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Connecticut entered the Union on January 9 1788 as the 5th of the first 13 states.

I hope they forgive me for honoring them a day late, since it's a very, very important state.

Just ask them.

Just the names of some of their counties sound important:

Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New London, Tolland and Windham.

As does their motto:

Qui Transtulit Sustinet.

Says so right on their flag.

Yankee Doodle Dandy," their state song, reminds people of the important role Connecticut played in the Revolutionary War.

Not to mention Nathan Hale, their state hero, who said, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

They come by their state ship the U.S.S. Nautilus naturally since David Bushnell, a Westbrook native, drew the plans for the first submarine in 1776.

Now that's forward thinking.

Also in "The Hartford Courant," they have the oldest newspaper in the country that you can still peruse for the current news.

And then they do have Yale and your state doesn't.

The Praying Mantis, originally from Europe, nonetheless likes to hang out there and is proudly designated the state insect since they're good for local agriculture.

Speaking of locals, people who live in or who are from Connecticut are called Connecticuters.

How cute is that.

Algonquian tribes inhabited the area prior to European settlement and indeed the state name itself means "Long tidal river" from the Algonquin Indian word, "quonehtacut."

While it's also known as The Nutmeg State, its own colonial constitution of 1638 is the basis for its official nickname.  

It is said you know you're from Connecticut when you sail or know someone who does and root for all the New York sport's teams.

It's a great state.

And by all means, if you're passing though New Haven, stop at Ernie's for the pizza.

J. Peterman


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January 10, 2012 12:29 AM
Myself 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Spring Fragrance said...

As an asian kid growing up on the other side of the world, Yankee Doodle Dandee said it all. Even today, most of us still think a Yank is a generic American. I was only recently corrected by someone from here that it really refers to the Northeasterners.

January 10, 2012 12:54 AM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

Greenwich, CT, is associated with crimes and sordidness of the ultrawealthy, many of which were written about by Dominick Dunne before his death from bladder cancer. The city needs apotropaic intervention. The crimes in one way or another linked to Greenwich go far beyond the killing of Martha Moxley. Dunne himself was quite wealthy, and Greenwich was a place he had a home and spent much of the year.

SF: For Americans, "yankee" is someone from north of the Mason-Dixon line. But for world denizens, "yanks are Americans. The latter got etched clearly in my head from watching hours of WWII newsreels when I was growing up. Also, it's "dandy." Maybe someone was yanking your chain.

Somehow, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" sounds way better than "A Connecticuter..." I once had a prospect of living in CT, and I kept thinking of the line in "Clockwork Orange," "Can you spare some cutter me brother?" I poltrooned out, sure that my blood wasn't blue enough for CT.

January 10, 2012 6:07 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

Another odd topic.  KSS, I think the municipal government in Washington, D.C. are competing for vileness.  We just had one city council member resign and head to prison for accepting bribes, diverting money, etc.  He showed up at a rally for children's programs, lamenting the lack of funds, and drove there in an SUV purchased with funds he had diverted somehow from children's programs.  The ethics of the rest of them are oretty raunchy too.  They just passed an ethics bill that does about half of what it should.  God forbid they should give up their "privileges." 

January 10, 2012 7:43 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Years, no decades ago, I would stop by Manero's Steak House right around Greenwich on my way up to New Haven. I would buy a few bottles of the flavorful sauce I used for grilling. Then had customers in Hartford and a really cool little town, Avon. I stayed at the Avon Old Farm Hotel. It was a real charmer. Mark Twain House nearby and some beautiful countryside. Then a few times in the Old Saybrook area. I remember taking walks in the morning there. And before Old Lyme was not associated with that dastardly tick. There were ferries across Long Island Sound and I was always amazed how close the Island was. Quite a state. A mix of the old and new, urban and country and growing and dying. I traveled with some interesting characters so I can't separate the faces from the landscape as I zoomed up 95 or 84.

January 10, 2012 7:45 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Two things I can identify with on today's topic: Praying Mantis - As a child, I used to hunt them in our garden in Africa. Impressive camoflauge, fascinating sci-fi heads, lightning grab with the front legs, back end disguised as a couple of leaves. They are only about two or three inches long, but they bite with a razor sharp nip that draws blood.
The second thing is how many American place names come from England, evidencing how many of your forefathers must have got on the Transatlantic Ferries. Just from today topic, Litchfield is a catherdal city in the English Midlands. Middlesex is an English county. New London is self-explanatory.
Lynn~ Stop grouching! I often look at topic for the day and think there's nothing here for me - but the Lord provides "Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings like these and ten thousand besides." This page gives me so much pleasure and inspiration and friendship that I will not complain if the topic does not delight me. If you hang around somebody will say something so insightful or so funny - or change the subject to food. Coffee and porridge of perfect texture?

