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Monday, January 9, 2012

A New Hampshire State Of Mind

A portion of a monument in Nashua, NH. (Flickr/jcbwalsh)

How do you explain New Hampshire to an outsider? It’s the only state in the nation without a mandatory seat belt law, where motorcycle riders don’t have to wear helmets, where liquor stores are the first thing you see you as you drive across the border and where stores that sell fireworks are as common as fast food restaurants.

“New Hampshire’s got fireworks, no seat belts, no sales taxes, it’s like Mexico– people go running across the border,” Comedian and New Hampshire native Juston McKinney joked in a recent event at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

He says when you cross into the state, “the first thing you see is a liquor store on every highway, and it’s the size of a mall with people having tailgating parties like at Gillette stadium. It’s a giant party. You go to the toll booth, pay your cover, and you’re in for the night.”

McKinney, who laments the state’s cold, icy winters, says the New Hampshire tagline should be  “live, freeze, then die.”

Guest:

  • Juston McKinney, New Hampshire native and comedian

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