@erinep The thing is, my landlord is usually pretty cool. I don't quite know what happened here.
@readyornot Yeah, I wouldn't know where to begin with states I haven't been to, except to rate how aesthetically pleasing their shapes are on the map. I also wouldn't be able to offer a fair opinion about New Jersey because I am from New York, and busting on Jersey is too ingrained in my psyche for me to consider the possibility that it's maybe OK.
@ATF Fair enough, and Bertucci's was founded in Somerville.
@Gef the Talking Mongoose Every time I have to go to lower Fairfield County, I invariably notice very wealthy people there who seem to embody my preconceptions of them. This could just be confirmation bias.
@ATF Look, everywhere has SOME good pizza joints. But if you can list all the good ones, you make my point. When I say, "[Place] has good pizza," I mean that you can go practically anywhere and the pizza will be passable. New York is quintessence of this. Connecticut is similar. Boston, conversely, is the opposite: most of the run-of-the-mill, non-gourmet, non-North End pizza is lousy. I do not know the reason for this.
@LZA But such a lovely suburb! Way better than Westchester.
@Lily Rowan Also, because memorializing the midnight ride of Paul Revere (and Billy Dawes) and the ensuing Battle of Concord and Lexington is awesome.
Also, Massachusetts has paid holidays that no one else has: Evacuation (aka St. Patrick's) Day, Patriots (aka Marathon) Day, and Bunker Hill Day (aka June 17).
@Ester Bloom My father and my girlfriend never miss the chance to point this out, so I figured I had better beat them to the punch.
As the only regular Billfold contributor who lives in Connecticut and, it should be noted, one who also lived in Massachusetts for many years and has traveled New England a lot, I should weigh in and offer my own rankings: 1. Maine Pluses: still has truly wild, unspoiled parts, even though it's in the east; still has places where people speak a language other than English because of historical events of the 18th century; has a marvelous combination of flinty self sufficiency and left-leaning communitarianism; increasingly diverse; great accent. Minuses: Not very diverse; very cold; reactionary streak. 2. Rhode Island Pluses: Remarkably cosmopolitan, yet working class to its core, Newport notwithstanding; beaches; coffee milk; has and is inordinately proud of its own kind of clam chowder; great accent. Minuses: Corrupt; still has some of the worst reactionary traits of what made old school urban Democrats hard to swallow (see, also, corruption); Rhode Island clam chowder is lousy. 3. Massachusetts Pluses: Liberal in the best way; diverse; so very literate; big city, mountains, rolling hills, beach all available; singular and far-reaching local sports obsession cuts across race, class, and sex barriers as nowhere else; great accent. Minuses: Still a lot racist; terrible pizza; too many college students. 4. Vermont Pluses: beautiful, pristine nature; impossibly quaint towns; nice people; liberal politics. Minuses: Maybe a little too beautiful and quaint; maybe a little too self-satisfied in its liberalism; no ocean. 5. Connecticut Pluses: City, farm, country, beach all available, close together; major cities are affordable and have surprisingly lively and accessible arts scenes; so much more diverse than you realize; strangely beautiful industrial ruins; really good pizza. Minuses: Worst income disparity in the nation; municipal boundaries that exist almost exclusively to perpetuate school segregation; the fact that people list "great schools" as a selling point, in light of the segregation; sprawl; Greenwich. 6. New Hampshire Pluses: beautiful, pristine nature; quaint towns; a beach. Minuses: except for the beach, you might as well go to Vermont.