My friend lost her wallet in Breck last Friday night. Because she booked our condo and put it on her credit card, many of us gave her cash when we got there. We're talking at least 700 bucks in cash, gone. We searched frantically until Saturday and then gave up, figuring it was a lost cause. People are inherently evil, right? So fuck it. Let's go skiing and worry about it after our trip.
Then, miraculously, she arrives home on Tuesday to a package from Colorado. Cash, checks, credit cards--it's all there. The anonymous do-gooder even wrote a little note: "Pay it forward." No return address. No means to thank her/him. Nada.
On top of this blue-moon-type benevolence, the people in Colorado were happier and friendlier than anywhere I've ever been. Granted, I'm from NJ, the armpit of the U.S. and probably the dickhead capital of our galaxy, but still, I've never seen happier, friendlier people in all my travels.
This got me thinking. Are most people there genuinely as friendly and as accepting as they seem, or is it just a facade to ingratiate themselves to tourists, a scheme to get people to visit or for profits? Is it the the altitude? While there, I got a vibe not unlike The Truman Show. I didn't meet one person who wasn't stoked on life, so much so that I'm planning to move out there asap.
Maybe it's my cynicism or my NJ upbringing, but I still feel like something's amiss. Thoughts?