wicked weeble wobbles, chowda, and moose. or lack thereof.
one of the best parts about going to a completely new place is the chance to make observations and notice things from an outsider's point of view.. the observations can be random and unfounded, sure, but hell... i've got nothing to follow that statement, actually.
so, some random things i've been noticing...
-new england loves Dunkin' Donuts. I've never seen so many Dunkin' Donuts in all my life... I was told that it is the biggest coffee distributor in the world, which I couldn't imagine, because I had only ever seen a few in my whole life... but now it makes sense. This place feeds the beast. This is also ironic to me, because Vermont was named the healthiest state in 2008. Doughnut anomaly.
-cops love using big snow banks to their full advantage.
-cops also love targeting young girls with ohio license plates. I actually had a police officer ask me, 'why the hell are you this far from home at this time of year, young lady?' uhh...
-I think the moose have all run away. I see moose crossing signs everywhere, and yet, no moose. And I think this is really a shame.
- there is a mentality of fitness among young people that is really widespread... I regularly see 12 and 13 year olds that could whoop me, and high school students that look like semi-pro athletes.
-Being organic and green and local is all the rage. More than anywhere in this country that I've been to. Which is awesome.
-The snow here doesn't melt. It just builds. and builds. and builds.
-Not knowing how to ski is like not knowing how to walk.
-I was offered chowda, and it was one of the happiest moments of my life.... chowda exists, even in vermont.
-Whoever designed the highway system here, loves unreasonably short merge lanes.
-"Wicked" is to New England, as "Hella" is to Northern California. The first time I heard it here, it was when a 5 year old told me about this "wicked cool" weeble wobble playset she has.