News flash: a front-page headline in the local paper informs me that "Residents cope with local, national events."
Can you believe it? Right here in the heart of the heart of the country, people are coping with events! In fact, there may be people coping with events right here on my street! It sure makes me feel pretty special to know that when events arise on a local or national level, residents step up the plate and cope with them.
Who says nothing ever happens in mid-America?