural entity.
it reminds me of when I decided to move out here... my then-GF asked where in Missoula you can get Chinese food delivered at 4 AM. I said, "nowhere, and I don't know why that matters." her point was that culture is about getting food delivered at the wee hours. my point was that NEW YORK culture is about that, but MOST other cultures are not.
it's inevitable that you have some cultural portability when you move to a new place. how you handle what you bring with you is what makes you fit in or stand out.
whether you "fit in" or not will depend on what part of your NEW culture is your own sub-culture. here in Missoula there's a strong current of Babbittry with "pro-Growth" being a mantra for many. I am totally out of step with those people. they're in the minority on a headcount basis, but are a majority of the area's revenue generators, which means $$ for campaign contributions of course.
assess the place and fit yourself in. but don't be surprised if you have made some bad assessments. and please don't act as though coming from elsewhere means coming with a more noble purpose and higher learning or expertise, because it doesn't. nothing worse than the "I'm here to show you how it's done" attitude.
PS -- I am not directing that at LM, but rather as an academic thought for anyone who contemplates a large cultural shift when moving.