We did some stumping at the “Third Alarm Diner” this morning in Sanford, Maine. The diner theme is: “firefighting,” with both owners being local firefighters. Bob April, who has been with the Sanford Fire Department 17 years, told me they’ve rennovated the diner over the past 4 years. The walls are filled with dynamic pictures of local fires, fire trucks, fire fighters in action… and there is a phenomenally striking firefighting mural on the outside. Among other memorabilia inside is a 1911 model of a “Christie” Pumper. My son Joseph, 6, who is absolutely addicted to firefighting stuff, was in heaven. Later this morning, I told reporter Brian Smith of the Sanford News here that our platform calls for people supporting these types of small downtown businesses much more than they support the big national franchises like McDonald’s, Wal Mart, Lowe’s… Smith asked if that would upset these “bigger companies?” I said yes.