Ontario, Canada -- I had two hours to kill before attending a wedding in Thorold, Ontario. So I parked my rental car and took a walk, introducing myself as, "JT from Los Angeles."
Word spread throughout the venerable town that an "LA guy" was taking photos of their town. During my short stay, I made many friends and learned a whole lot about the town and local folks. The people were friendly and eager to let me know that I was not like the stereotype, Californians they watch on TV. In many ways, I felt like an ambassador to Los Angeles; we are not all movie stars, not all rich, and certainly not all typical city folk.
Someday I hope to return to Thorold, or perhaps another welcoming, Canadian town and document the experience of meeting good people.