I used this picture, taken at the Stewart’s in Selkirk, in a presentation about communication.
My point was that some things, no matter how simple, still need to be explained. Things like “DO NOT DRINK” the cleaning products.
I probably did not need to mention that this was in Selkirk, but what Glenmont person can resist a Selkirk joke? You see, people may think all of Bethlehem is snooty, but in truth, the town has its own pecking order.
- Slingerlands people look down on Delmar
- Delmar is scornful of Glenmont
- Glenmont considers Selkirk the other side of the tracks
- Selkirk folks joke about Ravena
We could also go back up the scale, but suffice to say, you think anyone above you on the list is a condescending ass.
What do the people in Ravena do? They disapprove of Coeyman’s Hollow. Coeyman’s Hollow? Westerlo. Westerlo? Medusa… and so on. You could draw a line all the way from the Capital Region to Arkansas.
Next time you generalize about Bethlehem, just remember this: it’s the Slingerlands and Delmar people who are contemptible, not the lovable crowd in Glenmont. But don’t get me started on Selkirk.