Growing up in Columbia, MD I never thought I would live in an area like this. West Virginia is the subject of so many jokes about incest and general non-smartness. The seemingly huge jump to living here was a progression. Nevertheless, it is still funny to me even though we have been here since 2002. My mom still tells people I live "south of Hagerstown, MD". My neighbors and I exchange quick witted humor about being natives or transplants. When asked where I live, despite my long response explaining how close we are to Baltimore and D.C., I may seem embarassed but I really like this place.