Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Small Town USA

It has been about three weeks since arriving in Small Town, Illinois, and the adjustment to small town life has gone pretty smoothly. Even though I love small towns, I have never lived in one quite this small or this rural (well, except maybe when I was a kid), but after a few weeks I've noticed a few things that make me giggle... that you would only find in Small Town, USA...

  • Why put up a STOP sign when there's really not much traffic? Around here, YIELD signs seem to be the traffic sign of choice

  • A few blocks from our house there is definitely an intersection with absolutely no sign at all! We've just been figuring out who goes first when we get there

  • It's easier to get lost here than it is in a city... sure, there are less roads, but there is no point of reference. All corn fields look pretty much the same

  • One of the state roads in our town runs THROUGH the grocery store parking lot. Seriously... right in front of the Country Market and it's an Illinois state road

  • People here are incredibly nice and will do anything for you. On the other hand, within five minutes you will have heard their life story and they'll want to know yours

  • Almost every eatery has a 99 cent taco day... I am in heaven.

  • No matter what you're shopping for, you can probably find it at the local Farm and Fleet... if you needed to buy a lawn mower, a couch, and groceries all in one trip, this is the place to go.

I know there will be many others, so maybe I will start a new topic with this post and add to it as they come along. Because where else but a small town do you get THIS opportunity?

We're just living the dream, baby!

1 comment:

  1. You won't get lost once you've learned which family lives along which field. Before you know it, you'll be saying, "yeah, you just go down to Johnson's corner, turn left, and go down another mile to the Brown's place." And, of course, it'll be easy to map out your running routes b/c each length of a field (which pretty much turns out to be the distance b/w country roads) is basically a square mile. These rural route tips brought to you today are free of charge...this time. :-) ~ the Abster