Last week I was getting a pedicure at a well-known salon in Scranton. (I won't name the salon because I don't want to promote it. I find that it's over-priced, has many arrogant staff members and does not support its customers/local community. That is just my opinion after being a client for about 15 years. You know women and their hairdressers. It's a tough relationship to end. I'm happy in my new relationship though :-) Anyway, I was using a gift card my cousin had given me for Christmas to make my toes pretty for the Scranton Chamber's SAGE Awards for which I was a finalist in the "Solo-preneur" category. The woman who did my pedicure was a lovely woman, I have to say. As I sat there enjoying the comfortable leather chair and the feel of someone pampering my tootsies, I heard another salon staff member talking to her client. She found out that he was new to the area and she told him that she was from right outside of New York City and she finds that there's often as much or more to do in Scranton as a big city like NYC. Of course I was eavesdropping but I didn't feel guilty. It was an open space so the conversation was up for everyone's ears. I smiled after she told him about how much she enjoys living in Scranton. I had just come off a recent round of the usual "bashing and bitching" of the area and was so happy to feel that yes, there are people living here in Scranton besides me, who do like it and don't mind telling others.
Please forgive my melodrama. I do know many fabulous people who live in northeast PA and are proud but lately there has been so much noise that I've tuned in to that I have a bad taste in my mouth (ears, soul, etc). I've come to believe that the people who live in northeast PA and complain about how much it sucks incessantly and yet won't relocate are either: A) waiting to be abducted by aliens who can decide where to relocate them (not a bad plan but I hear the anal probe isn't too pleasant) B) masochists who wouldn't be happy living somewhere they actually might be, well, happy or C) here to provide a different perspective or flavor so we don't get bored or too comfortable.
Anyway, it was very refreshing to hear this woman openly exclaim how she enjoyed living here in Scranton and proudly tell this new transplant to the area about some of the features she enjoys that he might want to check out. Thanks salon