Maine so far

July 8, 2017 • Posted in book tour, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, Mike Knezovich, politics, radio, Seeing Eye dogs, travel, writing by

Hello from our little inn in Lubec, Maine. We won’t be heading across the river to the Iota: The Conference of Short Prose at Roosevelt Campobello International Park until later this morning, but in the short 24 hours we’ve been here I already have a lot to write about.

Picture of Whitney lying at Beth's feet on the plane.

Whitney got to lay across the row instead of scrunching under one seat.

A worker at our gate at O’Hare was so taken by my Seeing Eye dog that she gave me and Whitney our own two seats. “That way she can stretch out.”

At the Bangor Airport in Maine a Budget Rental Car worker upgraded us to an SUV. “That’ll be nice for the dog.” It was nice for us, too.

With my window down I could take in the clean air and breathe in the fragrance of pine trees. A world away from far-away Chicago. The familiar songs on the car radio reminded us we were still in America, though — we sang along to Steely Dan’s “Reeling in the Years” and Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken.”

Sign outside trailer that sold lobster rolls (among many other things).

Sign outside trailer that sold lobster rolls (among many other things).

When Mike caught sight of a roadside trailer selling lobster rolls en route from Bangor to Lubec, we stopped for lunch.It was there we caught the first sound of that Maine accent.”Does yah dahg wahn ice cream? Free fah ahl dahgs” Whitney ate it up

And when Mike read this description of a Trump Sandwich they were offering, we felt among friends.

Trump Sandwich sign that says white bread, baloney, Russian dressing and a small pickle

Sheila A. Donovan On July 8, 2017 at 10:50 am

That Trump Sandwich joke has been going around on Facebook for a long time. I love it and I’m glad it’s being shared back East.

Marsha On July 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

Sounds like you are off to a good start! Have a great time! Loved the description of the accent- one of my hobbies is studying accents. If you get any more interesting examples please share!

Beth On July 9, 2017 at 7:06 am

Perfect hobby for you, a speech therapist! I’ll keep listening…

Lois Baron On July 8, 2017 at 11:36 am

And you are in MAINE! Not exactly known to be liberal (re: the Trump Sandwich). Glad you are enjoying.

Regan Burke On July 8, 2017 at 11:43 am

Love the travelogue – and the sandwich. I can smell those pines.

Beth On July 9, 2017 at 7:12 am

Ah, the pines. Whitney’s nose is twitching a mile a minute.

Bruce Hunt On July 8, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Its supa that you got to heah exactly how the wurds should be pr’nounced. My father would of been pleased. So am I.

Bruce Hunt On July 8, 2017 at 2:29 pm

I wrote “fatha” but spell check out muscled me.

Beth On July 9, 2017 at 7:17 am

Damn that spellcheck. Makes me proud to think your fatha would have been pleased . Good to heah from you, Bruce!

Ray Vegter On July 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

Your vision is perfect Beth. Love the travelogue.

Annelore Chapin On July 10, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Ahhhh, I MUST make it to Maine one of these days! Lobster and pines!!! And…..Happy Writing!!

Deborah Darsie On July 31, 2017 at 10:44 pm

I enjoyed the travelogue and the mention of the Mainer accent made me smile.
My mom grew up in Presque Isle and many decades ago I got to visit my grandparents and the family friends who all were amazed how much I looked like that side of the family.

Beth On August 1, 2017 at 9:09 am

Your mother grew up on Presque Isle? And now don’t you live in the Pacific Northwest? your family has the country covered!

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