January 10, 2012 7:54 AM
First-comHr-1 galgito said...

What a nice surprise to read about my home state this morning.  But I always that I was a Nutmegger, never heard of a Connecticuter -- must be those supplanted New Yorkers that use that one.  I hail from the Litchfield County mid-section & go back every October to enjoy the autumn colours with my folks.  I just love the portrayal of CT folks in "Mr. Blandings builds His Dream House" with Cary Grant & Myrna Loy.

more on the honor roll
January 10, 2012 8:17 AM
P1010179 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1 S. A. J. Johnson said...

I still say "connect - i - cut" when I spell it.  It is a strange state, as is any area divided by good and evil.  In this case, it is divided by good and Yankee fans... har har.  Good morning.

January 10, 2012 8:28 AM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

Hazel: Praying mantis females bite the heads off the males to enable propagation. One hopes there is no analog behavior among Connecti"cute" females. I'd rather have lemon disease and not be a scorbutic knave (navvy) on an ocean ferry

Clinically speaking, Lyme disease makes me think too much of irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. The latter are all illnesses in people who want a disease. Patients now come in asking to be screened for Lyme disease when they are in search of a pathology. When you tell a patient they don't have a disease and they choff at you, raise voice, and lash out, "So what's wrong with me?," the things I want to say but don't include (1) your pain is in my arse and (2) nothing a 30-day letter won't cure.

"The disease of the Lady Madeleine had long baffled the skill of her physicians." Or something like that from "Fall of the House of Usher"by Poe.

Coffee of perfect texture? Mmmm.

January 10, 2012 8:35 AM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

Lynn, I keep thinking that the "mysterious illness" of the oleaginous and disgustipating John Edwards (as the HuffPo has posted about), if it isn't Henry IV,
is something distilled from the vileness of Washington, DC.

January 10, 2012 9:02 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

KSS~ No, silly! You know what I mean. Just right porridge as in the Goldilocks story. I knew about the strange sexual habits of female praying mantis, but was a bit early in the morning to mention it.

January 10, 2012 9:07 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

KSS~ I almost missed it. Disgustispating is a great word.

January 10, 2012 10:04 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

gg- There is a scene when Grant and Loy are both trying to use the same bathroom mirror; he is shaving and she is putting on make-up I believe. I will search for it and post it. It is funny film.

January 10, 2012 10:13 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

and this quote from the film is so timely...Miss Stellwagon says advertising makes people who can't afford it, buy things they don't want, with money they haven't got.

January 10, 2012 10:15 AM
5981 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Rhyselle said...

I've ridden through Connecticut on a bus with the rest of my Navy Reserve unit to get to Newport, Rhode Island for a training weekend, but it was oh-dark-thirty in the morning when we went through so all I saw was the inside of my eyelids.  It was a similar view on my way home three days later after an exhausting mid-winter drill weekend back in the late 1990s....
When I saw today's topic, the refrain to the song "Connecticut Is the Place for Me!", which has been playing recently on the 40s channel on Sirius XM satellite radio, ran through my head. 
I'm thinking that with the way the world is these days, I might prefer building my mental image of Connecticut from the old vintage movies, like "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" that galgito referenced above....
Anyone know of any other films (preferrably B&W) in which the action takes place in Connecticut?

January 10, 2012 10:28 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

HOLIDAY INN...Der Bingle leaves the hustle and bustle of NYC to live on a farm in CT. "Why didn't you stop him?- How can I stop him sir when I don't know which way is Connecticut!"

January 10, 2012 11:04 AM
Img_2558 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Jonathan Eells said...

I spent a short but crucial period of my life in Woodstock, CT. What an interesting time that was; we moved in with a practicing metaphysician-former Episcopal priest who was building a center for the study of something I didn't get at the time. He had an extremely autistic young son and a very Apocalypse Now older son. But the best part was his Gremlin. Wow, sitting in that thing was like being a fish in a bowl. That car should really make a comeback.

Thanks, Connecticut! You opened my eyes to the Twinkle Ding Dong side of life and I've never quite looked back, with all that means and implies, and all the privileges thereunto appertaining.

