Talk to someone that say lives in Boston MA and ask about Bruins, Red Sox, Patriot games.
Assuming they go to lots and are lucky to be right there in Bean Town with the teams for the home games.
(OBNOXIOUS BUZZER SOUND)
Wrong. Jimmy tell the contestants leaving for home, the parking lot what we have for them today would you?
Reasons for missing the city game, concert, museum or play, etc.
Too expensive or the crowds bother me or too busy with a second, third job. Too tired. Just plain exhausted or worried about crime, traffic, something that robs the experience. Makes it why bother.
Maybe all the above, working a little in combination the cause for empty seats you would like to be filling in the stadium, concert, court side or the other side of the rink shatter proof glass and protective netting.
Often it is not just those reasons for saying pass.
Missing the game. More of the how do you like to use any spare time that you can whittle out of the schedule of life.
Space. No or few people. Turning up the volume of wildlife, scenery of natural surroundings. And fun that does not involve parking garages, long waiting in line, lots of swipes of the plastic card with the magnetic strip.
One reason why camping in Maine is so popular.
Bring your food, pack a wicker basket. Don’t need a thick stack of tens and twenties to fuel the experience. Cooking food outside on a grill, the open fire after a day of hiking is its own reward.
Walking and talking along a seacoast location in Maine.
Meandering through a farmers market. Without peeling off lots of dead Presidents to fund the adventure.
The price you pay for the best things in life. Comes from hard work, determination, right thinking. Making your own luck. Working with the weather of sunshine, summer breezes and storm fronts, cloud bursts opening up around you.
Maine is slow cooking not fast food. It is home grown not coin operated. It is lasting.
Small town connected and special. Not fast paced and impersonal. Lots of open and wooded spaces without the clumped together throngs of people. Relaxed not tense. Natural not artificial. Memorable and safe not scary and dangerous.
Maine is outdoors and low or no cost entertainment.
More dependent on you up on stage in the performance. Pitching in, not sitting like a bump on a log in the passive audience. Waiting for someone else to make your laugh, to put on the show.
Maine opens up a person to be more self sufficient in how they approach day to day living. DIY, bartering, trying your hand at many trades Jack.
Bored people are the unhappiest. And you have to be grateful before happy that lasts happens.
Basic, simple, real, honest.
That is small town Maine. Because the low population and distance away from major markets keeps up insulated. I did not say isolated with high speed Internet, Interstates, lots of technology.
But living without the gizmos, taking a break from the silicone chips and flat screens, smart phones. It is not backward. Not primitive.
It is refreshing to explore Maine. Missing the commercial do dads that take away from the total focus on the Pine Tree State.
Maine. The way life should be. Still is when you are ready.
What could be more important? Holding you up. Maine, don’t keep her waiting. Watch the four seasons change, be part of that in Maine.
Unplug, refresh, recharge and see what is missing up here in the right hand corner where Maine is parked. With the keys always left in the ignition. The house doors unlocked and the people warm, friendly, smiling.