In my defense, since moving to the east coast, I have met many people who maintain opinions very much akin to the one that you stated sarcastically. They've completely screwed up my radar for determining when someone is merely taking the piss.
Welcome to the east coast.
I hope you enjoy our beautiful fall foliage, our lovely winter blizzards, and the suffocating summer humidity.
Yes, we're notoriously sarcastic here, maybe too much so. Where are you originally from? PM me if you'd like.