Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Wanted: Skilled Mainers

Andrew Vietze has an article in this month's Down East magazine which lists the seven skills every Mainer should have:
  1. Dry a flooded basement
  2. Get a car out of the mud
  3. Cut down a tree (my wife quibbles with this one and says that every Mainer should instead know how to plant a tree)
  4. Deal with a power outage
  5. Cook a lobster
  6. Thaw a pipe
  7. Build a fire

Considering this seemingly unrelenting winter, it's odd that scraping ice or shoveling snow isn't on this list. Oh, well. Add any skill(s) you think Vietze has omitted to the Comments section, or forever hold your piece (or is it peace?).

- John C.L. Morgan

P.S. As an aside, I recommend you get your cold claws on Vietze's piece "Becoming Teddy Roosevelt" about the twenty-sixth president's defining relationship with Maine guide Bill Sewall. Alas, it is not available for digital consumption, but a field guide to Maine's Roosevelt landmarks can be found here.

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