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Old 11-11-2012, 10:06 PM
 
Location: MidCoast Maine
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I will let a Mainah give you the official answer but from my understanding it is the line that keeps the granola eating, birkenstock and sock wearing, volvo or subaru driving, hippy who moved here from MASS or NY, or some other pretentious place in New England, to Maine and then demands that Maine be just like where they left

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Those who like things slow, quiet and who live and let live, don't get all up in your business, wouldn't be caught dead in a pair of Birkenstocks, let alone paired with socks, laid back, truly down to earth kinda folks.

But I could just be a little jaded from Californians who overtook every good state on the west coast.
I'd like to apologize in advance for being a Californian looking to overtake a few nice acres in the great state of Maine.

just kidding; I know exactly what you are talking about! Unfortunately, with the recent tax hikes just voted in here in CA, and more being contemplated, I think we're going to see a whole new, next generation of exodus from the golden state.

BTW, all the best in your search for local digs near to the new job! Woo Hoo!
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We are so happy that you have gotten into a new job

We will miss you.

Congratulations
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Out West
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Thanks you two.

In other news, I will have you Mainers know, I had a nightmare last night that I got a new car, test drove it, really liked it and bought it. It wasn't until I was on the way home, when I looked down at the steering wheel and a word appeared, (that had not been there the whole time earlier), that I realized, with horror, that I had decided to purchase a Volvo. I woke up very upset.

I hope you are pleased with yourselves!
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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my son has a volvo, and I helped pay for it., so I can laugh at myself- though he is in portland
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I think you'll find rentals to be really easy in the winter, then really hard to find in the summer. There are a lot of seasonal houses, and the price goes up a lot in the summer for weekly rentals, so it may be a good time to get a camper or something. I love the place, but I agree it's below the "volvo line". If you can find a place somewhere below there, there's lots of work and something we don't have in the second district, it's called an economy.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Maine
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What is the preferred vehicle for those north of the Volvo line? I currently drive a 20-year old Volvo wagen that has hauled cement, lumber, bags of gravel/sand/manure/compost, hockey equipment and assorted other things. It still runs but eventually it will have to be replaced. I would hate to offend anyone by buying another Volvo or possibly a Suburu.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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What is the preferred vehicle for those north of the Volvo line? I currently drive a 20-year old Volvo wagen that has hauled cement, lumber, bags of gravel/sand/manure/compost, hockey equipment and assorted other things. It still runs but eventually it will have to be replaced. I would hate to offend anyone by buying another Volvo or possibly a Suburu.
no one will be offended....
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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What is the preferred vehicle for those north of the Volvo line? I currently drive a 20-year old Volvo wagen that has hauled cement, lumber, bags of gravel/sand/manure/compost, hockey equipment and assorted other things. It still runs but eventually it will have to be replaced. I would hate to offend anyone by buying another Volvo or possibly a Suburu.
Subaru. Stanley Subaru is the largest volume Subaru dealer in all of New England(so they say), and considering the number of Subarus that you see in the vicinity of Ellsworth, its not hard to believe. Nearly one quarter of the cars around seem to be Stanley Subarus(another quarter says Darlings).

So don't be scared to buy a Subaru in Maine, at least Downeast.

I for one WILL be offended to see you in a Volvo, but not if you drive one of their AWD models. A man's gotta do what he's gotta do. But you can drive to Bangor, and get one at one of the multiple Darling franchises there and all around.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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You are going to need winter tires. I suggest General Altimax Arctics(inexpensive and CR reports rated TOPS). If you are going to have to drive any distance in winter, you cannot get away with all seasons(which are really 3 seasons). You do not want to get stuck, and you don't want to be worrying about a long day at work and then dealing with tires that don't keep you on the road in snow, cold wet, and ICE.

I'm retired. I really don't have to go. But last winter there were several times that things were going on and I just didn't want to chance it in my 3-season tires.

People who have to drive more than 25 minutes in regular snow, ice and very cold rain, get winter tires---if they're smart.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Maine
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(I really don't think anyone would give two thoughts about what vehicle you are driving.)
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