Saturday, June 13, 2015
We live in the mountains in western Maine. It's a long way to Downeast from here. The term Down East is like the term "begging the question." Everyone has used it wrongly so many times that people who type with their thumbs figure they own it now. Down East really shouldn't be a camel word, but that's always the way of the world: Two words; hyphenated word; German word.
Down East actually begins where the people that claim to be from Down East end. Down East is the shoreline of Hancock and Washington counties. Next stop after that is Canada. It's called Down East because when you sail from Boston you go northeast with the wind at your back. Everyone who lives along the coast from New Hampshire to Penobscot claims they're Downeasterners, but they're really living in Northern Massachusetts. A lot of this video is shot in Blue Hill Maine, and plenty of old timers would tell you that's not Down East because it's south of Mount Desert.
Down East, along with most of northern and western Maine, is being depopulated as surely as any khan could do it. There will be a few anchor cities in Maine with nothing in between them. The rest will be what you see in the video.
If you're a deranged person, it's an improvement.