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Along the New Hampshire Border: As you drive into New Hampshire from the north, you'll see that the Welcome to New Hampshire signs acknowledge our Canadian neighbors: "Welcome to New Hampshire. Bienvenue." That means "eat your vegetables" in French. At the rock bottom of the state, we border Massachusetts, but we try not to think about it. The signs at that border, near the state-run liquor stores within spitting distance of the highway, say: "Welcome to New Hampshire. Now go home. But first stock up on Jim Beam." Which is our warm way of saying: "You people drive way too fast and never yield. You frighten us. But we appreciate your business.
Stickler: Pronounced stick-lah. A stick-lah won't give. A sticklah sticks to the exact rules. A sticklah can make your life miserable, for example, if you want to dump your dump at the dump, and your dumpsticker is expired. If the dumpmaster is a sticklah, he'll turn you away and grin while he's doing it. In these small towns we have a high percentage of sticklahs stickling it to their neighbors. Why? Because they can. And for some reason, they seem to think they should.