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Teeny town in Maine. I never even thought . . .sm

Posted By: omt on 2006-06-14
In Reply to: Where do you live, if you don't mind me asking? NM - TM

That this may not be the best thing to do if you live in a city or something.

We have virtually no crime rate unless the juveniles are bored and smash a pumpkin or something. We don't lock our doors and leave the keys in the car.  It's a little tiny neighborhood with the 100 x 100 lots and everyone knows everyone by name.

Some customers leave paper money in envelopes clipped to their mailboxes right out in plain view and nobody has ever taken any.

There are neighborhoods in our nearest city that I wouldn't dream of doing this in.

So it's probably not for everyone.

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Which part of Maine and NH were you thinking of visiting??? The Maine coast is beautiful -sm

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I live in Maine and have not heard of them. They must be fairly new or changed their name from something else.
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Here are some more - Maine Medical Center, sm
Fairview Health System, Gwinnett Medical Center, Atlanta, Piedmont Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, Charlston Medical Center, West Virginia, Pacific California Hospital, UMass hospital, Marin General Hospital, California, New England Baptist, and the list goes on and on and on.
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not the one i worked for.
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I miss working with other people. I miss having a QA person or a supervisor I know and can go talk to. I miss the hospital gossip and hearing about people's grandkids. Sigh. I left them to work at home figuring it would be all that. But it's not. Sigh....
Come to Maine in February, you'll cool off :)

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Love it! Maine's motto should be "Freezeyourbuttoffland"

In case anyone missed it, there is a woman from Maine, sm

Her name is Cathi Lee. Her success story hit our tiny local newspaper one day and she has since been on Today, Good Morning America and in People Magazine.

If you Google her name and weight loss, you can see some articles about her.

I'm too technologically inept to be able to post anything here. I do know that there is a video on WMTW.com of her story.

She was 500 lbs. and lost 330 lbs. in 3 years without fad diets, pills or surgery. She just finally set her mind to it, did a lot of research and now at 48, she is a third of the size she was.

One of her main things was walking and I totally agree with that. I don't care if it's zero out, I still walk. I left my inhouse job 2 years ago and I've LOST 25 lbs. I have time to walk and I make myself do it unless it's pouring rain.

I also do not buy anything that I will eat for junk food, especially "desk food." Do not buy anything that you can easily snack on at your desk. Big mistake. I used to have a desk drawer of "comfort" snacks at my inhouse job and would snack all day.

Another thing is water. Not in the form of 6 cups of coffee. Just plain water and lots of it. NO SODA! Even diet soda will cause fluid retention. Keep a diet soda as a "treat" for the end of your work shift before you go walking. :)

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I found my notes--- Olympus DS-2300--$172 at Abe's of Maine - sm
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Well I think the part you mention in NH and in Maine Acadia and Bar Harbor. Not sure what else there
is that I should see. I expect Portsmouth NH would be nice.
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You are in Maine, right Hayseed? I am in Indiana, and I totally agree SM
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Any points on sightseeing in Maine and New Hampshire, just highlights that are most worthwhile. nm
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LOL ... 8 pm central, NBC ... but not in Little Rock or some town nm
in Indiana ... they are not showing it. 
get outta town! congrats!

Well I'll probably be stoned and run out of town, but SM

it is the craziest thing I've ever heard in my life, and then asking you to PAY to sit the beta is beyond ridiculous.

For me, the CMT is unnecessary. I have never been without work a day in 25 years. I can work tomorrow if I lose my job today.

I've always said I may not be able to pass it for all I know - it may be over my head. But for me in my life, it is not a thing I've given a moment's thought to in 15 years. Yes, when I was supervisor of transcription at a big hospital, I thought about taking it and was encouraged to do so, but I just never did it.

I don't hold anything against somebody who does take those tests but for me they mean nothing.

Las Vegas - a whole town dedicated to having fun! nm
born big town Sacramento, CA