Boston: The rudest city in the world?: Scot Lehigh
tackles an issue dear to Hub Blog’s heart: Bostonians’ rudeness. I’ve written a lot about this subject in the past, though not necessarily in detail for Hub Blog. ... Anyway, it’s a fact: We’re rude, cranky, nasty, impossible for outsiders to get to know until they undergo a mysterious loyalty test that only we New Englanders know how to administer. ... I firmly believe that we have two choices: 1.) Launch a politeness campaign in Boston, sort of what they did in NYC and Paris; 2.) Laugh at ourselves. I prefer the latter, since the former is nearly impossible. The latter is also why Boston has produced so many national comedians. I still think NBC’s Saturday Night Live should move to Boston. The gag writers would have more local source material. ... As for Scot's concern about the upcoming Democratic Convention in Boston, Dem leaders don’t have a clue what they’ve gotten themselves into. We’re going to make rude mincemeat of delegates and the media hordes before we’re through with them. As I wrote last fall
after the big Dem announcement:
“Ah, the Hub, the city of baffling contradictions that the national press can't and won't grasp when they thunder into town two years hence, armed with their murderous clichés and searching for the freebie parties and Sox tickets. Mayor Menino will mumble to them about the 'new' Boston while Jim Kelly picks their pockets like a good Afghan guide.” ...
Oh, here’s a classic Boston story
-- if you think about it in the context Lehigh and I just outlined. Read until the last graf. A snide insult that mixes probable fact with lovable cynicism.