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#1 LilysDad OFFLINE  


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Posted May 10, 2016 - 06:42 PM

I was raised on the farm that my mother was born in the front room, doctor was coming down the lane but didn't make it in time, but no problem. Our telephone number was 3 longs and 2 shorts and we had 13 families on the line....the 13 families built and maintained the lines. You could tell how many were listening in by how strong/weak the signal was...and it was usually pretty weak! Went to one room school house through 8th grade, then the big city of 6,000 for high school, then Chicago for college and I never adapted :-) Built dams in the creek and shot the BB gun a lot, then the Marlin lever action. Great times! Drove the car through the town to the north farm when I was 12 and never thought much about it.

You Might Be From A Small Town If...
You can name everyone you graduated with.

You know what 4-H is.

You ever went to parties at a pasture, barn, or in the middle of a
dirt road.

Your idea of a FUN weekend was riding around parking lots because that was where EVERYBODY went. (actually it was the skating rink)

Your idea of an EXCITING weekend was watching a fight in the parking lot.

You swore at someone and your parents knew within the hour.

You ever went cow-tipping or snipe hunting.

School gets canceled for city, county, or state events.

You were never in the Homecoming parade.

You have ever gone home for Homecoming.

Everyone thought it was really cool to date someone from the
neighboring town.

You had senior skip day.

The whole school went to the same party after graduation.

You don't give directions by street names, but something more like,
"Turn right by Nelson's house, go two blocks east past Anderson's, and it's four houses left of the track field."

The country club golf course had only 9 holes. (Or there wasn't even one.)

You can't help but date a friend's ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

You refer to anyone with a house newer than 1940 as the "rich

The people in the city dress funny, then your town picks up on the
trend a few years later.

You bragged to your friends because you got pipes on your truck for your birthday.

Anyone you want can be found at either the Dairy Queen or the Feed Store.

You see at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town.

The football coach suggested that you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.

Directions are given using "the" stoplight as a reference.

The city council meets at the coffee shop.

Your "letter jacket" was worn after your 19th birthday.

You decide to walk somewhere for exercise and 5 people pull over and ask if you need a ride.

Your teachers call you by your older siblings' names.

Your teachers remember when they taught your parents.

The closest Taco Bell or Burger King is at least 30 miles away.
So is the closest shopping mall. (didn't have Taco Bells, Burger Kings or shopping malls anywhere).

It is normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 06:49 PM

Stop telling people where I live, we are trying to keep this place a secret!
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Posted May 10, 2016 - 07:05 PM

Add in:


Cruising through town meant going around the same block multiple times!


The town I grew up in was that way!

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 07:11 PM

And the cop knows your family by name....
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Posted May 10, 2016 - 07:17 PM

And the cop knows your family by name....

We didn't have one of those!

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 07:20 PM

..... and people waved to other people and smile a lot.



..... and when someone was sick, the rest of the town tried to help out in one way or another.



..... and your first job was for $ .25 cents an hour and you thought that was a lot of money.






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Posted May 10, 2016 - 07:38 PM

   when you get in trouble by the law they don't have to ask where you live or call your parents, they already know!!!

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 07:46 PM

Yep all of the above, but don't forget the dirt roads and the oil truck to keep the dust down.

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 07:51 PM

And in our farming valley when it was hay season all the boys went farm to farm till every ones hay was done, true story!!! 

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 07:56 PM

The town wide yard sale increases the town population by 30% for six hours.

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 08:22 PM

Oh man, the hay field stories. 

Every farmer I worked for all said the same thing, the hay conveyor is fixed and working great.

It never was. By the end of the day and several hundred bales later my brothers and I were dragging. 

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 08:26 PM

Not so much where I grew up, but that's Eaton, NY to a T.

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 08:34 PM

We went to the river for parties.

No Dairy Queen for us. We had a Bantam Chef. All the tables were outside.

The closest fast food was in the next town--20 miles away--on the other side of the river.

People with brick houses were rich. People with concrete driveways were really rich.

Christmas trees were cedar trees you found in the woods or along fence rows.

A bowl of pinto beans with cornbread and chowchow was a meal.

If you wanted fish for dinner on Saturday night, you went fishing on Friday night.

My PawPaw taught me to keep a fishing rod, .22, a roll of toilet paper and a fifth of bourbon behind the truck seat. No matter what you got into, one or more of those things would be handy to have around.

We also went to church three times a week--Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. Fifth Sundays were for singing and potluck. Fifth Wednesday's was family night at church.

We had a harmless town drunk and a Singing Lenny that everyone looked out for.

If someone's grass got too tall, you stopped and checked on them instead of calling the HOA Nazis.

And I didn't know I grew up poor until I went to college.
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Posted May 10, 2016 - 08:37 PM

The city council did meet at the coffee shop, but after 10:00 am it went by it's other name: the municipal liquor store.
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Posted May 10, 2016 - 08:47 PM

A lot of apply to how I grew up.

I grew up(and still live) in a town of about 50 people. When I was a kid we had 2 grades per class room. No traffic lights. Nearest mall was 20 minutes away. It had a few stores and pizza hut and McDonalds. Now there are 50 stores and 20 restaurants.
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