This is excerpted from the editor’s letter at the beginning of a Cook’s Illustrated magazine. It just so perfectly describes country life:

“In our small Vermont town, there are many ways of getting news. You can sit at the ’round table’ at the Wayside Country Store before dawn and discuss everything from local DWI citations to the United Nations. Or you can meet on the road, two pickups stopped in opposite directions, the drivers lazily discussing the flatlander who likes to garden stark naked. Or perhaps a neighbor will just stop by while you’re boiling sap, mucking a stall, feeding the pigs, or washing dishes. If it’s close to high noon, you offer a beer; coffee is only for the early morning hours. One of our neighbors, John, used to ask for a cup of tea to which I often add a healthy shot of something made in the Scottish highlands. And of course there is coffee hour after church, the conversation often turning on the prospects for haying given the variable weather. The telephone is never used for social reasons. Old-time Vermonters will almost never answer it, and, when they do, they speak in words of one syllable until they can prematurely end the conversation with a ‘See you then,’ followed by a click and the inevitable dial tone.”