The first time I was in someplace like New Jersey or Philadelphia, I behaved normally and kind of got blown away. If you read my original episode Pivotal Night, you know that I was going to make adjustments, so this did not happen again.
The first few times I crossed the Appalachian Mountains eastbound after that, I reminded myself about the attitude and demeanor of the people I was about to encounter. I borrowed from my drill sergeant experience and became much more aggressive and assertive than I was normally.
I would approach people and start telling them how things were going to be and they seemed to react in a more respectful manner. I think they respect people who act like they are in charge. They do not respect people who seem to have their tails tucked between their legs.
Over time, I have learned to know and love people on the East Coast. I think they are simply reacting to the nature of their environment.
When I flew north, west or south out of Butler, the people sometimes seemed to be even nicer than my fellow ridge runners from Western PA.
Warning: Graphic violence and adult language.