Sunday, February 24, 2008

You know you're from a small town when.....

First of all....thanks everyone for the great comments on my hometown post!! I do admit that I got a bit homesick...not for "home" exactly, but for my family and friends!!! It was great to go through all those pictures!!

As I was writing that post, I kept thinking of an e-mail that I got a few months ago that had a list of criteria to see if you had lived in what would qualify as a "small town". the cleaning out of the "in-box", I found the message and thought that I would share with you!!
It's a little long....but a quick read!!

Those of you from my hometown or from any small town will read these, shake your head, do a little reminiscing, and probably laugh a bit.

SMALL TOWNS...aren't they wonderful...
1) You can name everyone you graduated with. All 44 of them.
2) You know what 4-H means. Head, Hands, Heart, Health
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 #7.) No woods, but corn/wheat fields.
4) You used to 'drag' Main !!!!!!!!!!!!
5) You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers,because you knew which ones would bust you and which ones wouldn't. Benson was the coolest!!
6) 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?
7) 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 road sto smoke them. No..never did this..uh-uh.
8) You knew which section of the ditch you would find the beer your buyer dropped off.
9) It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town. Those Mustangs and some of those guys were hawt!!!
10) The whole school went to the same party after graduation. Klipfels house.
11) 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.
12) The golf course had only 9 holes. Rattlesnake Open!!
13) You couldn't help but date a friend's ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.
14) Your car stayed filthy because of the dirt roads, and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason.
15) The town next to you was considered 'trashy' or 'snooty,' but was actually just like your town.
16) You referred to anyone with a house newer then 1955 as the 'rich' people.
17) The people in the 'big city' dressed funny, and then you picked up the trend 2 years later.
18) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station or the dairy bar. Bowling Alley, Napa parking lot, or the grocery store parking lot
19) 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.
20) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay for the summer to get stronger. Not me...but my brothers!!!
21) Directions were given using the stop light as a reference. No stop lights...places on Main Street were used...but everyone pretty much new where everyone lived anyway!
22) When you decided to walk somewhere for exercise, 5 people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride
23) Your teachers called you by your older siblings' names.
24) Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.
25) You could charge at any local store or write checks without any ID.
26) There was no McDonalds. But we did have a Taco John's!!
27) The closest mall was over an hour away.Try 3 1/2, if you drove fast and didn't get stopped!
28) It was normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn mower. Or bicycle!!
29) You've peed in a cornfield. or wheat field, someone's garden, side of a dirt road....
30) Most people went by a nickname. "Hutch" (my whole family will answer to this name!!)

There were very few that I didn't say "yes" to!!!