You are the cat's meow...or so you think smudgy and toying with the idea of retiring, relocating to Maine.
And with all the gold around you from your midas touch, you have thought this move to Maine will be similar to the haunts you frequent now. Where there are 1000 people per square mile.
But with Northern Maine's 11 people in that same square mile, well, maybe all the same just without the traffic, crime, smog, noise, hurry scurry you think, reason.
Will you be happy here in Maine? If you want tons of open space, rolling fields, woods, woods and more woods, yes you will. If down to earth, help you out hard working family and God centered people are what you want for neighbors, you have found the right space to call home.
If you want to buy a chrome, glass, granite architectural blue ribbon Frank Lloyd Wright designer one of a kind home, in a neighborhood of other unique properties, exclusive country clubs, weekly polo matches maybe not. If you want to enjoy local service to pick up, starch, press and drop off your imported fit you to a "t" dress, monogram shirts ...now things are starting to wane, get shaky, blurry.
If you like to drop names like a who's who's to impress others. Enjoy flaunting your newest this or that gadget, to captivate, spell bound those around you, nope..not here.
Need constant attention with you in the bright center spotlight, then definitely Maine will make you feel like a fish out of water. Talking on and on about your last trip over seas. Your next sailing regatta for charity. Or jetting to the Kentucky Derby to perhaps buy an Argentinian horse or two with quality racing blood lines, well you may not be invited over for beans and hot dogs again here in Maine. Not after your first outing, invitations are soured by others who are suppose to just listen to you go on and on in Little Jack Horner fashion. You may miss the next Maine lobster, steamed clam and native corn cook out of a neighbor down the road. You do not move to Maine if your primary mission is to impress any one. No one will be wow-ed, in awe, spell bound, captivated with your presence. It is pretty down to earth, nothing stuffy in "Vacationland". The technical term of the condition you may suffer from, wear on your that sleeve with the oyster perpetual Rolex for all to see is
hoity-toity. Needing constant affirmation, to be better, more wealthy, something others are not now but you are and call yourself some kind of wonderful, "it". Or so you think. And maybe you are where you now hob knob with the rich and famous. In your ivy league circles, your haunts that you frequent where you live in the posh suburbs of some major population center now.
So if you want to get away from the stuffy hot air, the "mine's bigger, better than your's" and constant keep up with the Jones, Maine is the place. To relax, stretch out, be yourself..the down to earth self where all of us need improvement. But have a long list of good qualities too. The kind that have nothing to do with the size of your bank account, what's parked or not parked in your dooryard for a ride. We just enjoy the four seasons without all that Little Lord Fauntleroy treeatment with pecking order, class levels.
It takes a constant flow of money to continue this worthless charade. We would rather be fly fishing a stream at sunset not at a long winded boring cocktail party to sit thru Jack's amazing boring trip to Africa to hunt rhino.
Or snowsledding, downhill or cross country skiing with Mt Katahdin in the back ground, snow capped and majestic. The surroundings, not personal property or financial wealth is what impresses us.
Coaching little league, being a scout master and helping kids learn, explore, grow and becoming contributing productive citizens is impressive, fun, worthwhile use of our time.
We take money right out of the equation of happiness in Maine. It's home made not store bought here. If you are wired this way, built to pitch in and volunteer on local events, your community to make it a better place to live, add something to living here, you will be very comfortable in Maine.
If you are knee deep in using real estate - community videos to help outside relocating, retiring, folks moving to your home state, then those property buyers will see, hear, feel what life is like in your area. Watch the interaction of the local Houlton Maine folks in this canoe race, skiing a Maine mountain, watching a Maine parade and the guy, gal on the other end will get the idea in crystal clear living color.