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The Peacoat

Posted on November 7, 2018

I was writing at home, or trying to, when the desire to get up out of my chair finally struck me. I needed out, I needed to get out into the fall weather and interact with humans and stop looking at the page. I grabbed my pea coat, slipped it on, and slipped out the door. My girlfriend at the time wasn’t home yet. The night was cold, and my feet slid over wet leaves that covered the grimy Portland sidewalk. Several times, I had to check my pace or risk falling to the tar. I took in the night air, letting it fill my lungs and letting my eyes adjust to the darkness. Upon entering the store, I wandered around aimlessly. I wasn’t…

Ghosts of Portland

Posted on July 4, 2018

This city has many ghosts. I’ve been called one myself, off and on, since I started walking the streets of Portland. Each cobblestone marred with gum and cigarette butts, each rooftop covered in bird shit, each wall covered in graffiti and hobo piss – they’re all markers for times come and gone, days passed. Down on the wharf, I see myself taking waltzing lessons from a girlfriend in the moonlight, both of us laughing while I’m too self-conscious to take the steps. Though I really could if I could just overtake that anxiety (because I’m an okay dancer) broiling inside me. She appreciates my effort. Unfortunately, that’s about the only time in that relationship I put any effort in. She was a nice girl.…

Maine Man: Portland

Posted on April 24, 2017

Portland¬†is the largest city here in Maine, with a population of about 67, 000. It is a port town, with a total area of around 69.44 square miles. The city itself rests on a peninsula in Casco Bay, situated in the Gulf of Maine and the Atlantic Ocean. Portland has seen some rough times since the 1970’s when it experienced an economic depression (Due to the Maine Mall being built), but once the downtown area began to be developed and reshaped, it has experienced an unprecedented boom in recent years. Now, people flock here to eat, to eat some more, and eat again. (Seriously, there are lots of places to eat here – more restaurants per capita than San Francisco¬†… Well, sort of. The…

New Blog Feature: Maine Man

Posted on April 18, 2017

There is a saying here in Maine (it may be also said elsewhere, I’m not sure); “I swear I hear of a new town here every day.” I am in my thirties and even living in Maine as long as I have (I’ve only taken a brief stint in New Hampshire), I have not only NOT ever been to a majority of Maine towns – but even some of the ones I’ve been to I have not experienced in their full glory. I accepted this fact a long time ago. In recent years, I vowed that even if I am never to be a globe traveler, I can at least explore my own backyard. And, since I have a blog and have neglected it…