I love Maine.
Now I will be the first to admit the lack of snow and moderate temperatures make for easy walking around Dover-Foxcroft. I haven’t tasted Maine’s weather yet … at least not thus far this winter. I do remember visiting way back in 2008 when the high temperature was around 20 below and the road was nothing but packed snow. Just look what I have to look forward to.
Thus far it is the quiet that calms me. I seem to get more done in less time. That gives me a chance to wander around town and discover its intricacies. There’s a new language to be learned. For example, once you get past the northern drawl, you discover new words — like wagon for shopping cart and the never-ending yeahhhh..
And the people have been so friendly. Every one you meet — doesn’t matter where or when — greets you with a hello, nice dayyy or recognizing nod. It’s refreshing.
My neighbors in the complex are just as friendly. Whenever they see me, they stop and chat. I’m getting to know more and more of my neighbors. Some are older, some are younger and some are in my age bracket. We all have something in common … living at The Mill.
I found another great sub shop the other night, one that served a full eight-inch toasted Italian sandwich for $5.55. Of course there are other sandwich shops, coffee shops and full service restaurants. When I do feel industrious in the kitchen, the grocery store is kitty-corner from the complex for staples and an old-fashioned meat market — complete with a real butcher — is just down the road. I picked up a standing rib roast for Christmas dinner … and then some.
Many from town gathered last night as the volunteer Dover-Foxcroft Fire Department brought its 1975 American LaFrance aerial ladder truck to The Mill to assist in placing a rotating Christmas tree in the bell tower. It was quite the sight. I tried getting pictures, but it just wasn’t happening.You’ll have to take my word for it.
I also joined the Center Theatre. As a member, I am entitled to see classic movies for free. Last night it was Miracle on 34th Street (original, colorized). I met a couple of my Mill mates there, who introduced me to some of their friends, veterinarians from just outside town. Ironically, both husband, wife and daughter are Cornell alumni — “Go Big Red”.
After the show a number of people — some I know, some I’ve never met — asked me if I was the real Santa Claus or if I slept with my whiskers inside or outside the covers. Don’t know what gave them that idea. In fact, I’ve been asked the Santa Claus question a lot over the past month or so, not only here in Maine but back in New York as well. One day at the post office in Seneca Falls, a mother asked the children if they had their letters for Santa. Lo and behold, one of the younguns — who was staring at this jolly white haired guy — turned around and handed me her letter with a second child quickly following suit. Mom apologized and I gave them a hearty “Ho, Ho, Ho” and told them I would take care of it.
I stayed for the 9 p.m. James Bond feature, Spectre at the Centrer Theatre. It cost me all of $6.
It was — entertaining .. I was never a big Bond fan, so I think the story may have had more significance if I had been primed with previous stories. It always amazes me, though, how awful shots the bad guys are, how deadly accurate the good guys are even with guns they retrieve while on the run (not their own), how little the good guys bleed, how fortuitous stepping stones are, how the heroes can change wardrobes while on the run and how the “extras” (like the diners and wait staff in the rail car) disappeared during the fight scene. It was — entertaining.
Tonight, it’s off to Christmas services. Yeah. I think I’m going to love it up here.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. — Mother Teresa