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Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Wed, 30th Jan '08 10:25 PM



Those who grew up in small towns will laugh when they read this.

Those who didn't will be in disbelief and won't understand how true it is.

1) You can name everyone with whom you graduated.

2) You know what 4-H means.

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 whispered the 'F' word and your parents knew within the hour.

6) You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers, because you knew 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.) Besides, where would you get the money?

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) You knew which section of the ditch you would find the beer your buyer dropped off.

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

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

12) You didn't give directions by street names but rather by references. Turn by Nelson's house, go 2 blocks to Anderson's, and it's four houses left of the track field.

13) The golf course had only 9 holes.

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

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

16) The town next to you was considered 'trashy' or 'snooty,' but was actually just like your town.

17) You referred to anyone with a house newer then 1945 as the 'rich' people.

18) The people in the 'big city' dressed funny, and then you picked up the trend 2 years later.

19) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station or the dairybar.

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

21) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.

22) Directions were given using THE stop light as a reference.

23) When you decided to walk somewhere for exercise, 5 people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride.

24) Your teachers called you by your older siblings' names.

25) Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.

26) You could charge at any local store or write checks without any ID.

27) There was no McDonalds.

28) The closest mall was over an hour away.
(What was a mall?)

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

30) You've pee'd in a cornfield.

31) Most people went by a nickname.

32) You laughed your butt off reading this because you know it is true, and you forward it to everyone who may have lived in a small town.

I would not have wanted to have been raised any other way!!!!

Tazmaniac72  (Level: 196.2 - Posts: 213)
Wed, 30th Jan '08 10:44 PM

When I was a kid, we thought the phrase 'outhouse' was walking out of your house onto the porch, and taking a leak! So many things have come up around here that make life more convenient, but I truly miss how rural it used to be around here about 25 years ago.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Wed, 30th Jan '08 11:02 PM

City Mouse.

Not one.

Me, did make me wonder what woulda been of me though.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 30th Jan '08 11:33 PM

I was raised on country sunshine

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 12:23 AM

None of that made any sense to me. Dropping beer in a ditch to be picked up later? You couldn't just sit in the car while the guy went and got it? Thanks for insight into another world.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5427)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 1:02 AM

Omigosh, Lodi, I read through those and went, yep, did that; uh huh, that one too; sure 'nuff did this one! What a fun read. Took me back (muffle muffle) years. Don't think there was anything in there about swiping watermelons was there??

The growers didn't really consider it "stealing" back in those days. They always planted a little extra close to the road so kids could get some. They didn't mind so much if you took just four or five melons and didn't destroy the patch. There was always some idiot (none of my group) who had to go smashing a whole bunch of the melons.

When I was in high school, my brother (who is 8 years older than I) lived on a farm a few miles from town. One night a group of us went out to "pick" our watermelons and then went to my brother's place to eat the melons. Being a bachelor, he was never home so we knew we'd have the place to ourselves. We ate our fill of watermelon, and then took the watermelon rinds to the chicken house and filled all the chicken nests with the rinds. I guess those poor old hens woke him up fairly early the next morning cackling their heads off 'cause they couldn't get in the nests to lay their eggs.

Ah, those WERE the good ole days in some ways.

Crazy4games  (Level: 125.1 - Posts: 1019)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 1:08 AM

Every one of those hit home with me Lodi, and I'm STILL a small town girl.
Can't imagine it any other way!

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5427)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 1:30 AM

I promise I did NOT double post.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 2:20 AM

That was FUN Lodi....thank you for that insight.
Having always been a big city girl, I always
thought life in the country was very boring!!!!
Good only for annual visits....
Have to tell you - we city kids stole fruit from
local orchards too....and between less stressed parents,
nosey neighbours and strong home/school ties - we didn't
get away with much either....

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 5:12 AM

Who remembers going to the soda fountain at the local drugstore and ordering a rootbeer float with 2 straws, or a cherry coke made with real cherry syrup added to the fountain coke?

in my hometown of less than a 1000 when i was growing up there in the 70's most of the shops, the bank, the county offices in the courthouse were all closed on Thursdays. Even the post office closed at noon after all route deliveries were made. the closings began during WW2 when everyone needed time off to work in the Victory Gardens.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 5:46 AM

Lodi, do you remember that time we made out at the drive in movies?

