February 22, 2003

Rhode Island

Rhode Island - "The Ocean State"

Rhode Island has WaterFire Providence, Slater Mill, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and miles of coastline and islands.

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 11:39 AM

Oh, Little Rhody. You are my home and my heart! There is nothing like a Rhode Island beach, or the Rhode Island accent. One of the original 13 states ... founded by Roger Williams, RI became a haven for citizens who found the Puritans too ... well ... Puritan. We have a lot of pride in our origins, how RI came to be.

Rhode Island smells like the sea air. You go down to Galilee or Point Judith, and see all the fishing boats at the docks ... and you can drink beer and eat seafood (which was alive 5 minutes ago) at a fisherman's bar. Play pool, walk on the beach at night.

I have lived all over the country and I currently live in New Jersey, but Rhode Island is in my blood.

Additionally: just want to take a moment to send my thoughts and prayers to all of the families who lost people in the terrible blaze at the nightclub two nights ago.

What's not to like about Rhode Island, indeed!

Posted by: Sheila O'Malley on February 22, 2003 01:18 PM

Jesus, Mary, an Joseph! Is there better food to be had than steamers at Aunt Carries, fried clams at Tweets, calamari at the Bon Vue, pastries from Sciallos, or best of all - Caserta's pizza ( and wimpy skimpys!)?

Doesn't Scituate Resivoir water from a bubblah taste better than any bottled water?

Where else can you drive 45 minutes tops and be at a beach (and pak ya ca side by each)?

R'dylan - it's the greatest little state in the Union and I miss it wicked bad.

Posted by: JD Zeigler on February 22, 2003 05:05 PM

Oh, and things you definitely should do in Rhode Island:

You should go to the Ocean Mist, in Matunuck. An infamous fisherman's bar ... with a great jukebox. There is a deck, on stilts, and on stormy days, the grey waves roll right under the bar. It is a big dirty shack on the beach. With great live bands.

You should walk through Providence. Such a hip city.

And I love the post above: yes, ya gotta go to the Bon Vue ... the place is classic.

Get yourself an "Awful Awful" (a milkshake) at Newport Creamery ... go get some cheap CDs at Richie's House of Bargains (or Richie's House of Bah-ganz), and definitely definitely go to Narrangansett Beach. Its beauty has to be seen to be believed.

Posted by: Sheila on February 22, 2003 05:17 PM

Little things... memories...

Coffee milk. Yep, we sell coffee to kids! Basically it is the same syrup used to make coffee ice cream, used the same way as chocolate syrup to flavor milk.

"New York Style" clam chowder. Widely regarded as heresy in this area, it brings back memories of the Shore Dinner Hall at Crescent Park and the amusements there. The merry-go-round there, though all that is left, is a National Landmark.

Speaking of such, one of our National Historic Sites is pretty unique: part of the Providence water/sewer system! A few years back, a leak developed in part of the system: workers were astonished to find that previously trouble-free part of the system was hollowed logs laid down in Colonial times!

The State House, with the third-largest unsupported marble-arch dome in the world after St. Peter's in Rome and the Assembly building in (I think) Brazilia.

The largely-unsung Providence Greys won the first World Series.

Home of the first true religiously-tolerant colony, with the first synagogue amongst others.

First to declare independence from England (and destroy an English warship), yet among the last to sign the Declaration. Pity that our northern neighbor had the most interesting name, with Button Gwinnet.

BTW, the state's name is -
The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
So much for biggest, Alaska!

Posted by: John Anderson on February 27, 2003 05:06 AM

"Rhode Island: Our Politicians Make Chicago Look Honest."

In honor of Buddy Cianci, they should redesign the state flag with an ashtray, a fireplace log, and a lit cigarette.

Posted by: Reginleif the Valkyrie on March 11, 2003 09:27 PM

Coffee milk syrup, yep, absolutely wonderful.
For the sports-oriented, don't forget the International Tennis Hall of Fame, with the only grass tennis courts open for public use (at a price) in America, and also the only place in the USA where most of us will ever have the opportunity to see a "royal tennis" (or court tennis) court, and perhaps even take a lesson in the game from which lawn tennis grew . . .

Posted by: Dan on March 13, 2003 12:52 PM

What about BI, RI? Fugedabout the Cape, the Vineyard, Nantucket, Longeyeland, BI RI is what 2 weeks at the beach is supposed to be. And what about VJ Day, the August holiday when Rhodeyelanders can have the beaches to themsleves without all those jerks from Mass and Connecticut. RI has its own language; "bubbler" and "frappe" being just 2 examples. RI, not Boston, is headquarters of the Mafia in New England. RI has more "colorful" politicians than any other state. So what if the president of UMass is brother to one of the FBI's most wanted, RI has Buddy Cianci, Providence's mayor for life when he is not doing time. Only problems with RI is that they don't know how to make clam chowder and have too many Yankees fans. Best thing about RI is that its people are not snobs like some of their neighbors.

Posted by: Jimbo on March 15, 2003 05:09 AM