Tag Archives: old orchard beach

I’m Down With OOB, Yeah, You Know Me

13 Aug

Real live text excerpt from Wendy Jane and her friend, Manny:

Manny:  Good morning

Wendy:  Hood morning

Manny:  I’m sure it is a good morning in the hood.

Wendy:  Woops. Typo, from the OOB.

Manny:  I’m not privy to that hood talk, can you fill me in?

Wendy:  OOB is white people’s talk for Old Orchard Beach.  This is not to be confused with ODB (Note: the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard from the WuTang Clan)

Manny:  Lol

…and not to be confused with the rap song, OPP by Naughty by Nature, but yeah, after this past week’s trip, I’m down with OOB, except for a few short, journalistic wimp outs on my part…. read on to find out…. […]

Go Figure?! Wendy Jane Heads to Whitest State in the Nation for Summer Vacay

8 Aug

I leave today for summer vacation with my two daughters.  We’re going to Old Orchard Beach, Maine.  I’d heard it’s fun for kids– seven miles of beach, and an old-timey pier bestowing kitschy delights made up of air-brush tattoos, hair braiding, and french fries in a cone.

The other day while obsessing about race, like you know I almost always am, I started thinking (I think I about this one a lot) about how it must feel for black people to so often be in the position of being:  the one black person in the office, the one black person at a social gathering, the one black person on the bus.  I wonder how it feels to always have to be so conscious of one’s race on a daily basis.

Then I started to think about how lily-white parts of New England can be, and just on a hunch I thought I might be heading to the whitest state in the nation for my summer vacation.  So, I looked it up, and lo and behold, Maine is the whitest state in the nation with 96.9 percentage of the population described as white, according to a 2012 census posted on www.abcnews.go.com.

The article said that one thought is that African Americans weren’t attracted to move to the Northern New England states because there wasn’t the same kind of industrial work that drew black workers from the South during the 1930’s and 1940’s.  I think black people must also have a lot more sense than white folks.  The ocean water in Maine is ice cold, and the older I get, the harder it is to deal with New England winters.

I know you’re curious, so here are the Top 10 Whitest States in America.  If you’re looking for diversity in your surroundings, you will not find it here:



New Hampshire

West Virginia






North Dakota


Well, I’ll have to do without diversity during my vacation, and I will be going off-line for the rest of the week, and won’t be blogging, but, yes, will still be writing my daily Facebook poems, so you can catch me there!  Have a great week, everyone!  And, next time you’re out and about, take a look at your surroundings, and see how much color there is.