In the fictional town, Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor describes the townspeople as nothing near romantic. Stereotypical descendants of northern European stoics. A line from one of his monologues on A Prairie Home Companion:
It's like Dorothy down at the Chatterbox Cafe said. 'If you're going to fall in love, you might as well save your time and set your house on fire. You get the same amount of drama and it causes less damage.'