Monday, August 08, 2011
Regular reader Bomber Girl spent the weekend sailing the Maine coast, and posted this picture on her Facebook page. I rather liked it.
I haven't been to Maine since I was a kid, with my Mainer grandfather. I need to rectify that.
My favorite "Maine" song: Whispering Pines
I know the state well, for a Bronx boy.
Whereabouts? I know Brunswick, Biddeford Pool and sweet-smelling Jay (home of International Paper's big mill) quite well. Portland and Camden pretty well. A few other spots too.
How does a Yankees fan survive so deep in Red Sox nation?
Home in Portland. There are plenty of Yankees fans up here. Mainers have an independent streak, and plenty of imports like me.
Plus, better to be in the heart of enemy territory to know their weaknesses better. And I have MLB.tv.
Bomber Girl, I got the impression that you lived somewhere around NYC.
Portland is a great small city. Enjoy it. Coming out of school(s) I almost took a job there -- twice ! I was there two years ago, and want to get back. Griity McDuffs !!! (One of the great original micro brew pubs).
Weather on the Maine coast only sucks two months of the year during the pseudo-Spring mud season. Winter's aren't that bad. Summers are great. The Fall is glorious and best of all.
Maine is a special state. It's actually quite diverse, in a non-inner city way. You only need go about 20 - 30 miles inland from places like Portland -- in the right direction -- to be in Appalachia North. Lots of French "Acadian Driftwood" who got pushed down from maritime Canada by those evil Brits.
One of my freshman year roommates was from Jay, Maine, a mill town. I was in Jay and environs a lot during college term and for stretches in those summers. I had never hung in rural America before, so it was a great education for me. One result is that I became the proud owner of a 1968 Javelin. Before AMC fucked it up in its later years, the early Javelin was better than a Camaro. So I took back to The Bronx a 298 V-8 with a real Hurst on the floor. Goddamm !!
Alan never met his father, who was the hottest thing to ever hit little Jay, Maine. Dad died a Navy pilot in a crash in Florida. Mom went back to Jay, where Alan was born and raised.
Alan and family now live on the Maine Coast. It's easy to find. Heading North, you make a right turn off Route 1 in Rockport/Camden, just as soon as you see a looming, nightmarish 19th Century-era prison. It's what gave local resident Stephen King the inspiration for "Shawshank Redemption.'
I've got a ton of other Maine stories.
Anyone want to hear about "Negro Island, Maine" It's about how 19th Century Abolitionists crossed paths with the Dazed and Confused on the 1976 American Bicentennial.