nick, i'm from rhode island and i grew up eating corned beef fairly often. i think it was referred to as a "new england boiled dinner".
andy m - thanks for the recipe. corned beef is not available here. some years back, before i realized i could look up everything on the net. i tried "winging it". pretty close to your recipe above, but minus the sugar and i only left it in the fridge overnight. it came out kind of ok, but maybe i'll try again this winter.