For some reason, when people think of New Hampshire, they think of trees and mountains. Snow and moose. Maple syrup and presidential primaries. Fall foliage and hicks.
Lots of hicks. Mile after after mile of unsophisticated bumpkins, northern “rednecks,” with impenetrable yankee accents and worn overalls.
But one thing we ought to get a little more credit for is our sense of humor. We can be pretty funny.
For example, the presidential primaries. We force the men (and, increasingly occasionally, women) to engage in some old-fashioned “retail” politicking. We make them engage in pancake-flipping contests. We drag them around to farms and stick ’em in manure-mined fields. We dump snow and sleet on them, force them to walk around in it and still act cheerful. There’s an old apocryphal story of an old lady being asked what she thought of one particular candidate. She replied that she wasn’t sure, she’d only met him three times and had him in her home once.
Another classic story that captures New Hampshire was when a prominent attorney, David Nixon, was running for governor in the 70’s. He visited a farmer seeking his vote.
“Good afternoon, sir, if I may have a moment of your time, I’d like to ask you for your vote.”
“I don’t trust politicians. What do you do for a living?”
“I’m an attorney.”
“I don’t trust lawyers, either. What’d you say your name was?”
“Never mind. Have a good day, sir.”
But when you think about it, we have to laugh. We have Mainiacs to the east, Hosers to the north, Vermonsters west of us and Massholes due south — and closing.
Funny people call New Hampshire home. P. J. O’Rourke might have been born in Ohio, but he eventually realized the mistake that had been made and he moved here. Adam Sandler is from Manchester, and Sarah Silverman from Bedford.
Which is why I wasn’t too surprised when I saw this report on an up-and-coming comic. She’s not exactly work-safe, but funny as hell — if you are in the least bit amused by Sarah Silverman, you oughta like Cindy Pierce. (BTW, not overly work-safe, but funny as hell.)
(My thanks to Scott of amcgltd.com, who tipped me off to the feature on Ms. Pierce.)