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MountainBiker
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Right you are 74. This is why a good sense of humor can be a powerful defense. Better to laugh than to cry as they say. Laughter will win more people over. When I first moved to VT I knew I had to overcome the stereotype associated with folks from MA who had 2nd homes up here. I avoided commenting on local politics and related issues being I clearly didn’t know all of the background, showed a genuine interest in the locals, and made myself a good neighbor helping with chores etc. I knew I had been accepted when the woman (who filtered nothing she said) that owned the little general store that the locals hung out at declared that I was not a Masshole. The Queen of the Hamlet decided that I was OK even if I had come from MA as a 2nd home owner, and when I was retiring and coming here fulltime, folks seemed genuinely glad to hear it.