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Simple question: How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Male or female. Whether you wear them or not doesn’t count, just a simple guess as to how many you have.

Reason to ask, there was a survey that was sent to me yesterday.  And the results initially surprised me.

Firstly, your answer doesn’t really matter. The average Mainer in the survey says they have 16 pairs of shoes.  Personally, that is probably right around what I own.  But I bet I only wear 5 or 6 pair. Ever.

Some obviously would suggest that having 16 pairs is extravagant. Some would say that is an amateur.

The survey included all kinds of shoes, including snow boots and hiking boots and dress shoes and casual shoes and running shoes plus things like sandals and crocs.

And Maine is listed as the #1 state in America with the highest number of shoes per person.

That baffled me. Here’s the survey.

Aren’t we simple?  Wearing the same pair of all-purpose shoes until they are literally worn out?

What is your favorite shoe that you wear most often?  Most picked sneakers,

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… followed by boots,

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… followed by flip-flops.

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Those are the top 3.  No matter the season.

Maybe Mainers own the most pairs of shoes because we don’t get rid of shoes that might not be ready for the landfill.

Oh, these are still okay. I’ll wear them again someday.

And someday never comes.

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Enjoy your collection. And congrats on being #1 in all the land.

20 of the Most Popular Chain Restaurants That Maine Doesn’t Have

From popular buffets to trendy burger and chicken joints, here are 20 of the most chain restaurants that don’t exist in Maine

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Golden Corral

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Golden Corral

Headquartered in North Carolina, Golden Corral is one of the most popular buffet chains in all of the country. Currently, they operate restaurants in 43 states. They’ve only just begun expansion into the northeast, recently opening their first location in New Hampshire. It seems natural that a future Maine location isn’t too far off.
Sonic

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Sonic

Despite being heavily advertised on television for years now, Maine doesn’t have a Sonic location and one doesn’t seem to be on the horizon. Maine is one of only 4 states in the country that doesn’t have a Sonic location. Fans of drive-in hot dogs, slushies and burgers will have to venture south on Route 1 to get their fix.
Outback Steakhouse

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Outback Steakhouse

If living in Maine is your bubble, you’re probably surprised to see that Outback Steakhouse is still a thriving chain around the country. Outback closed their last Maine location in 2012, but the chain remains extremely popular around the world. More than 1,000 locations are still operational. Despite past failures, a second attempt at the Maine market could happen for Outback.

 

Marie Callender’s

Likely known as a popular choice in the frozen foods aisle at your local Hanford, Marie Callender’s is also a chain of restaurants and bakeries in the United States, mostly on the west coast. Similar to what you’d find in stores, Marie Callender’s specializes in pies both sweet and savory. The pandemic slowed expansion of the chain but plans still remain for new locations to open in the east.
The Cheesecake Factory

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The Cheesecake Factory

Operating 220 restaurants currently, the Cheesecake Factory has slowly been expanding on the east coast for the last decade. The California chain has opened three locations in Massachusetts and seems to continue their movement into Maine and New Hampshire at some point in the future.
Red Lobster

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Red Lobster

It may seem hard to believe, but Maine is one of only 2 states in the country that doesn’t have a single Red Lobster location. The last two closed way back in 1998, mostly because Mainers felt like they could grab their lobster from all the mom and pop restaurants and not a chain. Red Lobster remains one of the most popular chain restaurants in the country 25 years later.

 

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