I keep hearing people on TV say that John Kerry is "aloof".
Why? Because he doesn't walk around in a flightsuit and a cowboy hat?
Up here we call that "not acting like a jackass".
Why does the Northeast always have to apologize for who we are? We're Americans, too. New Englanders were the ones who stood up to King George. New Englanders risked their necks (literally) by tossing the tea into Boston Harbor. New Englanders lowered their muskets and fired at British soldiers when the whole world trembled at the sight of them.
Sorry if we talk too fast; it gets really cold here, ok? We do everything quickly so we can go home. There's a pot of chowder on the stove, and the game is on....
That's from a blog called 201k.com, and as a native of Boston I say thank you. Read the rest here (under the heading "A New England Primer").
(Thanks to Cursor for the link.)