Roger> I very much doubt that you were ever in any danger. Perhaps you just felt strange in a different culture in a place where people can be stand-off-ish until they know you. Sounds kind of like VT actually. I have known only open and generous people in WV. Those who ski WV backcountry, admittedly a self selected non normal group, are collectively probably the staunchest liberals I know, with a libertarian streak. They can make VT liberals look like Attila the Hun.