Wednesday, March 04, 2009

American Logger

Last December I wrote a post describing the road I drive in to work each day. It's a beautiful road in Northern Maine, and over the three years I've been commuting on it, it has begun to feel like my road. I feel very proprietary about it and get angry when people are on it who don't belong there.

I was delighted last Friday, though, when I turned on the Discovery Channel and saw the premier episode of American Logger. The show takes place in Millinocket - a town I drive through each day! It focuses on the Pelletier Logging Company that works in the North Maine Woods. They primarily work on the Golden Road, a privately owned road that traverses most of North West Maine, but even in that first episode they showed truckers on my road. It was awesome to see my road on National television! I am so proud. The show wasn't as accurate as I'd like (the 200,000 lb carrying trucks are only legally allowed on the Golden Road, not my road. Not everyone speaks with that French-Canadian accent that the Pelletiers do. Bonecrusher's comments? Pretty much EXACTLY how people talk around here), but most of it was pretty good. Discovery bought ten episodes with the option for more. Please check out the show - it's on Friday nights at ten p.m. I love my state and I love my road ... won't you fall in love with it, too?

7 comments:

Alice said...

YES!!! I'll check it out. (It sounds like a show Ervin will LOVE!) And it will be so cool to actually see where you go every day. It's so funny...I feel like I know my blogging-buddies so well...and yet we've never met in person! So it will be cool to see what your road looks like.

Fox In Detox said...

I can't wait to watch! Wow..you guys are really up there ain'tcha.

Amalia said...

Ahh! Fox, you just sounded like a Mainer! Good work!

Anonymous said...

Hey! Millinocket is my home town and I'm so proud to see it on TV! I went to college in boston almost ten years ago and have always tried to describe my "homeland" to people here. It was so exciting to see people I actually know from my small town on TV! Crazy and exciting!

Anonymous said...

What the heck is with THAT INSANELY CRAZY ACCENT with which those logging Pelletiers speak?

I've NEVER heard such kookie American speech!

You say you do NOT speak in that manner! I assumed they were Canadians or some way out ethnicity!

Are there women who speak like that? Can they get a date?!

Anonymous said...

Many French came to northern New England in the 1800s, from Nova Scotia (Daigles and Cyrs) and Quebec (Pelletiers and Ouellettes), and many of their descendants grow up in bilingual households. I lived for 10 years in Fort Kent, and heard that accent every day.

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