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Old 09-06-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Maine humidity on its worst day is nothing NOTHING like Midwest humidity, where you can feel like you're swimming through the air and think you need Scuba gear to breathe.
Actually after having spent about equal time in both regions (a couple more years in the Midwest than Maine, 23 -vs- 20) I can truthfully tell you that the humidity levels on average are almost identical in the Summers.
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Old 09-06-2009, 06:07 PM
 
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Actually after having spent about equal time in both regions (a couple more years in the Midwest than Maine, 23 -vs- 20) I can truthfully tell you that the humidity levels on average are almost identical in the Summers.
Nah, I have to disagree. After spending most of the '70s in Omaha, with those famous 100-100 days (humidity and temperature), Maine doesn't come close.
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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If it was humid this summer for more than 2 hours I guess I missed it.
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Just Rainy a lot... I don't think that counts when people are talking about it being 'humid'. I think of humid as being sticky yet not raining. We didn't have much of that here as far as I know.
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Nah, I have to disagree. After spending most of the '70s in Omaha, with those famous 100-100 days (humidity and temperature), Maine doesn't come close.
hehe, humidity wars!!!

i do NOT know the way it "feels" in the northeast. But in St. Louis it's a stagnant humidity, no wind or brief interlude, like an "ahhh" moment right when you step in the shade. It's like... "oh let's go stand in the shade" ::walk to shade:: "damn, it's not any better over here, i wish there was a breeze!" :P

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Where I have been 'working' [I stock shelves as an independent vendor stocker about 1 - 2 hours each weeknight in my Dw's grocery store.] I know a lady who makes jewelry and is a vendor at various local events. By the way, where I stock shelves they have had some openings since January, they have had a terrible time trying to get these positions filled. I have even mentioned it here on CD a few times too. It seems that everyone is too busy already.
where is that located? bangor?

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I work in Bangor. There are a number of small towns that are a easy commute to Bangor, if you are looking to live outside the city.

I wish I knew a little more about where you are coming from so I could give a better idea of how they would compare.

Are there specific things that you want or do not want in your new home area?
I guess the area to squat in (rental/house/apartment) isn't a huge factor, it's more just getting to the right place on the planet! we currently live in a slummish area of St. Charles, MO. Neighbors and people walking up and down at all hours have no integrity, or respect for other people around them. So even if we stayed here in the St. Louis area, anything is better compared to where we live. I constantly get random people knocking on my door, asking for drugs, because I am assuming the previous renters were sellers? We only live here because the landlord is my father-in-law's best friend, so we got a good deal. And it's in the right ... spot, it's just shady and sometimes SCARY! And it's good that my husband is a fairly good people person in tight situations, there are some strange characters everywhere!

Hmm... okay well none of that has anything to do with Maine, I was just trying to point out that the neighborhood isn't really the selling point for us. It's more the way of life :P

and for culture, i didn't really mean... ethnicity really, i more meant like... as far as traditions and values do they originate from somewhere? not how many white people and asians there are heh. in st. louis you can find a little bit of everything. It's not Chicago or L.A. but,.. yeah. So I didn't know if maybe there was an emphasis on a particular culture. Maybe they just have "Maine culture" hah.

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From what you have written I think that Maine might be a really good place for you and your husband, provided that you can do it without starting so far behind the curve that in this small economy, you cannot catch up. Had your planning been six months or so further along, you might have come to Maine to attend the Common Ground Fair. Had you done that, you would have stayed in Maine RIGHT THEN, and perhaps never left. Probably you should plan on this for next early fall.
Why would coming 6 months ago to the Common Ground Fair mean that?

My husband and i will definitely have to talk about maybe delaying until fall, that way we can have a thicker cotton lining in our bank accounts, and better advantage to visit in that time. He's just a super anxious type person, wants to do it now (that goes for everything). He stresses out about a lot of things. Like time crunching. It's unnerving. But that's why *I* am doing all the hunting.
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Bangor, ME
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i do NOT know the way it "feels" in the northeast. But in St. Louis it's a stagnant humidity, no wind or brief interlude, like an "ahhh" moment right when you step in the shade. It's like... "oh let's go stand in the shade" ::walk to shade:: "damn, it's not any better over here, i wish there was a breeze!" :P
I was in St Louis and Kansas City in mid-July for a few days. It was nice, I wouldn't say it was ridiculously humid. It was actually just plain 'nice' and sunny. I went to a baseball game in both places.

