Hi. Barb here. Or rather there.
For the last two years, Bill and I have been lucky enough to spend part of the year in Key West, Florida and part of it in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
I’ve enjoyed exploring the similiarities and differences.
Similarities: In either Key West or coastal Maine, it’s a grave miscalculation to make assumptions about someone’s education, genealogy or net worth based on how they dress.
Key West formalwear: Clean t-shirt
Maine Coast formalwear: Clean flannel shirt.
Exceptions to sartorially casual approach:
Key West: Drag queens (while working)
Maine Coast: Martha Stewart (all the time).
Similarities: In either location, natives can spot a tourist driving and take an alternative route if one is available.
Maine Coast: Can spot an out-of-state license from 100 yards away.
Key West: Can spot a Florida rental car license from 100 yards away. (Also, strangely leave the M off “Masshole!”)
Similarities: The lobster catch is headline news and both areas had tough lobster seasons.
Key West 2013: Lobsters scarce, prices high.
Maine Coast 2012: Lobsters plentiful, prices low.
Key West: BP oil spill
Maine Coast: 2012 non-winter
Key West: con leche
2013 Tourist Season:
Similarities: Can’t wait ’til they come. Can’t wait ’til they leave.
Key West: 2013 has been the best tourist season in years. I keep asking people why. Answers are evenly divided between, “The economy is actually better,” and “The economy is no better, but people have said, ‘screw it, we haven’t had a vacation in five years, we’re going.'”
Maine Coast: Anxiously waiting.
Wicked accurate…and funny.
Thanks, John! I’m becoming a bit of an anthropologist.
Wow, I didn’t realize I get to have brandy in my coffee in Maine. Heading north now!
Great post, Barb. I just got back from a few days a bit further north in Venice, Florida. Next time we go visit those friends, we’ve already planned to hop the ferry from Fort Myers and spend a couple of nights in Key West!
Definitely, Edith! You would love Key West.
Coffee brandy is a peculiarly Maine drink.
Gorgeous paintings in the last photo. If I could paint, I’d head to Florida at some non-threatening weather time. Haven’t been to Maine yet either but you all make it sound very inviting.
Judy–art is everywhere in Key West. You would love it. And Maine.
Anthropop, at its best, Barb… and a wicked good laugh!
Hey, Barb. Great post. My kids swear by Key West. I swear by Maine. We’ve been four times so far and are heading up again in Otober, actually to Booth Bay Harbor area. No kids, just DH and me. We’ll try to coffee with brandy. Have missed that so far. The rest of the family plan to go to Hawaii some Christmas. I’ve told them fine, but I’ll be in Woodstock, VT. LOL Even my youngest grand, not two yet, is in love with the ocean. After a recent trip to Galveston. She kept repeating, “Ocean, more ocean.” I’ve had enough hot here in Texas to last me a liftime. How great for you to be able to split the seasons. Fun post.