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Monday, September 11, 2006

A Downeast lesson

The folks up in Maine could teach some lessons in being accommodating to New Jerseyans. Everywhere we went this past week, the people were so nice. Whether involved in the big business of tourism or not, they couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. And it was genuine. At one point, I couldn't help but wonder: Are we still in the U.S.?

Maybe some cynical Mainers talk derisively about out of staters as Jerseyans talk about "Bennies,'' but it wasn't evident. And there were plenty of visitors around, even though the "high season'' ends at Labor Day. At some parking areas in Acadia National Park, the New Jersey license plates seemed to rank second only to New York tags.

So either New Jersey is doing something very wrong or Maine is doing something very right. Maybe those smiles up north make a difference.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The good folks in Maine wouldn't be smiling if their homes were being condemned to build summer rentals and vacation condominiums for wealthy out-of towners. There's a difference between tourists and locusts.

9:05 AM, September 13, 2006  

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