Admittedly, there was actually a breeze sometimes.

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and for culture, i didn't really mean... ethnicity really, i more meant like... as far as traditions and values do they originate from somewhere?
Mainers are usually Mainers. There are different ethnic backgrounds in the city to an extent but ultimately we're all Mainers and residents of the area, either by birth or by moving here.

Any traditions or values have been here long enough that I'd argue they originated here. 'Anyone's invited, but don't try to screw things up for other people.'. I believe Greenland has similar rules.

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Why would coming 6 months ago to the Common Ground Fair mean that?
If memory serves, CGF is a great place to sell handmade crafts, local produce, etc. I've never been, but friends of mine tend to go every year. I think it's in the Belfast area (about an hour away from Bangor on the coast).

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He's just a super anxious type person, wants to do it now (that goes for everything). He stresses out about a lot of things. Like time crunching. It's unnerving. But that's why *I* am doing all the hunting.
I'm a pretty impulsive person too. I'd rather not spend time talking when I could spend it doing. They refer to it usually as 'motivated'. Sometimes I'm referred to as certain other names I can't use in this forum.

However, I admit there are some things that should be researched, like buying a home, a car, or choosing where you wake up in the morning. The difference between "best decision ever' and 'worst decision ever', can really boil out to knowing what you're getting yourself into.

I wake up with the trees in the backyard every day, sometimes with a deer or a fox out there. At the very least it's the one thing to look forward to, even if the rest of the day ends up stressful. It works for me. Oh, that and hoping for snowmobile season.
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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hehe, humidity wars!!!

i do NOT know the way it "feels" in the northeast. But in St. Louis it's a stagnant humidity, no wind or brief interlude, like an "ahhh" moment right when you step in the shade. It's like... "oh let's go stand in the shade" ::walk to shade:: "damn, it's not any better over here, i wish there was a breeze!" :P
Humidity is okay so long as it is a "dry-heat"

LOL



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... Where is that located? bangor?
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I guess the area to squat in (rental/house/apartment) isn't a huge factor, it's more just getting to the right place on the planet! we currently live in a slummish ...
I agree.

If you going to go bust, you might as well go bust in an area where there is no crime and where you want to be. Rather than in a place where crime is high and you hate it.

I have a long time friend who recently lost his job, his house and about everything. He is trying to get an old van going so at least he can pack his stuff into it and park down by the river under a bridge. But he is in a high crime area. So I have made the offer that if he can get his van here, we would love to host him until he gets his stance once again.

It is far better to be flat broke in a good area; than in a bad area.



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... Why would coming 6 months ago to the Common Ground Fair mean that?
Once you attend the hippy fair there is no leaving Maine.

You can check in, but you can't check out. It is like Hotel California, but in your mind.

If you visit Maine any other time of year, you will see a wonderful place, and you might fall in love with Maine.

If you visit during the Common Ground Fair, you will be hooked, and it would take a team of wild horses to drag you away.

I attend the fair all day long, for all 3-days.





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... My husband and i will definitely have to talk about maybe delaying until fall, that way we can have a thicker cotton lining in our bank accounts, and better advantage to visit in that time. He's just a super anxious type person, wants to do it now (that goes for everything). He stresses out about a lot of things. Like time crunching. It's unnerving. But that's why *I* am doing all the hunting.
I see.

I understand, do not let DH read the MOFGA website.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

The Common Ground Country Fair
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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Job opportunities links:

Maine.gov: Employment: Job Opportunities

Demo stats: (I won't vouch 100% for the authenticity since it's a state website ha ha ha - but it'll give you some advice anyway).

Maine.gov: Facts & History: Statistics

Husson:

Husson University

Eastern Maine Technical College (probably not what you're looking for , but I thought I'd throw it out there - it is a great technical training school).

Eastern Maine Community College

UMO:

The University of Maine - The University of Maine -

Here's an interesting "Life in Maine" site learned a few things myself.


Maine Life

Although I know it's hard to get up here, I really agree with those who say people need to visit before moving up here. IMHO, lifestyle is so subjective that one really needs to experience life here (if only for a week or two) in order to get an idea of whether or not it is somewhere they want to call "home." For me, it's great - for others not so much. I've seen people who move up and absolutely love it - until, that is, they experience their first lengthy winter. It's "end-stage" February through "When the h*ll is Spring coming anyway?" mid-April that usually sends them packing.

