This is sort of a response to a comment posted under the "Superman Returns to Missoula, Montana" post. I got the sense the poster thought I was poking fun at Montana cause I went on about hoe-downs, cowboy hats and no speeding limit. I don't think he was pissed but I got the sense he was tired of the same old stereotypes...and as a former Midwesterner from St. Louis, Missouri, I know the feeling.
I spent most of my childhood in Missouri and Ohio and know all about the misperceptions easterners and Californians have of the vast interior of the country. I used to go to Kansas every summer years ago to visit my in-laws in Augusta, Topeka (above photo) and Lawrence so I am real familiar with small towns and cities and how diverse or homogenous they can be.