The backstory: Though he was born in Nebraska, JT has lived in New Jersey since he was two. He’s made the occasional trip to the midwest, but most of his life experiences are in fast-paced, get moving, go-fuck-yourself New Jersey. When we loaded on to the bus to get our rental car at the Kansas City airport, he was a little taken aback by the polite driver who unloaded our suitcases with a smile.
JT: I think that the bus driver is triggered by the way people handle their luggage. He’s taking everyone’s suitcases out for them.
T & S: Nope. He’s being midwest polite.
JT: No way. He's triggered.
We head to the rental car desk where the young man working there is also unfailingly polite, friendly, and gracious. T and I exchange looks but say nothing. We all climb in the car…..
JT: Okay, you were right. Midwesterners are really nice.