Stuck in the Comic Book
If you didn’t read it when it was published on the 2nd (yes, I’m still behind), take a look at Tyler Hayden’s op-ed musing on getting stuck in Rhode Island:
Eight years later and I’m still here, I’m still cold and sometimes I still think I’m stuck. I keep expecting I’ll get used to it, but surprisingly, my first impression still rings true. Some people simply aren’t meant for certain locations. Like a fish out of water, I flip-flop around looking ridiculous and awkward. I am Kermit the Frog lost in the ghettos of Gotham. I’ve given up trying to “fit-in.” …
Tough guys, meatheads, whatever you want to call them. Machismo reigns supreme throughout Rhode Island. Intimidation is the weapon of choice. There are jerks everywhere but Rhode Islanders are just really good at it.
There’s so much to love about Rhode Island that it’s hard to resist the call to change what’s not so good — with improvement requiring nothing so much as convincing Rhode Islanders to get out of their own way. As I’ve said before, sometimes I think the full motto of the state is: “Hope… you’re going to need it.”