Wednesday, March 26, 2014
MAINE AND MOXIE
Every night the TV weather man on channel 8 gave a weather forecast which included the weather at
’s Crossing (which didn't exist.) If you asked a Mainer how to
get to Ustis he would likely say, ‘You can’t get there from here’ with a heavy
Mainer accent. You could never trust
directions or explanations from a Mainer because you never knew if you were
being led down the path. Hannibal
LL Bean at that time was just a big open warehouse with hunting, fishing and camping items on display. Bean was open 24 hours a day. When you walked in the door there was a counter displaying pipes and tobacco and you could fill you pipe from the free displays and walk around smoking while looking at outdoor gear – Bean was not a clothing store as it is today.
Mainers were a thrifty bunch; it was not unusual to see some Mainer out on a lake with a 30 year old motor on his boat – if he had something new he made it look old so as not to be mistaken for an outsider. Mainers were hardy: they ignored the bugs and the heat and the snow – especially in front of outsiders who would be frantic swatting away the black flies and midges or shivering in their boots knee deep in snow.
Down in Weld,
there was two
grocery stores: The Store and The Other Store. When you went to The Store it had a wood stove with chairs around it and you felt
like you had stepped back in time fifty years…
Actually, you always felt like you were in another time a place when you
were in rural Maine . Maine
And Mainers Drank MOXIE, a vile drink that taste like it is made from pine pitch.
First known as Moxie Nerve Food it was not originally made in
began as a patent medicine in 1876 produced by Maine
doctor then living in . Lowell,
A few years later he added soda water and marketed it as a beverage.
Moxie is designated the official soft drink of
Maine and a Moxie
Festival is held each summer in . Lisbon