I spent the first 18 years of my life in Vermont, and then I left. Despite having not really been back there for any extended period of time for well over a decade, I still find comfort when I see things like mountains covered in snow (go mt rainier) or large quantities of water (puget sound and lake washington).
Beyond the scenery, I enjoyed the typical Vermonter's fixation on economics. In the middle of the Northeast Kingdom (fsck'ing NYC wannabes), a factory makes helmets for our soldiers in Iraq. So some reporters thought it'd be good to visit and see what the workers thought about the war:
"Seems like an awful lot of money to be spending someplace else."And she said that despite having a job because of the war.
So it makes me happy when I see graphs like this, even though I silently miss those sentiments....