Every now and then, I’ll pick up a piece of good news and it will just mellow out my whole day. In fact, it’s even been known to sway my most passionately-held opinions — orat least put them on hold for a brief period.
Today just might be one of those days.
For the third year in a row, us little folks in Cow Hampshire are delighted to see that others can appreciate what we cherish. Once again, we are the most livable state in the Union.
Also out today is some other news, about our neighbors to the south. Lawrence, MA is a pretty run-down, rough, sleazy city. (Sorry, D and A, but you’re a couple of the all-too-few bright spots in that hellhole.) I’ve referred to Lawrence (with extensive problems with drugs, gangs, auto insurance, an economy in the toilet, and other issues — and those are its GOOD points) as “the armpit of the Bay State” and “a wretched hive of scum and villainy” (the last was a deliberate Star Wars reference — a Lawrence company made Wookiee fur for George Lucas).
But today, there is a reason to rejoice, to praise Lawrence. In fact, I think they need a great big sign on the city limits, welcoming all visitors and proclaiming their glorious achievement:
WELCOME TO LAWRENCE
MURDER-FREE SINCE AUGUST 2004
(Update: I’m a twit. Link to the Lawrence story here.)