These are just some observations I’ve made since moving to Maine… I’m not criticizing (unless noted on that item 😋), just contrasting.
- Water comes from a well beneath your house, is ice cold, & tastes amazing!
- Natural gas is not under the ground in Maine, so there are no magical pipes bringing it into your home.
- Trees are in abundance, so heating is split between “Heating Oil” and wood.
- When someone is a “home builder” by profession, they actually hammer nails, vs supervising workers.
- Lots of people build their own houses by hand.
- There don’t seem to be building codes, so stairs are not always optimized for safety. My stairs’ run is shorter than my foot… yesterday, I missed 4 steps & caught myself with my upper arm.
- As far as I’ve noted, I’ve seen 2 African Americans in Farmington.
- Elderly people in the community seem VERY impatient & annoyed by my special kids. This is the opposite of my previous experiences.
- People just ignore the stripes next to van-accessible handicap parking, pulling right into the stripe area.
- Raw milk consumption is normal. I’m getting it for $4.25/gallon!
- Lakehouses are referred to as “camps”.
- Dunkin Donuts is the “third place”… my town has 3 & no Starbucks.
- Because of hills, my cellphone coverage while driving is a joke.
- Internet cables have not been installed on my street, since the company wants more customers per mile to finish the job.
- Getting my new driver’s license only took 20 mins at one of 10 Bureau of Motor Vehicles across the state… I know where 4+ DPS locations are in Houston & always wait longer than that.
- Craigslist is statewide vs citywide, so it’s pretty hard to connect within reasonable driving distance.