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 5:51 AM

Wow, Felix does foreplay? But Smaug said...nevermind.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 7:51 AM

We had to go to one of the "snooty" towns to go to the drive in. There was plenty of smooching in the balcony of the local movie theater though. And because we were so rural, there were lots of private places for "parking."

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 8:33 AM

You had a theater AND a stoplight? We didn't have either one. Still don't.

Is it small townish that I used to take my boat into town to go to the Dairy Queen?

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 8:53 AM

Only if there's water near-by
Otherwise it's called bragging!!!!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 9:13 AM

And my buddies would know what I meant when I went on a date and "copped a feel", and our cruising area included a total of two drive in restaurants.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.8 - Posts: 2776)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 9:33 AM

Well, UK small village life don't seem a bit like US small town life - darn it!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 10:33 AM

We did have a drive-in A&W.

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 10:36 AM

My town was strange, the drive in theater closed before I was born, but we did have a drive in church.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 10:51 AM

That must have been awkward by boat. Or did you take the horse & buggy?

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 10:53 AM

Someone stole the book from our library.
We had to borrow a horse from a one horse town in the next county.
The handle bars once fell off of our taxi service.
I was concieved at a taffy pull.
My first arrest was at a quilting bee.
We envied Mayberry.
We had a Five and Dime (minus the dime).
It was okay to date your first cousin.
We drove 3 hours to see Roller Derby.
My third grade teacher was a fifth grader at the time.

Ricksdusa  (Level: 22.6 - Posts: 69)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 11:02 AM

I'm laughing at Surreyman. You're SO right. I live in smalltown USA, and appreciate everything Lodi said - but I grew up in smalltown England, and there....well:

You knew everyone who was 'on the dole' and working at the same time

where to go for your 'prescription' medication, and who had the best prices

which shops would serve you with booze, even whilst wearing your school uniform....similarly, which shops would split a pack of cigarettes and sell them singly to schoolkids

Which girls had the run of their house during the day and liked to 'wag' school - also, which of these could be easily persuaded to let you in for a bottle of cider and 10 bensons

where the best places to pick magic mushrooms were, and utilize your expert knowledge to get to them before the cops, who sprayed them with fungicide

Ahhhh - happy days. I realise that this says more about ME than my hometown, but you get the picture

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 11:32 AM

Here's a small town for you...

When I took gun safety training (held at school) I brought my rifle with me on the bus.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 12:16 PM

Rick - the 'shrooms grew in my back garden.In my teens, I was VERY popular. Or it seemed that way to me...

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 1:45 PM

Grew up on an Island, so parties were on the beach, there was always sand in the car, you peed by the wetlands and hoped a gator wasn't on the shore...

Amusement was watching the Tourists

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 1:59 PM

Awww, skinny dipping. Haven't done that since.....

