Well, we just got done with the Maine part of the vacation. The town we visited was right on the tail end of the tourist season, as a matter of fact virtually the entire place was shut down, and all the businesses had already shut down for 'the season'. As a matter of fact, the resort we stayed at in Bar Harbor was shutting down as we checked out. It was kind of strange to see people bringing out artwork and stuff as I was going in to sign out. Being from South Texas, where it rarely gets cool enough to wear a windbreaker, it took me a bit of thinking before I realized what 'the season' actually meant and why the towns up there shut down for three months out of the year. It finally dawned on me when I checked the weather forecast. Its simply because these towns are tourist focused and there are nowhere near enough knuckleheads to make it financially viable to stay open. My girlfriend asked one of the waitresses at the place we ate breakfast at what they did during the off-season and the lady said that most of the people just draw unemployment until the businesses open back up. I think that'd be a pretty tough way to make a living but I guess it would work if you knew you had a job waiting for you in a few months. In all seriousness, I think I could live up there someday. I'm sure there's more to it than the perception I got over the past couple of days but it seems like a nice area to set up housekeeping in. Winter excepted of course, but I bet my blood would thicken back up after a few years of sub-zero temperatures.