In Southern California you can find all sorts. The problem, however, is that our diversity has the paradoxical tendency of becoming or encouraging parochialism. I cant begin to tell you how many "natives" Ive met here think the sun rises and sets for and because of their little city and its concerns. Unless they have business in some other part of the country, few ever go east of the Rockies. Many apparently "educated" people that I have met here have never even left the state. This, of course, does not prevent them from passing judgment (usually negative or at least smirking) on their fellow Americans in fly-over country. Today, however, thanks to Laura Ingrahams radio show I am reminded of yet another reason why I miss Ohio.
The United States Lawn Mower Racing Association--soon to have their major annual competition in Mansfield, Ohio--explains, I think, why the "diversity" of Ohio (and the mid-West in general) is so appealing. Here are some real guys, living regular work-a-day lives, who dont take themselves too seriously, having a good time and making a major industry out of it. Good for them. If I were still in Ashland, I think Id make time to go and see them.