Honestly, any conversation that's moderately intelligent will be an improvement. I feel like I'm trapped in an anti-intellectualist hellhole out here. I live in the middle of nowhere in a very, very religious area. Michele Bachman was our representative.So you're out past St Cloud? I couldn't live there either. At least MN religiosity isn't Southern Baptist religiosity... damning with faint praise, I realize.
I grew up a bit west of St Cloud, now I live a bit east of St Cloud. I was forced to go to Catholic school even though my parents were Christmas-and-Easter types at best, for the "quality of education". I remember when I thought being a Lutheran was being scandalously liberal.
My partner commutes to Minneapolis every day. I like the idea of the city but I love the farm life. So much cool shit you get to see working with animals and nature every day. Also I'm kind of a hermit at heart.
As far as politics go, that's exactly what I'm looking for. My own logical consistency won't let me endorse either political party and be able to sleep at night. I consider myself sort of a liberal libertarian...in that, I'm all about both forward progress and freedom of choice.