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 5:21 PM

Yep so much of this rang true. I had 61 people graduate in my class and that was big class to graduate. Most of the graduating classes had between 40-50 kids. We used to park our cars and sit in front of the grocery store and the little pizza place in town...until it was time for the town cop to come through then we would drive around until he had time to make his round and then go park again. We knew which town cop was on duty each night and whether it was safe to drink any beer because one would confiscate the beer and call your parents and the other would just take the beer and go drink it himself. LOL My parents knew EVERYTHING that me and my brother did, though we thought they didn't. We had parties up hollers and it wasn't uncommon to have someone show up on horseback or on a 4 wheeler or dirt bike. You were cool if you dated someone from another school in the county and really cool if you dated someone from a different county altogether. We didn't even have a golf course. I've given and received many directions based on where people live. If you needed to find someone you just had to drive through town a couple times and you could find them. I've seen many classmates driving trucks with "farm use" written on the side through town. There was only one stop light in the entire county. It's not uncommon to find piles or horse manure along the road and through town. Some of my teachers remembered going to school with my parents and even teaching them in some cases. The nearest mall was 45 minutes away. No McDonald's in my town, but there was a Hardee's the next town over and it was cool to go over there and get some food. LOL I've peed in a cornfield. I've even actually used an outhouse. My grandparents had one out back that we would sometimes use during family gatherings when the line for the bathroom was too long and we just couldn't wait. I've actually gotten water out of a hand pumped well. I have cut tobacco in the field, hung tobacco in the barn to dry, and shoveled manure out of horse stalls into piles and then later shoveled it into the garden to be tilled into the ground with the tractor. I've used a old tire to sled down a snowy gas well road up the mountain side. Jumped the creak riding that same old tire and landed in the barbwire fence. I have tied a sled to a rope and been pulled behind a dirt bike in the snow. It was fun until you wiped out going 25-30 miles an hour because your brother wanted to scare you. School still closes down on the first day of deer season because more than half the student would be out hunting. I learned to shoot a gun at an early age and how to properly skin a deer and squirrel. I've plucked a turkey and chicken and ate some of the snake that was killed out back behind the barn. LOL Yep I grew up in a small town and I can still go back and 98% of the people from back then still live in the same houses and work at the same places and I can still walk into the grocery store in town and get a check cashed with no ID at all and I haven't lived there in almost 14 years and the little mom and pop store at the top of the hill from my house....we had a tab there and could go in and get one candy bar or one drink and our parents would pay for it all at the end of the month. Those were the good old days.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.4 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 5:44 PM

I didn't grow up in a small town, but I live in one now. Not only does everyone here know each other from high school...their grandparents all know each other from high school. You aren't really from here unless your grandparents were all born here. The complicated family connections are beyond my ability to keep straight. (and I doubt I'm getting all the facts along those lines, either!) I do remember being led astray as a youngster visiting some country cousins. We got some beer and climbed up on the grain elevator with it. I don't know, probably 150 or 200 feet off the ground. By the time we drank the beer we were scared to climb down drunk, and had to go down hung over when we regained consciousness the next morning to face...everyone. Never did that in Minneapolis!

1mks  (Level: 221.2 - Posts: 5932)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 8:39 PM

I knew all of those too. I went to high in a very small town in West Texas. We always parked by pumping oil wells. So much for romance. Hid our cigarettes in a mason jar at the cemetary. Burned off all my eyelashes many times by hovering down in the seat to light the fool things. I really do wish my children could have grown up in a rural setting...for the most part...I think you stay innocent longer. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 8:59 PM

I was born and raised on the streets of Chicago and am proud of it. I live 35 miles South of the city now, but I taught all three of my sons to know and appreciate the big city and learn that life isn't a bowl of cherries. Before each of my sons was ten, they learned what a drug addict and alcoholic was and what happened to them. My sons are all drug free and drink very moderately. I've experienced the country living, but I still prefer noisy streets, sirens and occasional gunshots, that's just me.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 9:11 PM

Here, Here!

1mks  (Level: 221.2 - Posts: 5932)
Thu, 31st Jan '08 9:12 PM

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5427)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 3:20 AM

Gosh, how could we forget snipe hunting? Did any of you ever take someone snipe hunting? For those of you who have never been snipe hunting, you go out into the country at night. Tell the "victim" to take a flashlight and go one direction looking for snipe and you'll go the other way. Only thing is, all the others would jump in the car and head back to town. We never really left anyone out in the country; we always went back in a few minutes to get them. The joke really was on us though. We were always told the snipe was an imaginary bird. Now I've learned they really do exist.

Ah the good ole outhouse. We didn't have plumbing in our house (we had to move to town when I was 12 to get that luxury). What I really hated was when you got the urge in the middle of the night and had to go down the stairs, out into the cold. The chicken house had a door that didn't shut and so all night long it would squeak and bang. That was darned scary at 8 or 9 years of age going out in the dark alone at 2 or 3 a.m. to that two-holer.

Gosh, I hadn't thought of some of these things in years.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 4:42 AM

As an english, city girl, I am gathering there were two
essential ingredients for a youth in rural US....
An automobile and a rifle...
I think that may be what made the differences, Surreyman
In England most people didn't have either until the late
50's or early 60's. And kids didn't drive anything until
they could pay for it themselves....
Have to agree with Liam, I prefer the noise, activity and
stimulation of life in the big city.
Moving back to Toronto in February....

