December 15, 2001
After three years I'm still surprised at the small town- ness of these little hamlets and villages on the south shore. It hardly seems possible that such helpful and friendly people can work in retail this close to the city. And then I realize, it is only close to the city to me, not them. Drivers who gesture for you to slip in to traffic ahead of them - even when it's not Christmas. You must be in one of the hamlets proper, not on one of the main thoroughfares that connect them to experience these small displays of civilized good manners.