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Old 10-15-2011, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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MaureenB Today's Bangor Daily News had a great column by Emmet Mera about Rockland. He always has a great perspective. I think you would enjoy it.
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:43 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Maine has been a tourist stop for centuries. train loads from NY, MAss, Va, and all over came for health spas in Norridgwok fro example. Old and not-so-old places come down and newer, more modern (?) places go up. All designed to bring in more tourists. Change is inevitable so we may as well get past it and enjoy. If BH village is too crowded and cruise ships block the view, then Caddilac is a short drive. Magnificent view. Plenty of places with few crowds going right at the traffic light on RT 3. DW & I still enjoy a trip over to ride and walk around; and I don't tolerate crowds well. We still enjoy the whole weekend in BH.
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:50 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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MaureenB Today's Bangor Daily News had a great column by Emmet Mera about Rockland. He always has a great perspective. I think you would enjoy it.

OK, see, now I wanna take a ride down. Ev en if the dump still smells. Nice article.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Sunrise County ~Maine
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Zarathu, an utterly predictable response to my comment! I was begging the question. C'mon, astonish me and look beyond the rhetoric!
( )

... bring on the dirt road.
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:41 AM
 
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Well, gee, if we're talking about change, let's see ... I miss the Bar Harbor of 1971, when a student working tables for the summer could still rent an apartment downtown for a reasonable price. Those darn out-of-staters who bought up all the houses in town and turned them into B&Bs and frou-frou restaurants really ruined it for the rest of us.

See. It's all in your perspective.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Well, gee, if we're talking about change, let's see ... I miss the Bar Harbor of 1971, when a student working tables for the summer could still rent an apartment downtown for a reasonable price. Those darn out-of-staters who bought up all the houses in town and turned them into B&Bs and frou-frou restaurants really ruined it for the rest of us.

See. It's all in your perspective.
How about the teachers that have to commute from Milbridge or Glenburn because that's the closest rent they could afford? Last I heard the town was talking about buying places to house teachers on the island. Anything ever come of that?
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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What's a frou-frou restaurant?

This?

frou-frou (comparative more frou-frou, superlative most frou-frou)
Frilly; heavily ornamental; fancy; overly elaborate, particularly as regards clothing.
They ate in a frou-frou restaurant at the top of a skyscraper.

Is Geddy's a Frou-frou restaurant? Can't say I actually know one of those in BH. Can anyone name one?

There is that big new hotel that Obama stayed in on The Harbor Club across from the Whale Museum on West Street. I never went in there. That just might be Frou-Frou.

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Old 10-17-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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Becoming a resident doesn't make a person a Mainer except on paper.
I'll be sure to tell that to the town of Bar Harbor next time they send me a tax bill. Over the past 4 years of not being a real Mainer, I've paid $10000 in taxes to the Town of Bar Harbor.

Thanks goodness for them that they don't require you to be a real Mainer to get taxes from property you own in the Town of Bar Harbor, or the taxes and services would be much much higher.

Oddly, as I've said before, its only ON THIS FORUM that I've ever heard of the phrase "being a real Mainer". No one that I know in BH seems to give a cr@p if you are a Real Mainer or not. In fact, everyone I know is excited about having another winter resident. Acadia Senior College has actually signed me up for a committee chair, and some real Mainers have invited us to Thanksgiving diner. We weren't excluded from participation in either event because...."Oh, I'm sorry.... I thought you were a real Mainer... I know I invited you, but now....well... you can't come."

And..... I've also never heard any one from any other state commenting on being a real Pennsylvanian, or real New Jerseyite, or real Marylander. IMO, I think its a kind of xenophobia which needs psychological treatment.

The real question is wether there is a Real Mainer Clubhouse, and whether Real Mainers buy things that were made in China, rather than Maine. I especially want to know if they have a secret handshake, and whether they parade about at night in pointy white hoods burning crosses on the lawns of not real Mainers. Will I be allowed to vote in Maine because I'm not a real Mainer? I won't have to pay the excise tax on my car, right? That would only be for Real Mainers.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I'll be sure to tell that to the town of Bar Harbor next time they send me a tax bill. Over the past 4 years of not being a real Mainer, I've paid $10000 in taxes to the Town of Bar Harbor.

Thanks goodness for them that they don't require you to be a real Mainer to get taxes from property you own in the Town of Bar Harbor, or the taxes and services would be much much higher.

Oddly, as I've said before, its only ON THIS FORUM that I've ever heard of the phrase "being a real Mainer". No one that I know in BH seems to give a cr@p if you are a Real Mainer or not. In fact, everyone I know is excited about having another winter resident. Acadia Senior College has actually signed me up for a committee chair, and some real Mainers have invited us to Thanksgiving diner. We weren't excluded from participation in either event because...."Oh, I'm sorry.... I thought you were a real Mainer... I know I invited you, but now....well... you can't come."

And..... I've also never heard any one from any other state commenting on being a real Pennsylvanian, or real New Jerseyite, or real Marylander. IMO, I think its a kind of xenophobia which needs psychological treatment.

The real question is wether there is a Real Mainer Clubhouse, and whether Real Mainers buy things that were made in China, rather than Maine. I especially want to know if they have a secret handshake, and whether they parade about at night in pointy white hoods burning crosses on the lawns of not real Mainers. Will I be allowed to vote in Maine because I'm not a real Mainer? I won't have to pay the excise tax on my car, right? That would only be for Real Mainers.

There is a double secret handshake. That's how we can tell.
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:52 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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There is a double secret handshake. That's how we can tell.

It's a thumb and pinkie thing. Psssssttt! It's a secret.
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