Bristol

Why I Came Back To Connecticut

Why I Came Back To Connecticut

Maybe I needed to leave Connecticut for more than a decade to notice what's been here all along: the panorama of marshlands at the end of my street, the gas prices that compel me to fill up my tank elsewhere on every interstate road trip, the sheer number of people who don't pronounce the letter T — "mih-uhn" instead of mitten, something speech pathologists call a glottal stop that's also a signature of Bristol-New Britain diction. That accent is equal parts charming and annoying, kind of like living in Connecticut.

I was born and raised in Old Saybrook, and once I left for college in Boston, I never planned on coming back to a place without subways, point breaks or...

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