So, I have been taking some road trips and recently went very far north, almost to the Canadian border.
It's beautiful up there, with mountains, rivers, and a strange mix of significant wealth and rural poverty up around ski country and beyond.
Looking at the politics, it's typically been a right leaning/libertarian kind of state - "Don't Tread on Me" "Live Free or Die" - but looking at the political slant of the lawn signs, it's about 50/50, even there. Of course the Trump/Pence signs were very large, and MAGA was visible too.
But here is a local nuance - maybe also good for Gallow's Humor.
I went to a Market Basket (big grocery chain here) and *many* people had guns, visibly in holsters on their belts. In that state, if you have a license, you can do that.
But still, open carry in Market Basket? It's like Waitrose.
So, had to keep my eyes open, while choosing a few tomatoes and lining up in an orderly row 6 ft- 6ft-6 ft....at the checkout.
Anyway, they are definitely packin' heat up there, left, right, and center. Hope their safetys are on.
I have my great-grandfather's 12-gauge, but I'm not planning to bring it to Whole Foods any time soon.
For those who are offended by gun humor sorry, but it's truly local color and I did laugh - and then I got the heck out of Dodge. : )