Surreyman  (Level: 274.8 - Posts: 2776)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 7:41 AM

Must admit I was shooting rabbits 15 years before my first car!
But enjoying gunshots in the streets? No thanks - never heard one and don't want to!

Eileeny  (Level: 71.0 - Posts: 239)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 8:00 AM

I remember growing up in England we had an outside toilet Winter was not fun.. ick! then we moved to a better house oh happy day.. lol

Kaufman  (Level: 270.1 - Posts: 3942)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 9:17 AM

Hmmm, Alan, I didn't think of you as the type to go shooting cars.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.8 - Posts: 2776)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 9:53 AM

Had to have the right gear!

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 599)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 10:51 AM

I grew up where it was 30 miles to "town" and another 45 to "the city"

100 Miles round trip was no problem on a date.

There was a drug store in the front part of the best restaurants.

Had to clean up after work before I went to school in the morning.

NEVER chewed my fingernails in case there was remnants from work.

Picked and cooked my vegetable within 30 mins of each other.

Slaughtered our own beef and pigs.

NEVER named a cow cause you knew it might be eaten later.

Dogs were:
a: for huntin
b: Rounding up cattle.
c: Guarding.

Most others were sold to city folk or shot as worthless. NEVER in the house. Maybe in the garage if they were a good hunting dog.

Gun racks in the backs of pickup trucks parked in the school parking lot.

Guns in the gun racks.

Belt knives.

And I did ride my horse to school in elementary school.

Joey  (Level: 28.9 - Posts: 82)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 11:09 AM

number 12 is my favorite because I do that like every day...

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5427)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 1:55 PM

Yep, rode a horse to school, too. Part Shetland, onery little cuss. He knew exactly where the best sandbur patches were and would throw me about every day in one of them.

After he died I had to walk with the neighbor kids from over the hill the mile and a half to school. One spring morning we found a nest of baby mice. I sneaked them into the school while the teacher was raising the flag in the front yard and I put the nest in her desk drawer.

I sure thought it was funny when she found them and screamed and screamed. The situation quickly lost its humor when she called my father and I got a good walloping for it. That's the difference between school back then and today. Whatever you got in trouble for in school in those days, you knew a worse fate awaited you at home.

Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Mon, 4th Feb '08 3:31 PM

well... we only had 50 kids in our graduating class, and i grew up in the city (albeit not a huge one). this was the largest class in 10 years. to make it all the way to 18 without getting pregnant or landing in jail was considered to be a great acheivement.

Maple542  (Level: 91.3 - Posts: 135)
Mon, 4th Feb '08 4:06 PM

Our town was so small ...

both the city limit signs were on the same pole.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Fri, 8th Feb '08 6:48 PM

Our town was so small...if you plugged in an electric razor the traffic light went on "blink".

Tacogrande87  (Level: 13.4 - Posts: 24)
Fri, 8th Feb '08 7:27 PM

my town has no trafic lights and it only has about 900 people we have one church and the nearest store is 30 miles away yippie

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Fri, 8th Feb '08 7:39 PM

Hey, I used to live there! Pilot Rock, Oregon!

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Sat, 9th Feb '08 7:37 AM

In my small town on the Jersey Shore, we all went to the corner store. We drank vanilla cokes and bought penny candy. You only needed 10 cents to get a bagful of candy. Most things were 4 for a penny! Red hot dollars which were red but not hot were my favorite. They were as big as a quarter then, too. Now they're about the size of a dime and you need much more than a penny to buy them! Funny thing, we were all sad when the store closed but it turned out it was a bookmaking joint, too! I guess that friendly man who was always on the phone was taking bets...who knew?

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 3847)
Sat, 9th Feb '08 10:21 AM

My town is so small..........


...that by the time you get here, you are already past it.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sat, 9th Feb '08 11:45 AM

I'm excited that some of you will be coming with me to my hometown for the Death Float this August. I dreamed of it last night. In my dream we all got inebriated and never actually made it on the float. -D Which won't happen. I'm pretty sure of it. Mostly.

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