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Thoughts From A Diva

Random images and thoughts from a misplaced Minnesota Diva trying to survive in Wisconsin.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Mail Call

Subject: growing up in a small town


Those of us who grew up in a small town will laugh when we read this. Those of you who didn't will be in disbelief...but trust me, every one of these are true.


1) You can name everyone you graduated with.

2) You know what 4-H & FFA are.

3) You went to parties at a pasture, barn, gravel pit, or in the middle of a dirt road. On Monday you could always tell who was at the party because of the scratches on their legs from running through the woods when the party was busted,  (see #6.)

4) You used to "drag" main.

5) You said the "F" word and your parents knew within the hour.

6) You scheduled parties around the schedule of different sheriff/officers, since you know which ones would bust you! and which ones wouldn't.

7) You could never buy cigarettes because all the store clerks knew how old you were (and if you were old enough they'd tell your parents anyhow).

8) When you did find somebody old enough and brave enough to buy cigarettes you still had to go out into the country and  drive on back roads to smoke them.

9) It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.

10) The whole school went to the same party after graduation.

11) You don't give directions by street names or directions but by references.  (Turn by Nelson's house, go 2 blocks east to Cooper's, and it's four houses left of the track.)

12) The golf course had only 9 holes.

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

14) Your car stays filthy because of the dirt roads and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason.

15) The town next to you is considered "trashy" or "snooty", but, is actually just like your town.

16) You refer anyone with a house newer then 10 years as the "rich people"

17) The people in the "big city" dress funny, but  then you pick up the trend two years later.

18) Anyone you want can be found at the local cafe or elevator.

19) You see at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town or one of your friends drives a grain truck to school occasionally.

20) The gym teacher suggest you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.

21) Directions are given using the old filling station as a reference.

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

23) Your teachers call you by your older sibling's names.

24) Your teachers remember when they taught your parents.

25) You can charge at all the local stores or write checks without any ID.

26) The closest McDonalds is 45 miles away (or more).

27) The closest mall is over an hour away.

28) It is normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn mower.

29) You've peed in a wheat field or a cornfield.

30) Most people go by a nickname.

31) You laugh reading this because you know it is all true and you  forward it to everyone who lives in your town (because you know them all!)



At 6/14/2004 3:17 PM , Blogger JulieMac said...

I was in Condon one weekend (very small town in the middle of Oregon) and the kids there would drive by the house the one cop in town lived at to see if he was home. If he was they didn't worry about getting caught partying.

At 6/14/2004 8:06 PM , Blogger Brent said...

That was so true. I didn't grow up in a small town, but rather a small community out in the country, if that makes sense. So much of that was true. Thanks for posting it!!


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