2004-04-27 Kat Dillon's NH Visit
by Kat Dillon 4/27/04
On my recent house-hunting trip to New Hampshire, I became firmly convinced that the Free State Project is going to be successful there. The people I met went out of their way to make me feel welcome and to be helpful in my move.
Before I even left for the trip, I had offers of tours, an offer to take photos of prospective houses, offers to meet up with fellow porcupines. When I got there, I had an offer for work, offers for a place to stay while visiting. It was nearly overwhelming! The caliber of people who I've met from the Free State Project is amazing. They've almost without exception been extremely intelligent, dedicated individuals of high integrity. Cal and Karen Pratt made me feel so welcome that they felt like family by the time I left. I'm so much looking forward to living in a community of such individuals. I can't wait to move!
During my visit, I had the chance to meet with people involved in state government: Bick Bicknell and Don Gorman, State Representatives, Ken Blevens who is running for Senate, John Babiarz who is on the governor's committee to reduce waste in government, and representatives from the Gun Owners of New Hampshire. I was impressed by how much these people seemed willing and eager to work with the Free State Project. They were discussing with us some of the projects they are working on: privatizing the prisons, removal of mandatory permits for concealed carry of handguns among others. We're barely starting to move people in to New Hampshire, yet we're already getting this great network of liberty lovers set up.
The two times I have visited, I've not wanted to come back to Texas. The state is breathtakingly beautiful. As soon as you leave any city, it seemed like I was right there in lush forest. There are lakes and rivers all over. The ocean is spectacular, as it is wont to be. I had a great time driving around, looking at all the old houses. There's so much fascinating architecture. I've lived most of my life on the West coast where the buildings are all basically new, and not built to last 300 years as some of these in NH were.