"Settling in for the Long Haul," a Maine Correspondent of Mine Reports

"This sign went up this morning at the exit from the Portland bus/train terminal, where Amtrak still runs."

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  1. Maine is Stephen King country.

    But then, King doesn’t want this situation compared to The Stand.

    And hopefully it won’t compare.

    1. Welcome to Maine, easier to get in than get out.

      1. Like a lobster trap!

        1. No, lobsters can actually figure out how to get out of the trap if they have enough time. That’s why you have to haul them early in the morning, they’ll figure out how to get out, if someone else doesn’t haul the trap for you first….

    2. A Stephen King moment in Maine (especially dear to my heart because my family has some island beach-property in Maine and the beach is exactly like this one, even the type of sand):


      1. I never understood why they couldn’t wiggle loose when the water came in — the sand liquefies and stakes driven in 3 feet deep will pull loose if there is tension on the line. it’s why there are the ridges (from the waves) just offshore.

        Stephen King is weird — very weird — I’ve met him. And he’d be all for Janet Mills except he now winters in Florida. But some people are more equal than others…

        1. “stakes driven in 3 feet deep will pull loose if there is tension on the line.”

          The people in that scene aren’t attached to lines with tension on them. They have no leverage to pull against the weight of the sand.

  2. The employees in the sign making shop want to make sure they are considered essential.

  3. Fascism knows no bounds

    1. In the Maine I know, that sign would get used for target practice. 00 Buckshot out the window of a passing pickup truck — Herr Janet would get here message real quick.

      But Portland ain’t Maine anymore, hasn’t been in over 50 years.

  4. Just as law-ahng as they don’t run out of lawb-stuh they’ll be ok, ay-uh.

  5. This is stopping this Mainer from getting laid. Not happy.

    1. I’ve had a couple of Maine gals in my younger days. They were pretty hot and there was literally nothing they wouldn’t do. Don’t know what they are like now, but when I was there this past summer, it seemed like a lot of them don’t like men.

  6. Remember North Haven Island — this idiot cop lives on it.
    And if he were anyone other than a police officer, he’d be called an idiot if not worse for this stunt — it wasn’t just his own life he endangered…


    And I don’t see Janet Mills explaining why “essential” workers can’t transmit the virus….

  7. And then in Beverly, Massachusetts — $100 fine for walking the wrong way on the sidewalk. Fascism knows no bounds.

      1. Whenever you hear of a retarded law, there’s a very good chance it’s in Massachusetts. Why not also ticket slow walkers and people who take up the whole sidewalk because they have a dog or kids with them even if they are going the right way?

        1. And maybe ticket people who neatly pick up their dog poop in a bag, tie it closed, and then drop it on the side of the walk?

  8. Driving West from Massachusetts into New York on I90, I’m always struck by the miles of signs reminding travelers of what’s illegal in NY that might have been legal elsewhere. Perhaps Maine EZ-Pass can just deduct 14 days hotel deposit on entry of any out-of-state vehicle? Apply for a refund if you’re essential or staying elsewhere for 14 days.

    1. Herr Janet has also closed all the hotels and motels…

      This isn’t going to hurt Western Maine (where she’s from) — their tourism is in the fall & winter (hunting & skiing) but if she keeps this into even May, she’ll destroy both the tourist and lobster industries. It was bad enough in the late ’70’s when people were afraid of not being able to get gasoline.

      And I’d like to know the Constitutionality of a quarantine that doesn’t apply to “essential” persons (and presumably their families).

  9. I might have phrased that sign a little less obnoxiously to refer to people doing non-essential jobs, rather than the people themselves being non-essential.

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