The more exposure my bees had to me, the gentler they were.
I would agree - I think it isn't about "you" but rather about the more exposure to being intruded on - my bees in Rabun County came from Don in Lula and they are the gentlest bees when first you meet them. I have them in Atlanta in a top bar hive and in Rabun county.
I'm checking on the top bar weekly during bee season and those bees remained calm and gentle throughout the season. The bees in Rabun only saw me (or had my intrusion into their hive) about once a month and they got much less friendly as the season went on - in August I went into the hive expecting my usual gloveless, only a bee veil experience and boy, did I sing a different tune after multiple stings. So after that I only visited them fully suited.
Don is in his bee yard constantly, daily, hourly, and his bees at his house are dreamy to be around, but the fact of their lives is that their hives are frequently opened.
Linda T in Atlanta