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Nutmeg State of Mind

This is Connecticut’s take on “Empire State of MInd” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Enjoy!

I up out that Enfield
Now I’m down in Deep River
Right by the beaches, but I’ll be port forever
I’m the new Lobo and since I made it here
I can make it anywhere, yeah they love me everywhere
Used to cop in Meriden, rolling right by Illiano’s
Drivin’ down on West Main, brought me back to that McDonald’s
Ended up in Bloomfield, down Blue Hills Avenue
Catch me goin’ Downtown, fams coming after you
Cruisin’ down 84, off black ‘Cedes
Drivin’ so slow just to check out ladies
Took it up to Mansfield, where I met my man Geno
Now he up on billboards, every time I’m playin’ Keno
Say what up to Ky-Ky, still sippin’ mai-tai
Reppin’ the Dirty, Yanks and Sox give me high five
Player I be decked out, slicker than I’ll ever be
Tell by my jersey that I’m most definitely from

Hartford, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
When you’re in Hartford
Autumn leaves will make you feel brand new
The lights will inspire you
Yes only in Hartford, Hartford, Hartford

Catch me at the XL Center at a Whalers game
Shit, I make the Whalers hat more famous than the Whalers can
You should know I bleed blue, but I ain’t from UConn
Splitting my verses so much quicker than a neutron
Welcome to the melting pot, corners where they sellin’ rock
Acapulco Gold and shit, Main and Pearl is the spot
Metro Cab, People’s Cab, Yellow Cab, holla back
Them road ragers in the state don’t even fucking know how to act
8 million pizzas, Pepe’s where they bake it
Traffic is so graphic, half of y’all won’t make it
Me, I gotta stay focused, get it made in the shade
I’m paying my boy Niels if Jay’s paying DeWayne Wade
Two casinos, thirty tech firms
Final Four Parade, rest in peace Kate Hepburn
Ashley and Sigourney
Long live the World Trade
Long live the Mark Twain, I’m from the Nutmeg State that’s…

Hartford, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
When you’re in Hartford
Autumn leaves will make you feel brand new
The lights will inspire you
Yes only in Hartford, Hartford, Hartford

Lights is blindin’, them wheels are grindin’
Some fucker kept tailgatin’ me and sidewindin’
Mind the casualties, who choose to ride causally
Then gradually become worse
Don’t fight the traffic, Steve
Caught up in the in-crowd, always in style
And in the winter gets cold, dress warm when you go out
Shall I begin, it’s a city I am in
Good girls gone bad, the city’s filled with them
Tommy took a bus trip, 40-minute bus route
Every time he drivin’, dudes get him cussed out
Hail Mary to the state, and I’m a virgin
New Haven can’t save me, good luck with the merchants
Came here for school, left when taxes took a high rise
Rich people, movie stars, addicted to the limelight
Gampel Pavilion, the home of the Champions
New England’s Rising Star, better buy you an Ambien

Hartford, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
When you’re in Hartford
Autumn leaves will make you feel brand new
The lights will inspire you
Yes only in Hartford, Hartford, Hartford
One hand in the air for Insurance City
Mean streets, bright lights, all lookin’ pretty
No place in the world that can compare
Put ya lighters in the air and everybody say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Hartford, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
When you’re in Hartford
Autumn leaves will make you feel brand new
The lights will inspire you
Yes only in Hartford, Hartford, Hartford

You Know You’re From Connecticut!

This is NOT a complete list of signs that someone is from Connecticut. Just several of them are from other sites because I’m sick and tired of New York City and Boston getting all the glory. On that note, all my fellow Nutmeggers unite!

You Know You’re From Connecticut if:

