Thursday, August 23, 2007

Is Vermont the Worst State in the Country?

Sure, this post isn't going to be endorsed by the likes of Orlando and his clan of hippies, but most common folks will come to their senses and realize I'm speaking the truth...even if it's just for this one post.

According to The New York Times, Vermont's clothing-optional capital is stripping off its temporary ban on public nudity.

A month after passing the temporary ban, the Brattleboro Selectboard voted 3-2 on Tuesday to reject a proposed ordinance that would have made it permanent. When the emergency temporary ordinance expires next month, public nudity will no longer be illegal.

It's all about tolerance, one board member said.

''We in this country are going down a slippery slope these days,'' said Dora Bouboulis, noting a national newspaper recently published an article about the emergency ordinance under the headline ''Tolerant town gets intolerant.''

She said it wasn't up to the town to restrict anyone's right to dress or undress.

Before the vote, residents weighed in on both sides of the debate.

Michael Gauthier gave the Selectboard a petition with signatures of 967 people who support a nudity ban.

''What is the point, other than shock and awe, that the nudists are trying to make?'' he asked.

...Where to start??? First off, only 5 people were required to vote on this topic - majority take all? Unbelievable! It's no wonder that Vermont is fully populated with hippies, killers, and perverts. Take it from me...a year-and-a-half ago, I spent close to a month up in Burlington, VT for work. Now, Burlington is supposed to be Vermont's "most happening" town -- well, I've never been more out of place in my life.

Going to work in slacks and a shirt? I may have well been wearing tux. Everyone, no matter the age, wears Teva's, hemp, and Santa Claus beards! It's a different world up north, a world which needs to adopt some structure and responsibility. And, this nudity proclamation isn't a step in the right direction.

Don't get me wrong, I love myself some skin...but this is "Vermont skin" that we're talking about. When I read this article, the only vision I had were fat, naked 40+ something's skipping around the local park, as they pop mushrooms and whatever else made its way into their bag of treats for the week.

Would it kill Vermont residents to simply listen to Trey Anastasio with friggin' clothes on??? I know, I'm the crazy one!

Needless to say, I want to hear Howard Dean weigh in on this matter....


Norman P. Orlando said...

not surprised that you felt out of place in a state that is "all about tolerance". You'd be better suited for a city where guys in their 3-piece suits are running around from meeting to meeting being a slave to a traffic light, when in their free time banging their heads against a concrete wall having push-up competitions.

the Vermont state of mind is a bit too out of the box for you Chieftain. Stick to what you know, thinking very much in the box...

Norman P. Orlando said...

also, you've obviously never been anywhere in the mid-west if you think Vermont is the worst state.

Anonymous said...

Did Chieftain just use the word 'slacks'? ...what a tool.

Anonymous said...

I for one find nothing wrong with swigging some Long Trail IPAs, maybe mix in a Double Bag, smoking some gonja and getting naked. Well maybe not so much the naked part, depends who is in.

Ben And Jerry's said...

We still have our ice cream factory where we trip on LSD all day and eat Cherry Garcia ice cream.

Peace and love man.

Anonymous said...

vermont sucks...the only reason to ever go there would be to get to montreal.

Anonymous said...

Rhode Island is the worst state.

Ridin' Dirty said...

So Newport sucks? Cadillac Lounge? Federal Hill? I am sure everyone has an opinion on what the worst state is but I am guess what real use is New Mexico?

Anonymous said...

I think its tough to pick a "worst state" because every state does truly have redeeming qualities (or at least one redeeming quality)... even all of those Midwest states are steeped in college sports tradition, at the very least. RI, for example, has Newport and Providence, but it also has Pawtucket, Johnston, Woonsocket, etc. Truthfully, aside from Boston and Cape Cod, MA doesn't have too much going for it either. Its tough to pick... every state has good and bad qualities.

Howard Dean said...

Chieftain sucks... PEEEAWWW!!!!

The Hungry Hungry Hippy said...

Oh well a touch of grey, kinda suits you anyway,
Thats all I had to say, but its all right
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.

Anonymous said...

A few things:

Norm, nice Phish reference you threw in there with the traffic light comment.

In my experience, Oklahoma is the worst state in the nation... not that i've been to all of them, but i've been to my fair share and OK blows everyone else out of the water. tumbleweeds, toothless chicks, more tumbleweeds. the highlight (and i'm being dead serious) was that they had a Quizno's, which at the time wasn't the easiest place to find around the country. awful.

third, in my estimation, chieftain feels out of place pretty much everywhere except for RI, so no points for you on that one, Cheify.

my beef with vermont lays primarily in the fact that their judges have a really bad history of letting child molesters off with usually just a slap on the wrist. seriously. letting these sickos back on the street is just plain stupid; fuck trying rehabilitation, lock 'em up and throw away the key.

Anonymous said...

Burlington, Vermont is a nice place ... friendly people, a lot of intelligent people, lots of cool stuff to do that's usually cheap or free, including seeing authors speak, or university events, fun shops, bakeries, coffeehouses ... I left WPB, FL, and am so glad I left. Florida, especially South Florida and Central Florida are going downhill fast ... lots of crime, traffic, illegals ... it's turning into a ghetto. If people don't like Vermont or believe bad things about it, that's fine, they can stay where they live. This is a nice place to live with friendly people, and a healthy RE market.