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People Of Maine Should Be Proud!(Acadia Park, Etc)  
User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2688 posts, RR: 3
Posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

Props to SA770 for breaking the cycle on the old thread.

Social debates isn't all there is to modern life, though it seems like this forum is often unaware of that.

Maine has Acadia National Park!!!

Maine has Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in all of New England! (Champlain is in N.Y. too so it doesn't count; thblthbllpppht)

Maine has lighthouses, and scads of other bucolic charms!!

Maine has Bowdoin College, truly one of America's archetypal quaint historic colleges! (and alma mater of the great Nathaniel Hawthorne!!)


Most importantly, Maine (specifically one "Camp Matoaka") got my sister out of the picture for several perfect weeks each summer!!!!!!!

Hooray for Maine!!


Pancakes are delicious.
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User currently offlineForce13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

My dad is from Maine and even though he is dissappointed in his state he still loves it.

I may be out to the world but I still love Maine. Maybe not some of the people but hey... it's like that in every state!

I like....

Shipyard Brewery in Portland
L.L. Bean
MAINE COONS!!
Sebago Lake (Although Champlain IS prettier)  Smile

and my favorite....

Watching the sun rise over Casco Bay!



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User currently offlineMarSciGuy From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2307 times:



Quoting Force13 (Reply 1):
My dad is from Maine and even though he is dissappointed in his state he still loves it.

I may be out to the world but I still love Maine. Maybe not some of the people but hey... it's like that in every state!

I like....

Shipyard Brewery in Portland
L.L. Bean
MAINE COONS!!
Sebago Lake (Although Champlain IS prettier) Smile

and my favorite....

Watching the sun rise over Casco Bay!

I went to college there and love it myself -

The small village on the sea known as Castine - where Maine Maritime is - most all of the students think of it as hell after the 4 years there but I'd give an arm and a leg to be able to afford a place there!

Shipyard (beer) for sure!
Also Black Fly Stout!
LL Bean
Acadia
Katahdin
Penobscot (& Casco) bays...



"There weren't a ton of gnats there where a ton of gnats and their families as well!"
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

I can only say that I've been to York Harbor, ME to ride horses, but it was BEAUTIFUL riding at a farm in the winter with the Ocean next to me!

User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

I can only imagine how beautiful Maine is during the Christmas Season!

 angel 

David



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User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

I've spent 27 of my 29 years in Maine and that's enough for me! All the tourists come up here for three months per years and rave about how grand it is, but let me suggest they spend a few months here outside of the months between June-August, and then lets see how much they like it?!?

My biggest gripe with Maine? The weather. We get three months of what I deem "comfortable" weather from June-August. But even during the summer, at night it can get chilly. Like in the low 50's! Highs are generally upper 70's and lower 80's, although it can get warmer on occasion. When it's above 83F the weathermen on the local news start talking about the "heat wave" and people bitch constantly about how horribly hot and humid it is! Schools, events and activities are canceled because of the heat! They just can't take real summer weather up here.! You could suggest going for a swim at one of our fabulous ocean beaches, but even in summer, you're likely to get hypothermia if you stay in the water for more than 30 minutes! It physically hurts to wade in!

Then comes winter... More or less the end of October until 2nd week of of May! Real fun times in Maine! *sarcasim* I'm always trying to remember what people think is so wonderful about Maine when it's January and -20F outside with four feet of snow on the ground? When you wake up to find your cars been plowed in with wet heavy snow up to the windows and the battery's dead because it got so cold the night before! Or when there's only eight hours of sunlight for months at a time, with jack shit to do if you're young and not into winter sports! There's a a reason why the alcoholism rates and marijuana use are so high in Maine! Because it's just so damn dark, cold, lifeless and depressing for half the year we need relief.

Then comes the people. As is typical to the northeast USA, in general, people aren't overly warm and friendly here. (Maybe they can be in tourist towns to tourists for a few months a year when we're trying g to get tourists money that the states economy relies on?) The piss poor attitudes and coldness and in your face aggressivness isn't as bad as places like Boston or NYC, but people still aren't that friendly! Especially to people they don't know.... "Outsiders". or people from away as native Mainer's call them.

Walk down the street and try to make eye contact and people will look down at the ground! People kind of stay to themselves. Definitely not as outgoing, friendly, or laid back and approachable like people down south or out on the west coast. Perhaps it goes back to the old New England Puritan times? I don't know? I just don't find people that open and friendly up here? Mainer's will deny this, but that's because they don't know anything else. They just say "Well Mainer's are just shy and independent"Well, I've met plenty of people from other parts of the country that have noticed to coldness and antisocial qualities of people in the Northeast compared to other areas, so I tend to think this isn't all in my head?

Then comes the economy. It's been in the gutter for 30 years. We're one of the highest taxed states in the country for both people and businesses. Good jobs are few and far between here. The mills and industry are gone. Commercial fishing is dead (with the exception of lobstering) With little opportunity available, most young people leave Maine after high school or college and don't come back! The result, we have one of oldest average populations of any state! We're also ranked as one of the states with the highest percentage of welfare recipients, and our median income rates are below national average. Same goes for college educated citizens. You'll see as much flannel wearing, mobile homes, guns, and cars on cindr blocks in the yard in Maine as you will in any of the most "redneck" of southern states! The vast majoirty is rural forest and farmland. If you live north of Southern Maine. than good luck finding any entertainment. Especially at night. And even if you're in the big city of Portland, you can expect the city to go to sleep and become a ghost down after 1am when the final bars close.