  1. You get wicked pissed when someone tries to pronounce the second “C”.
  2. You never went to a bar in high school.
  3. You thought that the only highways were 91 and 84.
  4. You thought everyone couldn’t buy beer after 8 pm (or, until last May, on Sundays).
  5. You actually thought that Hartford was big
  6. You or someone you know has attended UCONN
  7. You understand how extremely important “taking the Merritt or 95” is.
  8. You were sad when the Whalers left.
  9. You have been to Misquamicut and to that little hot dog place.
  10. There is a farm within miles of your house.
  11. You thought bars were really for people over 21
  12. Your high school Thanksgiving football game was the highlight of your school year.
  13. You don’t have an accent when you talk
  14. You have known at least 2 preppy rich kids from Fairfield who listen to Phish.
  15. You love Hilton Kaderli and your mom cried when he retired.
  16. UConn basketball rules and no one can tell you different
  17. You have deer in your backyard.
  18. You didn’t drink or do drugs until 10th grade.
  19. You still don’t understand why people say that Connecticut is the richest state.
  20. Your best friend went to Central, Western, Eastern and finally Manchester (or Tunxis!) Community College.
  21. Your mom works at Travelers and your dad works at Pratt and Whitney.
  22. You have been drunk at the Meadows and don’t remember the concert.
  23. You go to Riverside at least once a summer
  24. Your parents actually care about the Governor, the Patriots coming to Hartford, the lights at Christmas in Hartford & Channel 3 news.
  25. You have a UCONN flag outside of your house year round
  26. You thought New Jersey was a toxic waste dump
  27. You hang out at Denny’s
  28. You’ve partied at bonfires
  29. You have at least one friend with a pickup
  30. You think everyone works tobacco in the summer
  31. You think Old Lyme is a shore town
  32. You’ve been to Cape Cod
  33. You think the Connecticut River is endless
  34. The town Diner is the only place open after midnight.
  35. You have at least 4 friends who drive Jeep Grand Cherokees
  36. You root for all the New York sports teams
  37. Anybody asks if you’re from just outside of New York.
  38. You’ve never looked at a public bus schedule
  39. You have both girlfriends and guy-friends with the same name as you.
  40. You go to the diner late night to post party.
  41. You think New Haven is the worst ghetto you’ve ever seen
  42. You can proudly tell an outsider about Nutmeg.
  43. You weekend either on the Cape or Rhode Island at a summer home
  44. You have said… ” I’m in a good location… Between both Boston and New York.”
  45. You can carry on a conversation about Mike Liut, Torrie Robertson, and the Brass Bonanza.
  46. You have to explain Cow Tipping to people from out of state.
  47. When you go to a real city, you sincerely feel bad for every poor / homeless person you see.
  48. You get pissed at anyone who doesn’t know how to drive in the snow.
  49. You can name all the members of the UCONN men’s and women’s basketball teams.
  50. You still can’t find your way in Hartford (except for that bar area near Union Station.)
  51. You hold the door open for someone and they don’t say “Thank You.”
  52. You get scared to ride the bus unless you’re in Hartford.
  53. You’ve ever shopped at Ames or Bradlees.
  54. You went to Mianus before Jackass was there,
  55. You still miss Wawa.
  56. You’ve ever passed by at least one tobacco field in you life.
  57. There’s at least one Stop & Shop within 5 miles where you live.
  58. You’ve gotten lost at Mohegan Sun.
  59. You dreamed of being on Fox 61 Kids News.
  60. You actually read this entire post!

Welcome to Taxanecticut

Starting this Friday, July 1, the Connecticut state sales tax will increase from 6 percent to 6.35 percent. In addition, clothing and shoes costing under $50, yoga classes, grooming for your pet, and spa visits will no longer be exempted from tax.

Plus the prices are going up for liquor and tobacco. You could end up shelling out an extra 40 cents for a pack of smokes.  And the alcohol prices will be increased by 20 percent.

But Gov. Dannel P. Malloy‘s tax package reaches further. Cosmetic medical procedures are also subject to tax. If there is any good news about this taxing deal, it’s this — the state decided not to mess with the Tax-free week which will be held from August 21 to August 27.

If you think us Connecticuters are taxed enough, you may be right.  Click here to take survey

Osama Captured & Killed

Osama bin Laden, the evil mastermind responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that killed some  3,000 Americans, was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan early Monday morning. He was believed to be hiding in a cave.

Bin Laden Also had ties to the U.S.S. Cole Bombing in 2000 and the first World Trade Center Bombing in 1993 along with the building’s 2001 attack.

Though it was an arduous task that took nearly a decade, the U.S. military were able to capture bin Laden before shooting him in the head. One of bin Laden’s sons, whom officials did not identify, was among those also killed in the raid.

There is a Connecticut connection to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  If you regularly commute to New York, or know a loved one whom you lost in the second World Trade Center incident, you can definitely relate to thiS breaking news story.  The score was tied 1-1 during the ninth inning of lqast night’s Major League Baaseball game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies when the news of bin Laden’s death broke. Fans started chnting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” as the numbers 9-1-1 appered on the scoreboard.

