If you want to test the friendliness quotient of your town, park in a crowded store parking lot with your hood up and wait.
That's what I did tonight at the Publix on Zelda in Montgomery...not by choice...my car was giving me trouble and after trying to jump it off, I was waiting for AAA's tow truck.
At least a dozen people offered help...complete strangers....of all ages and races and circumstances. A young couple with several small kids...retired guys....all offering to jump off the car or do whatever they could to help.
A friend of mine who moved to Alabama recently has observed several times that the people have been so friendly in Montgomery, in stores, on the street, everywhere. (And if the people offering me help tonight recognized me from TV, they didn't say so.)
Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of the inherent friendliness that seems to be bred into residents of this place called Alabama.
The other happy ending to the story: The AAA driver quickly discovered the trouble...it was a poor cable connection to the three day old battery, not what I guessed---the always expensive starter--- that caused the trouble.
Thanks again to those who stopped by to help!