January 10, 2012 11:12 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

I usually think of tobacco as a Southern-grown plant but on my first Connecticut trip from the Hartford Airport to our local office  I noticed fields covered with cheesecloth attached to stakes 4-5 feet high. As it turns out Connecticut is or was  a major producr of cigar wrapper leaf tobacco. I'm not sure what advantage this information will provide but just  look at what it cost. I know it has been a big help to me..rRight up there with Marie Antoinette's (sp) "why don't they eat cake" I'd say.

January 10, 2012 11:36 AM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

I think all the old films that take place in NY where the hero (or heroine) wants a place in "the country" are always referring to Connecticut. From Mr Blandings to Holiday Inn. What about the film Laura?  She is up at her "country" house while the look-alike model is murdered in her New York apartment.  I grew up in NJ, no one had country houses there, at least not in the films. New Jersey, though classified as The Garden State, has always been considered a joke,the armpit of the nation. Sigh.  I never visited Connecticut as a girl. We barely drove through it when we would go up to Maine every summer. All I remember is the big sign near Hartford that said New York City with an arrow. To me, that said it all.

January 10, 2012 11:49 AM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photo SkyWalker said...

Love the praying mantis! Used to hunt them in Texas - lovely, exotic and interesting. Thanks for the reminder.

January 10, 2012 12:16 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

A surprising number of famous people, almost-famous people, and athletes are from Connecticut. See list....

I have no experience of this state....only driving through from Nova Scotia to Georgia one time. Somehow, my impression of it is a rural or suburban escape from NY. Not crazy about big cities (I live an hour north of Atlanta), so would not like NY or most of the NE corridor. Yes, Hazel, it is easy to find hundreds of place names in the USA borrowed from Europe, as the hardy, brave pioneers/colonists who crossed the pond to settle here, tried to recreate the sense of home by naming their new neighborhood after one they had left behind. Look at Nova Scotia for Scottish names, York, Jersey, Birmingham, Inverness, and so it goes.

January 10, 2012 12:25 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

I had no idea the praying mantis was not indiginous to North America.  I used to buy an egg sack every Spring at a local farmers market when I lived in the suburbs north of Chicago.  They must have hatched because I frequently had them in my garden--such a fun sight.  Now that I've moved again, I haven't seen one since. I should look for those egg sacks again!

January 10, 2012 12:27 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

indigenous that is...

January 10, 2012 12:34 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

I'm drawn back to the KSS's post above about crimes and sordidness in CT.  I was rivited by Dunne's book about the Martha Moxley murder--I'm sorry he's not around anymore to write about the Petit tragedy.  And now the Christmas fire in Stamford.  Such a sad story--the coals were moved out of the fireplace so that Santa would not get burned when he came down the chimney. So senseless.

January 10, 2012 12:40 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Never been, but I would bet it is a place with many qualities with looking into. Besides, if you judge a state by the currpt politicians that always seem to run things, then there probably isn't any state worth being from ( I know, after all I live in Illinoise where it is now a tradition for all of our governors to do the perp walk).

A happy home is where one makes it. I bet the fall colours are breathtaking.

Anyroads.... Thanks again Mr. Peterman for trying to keep us entertained and informed. I know I learned from today's topic.

Peace out.

January 10, 2012 12:55 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

George I am a maduro man but just this morning I packed a little to go humidor for some customers iin Shelby NC. I am hopping a plane to Greenville for a meeting tomorrow. The Connecticut Wrappers are mild and creamy and pretty to look at. Thanks for the reminder. The art of tobacco farming will one day be lost and the whole problem stemmed with cigarettes which transformed its use into an unhealthy addiction rather than an occasional pleasure. Groucho once told a man who had many children that he liked his cigar but he took it out if his mouth once in a while.

January 10, 2012 3:04 PM
Img_5428-1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Capt Neptune said...

Yankees: (noun) Hospitality impaired Northerners.

January 10, 2012 3:16 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Rusty said...

I drove from Virginia to Massachusetts and had to go through Connecticut on the major interstate.  The Fall folage was extra lovely.  I stopped about 4 times just to enjoy it, but the drivers are, to me, just plain scarry!  While passing through this small state I saw one accident and advoided two others, and, no, I wasn't leaf gazing.   Sorry, Galgito,  no implication that you drive like the others.  I may have had the misfortune to be on the road with the minority. 

January 10, 2012 4:36 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

"YANKEE"  from another Algonquin Indian word,  'YENG  GHEE'  or ... One Who Speaks Like a Woman With a Sharp Tongue ... (musta been those tight Knickers ...)

