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|The Nice Folk of Ohio|
|Written by Cindy-Lou Dale|
|Wednesday, 06 February 2008 18:00|
It should have been a dead give-away of the pleasing experiences which lay ahead when the fresh faced double ganger of NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray ) enquired politely if he may sit in the seat beside me on a flight from Newark to Columbus, Ohio.
When I looked out of the passenger window to survey the city we were about to land in, I was half expecting a little shit-splat town in the midst’s of cornfields and was thus taken aback at finding a city of white-collar workers as opposed to farmers pushing ploughs. In the few days I have been here I have found the people, like my new in-flight friend Jeremy, to be hugely polite, always ready with a big smile. In fact, these folk so impressed me that I made a note of their mannerisms:
Everyone respects everyone and shows due courtesy to those doing a job well. Columbian's are a courteous, well-mannered people like the world once was. These folk are genuinely pleased when you are satisfied with your experience/their service. This courtesy has a contagious affect. Coming from a somewhat aggressive society myself I found the kindness extended to me somewhat startling - even when I took my press badge off.
A city is a city is a city - mostly its only the language spoken that differentiates them, but here in Columbus I have found that the city draws its soul from its community - a cultural and arty crowd working together to put the city, already ranked No. 3 "Top Cities of the Future" on the tourism map.