The Plan….

Mt. Katahdin

Many years ago I was at a gas station in Maryland.  I looked over at the beat-up pickup truck next to me and frowned. Hmm.  Maine plates.

“Hey,” I said, catching the driver’s eye.  “Why do you have a snow shovel tied to the front of your truck?”

He hunched over, slightly deflated.

“Dang,” he said.  “I hoped this was the spot, but nope…”

“What are you talking about?”

“Well, see here, after winter was over, I tied my snow shovel to the front of the truck and started south.  My idea is that the first time someone points to it and says, “what do you have there?” I will stop and put down roots, for I know I’d a done found my new home.”

These days I hear it is the other way around.

I’ve heard people from the northern points of Maine saying there are strangers in town asking if anybody knows anyone with the Corona virus.  Actually, they look at a map of where it is.  As soon as they find a place with no cases, they stop and put down roots.

A few trickling in already, you know there will be hoards in the near future.

Now, I’ve heard that there is a plan afoot.  Not going to say what it is, but if you suddenly hear of thousands and thousands of cases in places like Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota and, yes, northern Maine, well, let’s just say that it might be a bit exaggerated…

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Yes, the first half is a very old joke.  The second half?

I have heard that people have already started to move to places like northern Maine to escape the virus.  Really.  Hmmm.

Anyway, this was supposed to be a bit of humor, but maybe will become reality… I mean, I have been hearing a lot of little white lies from the top all of the way down, so why not this?

Hope you got a small chuckle, anyway…

 

18 thoughts on “The Plan….

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  3. Shannon

    This made me laugh! Until a few days ago, I’d heard about as many cases in the MWV as there were where I live now, which is highly populated and even more of a tourist destination than the valley. The true irony is as soon as we learned how to perform ‘proper’ snow maintenance, we moved back to FL! (And I don’t miss the snow at all.)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do sometimes get tired of the long NH winters… I’m not going as far south as FL, but I have a house on Cape Cod, which will some day be my full time home – snow on the Cape rarely lasts more than a couple of days. In 8 winters, I’ve shoveled twice.

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  4. Suzanne@PictureRetirement

    There are several counties in Florida (where I live) which have NO cases of the virus.I wouldn’t want to be sick with ANYTHING in some of them.

    I live in a small town (about 23,000) which is about 45 minutes from Palm Beach (45 cases), then comes Broward (151 cases), and finally Miami/Dade (142 cases). We have no cases YET. Maybe it is a good time to put the house on the market!!!

    Thanks for keeping it light! The snow plow joke went over my head :-)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m sure people in your area would point to the front of the truck and say, “what’s that?” ;) Yes, very much a northern thing… We get so sick of snow and want to move someplace that never sees it… Eventually every place will have the virus, it is just that the slower it spreads the better. If people are unrestricted, the hospitals would be overwhelmed. So moving is not the cure. And most people who can most likely are not high risk people!

      Hope you are having a good weekend :)

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  5. cordeliasmom2012

    Well, Trent, about a week ago I looked at the US map of corona cases and noticed that West Virginia was the only state that didn’t have any. I told my husband perhaps we should move to West Virginia asap. But then just a couple of days later, I looked at the map again, and even West Virginia now has cases. Nowhere is safe, at least not in the US. Not that we could move now anyway – New York State is in lockdown.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I was talking to someone who lives in a county with no reported cases, but several new families moving in from new Jersey. Two problems – those with the means and energy to move are the least at risk – this isn’t like the super flu in Stephen King’s The Stand, you just have to ultra careful if you are in a higher risk group, like my parents. The second thing is that some of those people migrating are very likely to bring it with them…

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong

    Other than feeling a bit of cabin fever, we are okay. Not going anywhere. We don’t have the money to move and frankly, I don’t have the strength to deal with it either. Also, this is a very low population area. I wouldn’t be surprised to find people moving here, except that no one knows we exist. Maybe it’s better that way.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      To me, the funny thing is that the people with the means and energy to move, even if temporary, are the ones who are at the lowest risk and have the least to worry about. And not just that, they are also the ones most likely to transport it to these “pristine” places… I hope they don’t descend one your town…

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