…more than once, I’ve run into people that have never heard of my homestate (and Euty’s current home) Rhode Island. Now, I’ve had people confuse it with Long Island, but this was a totally new one on me…
True story. I was on my way to work one day last week, and pulled into the gas station nearest me in San Jose. I go up to pay the attendant so I can get my gas and go to work, completely unaware of the events that were about to transpire.
The attendant sees my license plate and looks puzzled. He says: “Rhody Island? What’s that?”
Aghast, I say, “It’s a state on the East Coast. Kinda up north… you’ve never heard of it?” He shakes his head and says “No… so it’s an island? Where is it?” Again, I say “No. No, it’s not an island, sir. It’s a state. The smallest state in the US. It’s near Massachusetts, you know, like Boston? And Connecticut. That show on NBC, Providence takes place there?” I shake my head in wonder.
“There’s an island near Boston? Huh. Weird” he says. So I try once more. “No, no, it’s not an island. It’s a state near Massachusetts. It’s attached. Not an island. One of the original thirteen colonies? The last one? It’s name comes from the Isle of Rhodes in Greece. It’s not really an island though. It’s just the name.”
To my complete and utter despair, just as I thought I was maybe making some headway in my fight against ignorance, he says “Oh. It’s near Greece. I see.” I threw up my hands and smiled.
The poor guy looked like his head was going to explode. The man in line behind me chuckled and said “Bet you’ve never felt this far from home before.” Agreed, man… agreed.