I could go on and on about Maine. Sure, maybe it's safe and pretty, but that's about all it's got going for it! If you're under 55 years old, it's not the place you want to find yourself stuck in for very long! About the only place worse would be Nebraska or Iowa or somewhere out there.

And just think, I didn't even tell you about the mosquitoes and black flies of summer. The tourists and "Massholes" from Boston coming up and clogging up the roads making it take an hour to get work when it should be 15 minutes away! The winter road salt rusting out your new car in just a couple years of being new. Ice storms taking out electricity for days. Lack of sun exposure for six months causing your skin to be paler than your face when you walked in on your grandparents having sex.


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

Quoting Force13 (Reply 1):
Shipyard Brewery in Portland

Sea Dog Brewery.. Can't wait.. I'll be home in a week for vacation.

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
Maine has Bowdoin College, truly one of America's archetypal quaint historic colleges! (and alma mater of the great Nathaniel Hawthorne!!)

..and Joshua Chamberlain....

Bath Iron Works.. Builders of the BEST US Navy ships
Reds Eats,, oh' those lobster rolls...
Stephen King
Moodys Diner
Dysarts Truck Stop
Casco Bay
MDI
and the first to great the new day.....

[Edited 2009-11-11 20:20:20]


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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2688 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2067 times:

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 5):
I could go on and on about Maine.

Er...what had you been doing up that point?

[Edited 2009-11-12 20:09:06]


Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlineMarSciGuy From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2060 times:



Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 5):
My biggest gripe with Maine? The weather. We get three months of what I deem "comfortable" weather from June-August. But even during the summer, at night it can get chilly. Like in the low 50's! Highs are generally upper 70's and lower 80's, although it can get warmer on occasion. When it's above 83F the weathermen on the local news start talking about the "heat wave" and people bitch constantly about how horribly hot and humid it is! Schools, events and activities are canceled because of the heat! They just can't take real summer weather up here.! You could suggest going for a swim at one of our fabulous ocean beaches, but even in summer, you're likely to get hypothermia if you stay in the water for more than 30 minutes! It physically hurts to wade in!

Then comes winter... More or less the end of October until 2nd week of of May! Real fun times in Maine! *sarcasim* I'm always trying to remember what people think is so wonderful about Maine when it's January and -20F outside with four feet of snow on the ground? When you wake up to find your cars been plowed in with wet heavy snow up to the windows and the battery's dead because it got so cold the night before! Or when there's only eight hours of sunlight for months at a time, with jack shit to do if you're young and not into winter sports! There's a a reason why the alcoholism rates and marijuana use are so high in Maine! Because it's just so damn dark, cold, lifeless and depressing for half the year we need relief.

I also was raised in New England (NH to be exact, going to school at Maine Maritime...) However, I absolutely love it there year round and have never had a problem with the people in Castine or elsewhere in Maine. I'm also an "oddball" because I love being able to cross country ski, ice skate and down hill ski frequently, outside, during the beautiful winter days...

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 5):
Then comes the economy. It's been in the gutter for 30 years. We're one of the highest taxed states in the country for both people and businesses. Good jobs are few and far between here. The mills and industry are gone. Commercial fishing is dead (with the exception of lobstering) With little opportunity available, most young people leave Maine after high school or college and don't come back! The result, we have one of oldest average populations of any state! We're also ranked as one of the states with the highest percentage of welfare recipients, and our median income rates are below national average. Same goes for college educated citizens. You'll see as much flannel wearing, mobile homes, guns, and cars on cindr blocks in the yard in Maine as you will in any of the most "redneck" of southern states! The vast majority is rural forest and farmland. If you live north of Southern Maine. than good luck finding any entertainment. Especially at night. And even if you're in the big city of Portland, you can expect the city to go to sleep and become a ghost down after 1am when the final bars close.

I love the rural countryside myself, and that is what makes Maine Maine...if you are looking for bars being open at 2 am, move to Boston  Wink



"There weren't a ton of gnats there where a ton of gnats and their families as well!"
User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10105 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2049 times:
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Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 5):
All the tourists come up here for three months per years and rave about how grand it is, but let me suggest they spend a few months here outside of the months between June-August, and then lets see how much they like it?!?

If it makes you feel better, I'm from Massachusetts, and we always used to go up to NH or ME to ski in the winter. Spent many weekends at Sunday River. Good times.

Been to Acadia a couple times as well - absolutely beautiful.

Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 8):
I love the rural countryside myself, and that is what makes Maine Maine...if you are looking for bars being open at 2 am (but public transportation that closes at 1 AM), move to Boston

Added a bit to make it more, er, accurate  Smile



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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4025 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2030 times:



Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 9):
Added a bit to make it more, er, accurate  

Here, let me help as well.

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 9):
Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 8):
I love the rural countryside myself, and that is what makes Maine Maine...if you are looking for bars being open at 2 am (but public transportation that closes at 1 AM and taxis that are impossible to catch), move to Boston




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