Anybody who’s lived on the southwest coast for more than just a few years has likely heard either unvarnished broadsides or their echoes criticizing those “damn Yankees.”

Most times the broadsides suggest the sooner those damn Yankees go back north — the sooner they get the hell out of Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties, in particular — the better.

I’ve always begged to differ, and not just because I’m a damn Coloradoan, which is a bit like a damn Yankee; it gets cold and snows in both places, after all. But mostly because some damn Yankees are extraordinary and awe-inspiring.

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