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year ago I moved from Indiana
to the Granite State. Transplants
may make up more than half of New Hampshire’s population, but we non-natives still face a steep learning
by Sarah Cahalan
8. Southern New Hampshire University is a real place! It exists outside of those ads that play on TV all the time in the Midwest! 9. The word “Winnipesaukee” will rattle you the first
curve about our adopted home. I’ve picked up a thing
two or three times you hear it, then become normal.
or two in my time here and, for the benefit of imports
You will remain uncertain about “Uncanoonuc” prob-
past, present and future, here they are: the 13 lessons
you’ll learn in your first year as a New Hampshire noob.
10. “Center,” “Falls” and “Beach” are all acceptable
1. Just because your state symbol disintegrated 14
suffixes to toss onto any place name for added
years ago doesn’t mean it can’t still decorate your
effect. Similarly, you can end your town’s name with
license plates and road signs.
“-oro” or “-orough” however your whims decide.
2. It turns out it is not appropriate to suggest to your landlord that, in the interest of living free and all, your rent should really be $0. 3. You will brag to your friends back home that you
11. Life here won’t make you a libertarian. It will, however, make you wonder, enraged, whoever decided that sales taxes were OK. 12. When a candidate you don’t like is in town, New
practically live in ski country. This will not change the
Hampshire’s political importance will be boring old
fact that you do not ski.
news that you’re too cool to care about. When a
4. After dozens of confused people stop you when
candidate you do like is in town, New Hampshire’s
you reach the eighth digit, you will adopt, “No, sorry,
political importance is the best thing ever and a
those first three are the area code” as a permanent
sure-fire way to break your record for Instagram
part of your non-603 cell phone number.
5. Before long, your defenses will fly up when people ask, “So where are you living now? Vermont?”
13. The question, “Can I wear flannel to this?” has only one answer: “Obviously.”
6. Seth Meyers and Sarah Silverman will become your new comedy icons. Adam Sandler will become that guy we don’t talk about. 7. Speed limit: 55 signs on I-93 exist only to give drivers something to laugh at (until some point north of Concord, where the 70 mph signs become the laughable ones).
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— New Hampshire Magazine Assistant Editor Sarah Cahalan, who lives in Manchester, celebrated her first full year as a Granite Stater this past March.
Published on May 19, 2017