In another post, I acknowledged my obsession with the state of Maine. My ownership of this mug was born out of that obsession.

The internet was still catching on in the late ’90s, and I was using lunch time at work to walk, eat, and look up Maine-y things on the web. I came across Maine Antique Digest’s site and discovered that they had come up with a giveaway to encourage site traffic. Find their whatchamacallit on one of their pages, tell them where you found it and be entered in a monthly drawing for a mug.

I did. I won.

I still smile and shake my head when I look at the URL printed on the mug, because it’s the entire URL, right down to the final slash. Like I said, the internet was still catching on.