Nowhere Man

Connecticut is now 0-for-3 in its efforts to win a federal “Race to the Top” grant.  The state wanted nearly 50-million dollars to beef up educations programs for young kids.  The U.S. Department of Education said, “No.”

But I’m wondering if the feds didn’t actually say, “Who are you?”

Here’s the typical conversation from my travels this year:

“Where are you from?”


(A moment of thoughtful silence.)

“It’s between Boston and New York.”


It’s like having an unlisted phone number.  We have an unlisted state.

Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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10 Responses to Nowhere Man

  1. Steve L says:

    We are not invisible in the eyes of this administration. They know exactly where Connecticut is. It’s just that they know they don’t have to spend a dime up here and they still will carry the state in the next election. When I travel around the mid-west the question people ask is not “where’s Connecticut?” it’s “what the HELL is wrong with you people up there?”.

  2. Rick B says:

    Sounds about right Steve when I used to travel the country I would get the same reaction. When I went to the deep south the reactions were even more severe.

    • Melissa says:

      That is very true. We relocated from CT to GA and peoples perceptions of CT are very different. It’s been almost a year and I’m still refered to as a Yankee.

  3. RJM says:

    We attended a play at UCONN last Saturday, called “I’m From Connecticut” and it pretty much summed it up!

  4. Beth Ann says:

    Connecticut: born and raised. I can thank our public education system for the functional grasp I have on the composition of the United States. Maybe the $50 million should go to the home states of the people you encountered this year who can’t find us without a map in front of them 🙂

  5. Steve L says:

    Connecticut residents are no more geographically literate than any other state. If you got the benefit of an education prior to the 1970’s, you can probably name the 50 states AND the capitols.
    The $50 million dollar grant should go to buying everybody a GPS rather than throwing it into the wasteland of today’s educational system.

  6. Jesalinda says:

    agreed…most kids have no idea where states are, especially in New England. I grew up in CT but an teaching in NC. The kids have no idea where that is…

  7. Gerry says:

    Thanks for all the comments. Ironically, I was referring to international travel!

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