January 10, 2012 4:55 PM
1474 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 comfortable1 said...

Off topic, but so interesting -- Because this forum started me down this path, I thought I'd keep you all abreast as Mom intereacts with the biographer this week. I am eavesdropping a bit as Mom is sharing her stories.  She just finished reading a letter she wrote, at age 8, to her mother.  (Mom remained in Germany while her mother moved to Japan to marry.  Mom moved there two years after this letter was written.  The letter, written in 1933, describes a parade and speech in Munich, where Hitler was the speaker.  Mom illustrated her letter with a colored pencil drawing of the whole thing, complete with swastika pennant flags, the ornate chairs that Hitler and Goebbels sat in, and the curtain backdrop.  Fscinating that she was there as it happened, that the letters were kept and that I, because of you all, I am now here listening to her memories!

January 10, 2012 5:26 PM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photo Cassiepants said...

Thanks so much for sharing, Comfortable1! What an interesting time your Mother came from.  
I was born in Connecticut, but spent my formative years away from there, except for two or three trips back where the whole family took the ferry out to the Thimble Islands where my grandparents had a two story cottage. I meant to tell my ferry story yesterday, but work got busy and the time flew by. It wasn't much of a ferry - just a 20 foot wooden boat with benches along the sides and a big empty middle where all the passengers would load their bags and provisions for the islands. It became ritual for us to stop and buy Jelly Belly jelly beans at the fancy farmers' market on the way to the parking area for the ferry. We'd eat them on the island in between our wanderings.
I visited Yale as a possible school - didn't get in - but did experience a divine pain au chocolat at a cafe in one of the many bookstores.

January 10, 2012 5:26 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

comfortable 1~ That's amazing. I do hope your Mom is enjoying the telling of her story.

January 10, 2012 6:11 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

The Wi Fi Hotspot on the Southwest Flights is really cool so I am posting at 30,000 ft or thereabouts. CP- I am laughing because many schools either didn't accept me or kicked me out on my journey to becoming a philosophical engineer. I am not an institutional individual except for a few pokies when I was a hellion all the many years ago. I love Farmers Markets and Tie dyed shirts and candy bagged on the spot. I like real people who aren't whiny and/or bitchy and all along the coast including CT, I like Little Neck Clams.

January 10, 2012 6:18 PM
10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photo Cassiepants said...

TT~At the time, I didn't understand what a gift they gave me. I'm married to a writer for whom life experience has been an infinitely more valuable teacher. I didn't begin achieving hellion stripes until I dated (and MARRIED!) a man my folks didn't meet until the rehearsal dinner. Farmers markets are great, I stick with solid colors because I just can't shake the 'proper' part of my prim and proper Southern upbringing from High School through college, and candy bagged on the spot will always be a favorite of mine. I have personally gone clamdigging in the deep mucky coast of Connecticut back when I was a girl on one of my trips to Money Island. (We also tried to find the pirate's treasure which is supposedly buried no avail.) Nothing tastes better than mussels, clams, and oysters steamed fresh in your cottage kitchen.

January 10, 2012 6:48 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

It seems that in so many movies husbands were always commuting to Connecticut where they had snuggily and happily ensconced their familes.  I seem to remember phrases such as "The last train to Connecticut...." etc.                  comfortable1 Wow!  what a gift that you've been granted to pass on to others...............

January 10, 2012 7:00 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Midnight in Wales. Nos da, dear people. x

January 11, 2012 1:30 AM
13091 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 janej78 said...

KSS, Gee whiz, I think you're being awfully harsh in your criticism of what to many, many people are dibilitating diseases. Whether you think these diseases are psychosomatic or not, they are all too real for people suffering from them . I realize that chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia have become catchall phrases to name something that doctors are unable to identify, but that doesn't make them unreal or all in the mind. I am fortunate enough to only need an annual check-up..if that...but I wouldn't want you as my doctor, having the attitude that you have toward your patients. I have more than one friend stricken with at least one of the diseases that you mention and I can tell you that they are in constant pain and one in particular is literally wasting away...not from a lack of good food, but from an inability to digest it. I knew her when she was vibrant and full of energy, savoring every minute of it's a real struggle for her. For you to offhandedly dismiss someone like her in a similiar condition as                                                                                (1) your pain is in my arse and (2) nothing a 30-day letter won't cure                                     is downright callous and I hope you never suffer any illness that can't easily be explained to your satisfaction.

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