Monday, February 07, 2005


We went to Maine this weekend. Do I have any readers that live in Maine? Holla back ya'all!

Maine is like another planet to me. Things are so different there. People are nice. Stores are strange. It's like the twilight zone.

Beer is the number one beverage. They sell beer EVERYWHERE. And when I say everywhere I mean that. The gas station, beer. The grocery store, beer. The dollar store, beer. The pharmacy, beer. Its just strange to walk into a grocery store and see beer for sale. Hubbychong and I stood there and stared at the display, with our mouths agape, like it was the lost city of Atlantis. The cashier must have said, "Damn tourists!"

We walked out of Brother Bear's house at 7 am, in search of a Dunkin Donuts, and there was a woman sitting on the porch across the street enjoying a morning cigarette and beverage. It was beer. A bottle of freakin beer at that time of the morning. She said, mornin ya'all, and raised her beer bottle in a neighborly salute. Brother Bear says this is the norm. At least in his neighborhood.

Some of the stores have strange combinations of merchandise. We got gas at a combo gas station and fish market. I could have said, "Fill-er up and give me 2 Salmon fillets and a lobster please. There is a combo, laundry mat and video store. Wash your skivios and rent your videos, all in one stop!

And then at the corner is Flip's. Flip's is a variety store, owned by Flip, of course. And when I say variety, I mean variety with a capital V. You can buy anything at Flip's. You can get alcohol, a bag of chips and a new vaccuum.Ya know in case you get drunk and make a mess with your chips you can vaccuum that shit up. Or you can choose to purchase a Nintendo Game System for the kids, a freshly made meatball sub for the husband and a new pair of shoes for yourself. Personally, I like the porn video, macheti, red sox t-shirt combination, oh and maybe some baby wipes.

I heart Maine!


Blogger shellibells said...

I am NOT going there with the baby wipes...especially used in the same sentence as the P word! YUK! lol

1:49 PM  
Blogger Mrs.Strizzay said...

They sell beer everywhere in NY too...cept the dollar store. Sucks for us. Down south they sell real wine at the grocery store, wish they'd start doing that here.

2:06 PM  
Blogger muse said...

I love Maine, it's my absolute favourite place in the world! I wish I could get a green card or whatever papers are needed and move there!

The people are nice (and not stressed out like here), the houses are nice, there's awesome vintage muscle cars everywhere (guess they don't use salt on the roads like we do!), forests, the ocean...

Bwaaaahhhh! I want to move to Maine!

(My favourite combo was a pizzeria/video store/tanning salon...LOL)

2:20 PM  
Blogger Random and Odd said...

Send me a postcard the next time you go somewhere.
I am stuck here. RIGHT HERE. I can never leave...I don't have a car big enough for everyone ;)


8:16 PM  
Blogger Pissy Britches said...

Maine huh? That sounds niiice.
Speaking of the video/laundry place.
Down here in Tennessee we have laundrymats as we call um/tanning bed/cigarette store all in 1. What more could you want?

9:05 PM  
Blogger Michael Moore said...

there is something vaugely disturbing about Maine and Mainers. They always seem a bit like pod people.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Charlotte in Pa said...

Last summer we went to the beach at Rehobeth, Delaware and there was a combination beauty parlor/bait and tackle shop called "Perms and Worms." I'll have to see if I can dig up the picture. Priceless!

11:48 AM  
Blogger shellibells said...

OMG Charlotte I just nearly fell of my chair!! ROFL

11:50 AM  
Blogger Closet Metro said...

I saw Maine on Saturday, across the bay in Portsmouth, NH, but I didn't quite get to Maine. Do I get to holla anyways?

12:24 AM  
Blogger Sissychong said...

HA! Perms and Worms, that is awesome. If you think about it, it is ingenious (sp?). The little woman can get her hair did, while hubby catches supper. Who could ask for more? If I become a POD person in MAINE, I am opening Charlotte's Perms and Worms, in your honor! Perms and freakin Worms....omg....lmao

8:15 AM  

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