My wife and I have been blessed to have traveled extensively and find the behavior of people elsewhere to be much kinder than “out here.” France being the best. Don’t doubt me — we spend one month a year there, for over 30 years.
I was born and raised on Moses Lane in Southampton and, boy, have things changed! I am sure I could meet any of our neighbors and share a good conversation. Not where I live now. During the winter months, we live in Manhattan. I have said it so many times: We have better experiences in the city than out here. When asked where we live, I say eastern Long Island — what a sad commentary.
So much of Ms. Weiss’s letter is so true. How sad! The only thing I hate to admit is, I can’t “BLB.” I am not that courteous anymore in my driving. But I guess it’s like the old saying, “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.”
Back to New York City: I find the bus drivers to be “the best.” I can hop on a subway and, by the time I get off, enjoy a nice talk with the person next to me. A restaurant my wife and I have been going to for many years, we exchange Christmas presents them. As Mel Allen used to say, “How ’bout that!”
Oh well, Ms. Weiss, it’s good to know we feel the same — too bad more people don’t get it!
John PagacHampton Bays
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