My goodness, the stuff I am getting from Alabamans about the beauty,
serenity, fragrance, vitality, variety, courtesy, hospitality, etc. etc., of
their state. It sounds like Heaven on earth. My previous impressions, I
confess, centered around shotgun shacks, pickup trucks, chewing tobacco,
coon dogs, hookworm, massive dental attrition, and (to borrow one from Tom
Wolfe) hats with air-holes round the brim. I can see I am going to have to
undertake a major review of my prejudices. Can’t wait.