Despite the news that bin Laden is killed, that does not mean the war on terror is over. “We must, and we will, remain vigilant at home and abroad,” Pres. Barack Obama said in his press conference last night. Retaliations on bin Laden’s slaying could still occur.

“Connecticut” Voted Off Island

Courtesy: Discover New England.

I was breezin’ through the Saturday pages of The Hartford Courant only to be shocked by the fact that Connecticut is no longer part of New England.  In fact, if you log on to the “Discover New England” website, you’ll find Connecticut wiped off the map — literally. So much for being the Constitution State.

Spending austerity hits home when your government (and mine) faces a $13+ trillion deficit. But the Connecticut’s state fiscal deficit is so high, it’s had to eliminated the budget for tourism marketing. To make matters worse, the state failed to pay the 100,000 in annual dues for this fiscal year, and as a result, had its privileges as a “New England” state revoked. It’s only a matter of time before Connecticut becomes the little state that could…but didn’t.

Did You Hear About Richard?

Soon all of Connecticut will. A former Circuit City in Manchester just opened as a P.C. Richard & Son store. The Newington location, also formerly Circuit City, will open later this month. P.C. Richard & Son already has stores in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Gubernatorial Guerrilla

Dan Malloy. Ned Lamont. Mike Fedele. Tom Foley. These are four out of the five candidates in a race for governor for the state of Connecticut. It’s getting ugly.

Here’s Mike Fedele‘s campaign ad aimed at sticking to his opponent, Tom Foley:

Tom Foley fired back at Mike Fedele by going on the defensive:

…and don’t think the Democrats are out of the running. The video below is one of Dan Malloy‘s attack ad against Ned Lamont:

Let the mudslinging begin!!!!

Katie Stevens Eliminated

Some very sad news for those expecting to see Connecticut’s own Katie Stevens move on in season 9 of American Idol, she was one of the two contestants voted off last night due to a low number of votes. That’s got to be a big punch in the stomach if not a slap in the face to Connecticut. But did her rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” kill her chances to advance another round?

Hard to believe it, but Katie is only 17.

Sunday Liquor Sales in Connecticut???

Soon, you may no longer have to drive across the state line to get your booze on Sunday, that is, if Connecticut legislators get their way.

Connecticut is one of only three — yes, three — states in the union that still prohibits sales of wine, beer, and hard liquor in supermarkets and package stores on Sundays. My first thought about this is, “they still don’t allow liquor sales on Sundays?” Wake up, Connecticut! Either get with the times or get left behind!

The state is now felled with a $500 million budget shortfall. The state legislature is outweighing the pros and cons about including liquor sales on Sundays. Last year alone, alcohol beverages were sold on Saturday, July 4, as the so-called Blue Laws would not allow Sunday sales in Connecticut.

I do NOT want to get in the debate of the “day of rest” theory. Is it Sunday? Saturday? Police chiefs told the legislature in a letter that adding Sunday liquor sales is a bad idea because alcohol often leads to domestic violence and drunken driving accidents. (See Hartford Courant)

“To my knowledge, we haven’t had any other police chief organizations come out against Sunday sales in other states, or even MADD for that matter.”
–Ben Jenkins, Chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

But who are we to tell the police chiefs what to do? I just do not condone driving over the legal blood alcohol level limit. Bottom line: If you must drink, you shouldn’t drive.

Say Goodbye to Shaw’s in Conn.

It’s the end of supermarket competition in Connecticut as we know it.

Shaw'sShaw’s Supermarkets is checking out from Connecticut and selling all of the state’s 18 remaining stores to a small array of buyers. SuperValu, the owner of Shaw’s Supermarkets, will sell 11 of the Connecticut stores to ShopRite and Price Rite and 5 stores to Stop & Shop. The New Haven and Manchester stores still need new owners. The sale is expected to be finalized by this spring.

I can tell you that if anybody buys the Shaw’s store in Manchester, the new owner can neither be ShopRite nor Stop & Shop, in which the town already has both of those. Who do you think should move into the former Shaw’s in Manchester? A&P? Price Chopper? Aldi?

At this point, you have to wonder: how can a grocery chain like Shaw’s excel in other New England states, yet do so poorly in Connecticut? What’s wrong with Connecticut? Remember the olden days (or just a few years ago) when Shaw’s had 26 stores in Connecticut? Last year alone, the latest locations to close were Bristol and Shelton. It’s like Adams, or A&P all over again.

Click here to view the map of the 16 out of 18 remaining Shaw’s locations in Connecticut, and their new owners.