Top 5 Advantages/Disadvantages of Living in Northern Maine
Oh, to live in Maine. The crown jewel of the United States. I know, I know, Alaska is actually higher geopraphically speaking. But Alaska is sort of higher and to the back, sort of like a hump on someone’s back that has grown uncontrollably. Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. Alaska is the hump of the United States.
Anyway, I was saying. Maine is known as Vacationland. Stephen King is from Maine and has done us the service of unleashing many tales of horrifying shit to associate with the State of Maine.
Maine is also known for it’s lobstering industry. This has provided countless hours of entertainment for bored Mainers. How, you ask?
But there is more to Maine than Killer Clowns living in the sewers, and lobsters with knives. You see Maine is most well known from central Maine to southern Maine. With this blog entry I’m hoping to illuminate the rest of the country to the joys and sorrows of living in, what most Maine southerners call, “The Other Maine.” So, today I present to you:
5. Unique Food/Drink
Advantage: In Northern Maine, we know how to eat
The people in Northern Maine are known as hard working, which means we work up an appetite. After a long day of work most of us like to enjoy a hearty meal that we in Northern Maine can appreciate. Granted some, if not all, of these items originated in Canada, but we’ve adopted them as our own here in Northern Maine.
First we have the Poutine, also known as the french fry mix. Hmm? How to describe it. Well you see we take french fries, drown them in gravy, and then swing for the fences by topping it off with cheese.
Still hungry? Well next up with have Ployes. A ploye is like a pancake except they are made with buckwheat flour and are only cooked on one side.
Yes, there is a catch. Much like the traditional pancake the ploye must be drenched in any number of toppings and syrups in order to NOT feel like you are eating a plate of foam insulation. Maple syrup is a popular choice for parents who enjoy their children tap dancing on their roofs all hours of the day and night. Strawberries and whipped cream is ok too. But if you really want to challenge the Almighty Creator to send you into cardiac arrest, then you put a thick spreading of the following item across that ploye.
Only in Northern Maine would butter or syrup not be good enough. Cretons are very popular in Northern Maine. The sole existance of Cretons is to let the rest of the country know we don’t fuck around. Again, it’s spreadable pork!!
And after, or maybe during, your meal you want to make sure you wash down that travesty on your plate with a good drink. Coffee might be your choice. But then again perhaps a refreshing glass of milk. Not strong enough? Well a good Brandy is hard to beat. What’s that? Why not all three?
Drinking Allen’s Coffee Brandy straight isn’t bad enough. Here in Northern Maine we’ve decided the best way to polish off a half gallon of this Brandy is to add a gallon of milk. This drink combo has taken a life of it’s own as it has become known as, “The Liquid Leg Spreader”, “Liquid Panty Remover”, and my personal favorite:
Disadvantage: Our hearts may be ticking time bombs
4. The Wild Life
Advantage: Beautiful Majestic Creatures
Oh yes, Northern Maine is host to many animals that we get to see on nearly a daily basis. Whether your taking an early morning walk and get to see a deer striding through an empty field, or perhaps your are fishing on a warm summer evening and are witness to a moose cooling itself off in a lake, the animal life is abundant here in Northern Maine.
Here are some examples.
And probably most popular of all, the moose.
Disadvantage: Beautiful Majestic Creatures…In the Road
Nothing extinguishes the serenity of driving through the beautiful scenery of Northern Maine quicker than the screeching of brakes as you try to avoid whichever mammal has decided it has the right of way on our Maine roads. Moose collisions account for over 2,000 accidents in Maine. Deer are responsible for over 10,000 accidents.
In fact the only time in my life that I’ve seen a Maine black bear was in the following situation.
Advantage: There’s Nothing Quite as Relaxing as Fishing in Northern Maine
Everbody needs some sort of therapy in their lives. And I don’t believe in actually visiting a therapist. Why? Because in all honesty I wouldn’t be able to take them seriously. I also don’t trust myself enough to not mess with their heads and reduce them to tears.
So my therapy for when I need to unwind, relax, or just get away from life’s problems is to go fishing. Northern Maine is the perfect setting for whatever type of fishing you enjoy.
