Where is the best small town to live in the United States?
According to Money Magazine it is the town of Sharon in Massachusetts.
Money Magazine explains its pick of Sharon by referencing its proximity to major job markets, its diversity, its schools, its natural beauty and its open spaces. They also mention the "town jewel", Lake Massapoag.
But for a picture to illustrate the article about the best small town to live in the whole United States, Money Magazine shows a picture of a Laser on Lake Massapoag. (Yes, I know that's not an official legal Laser sail, but it's still a Laser.)
The Laser fleet at Lake Massapoag.
Massapoag Yacht Club.
Are these really the features that led Money Magazine to honor Sharon in this way?
Maybe they've been reading my blog?
Maybe they read my 2006 post about Laser Sailing at Lake Whippersnapper? Which of course was really about Laser sailing at Lake Massapoag.
Or my 2008 post about a regatta at Lake Massapoag, Just One of Those Days?
Or my 2010 post extolling the virtues of Massapoag Yacht Club?
Or my 2012 post about what might be the best day of my life so far, the day I took two of my grandchildren sailing for the first time (in Sharon)?
You heard it here first folks.
Sharon MA is the best small town to live in America.
Because of the Laser sailing.
Money Magazine has a video about three homes for sale in Sharon.
One of these is a "compound" of three houses on the shores of Lake Massapoag.
Hmmm. Kennedy compound. Tillerman compound?
Totally out of my price range of course, but I can dream.
There are lots of pictures on the realtor's website of all the features of the future Tillerman compound. Sweeping lawns. Swimming pool. Luxury kitchen. Gracious reception rooms. Immaculate landscaping. But this is the one that grabbed my attention...
I can just see my Laser on that beach.