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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Vermont: A Quick Note

Tere (my wife) and I spent most of the last week traveling.

Observations: New England is different from the South. Vermont is different from the world.

We spent a little time in a few different little cities: Brattleboro (home of recent antinudity laws, because too many young [and presumably healthy] folks were taking to strolling downtown naked; also home to a formerly underground FM radio station partially manned by a childhood buddy of mine), Montpelier (nation's smallest state capital), Waterbury (neat tea company), Burlington (state university main campus). While one of the nationwide book chains was in Burlington, each of the other towns (and Burlington itself) had what appeared to be no fewer than three independent booksellers. And these were in small, condensed downtowns.

You can draw your own conclusions, but one of mine is that if literacy is important to you, Vermont would be hard to beat. (For that matter, Cuba is high on the literacy scale too, and I heard some good things about Zimbabwe last night. But last I checked, Vermont was not under the thumb of a dictator. And I daresay the breadth of opinions available in your local Havana or Harare book merchant might be somewhat limited.)

On the other hand, if you needed gas on a Saturday night to get from one Vermont town to another, you might be SOL.

2 comments:

moi said...

Hmmm . . . have only ever been to Vermont once and your little travel summary makes Moi want to go back again. If only to say to the town of Brattleboro, "Good on ya!" 'Cause, you know, I have this thing about nekkid people in public. I mean, why would you wanna? Okay, on some tropical island maybe (maybe), but Vermont? Where it's cold for a good 8 months out of the year?

John said...

Hello from Burlington, Vermont!

Just wanted to say hello and that I had to smile reading your comments. We love being Naked in Vermont (www.nakedinvermont.com)

But winter is coming at us here! I have a feeling there will be more snow than I want to see.

Take it easy!

John