I meant no condescension. Maybe I wrote it badly. My mentioning of the food, dress, and superficial aspects of the people of Gander was a tip of the hat to the script of the show. But yes, those things are just superficial. Yes, the people there are like anyone else. But I do think there is more to a town like Gander than those superficial things. I think there is an ethos of survival and strength and getting things done that the show tried to capture. A similar ethos served New York City and America on 9/11. It has nothing to do with Gander per se. It has to do with having a sense of identity that helps people rise to the occasion at a time of crisis.

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