Worst state in the US

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wth were u doin

chick in portland, but that's neither here nor there.

pplains, Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh ha i thought u meant u drove between all those places and only stopped at friendlies

lag∞n, Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

merritt pkwy is a quality road imho, no trucks allowed

lag∞n, Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

merrit parkway is awesome

dayo, Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

such a stark contrast to 95

dayo, Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sorry to anyone who lives there but the only time I ever went to Arkansas (Little Rock) it really seemed like a bad alternate dimension.

Would like to hear more about this. Not as a defensive citizen of the LR Metro, but as a fan of bad alternate dimensions.

I don't know, I was on tour and we only spent a day or so. I got off a bus in downtown Little Rock on a Saturday night in the summertime and the whole way in the place was just eerily unpopulated. Nobody, absolutely nobody, was walking around, hanging out, or anything at all. When we got out of the bus there was one old guy that stepped out of a video store and told us we were in the middle of nowhere. All the kids we met were real nice and it was fun, but everyone seemed to have kind of given up in general or something. I don't know, weird vibes.

But yeah basing a perception on a state on one day's experience with a dozen or so locals. Kinda silly.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

such a stark contrast to 95

― dayo, Saturday, April 28, 2012 2:32 PM (35 seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah it doesnt have the malls n casual dining chains cause it parallels 95 where they all are

lag∞n, Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, downtown N/LR can give off a "Night of the Comet" vibe sometimes. I hear ya.

I took Merritt to get off of 95. Just didn't realize that it wasn't a backroad, I guess.

One of my favorite vacations. Drove up to Brooklyn. Took the really long way to Portland. Had an interesting time which included a cameo appearance by 80s rock band The Tubes. Drove too quickly back through Boston/RI/CT and back to NYC.

Then back home where Tennessee really is the longest state east of the Mississippi.

pplains, Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

vt is legit beautiful ime although nh is kinda w/e it still has a more authentic new england backwoods charm. i grew up in a really lovely part of ct but its unrelentingly square and ersatz colonial

― Lamp, Friday, April 27, 2012 10:24 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

nh is so much more raw than vt, maybe not as bucolic but the most scenic parts owne

whites >>> greens, fuiud

catbus otm (gbx), Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

racist

dharunravir (k3vin k.), Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

new hampshire is the worst because of their presidential primaries tbh

dharunravir (k3vin k.), Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

isn't it filled w/ libertarians

iatee, Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

gbx went to dartmouth and is best friends w/dick cheney fyi so take that into consideration when weighing his important vt/nh opinions

lag∞n, Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^
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dharunravir (k3vin k.), Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

he did dick cheney's open-heart surgery, didn't you know?!?

a big fat fucking fat guy in a barrel what could be better? (Eisbaer), Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

dick cheney shot gbx in the face?

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

all of my grandparents live in ct and when i read lag∞n's thing about wasps i did not even think of WASPs because i remembered there were a lot of wasps in my grandma's backyard and said to myself, "i didn't know that all of connecticut had a lot of wasps"

kneel aurmstrong (harbl), Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

just try to get out of that state w/o getting a nasty sting u cant

lag∞n, Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

i went to mystic seaport when i was a little kid, and to a fancy hotel there about 10 years ago for a convention. those two times are the only significant amounts of time i've ever spent in CT.

a big fat fucking fat guy in a barrel what could be better? (Eisbaer), Saturday, 28 April 2012 20:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

ct has the best pizza and it has beaches with lots of jellyfish

kneel aurmstrong (harbl), Saturday, 28 April 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

mystic seaport is cool

groton not so much

los blue jeans, Saturday, 28 April 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

You know what state I know nothing about? Idaho. What's the deal with Idaho?

I live extremely close to Idaho and kind of love it because it's amazingly beautiful and has a lot of cool stuff going for it and think it's pretty underrated in a lot of ways.

On the other hand it's very reactionary in a crazy libertarian way in the north and in a religious nutjob way in the south and combining these turns it into one of those states that means it'll be like one of the last five to ever legalize gay marriage.

It does seem to have lost a lot of it's explicit racist / separatist vibe over the last 20 years or so, with Arizona picking up a lot of the slack in terms of being the scary western cowboy state. Though there is an actual KKK guy running for county sheriff in one of the counties near the Canadian border right now.

joygoat, Saturday, 28 April 2012 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

One of my dad's brothers retired to Idaho (Riggins), opened a little gas station there to keep busy, and lives right on the Salmon River. Most idyllic place I've ever been. It would be easy to spend entire decades just sitting in a lawn chair out back, sipping a cold drink, reading a book and waving at the rafters and innertubers floating past.

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Then diving in at that little bend in the river where they always tip over and scoring mad coin, watches, and jewelry.

frogsclovetofu (beachville), Saturday, 28 April 2012 22:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess I have been to Idaho before and it is pretty in an oh my god I'm going to fall into a ravine sort of way. though I do remember stopping at some backwoods diner that did have a backroom emblazoned wIth confederate flags. Figured it was a klan klubhouse, tbh.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 April 2012 22:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

ct has the best pizza
this is true

billstevejim, Saturday, 28 April 2012 22:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Seeing the thread title made me wonder what was the most innocuous U.S. state. Probably Delaware.

