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“Stuck” in Ohio

By Kim Boccia (Contact)

Published August 30, 2013

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(In response to last week’s column)
Most agreed with me on the courtesy call from the doctor’s office idea and some misunderstood the point I was trying to get across. I know that there are legitimate reasons for extended wait times at the doctor’s office; I’m just requesting a little heads up when it happens. I would never suggest a rushed visit, just a courtesy call.
Just saying…

Stuck in Ohio
One of the trendy things to do lately is to put stickers on the window of your car. It’s challenging sometimes to try and decipher what they mean. If you’re not familiar with the popular beaches on the east coast, this task might be impossible. The one that stumped me for a while was OBX.
The other popular decals are those of the stick figure family and I even get a giggle from the sticker that says, “Nobody cares about your stick figure family.”
The latest decal that a lot of people have been sporting is the one that whines, “Stuck in Ohio.” This, I’m not a fan of. Are you really stuck here or are you just too lazy to achieve your goals to live somewhere else?
There are some that honestly can’t leave Ohio due to a job or loved ones, but they’re not usually the ones who are moaning and groaning about it publicly. There are some of us who choose to live in this beautiful state and would prefer others not to mock it. There are numerous things to enjoy in Ohio and Youngstown for that matter. It all depends on how much of an effort one puts into noticing and appreciating the attributes of this area. There’s the Fellows Riverside Gardens, The Butler Institute of American Art, Lanterman’s Mill, and all the performing arts in this area, to name a few.
We lived in Los Angeles, Calif. for ten years and we were only 20 minutes from the beach. It’s beautiful, but only if you go to it. You get caught up in daily routines when you live in a place that has palm trees and sunshine just like anyplace else. On the weekends we found ourselves saying, “There’s nothing to do.” A location is what you make of it.
There’s no better place to raise your kids than here.
I could go on and on about all of the great people who came from Ohio and about the seasons or how we have two larger cities an hour in either direction, but my editor only gives me limited space. I think I got my point across.
Am I wrong for finding the negative, lack of respect for the state in which most of us choose to live offensive or am I, too, being a whiner?
Just asking…


1questionreality(734 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago


Reminds me of the lady and the 'deer x-ing' signs

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2jfox0725(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

This is a discussion I am almost sick of having!! "Stuck in Ohio" is a PRODUCTION COMPANY!!!!! All you have to do before you write a full article with bad information, is use a little thing called "GOOGLE"!!! WWW.STUCKINOHIO.COM and see for yourself. To comment on another thing you wrote, it is not possible for "everyone" to leave Ohio. There is a much bigger reason than "a job" that keeps people from leaving and that little thing would be MONEY!!! Not everyone lives in Poland and gets to write articles for The Vindicator without knowing what I am talking about!! #JUSTSAYINGTOYOURJUSTASKING!!!

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3mkgeiger(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Stuck in Ohio May be a Production Company.....but every teenager I know has it on their car to mean just that!! Clearly the above jfox0725 is dealing with anger issues and feels that the safe forum of the web a good place to be ugly., Sad. Kim I enjoy every article and laugh out loud on more than one occasion...keep writing, critics are usually the minority!!

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4Chappy(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow......Really doing some research on your articles aren't you? People like you give reporters a real bad name. Do some research before you write a piece of garbage like this.

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5sarasmile(2 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow could you be anymore ignorant on the subject? Yes Kim you are being to negative and whinny because you have no idea what you are talking about! I would think working for Vindy you might actually do a little research before offending some of your fellow ohioans.This production team isn't slamming on Ohio they embrace it! I proudly sport my stuck in ohio decal... in fact I think I'll go buy another right now.

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6sarasmile(2 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Since you're too lazy to do your own research I went to the page for you...

STUCK IN OHIO?​​​If you are reading this because you saw one of our stickers and thought it was a gimmick by us to make a cheap buck, we encourage you to read on.​​​Don't let the name fool you......WE MAKE VIDEOS!Stuck In Ohio Productions is a video production company based in Northeast Ohio. We are heavily influenced by the music and action sports culture, however, we are not solely limited to these categories and are constantly striving to broaden and enhance our skill set.  Even though our surroundings are not ideal for the cultures we are involved in, we take pride in where we are from.Our name is meant to relate to everyone within this great state, and our stickers and merchandise are just another way for others to express their feelings about where they are from.  Whether you're here by circumstance and wishing you were somewhere else, or you have gone out and looked for greener pastures and found that life here is not all that bad.  No matter what side of the coin you are on, our goal is to capture and promote the passion that individuals here have for their craft, and for this state.

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7mudcrawler90(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

"Am I wrong for finding the negative, lack of respect for the state in which most of us choose to live offensive or am I, too, being a whiner?"

Yes Mrs. Boccia you "being a whiner". Stuck in Ohio has been one of the few good things to come out of the Youngstown are in the last decade. Having moved out of the state a few years ago to pursue career ambitions, I can tell you that anytime I see the Mahoning valley on the news or online somewhere its usually negative, to the point my default response is "Oh, wonder who got killed or royally messed up this time?" The one common exception to this is the Stuck in Ohio crew who are always good press for the area. Be it winning awards or just doing what they do best and showing what can be done in small towns all across America. The only negative press they ever get is from locals; you know, the people who should be supporting them the most.

Take 30 minutes out of your day and watch this and educate yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glZHs...

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8mommacarney(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Kim, You really need to think before you write and offend people. My sons grew up with the boys or now I should say men from the production company 'Stuck In Ohio'. They definitely are promoting Ohio by music and action sports. If you watched the video from the above link you might get it. Mostly everyone who displays that sticker is PROUD to be in or from Ohio. Do a little research, stop being a whiner and now excuse me I need to get another sticker!

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9Deecams(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow. Zero research was done. Great job vindicator.

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10nag91(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

this is not the first time an article like this has been wrote,

what i would like to see now, is another article, with an apology and your new thoughts on stuck in ohio after watching the video

you boys have got to be proud of yourselves, coming from the same high school, i rock my SIO sticker on my jeep everyday, as well as my quad and computer, you can walk on to YSU's campus at any time and count well over a dozen vehicles rockin' the stickers

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