Good luck - I hope you can get up here and see for yourself.

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Old 09-06-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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If it was humid this summer for more than 2 hours I guess I missed it. There is Eastern Maine Community College here in Bangor, as I think you mentioned you wanted to start with that. It is very much less expensive than Husson which is now a University. We are also less than an hours drive from the ocean. If you decide to make the move I think you will like it.

Yeah, I think typically, humidity is brief (maybe it's because our summers are brief). This last stretch was a pain for sure, but most of the summer was just too da*m wet! Here's hoping for a better summer next year!

'Course ya know, as we Maineahs often say during our bouts with humidity:

"It t'aint the heat, it's the hum-id-ditty."
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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He's just a super anxious type person, wants to do it now (that goes for everything).

lol I have to comment on that statement. He sounds like Me. I am ready to move and start new in Maine. ***posted a thread about moving from Mississippi*** I know the best thing is to wait until we figure things out, but in my mind...it's all about...."Let's Go Now!"

Good luck in your decision!!!!
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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lol I have to comment on that statement. He sounds like Me. I am ready to move and start new in Maine. ***posted a thread about moving from Mississippi*** I know the best thing is to wait until we figure things out, but in my mind...it's all about...."Let's Go Now!"

Good luck in your decision!!!!
I feel you.. I'm the one in our family and he's Mr. reality chaeck..*sigh*


Forest. In a van under a bridge!!!

Hippie fair=Hotel California.

Thanks for the morning chuckles.
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Waldo County
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hehe, humidity wars!!!

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Why would coming 6 months ago to the Common Ground Fair mean that?

My husband and i will definitely have to talk about maybe delaying until fall, that way we can have a thicker cotton lining in our bank accounts, and better advantage to visit in that time. He's just a super anxious type person, wants to do it now (that goes for everything). He stresses out about a lot of things. Like time crunching. It's unnerving. But that's why *I* am doing all the hunting.
No. Had your planning been six months along NOW, you could visit Maine NOW, and once attended the Common Ground Fair which is in the earl fall, you would have wanted to stay.

Impatience is commonplace for your generation especially. "Super anxious" types make super mistakes and have super amounts of time to indulge in remorse. Stressing about "time crunching" is a waste of his time: plan and save and think and above all right now, READ, READ, READ. Make your plans to visit Maine with great care and deliberation. Make a schedule based on what you READ about, and what you study about time and distances here. Don't expect that you can go from here to there quickly. Maine is mostly a state of two lane roads, and fast travel by Interstate is liimited to the ONE interstate corridor that we have, I-95.

You will make yourself crazy trying to see Maine in a week or so. For now, plan on driving to Bangor, and see things that are, say, within a fifty mile circumference of Bangor. You will have PLENTY to see and it every place will be different from the last, if you spend enough time to examine it.

When you get back from your trip you will have a tremendous advantage: you will know one place that you NEVER want to see or visit again. It may be where you live now. It may be one or two or ALL of the Maine that you have spent time and deliberation to see and learn about. But you will be a leg up on where to look and to go to next.

My son in law heard rumors that his company (MBNA) was going to be sold to another company. He was right. He decided to change jobs and got a buddy of his to get him an interview with a company in the down south. He got a job and moved, "instructing" his wife to sell the house and plan on joining him down there in time for the kids to be in school, which was four weeks away.

That was two years ago. He was so impatient that he bought a house as soon as he got down to Virginia. Great. His wife never even saw the house until the day she and the moving van arrived. They had to arrange a second mortgage on their Maine home in order to afford the HUGE payments on the new house.

That was two years ago. Today, the house in Maine is rented but not sold. MY daughter has been "downsized" and her job is gone. And it gets worse:

My daughter and my son in law are now pending their divorce and are living apart. The killing factor for all of this was his IMPATIENCE.

My soon to be son-in-law HAD TO HAVE HIS COOKIE, AND HE HAD TO HAVE IT NOW. His impatience will cost both he, his wife and their two children a lot that could have been saved with planning and just a little patience. Practice it.

It is entirely true that you didn't ask for all of this. I don't mean to be imperious, but I have seen enough disaster and failure in my life to know that patience and planning makes for a smooth voyage and impatience and knee jerk decision making carry the seeds of absolute disaster. No more is this true than when planning to move from somewhere to Maine.
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