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Issue Number 119
January 2013
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Small Towns

Those who grew up in small towns in the 50s will laugh when they read this. Those who didn't will be in disbelief and won't understand how true it was.

1) You can name everyone with whom you graduated..
2) You know what 4-H/FFA/FHA means.
3) You went to parties at a pasture, barn, gravel pit, river bank 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.
4) You used to 'drag/cruise' Main Street.
5) It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.
6) The whole school went to the same party after graduation.
7) You didn't give directions by street names but rather by references; i.e., turn by Nelson's house, go two blocks to Anderson's, and it's four houses left of the track field.
8) The golf course had only 9 holes.
9) You couldn't help but date a friend's ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.
10) Your car stayed filthy because of the dirt roads, and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason.
11) The town next to you was considered 'trashy' or 'snooty,' but was actually just like your town.
12) You referred to anyone with a house newer than 1950 as the 'rich' people.
13) The people in the 'big city' dressed funny, and then you picked up the trend two years later.
14) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station, the dairy bar, or pool hall.
15) 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.
16) The coach suggested you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.
17) Directions were given using THE stop light as a reference. What stop light? Not one in our small town.
18) When you decided to walk somewhere, five people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride.
19) Your teachers called you by your older siblings' names.
20) Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.
21) You could charge at any local store or write checks without any ID.
22) There was no McDonalds. But we had the Crystal Cafe.
23) The closest city was an hour away.
24) Most people used reel type/push lawn mowers.
25) You've peed in a wheat field/cornfield/hayfield/barn lot.
26) You probably started driving a tractor to plow/disc, etc., by the time you were 10 years old.
27) Most people went by a nickname.
28) The guys kept their guns in the car/truck so they could go hunting after school.
29) They had been hunting with a gun since they were seven years old.

30) The car/truck you drove belonged to Dad and was probably the only family vehicle besides the tractor and grain truck.
31) Eight out of ten high school boys could tune a car's engine; four out of ten could rebuild that engine.
32) There was a huge crowd in town on Friday and/or Saturday night.
33) Farmers could actually "trade" their eggs/milk/cream/chickens for groceries and other goods at some of the local stores.
34) You had heard of but had not yet seen a TV program.
35) You laughed your butt off reading this because you know it is true. I would not have wanted to have been raised any other way! It was the best.

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