And last but certainly not least:
Disadvantage: There’s Nothing Quite as Frustrating as Fishing in Northern Maine
Whether it’s the weather that turns shitty at the drop of a hat, you get your vehicle stuck in a mud hole, or perhaps those uppity fish just don’t want to bite, there are plenty of ways fishing in Northern Maine can be frustrating. Damn uppity Little Black Lake fish! Grrrr!
#2 Winter in Northern Maine
NO, NO, NO! There is no advantage to winter in Northern Maine! In fact I added this entry just to have an outlet for my deep and utter hatred of winter.
If humans were meant to enjoy winter, our bodies wouldn’t have evolved nearly hairless. What is it about winter that people like? Is it the limited daylight? Perhaps the groin shriveling temperature? Maybe you enjoy spending your free time shoveling heaps of snow into your neighbors driveway?
And don’t even get me started on the horrible road conditions winter brings. Living in Northern Maine means you have to own a four wheel drive vehicle merely to survive. Now couple the road conditions with the Northern Maine wildlife frolicking in the roads as well, and we add even more collisions to our tragic tally.
In fact the only accident I’ve ever been in happened during winter.
So really all I can say is, SCREW WINTER! And for those of you enjoy winter, let the following picture haunt your dreams for all time.
Advantage: You’re Camping
Camping, like fishing, can be a relaxing escape from your world of stress, deadlines, bills, court dates, and perhaps work release programs.
Personally I enjoy camping simply for the fact that you get to turn off the cell phone, the television, the computer, and all other forms of technology we seem to depend on everyday. There’s just something about setting up a tent, making a campfire, and enjoying the outdoors with friends.
So really there is nothing else to explain. A couple relaxing days of fishing, cooking food on a grill, telling stories around a campfire with friends is simple and fun. What could possibly go wrong?
Disadvantage: You’re Camping
If a camping trip goes as planned, you couldn’t ask for a more relaxing time. If a camping trip goes bad then you are in for an experience you may not soon forget, or physically heal from.
One factor is the unpredictable weather of Northern Maine. Believing a weekend forcast for Northern Maine is like believing a travelling gypsy psychic.
4 hours later:
It’s also important to only plan your Northern Maine camping trips in the middle of the summer. Don’t try to outsmart the weather and plan an early summer or early fall camping trip in Northern Maine.
It’s also of vital importance that you are familiar with the area you are going to be camping. Never trust a friend, who knows a friend, who knows a friend, who knows the perfect spot to go camping. Because if you don’t find yourself getting lost in the back woods roads of Northern Maine, you may actually find the the unfortunate camping site.
Choosing the right people to go camping with can also be a chore. Going camping with a group of people who want nothing more to do than party all weekend can turn ugly fast. If your group of campers has decided to bring nothing but booze and fireworks, then prepare to ration out whatever food or water you have brought for yourself. These types always say they will just hunt or fish for their food. I think we have all been on the tragic/hungry end of this situation.
You know what doesn’t go well together? A campfire and a bunch of intoxicated daredevils. I don’t think I’ve been to one bonfire, campfire, BBQ or anywhere an open flame is present where a drunk person doesn’t eventually burn themselves. It’s like moths to a flame.
So once again you have to witness the exploits of the guy who has been drinking nothing but “fat ass in a glass” for the majority of the day decide he’s Evel Knievel. This scenario always ends with the jackass taking a digger forearm first into the campfire.
And for three summers in a row the camping trip ends with someone being airlifted to safety.
Well that’s enough excitement for one day. I think I’ll just crawl into my comfy tent and try to forget all the horrible things that have happened on my camping trip. I don’t see how things could get any worse?
Hey, remember that story about those guys who were camping out on the Allagash Waterway and claim they were abducted by aliens? I suppose that would be another disadvantage of camping.
Yeah…it sure would be.
Next Time on Monster Rebellion! Johnny Red and His Team of Scientists VS The Alien Invasion!!
John Michael Gagnon…aka…Johnny Red