Charlestonians are as warm and sunny as our weather. At least that's what Conde Nast Traveler readers think. For the second year in a row, they voted Charleston the friendliest city in the country.
Luckily, we seem to avoid whatever the personality equivalents for humidity, flash floods and the occasional hurricane might be. Maybe it's best not to even imagine.
The Post and Courier's David Quick responded to the Conde Nast accolade in Wednesday's South section by pointing out that the 10 friendliest cities tend to have warm, sunny weather and easy access to outdoor activities.
The Holy City typically enjoys more than 200 days of sunshine each year, but "warm" is the gentlest way to describe August in the Lowcountry. Bless its heart.
To be fair, Charleston residents have also landed on a few lists of cities with the "hottest" residents in the past. We can't rule out a meteorological connection.
There is also plenty to do outdoors. Our beaches are pristine and picturesque, and downtown Charleston is one of the nation's most walkable urban centers with centuries of history to explore. Nearby rivers and forests are breathtakingly beautiful year-round playgrounds.
Just don't forget the bug spray - the mosquitoes are very friendly too.
There is plenty to smile about in Charleston. Locals generally greet those fleeing colder, less friendly climes with open arms and a contagious passion for their city. We even try to nod politely when visitors bring up the milder summers in Cleveland. Try.
So when the August heat suffocates like a steam bath gone wrong and the unforgiving sun grates on even the most genteel nerves, Charleston still has it pretty good. After all, it's a long way from Newark.
But be nice. We've got a reputation to uphold.
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