Please excuse me, I’m From Away.

HEYYA!! Sorry it’s been so long since my last post.  This whole *BAKING UP A BUSINESS* thing is very time intensive.  More on that later/BUT for now The Cart & I just wanted to thank you for your support.  Great suggestions, everyone!  I have designed a t shirt for our future excursions which I think will simplify matters greatly.

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THANKS>!!ME too.  Hard to believe I’ve been *From Away* for SEVEN WHOLE WEEKS NOW!

What do you mean, what do I mean? Aren’t you LISTENING?  I’ve been From Away for 7 weeks.  OH! No.. I don’t mean I’ve been AWAY FROM Philly all this time, though you could read it that way too.  No.  What I really mean is since moving to Maine I’ve joined a secret heretofore unknown and supremely mysterious group which is in fact growing ever larger even as I write this sentence.  In fact — you are very likely a part of it — and you may not even KNOW! NO _ I’m not talking about LOST! BUT SPEAKING OF WHICH _did you watch weds night?  I KNOW! I was like GO JOHN! WAY to kick that stupid bug-eyed benjamin linus in the balls. MAN I HATE HIM.  BUT – aanyway – From Away is a folksy term used by Mainers to identify OUTSIDERS.  It’s a polite way of acknowledging crazy persons without having to point and make little nutball circles next to one’s head. Saying someone is FROM AWAY is akin to calling them a dingus w/out saying so.  It’s simply understood.

Mainers are very proud of their heritage.  If you were born in Maine, you are and will always be a Mainer (Maine-uh).  Everyone else is From Away.  SO that pretty much includes us all – or 99.9999999852% of the world. Having “From Away” to bandy about – well, it makes it easy for Mainers to scoff at, scorn or ridicule those not from Maine (meaning US), without alerting us to this fact.  I also believe, though I cannot be certain, that this whole “From Away” thing was intended to establish Maine superiority and/or differentiate between homegrown and non-native whackadoo.  A little like the Nazis, but extremely reserved and without death camps.

WELL. LET ME JUST SAY./ All of us were born somewhere.  I, for one, was born in a hospital.  But not everyone has that luxury.  Some people were born in Maine.  But I do not fault them for that.  No.  That my friends would be wrong.  Making fun of someone, rolling your eyes behind their back or assuming they’ll vote A CERTAIN WAY because of where they were born is not right.  That is just plain PLACIST.

And in this day and age, to have to play the PLACE card – well…  I don’t have to roll my eyes b/c you KNOW I AM ANYWAY.  That is stooping pretty darn low.  NOT as low as that guy hawking tee shirts w/ Calvin peeing on that other guy, but STILL.  Just b/c I am FROM AWAY does not mean I don’t enjoy a lobstah roll as much as the next guy.  [Though, between you & me, I’d save your $10.] And DON’T get me started on the whole top-split New England frank roll vs. the “Other part of the country” side-split hot dog bun… sheesh.

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10 thoughts on “Please excuse me, I’m From Away.

  1. WoooooT! Way to rant there Dish Lady. You know I didn’t really understand lots of that as I’m from Way Way Away but I am totally on board and agree whole heartedly!
    *rolls eyes back incase someone needs them later*

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  2. You having a little culture shock, there, Dishy? Love the shirt. Don’t worry, in a hundred years or so, you’ll be a true-blue blueblood. But I suppose it will be posthumous so it won’t really do you any good at all. Your children could put up a plaque… “To the Philly Cart Lady”

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  3. Step away from the tshirts Dishy, you’ll be okay!
    Maybe Mainuhs think they are the only ones going to Heaven too! 🙂 Peace and Love from the South (and you know how much of the country views the South) Oh wait, this is your rant not mine…Love Ya Mean It!

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  4. Oh, Christy… you should have lived in East Falls instead of University City. There was a woman on my old block who was 100 years old, but was still not a true Fallser because she moved there when she was 20. Haha! And I’ve heard South Philly is even worse!
    Hope you have a great Mother’s Day!

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  5. I’m almost always from “away”. To date, I’ve lived in Austin, San Antonio, Daytona Beach, Miami, Orlando, and Raleigh with LOADS of time spent in Gainesville, Tampa, and Ft. Lauderdale.

    I think, next, I’d like to try Boulder, CO or NYC.

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  6. THANKS DAFF! I don’t understand half of what I’m saying half the time either – so no worries! xo

    Heyya Trace! Did you get one yet?? They’re gonna be ALL the rage!

    Thanks Curly – feel free to drop by my couch after the camping trip. It’s on the house.

    Connie — I just read the funniest book ever about the south – Being Dead is No Excuse. I give it 2 toe tags up. You will LOVE IT!

    Oh Laura — what a hoot! THAT is Philly. Hope you had a wonderful weekend too. xo

    Welcome Zhisou! So glad you clarified about the grockles.. did sound a bit suggestive.

    MTAE, you are so right. I have embraced my inner me and am letting it all hang out. PS: you should see the scene at pickup time before and after school. Talk about Clique-y!!

    Hayden – WHAT ABOUT MAINE??

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  7. Yeah, “grockles” is a bit of a weird word, but that’s Yorkshire for you.

    Hayden, you should try living in Europe too, London’s the greatest, except the weather. And the prices. Loads of great places: Madrid, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam …

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