IMGDC is in Minnesota. After having had conferences across the Atlantic coast, this is a nice change of pace. People hold doors and say words like “please” and “thank you.” They smile and greet you even though they have never met you and will never see you again; these are not paid employees, these are just people at the same store being friendly Midwesterners. If you turn on a blinker, people will make space for you, instead of tailgating to make sure you don’t get ahead of them.
It is like going from Something Awful to Terra Nova.