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Old 01-20-2011, 02:30 PM
Status: "I can see 2020 from my porch" (set 6 days ago)
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Because I'm never more than 10 minutes from any place I have to go.
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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I love being able to ride my bicycle up the middle of "mainstreet" on Sunday afternoon.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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I lived 18 years on a 1000+ acre farm, 8 years in the suburbs & 18 years in the city. People in rural areas just don't call the police but there is far more crime per capita no mater what the statistics say. In the city people call the cops every time there is a disagreement so there are far fewer incidence of crime per person.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I personally love how almost everybody knows almost everybody else - depending on the size of the town. I love how the folks are usually more friendly as well.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:03 PM
 
Location: On the west side of the Tetons
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I like the fact that in small mountain towns, we don't consider it to be newsworthy every time it snows nor do we feel the urge to use ridiculous terms like "snowpocalypse" or "snowmageddon". Winter and the abundance of snow that comes with it are celebrated and, while the activities change, winter doesn't keep anyone inside. We've had over 300" here and we'll get plenty more. When it's snowing 2" an hour, the only concern is getting up early because the skiing will be so good. Schools haven't been and will not be closed. And, except when an avalanche runs across the pass, or the highway department closes the road temporarily to do avalanche hazard reduction work, people will not be late for work or avoid going into town (the biggest town and much of the work is 26 miles away over a steep and winding mountain pass). Even the avalanche debris will be cleared in a matter of hours. It always is. Poor city people. They're held captive by snow and miss out on all the fun.
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:04 PM
 
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I like the fact that in small mountain towns, we don't consider it to be newsworthy every time it snows nor do we feel the urge to use ridiculous terms like "snowpocalypse" or "snowmageddon". Winter and the abundance of snow that comes with it are celebrated and, while the activities change, winter doesn't keep anyone inside. We've had over 300" here and we'll get plenty more. When it's snowing 2" an hour, the only concern is getting up early because the skiing will be so good. Schools haven't been and will not be closed. And, except when an avalanche runs across the pass, or the highway department closes the road temporarily to do avalanche hazard reduction work, people will not be late for work or avoid going into town (the biggest town and much of the work is 26 miles away over a steep and winding mountain pass). Even the avalanche debris will be cleared in a matter of hours. It always is. Poor city people. They're held captive by snow and miss out on all the fun.
I'm with ya there. Snow doesn't shut us down like some of the 'burbs that close school over 4 inches of snow (that's just a dusting). It's snowed steadily almost every day here since the beginning of January. There's a foot out there now. We don't have mountains here to speak of, but we do love to snow mobile and there's good hills for sledding. I built a snow man this morning (it's my day off).
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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I enjoy knowing all the local coffee shops and the people know exactly what I want. Plus they sometimes give me a free one I also always have no trouble with parking which is handy dandy
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Itinerant
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We're friends with the DoT guys, so for our "Christmas present" they've decided to come back after plowing the road and clear out the berm they make across our trail head so we can still get in and out. You wouldn't get that kind of thoughtful service from any city plow operator! In the city and burbs, they couldn't care less if they berm up your driveway so you can't get out... that's your problem.
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:47 PM
 
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one pluss is the bank post office and food store and drug store all all walking distance
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw, NC
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I dont know about the west, but I recently transplanted from urban South Florida to rural Norh Carolina in a small town called Waxhaw. Population is 4500. For the most part, I have been welcomed with polite hellos, and open arms. I love that I can now have my horse on my property and am not paying someone else an arm and a leg to care for him. I love that my daughter can run around outside on the 19 acres and I dont have to keep telling her to "stay out of the road" or "watch for cars". Its been a wonderful change where I can get home from a busy day at work (I work an hour and a half away in the city), step out of my car and take a good deep breath and look around my property and exhale th stress away. I love eating at the restaurants in town where we have become known as friends.
To see someone stuck in the snow, with 2 passer-by cars stopped to help, is truly refreshing. To come home to my driveway plowed by my wonderful neighbors who are friends and much like family. I like being able to call up and say "I'm not going to be home before dark, can you put up the horses?" And then return the favor to them the next day or so.
We do not have a grocery store "in town" but we have 3 excellent restaurants, a coffee shop, and a vet office. We actually live 20 minutes from "in town". We live 20 miles from a grocery store and walmart in the city south of us.

We have what we need within a mile of us though... we have a small gas station, a butcher shop and a feed/tack shop. I wouldnt trade our small town living for anything.
I have heard a few natives say "who are these people? I've never seen them before" due to us getting seated at a restaurant before them (we waited 30 min). And a few snyde looks. Nothing that I thought twice about and nothing to make me trade in my new country lifestyle.
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