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Old 09-05-2008, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Ok, so I've only been gone a little over a week. I'm at the University of Connecticut trying to earn an engineering degree. But there are a few things I REALLY miss from Maine.

#1. The Chinese food. I know it isn't real Chinese at any Chinese Restaurant, but it's just different down here than it is back home. And not a good different either. NO CRAB RANGOONS! The chicken wings suck, the prok-fried rice sucks, oh, and did I mention, NO CRAB RANGOONS! I miss Ming Lee in Waterville.

#2. Humpty Dumpty Barbecue Chips. There is no substitute, period. And of course, they aren't sold in Connecticut.

#3. I can't find anywhere to get a good IT! I miss Sonny's in Fairfield, or Sam's in Lewiston!

#4. The rotaries in Augusta. Ok, maybe I'm insane, but I always found driving around those things a bit fun. Ok, so now there's probably no doubt in your minds that I'm insane. They don't seem to have them here.

#5. People in Maine are just more polite. There's this degree of facelessness around here, everyone's always pushy and in a hurry. The drivers are insane, and will do 20 mph over the speed limit without a second thought around a blind curve on the wrong side of the road.

Oh well, it's all for the best, finally going for that Engineering degree and trying to carve out a good living for myself and the family that I might have in the future.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Yarmouth, Maine
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Default No place like home...

I sympathize with your quandary. At times, there really is "no place like home". Especially when it comes to both food and people.

Is this your first year at UConn? If so, give the area a little time -- who knows...perhaps there are some hidden gems yet to be discovered.

Good luck in school and have fun!

P.S. Love your handle -- what's your favorite distro?

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Old 09-05-2008, 08:18 PM
 
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Though you may miss the Chinese food, try the tasty thin crust pizza in CT.


Have your family and friends send you care packages of Humpty Dumpty chips to help ease our withdrawal symptoms!

Hang in there, and once you graduate, bring your degree and wonderful skills back to Maine!!
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:39 PM
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Humpty Dumpty chips are now made in Canada.
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:36 PM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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Humpty Dumpty chips are now made in Canada.
Buzz killer...
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Humpty Dumpty chips have been all over the MidWest for like ten years (at the least).
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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#3. I can't find anywhere to get a good IT! I miss Sonny's in Fairfield, or Sam's in Lewiston!
Are you talking about italians? Because if you are, then are those strictly a Maine thing?
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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Are you talking about italians? Because if you are, then are those strictly a Maine thing?
They just don't know what the heck an italian sandwich is anywhere out here in the west. Maybe it is just a Maine thing. Although I remember a great shop in downtown Portsmouth. We made special trips from Eliot just to get "an italian." Close enough I guess.

If I remember right, they are on a long white roll with the usual meats and condiments but the best ingredient was an oil that was spread on it. Now I'm really hungry.
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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They just don't know what the heck an italian sandwich is anywhere out here in the west. Maybe it is just a Maine thing. Although I remember a great shop in downtown Portsmouth. We made special trips from Eliot just to get "an italian." Close enough I guess.

If I remember right, they are on a long white roll with the usual meats and condiments but the best ingredient was an oil that was spread on it. Now I'm really hungry.
Every nook and cranny in the US has some version of this type of sandwich whether it is called a hoagie, submarine, grinder, hero or what ever. But the way they make them here, especially with all of the oil, is strictly a Maine thing.
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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Here are my five things:

1. Family....my one week a year visit just isn't enough anymore

2. Hills and views....instead of traffic and suburban blues

3. Seasonal awareness and anticipation....vs. two long seasons (it was 105 today)

4. Wildlife viewing while out doing errands....here I see lots of cats and dogs

5. The food....can't explain it, just different with less choice out here
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