"Fourvel - it's like Fievel, but one less." (R Baez), Saturday, 28 April 2012 22:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

It does seem to have lost a lot of it's explicit racist / separatist vibe over the last 20 years or so, with Arizona picking up a lot of the slack in terms of being the scary western cowboy state. Though there is an actual KKK guy running for county sheriff in one of the counties near the Canadian border right now.

I spent ages 7-22 in Idaho, Ruby Ridge, neonazis, all that. Moved to NM and had to work really hard to convince non-white friends that being from Idaho didn't mean I was going to be a violent racist (tho I don't really blame them for thinking that, I mean my fucking aunt just bought an "anti-Obama gun" *96 tears*). I got accepted into University of Arizona two months before SB1070 and now I'm living here. I feel like I have this weird curse of living in the wild west hot spots of odious racist news.

Dale, dale, dale (Abbbottt), Saturday, 28 April 2012 22:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's it icey, next time i reprogram dick's pacemaker i'm setting him to "kill"

...kill YOU

catbus otm (gbx), Saturday, 28 April 2012 22:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Seeing the thread title made me wonder what was the most innocuous U.S. state. Probably Delaware.

hahahahaha ... no.

a big fat fucking fat guy in a barrel what could be better? (Eisbaer), Saturday, 28 April 2012 23:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Probably Vermont, but I wanna say that Maryland is somewhere in the running.

frogsclovetofu (beachville), Saturday, 28 April 2012 23:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'd probably say Maine in a pinch if i had to name a "most innocuous US state."

i look at Miami as a sort of West Berlin, surrounded by the East Germany that is the rest of Florida. that's how i see Atlanta, too, come to think of it.

a big fat fucking fat guy in a barrel what could be better? (Eisbaer), Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lol yeah i can see that. Tho I think you can miss out on some real treats with that attitude. Athens, Savannah, all the cool waterfalls and caves in the mountains of North GA. And Macon, which I've only been to once, but any town where you can see the Allman bros. graves in beautiful Rose Hill Cemetery, shop at the official Otis Redding store, and visit Indian Mounds is pretty damn cool.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Carrollton's nice too.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'd probably say Maine in a pinch if i had to name a "most innocuous US state."

Maine's where that killer demon clown killed all those kids. Also where the four kids found that dead body in the woods.

"Fourvel - it's like Fievel, but one less." (R Baez), Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

i personally look to the midwest for my innocuousness

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 01:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

i might've said a Midwest state as an example of innocuousness too ... until the denizens of several such states went & elected evil asshats like Scott Walker, Michelle Bachmann and Steve King.

a big fat fucking fat guy in a barrel what could be better? (Eisbaer), Sunday, 29 April 2012 02:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Probably Vermont, but I wanna say that Maryland is somewhere in the running.

Ha, yes, I'll consider this next time I'm hanging out in Fredneck.

pplains, Sunday, 29 April 2012 03:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hawaii seems pretty innocuous

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Sunday, 29 April 2012 03:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Queen Liliʻuokalani would like to have a word with you.

pplains, Sunday, 29 April 2012 03:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Idaho has three essential things, at least:
- The caldera entrance to Twin Falls
- SR 95 from Boise to Coeur D'Alene. It takes forever and it's so pretty.
- Priest Lake

On a cultural level, eh. Built To Spill play Seattle more often than most Seattle bands. And Boise is a loooong drive, if that gives perspective.
That KKK sheriff candidate is probably running in the same county as Priest Lake, to be fair.

ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Sunday, 29 April 2012 04:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I crossed SR 95 a couple of times today actually as I do most weekends. And as for your guess regarding the KKK sheriff candidate you would be absolutely correct.

I've lived here for almost six years now and I've been to Seattle and Portland dozens of times but have yet to go to Boise.

being from Idaho didn't mean I was going to be a violent racist

I love talking to people in my hometown, in rural-ass upper michigan, about Idaho and having them all freak out about how crazy and backwoods and racist it obviously must be while not realizing that they live in a far more crazy and occasionally racist backwoods place.

joygoat, Sunday, 29 April 2012 06:56 (2 years ago) Permalink


Ha, yes, I'll consider this next time I'm hanging out in Fredneck.

― pplains, Saturday, April 28, 2012 11:03 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Have you seriously had to hang out in Frederick for some reason?

frogsclovetofu (beachville), Sunday, 29 April 2012 09:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

the caldera entrance to twin falls is something to behold, it's true

twin falls, in general, is a very, deeply, strange place

catbus otm (gbx), Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Never hung out in Frederick though I have hung out a little in the panhandle and "innocuous" wouldn't be the word I'd use to describe it.

(but isn't all of Maryland a panhandle, ami rite.)

pplains, Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

there is a lot of panhandling going on, yes

kneel aurmstrong (harbl), Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maryland really got screwed when they were handing out boundaries.

pplains, Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

If this poll was strictly about boundaries, it'd get my vote.

pplains, Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink


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