There’s an old story about a fellow who went to a small town in Missouri with the thought of possibly moving his family there. “What kind of people live around here?” he asked the attendant at the local filling station.
“Well,” the attendant replied as he checked the oil, “what kind of people live back where you’re from?”
The visitor took a swallow of his cherry soda and replied, “They’re ornery, mean, and racist.”
A few weeks later, another gentleman stopped by the gas station on a muggy July afternoon with the same question. “Excuse me,” he said as he mopped off his brow. “I’m thinking of moving to your town with my family. What kind of people live around these parts?”
Again the attendant asked, “Well, what kind of people live back where you’re from?”
The stranger thought for a moment and replied, “I find them to be kind, decent, and tolerant folks.”
The gas station attendant looked up and said, “Mister, you’ll find them about like that around here, too.”