Angelyn Davis’ recent thread about Hawaii was very interesting. She mentions where the whole Island Paradise fantasy ends and the real environment and some of its attendant difficulties begin. It encouraged me to wonder what other ‘fantasy’ or mythic reputation/qualities surround other states, communities or regions, and just how do the myths stack up against the realities?
I’d love to move to Montana. You know, the Land of the Big Sky. Out there the air is clean and people are strong, healthy and lead vigorous lives (almost everyone works on a ranch or a related industry I believe). It is the land of the Free and that charming code of the ‘good guy’ cowboy prevails. Neighbors help each other out in a pinch but for the most part everyone looks out for themselves and accordingly there’s little need for social programs (I’m also sure for the same reason virtually NO federal money goes there – like I said, everyone looks out for themselves and the idea of some handout would offend them).
So tell us what postcard life is like in your corner of the world?