I love stories like that. So much that I posted on Facebook, asking my friends what they loved most about the state.
My former classmate, Kathy Rhoads, wrote: "When I first moved to Ohio, I went shopping with a friend who grew up near Cleveland. While checking out at one of the mall stores, I was chatting with the salesperson -- just the normal stuff you talk to strangers about. As we walked away, my friend said, 'Isn't that a coincidence you knew her? Was she from West Virginia?' I said I didn't know her from before. I just met her in the checkout line. My friend was astounded that I was so friendly with someone I didn't know. I guess I'll never stop missing shopping in West Virginia where you always see someone you know or chat with someone new."
Another former classmate, Leigh Shell, wrote: "In West Virginia, strangers are mostly kind and will give a wave, a smile. I went on a short trip to New York City, got on the subway and proceeded to smile and say, 'Hi, y'all!' Got my feelings hurt. Kim said, 'For the love of God, you are not supposed to make eye contact!'"
My friend Susan Linden loves "that our roots go to the center of the earth. We're like Jeep drivers. If you aren't one of us, then you just don't get it."
My ex, Mitch Vingle, said he likes how there are times he's at the airport, in a place as big as New York City, waiting to fly back here, and he realizes he knows darn near every person that will be on his same flight.
When asked what she loves most about West Virginia, former co-worker Amy Robinson answered simply: "Tudor's Biscuit World."
Which prompted me to think of a different favorite of mine: Favorite Line from a Drive-Through Worker.
A friend and I were going through the drive-through at Tudor's. I ordered a sausage biscuit and my friend ordered a BLT on toast. There was no one ahead of us, but our order was still taking an unusually long time. My friend tapped on the window and asked if there was a problem. The worker smiled and pointed at their sign. "It doesn't say Tudor's Toast World, does it?"
First time I've ever tipped a drive-through worker.
Do you have a favorite West Virginia story you'd be willing to share? Email it to Karin Fuller at karinful...@gmail.com.