The Great Plains
I am born and raised in Nebraska. I haven’t figured out exactly how the connection forms for some people to a particular geographic area, be it genes, up-bringing or whatever, but I have always felt attached to this area.
I admire it’s people for being hard working and self motivated. Most people around here would rather “do it themselves” than let the government do it for them. Yet they will drop everything to help a neighbor in trouble. Maybe that is why I enjoy Amateur Radio so much. Our community shares many of those traits. We like to do it ourselves, and to help others learn to do it also.
It hasn’t always been easy. Urbanization has taken it’s toll on the Great Plains and sometimes our “work ethic” has been misconstrued as being patsies. I think the tide may be turning. I came a-crossed an article on Newsweek about how the Great Plains are weathering the Great Recession. You can read it here: http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/02/the-great-great-plains.html.
I know it’s a stretch, but it does kind of parallel the plight of Amateur Radio.