Vacationland, America and Good Natured Consumerism

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Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine

Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine

I hope that all of our American blog followers had a safe and relaxing 4th weekend. Living in a state that does not have a terrible amount of industry, here in Maine we rely heavily on tourism to boost our economy.  Cars with license plates from New York, New Jersey and Quebec pack every major route to the beaches and outlets. Mainers hate everything about this except for the revenue. If it was up to most people, tourists would just be relieved of their cash and credit cards at the New Hampshire border and sent back home. A popular bumper sticker among Mainers reads; “RESTORE BOSTON! Leave Maine alone!” This is in reference to wealthy, Martha Stewart types buying up waterfront property and subsequently causing huge tax increases so that working fisherman cannot afford to own property in the towns that they traditionally lived for generations.

Mainers are wary of outsiders. Growing up in such an insular state was interesting. I was originally from Connecticut and moved to Maine when I was four. To be a native Mainer you must be at least two generations in the state. My girlfriend was born in Maine, but her family is from upstate New York and therefore she is eyed with suspicion.  For me to not only be “from away”, but to be from Connecticut (A place hated even more then Massachusetts) I might as well of been from North Korea. Nevertheless, I feel like it is my home and there is no better place to be in the summer (winter is debatable).

Personally I enjoy blending in with the throngs of tourists. After all, they do go to these places for a reason. Over the weekend me and the lady packed up the folding chairs and headed to Ogunquit beach. This beach is on the southern coast of Maine and is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. It is a melting pot of French Canadians, New Yorkers and New Englanders all packed on a spectacular beach. It is also one of the biggest Gay destinations in all of the USA. Needless to say, it is one of the best places to “people watch” I have ever been to, although one must be prepared for questionable swimwear choices. It came to me on the 4th that the beach represented everything that is great about America; completely different people from completely different places all getting along famously for a cause; In this case, fun and relaxation. Not to mention the good natured consumerism.

Cheers from Vacationland,

Nick
– Lewiston Maine Office

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