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Old 11-25-2009, 01:57 PM
Location: Kingman AZ
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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 you graduated with.

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 1955 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 only restaurant.

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 cheques without any ID.

27) There was no McDonald’s.

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 wheat field.

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!!!

Tough times don't last...

Tough people do
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:29 PM
Location: in the country in ohio
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We used to buy our cigs at the turnpike rest stops/ went in
the back way where the employees parked/ it was a cig
machine....yep there are always ways to get what you want.

You knew you lived in the counry when you had a million back roads
to park on
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:56 PM
Location: CasaMo
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A friend of mine told me that when he was a teenager, they would use code names for certain places that the party would be so anyone else would not find out where it was.

One place they called "Bridge 65". It was not the official name of the bridge, but there were 65 wooden cross planks on the span of that one laner. Interesting enough to me that I refer to that bridge as such. And I never even grew up there.
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:31 AM
Location: Canada
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Almost all fits except no stop light - one stop sign. And a party bush. And the store sold anyone cigarettes no matter what their age and didn't tell your parents. And come to think of it, I'm not sure why. And people still can't go jogging 'for fun' because no one with any sense would run unless they had a bull chasing them.

Golf course? You had a golf course? One of them things city people play on?
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Old 11-26-2009, 05:49 AM
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The sad thing as as I read that I tried to note something I could not relate too...usually there is one or two things. Not on that list, I related to every one.

The only thing I can split hairs on is the stop light...my county had only one back then, and it was in Belfast. Today they have more, but my town...we only have stop signs, and no speed limit signs. Here in Maine anyway, unless it is otherwise posted the speed limit is 45 mph. Some flatlanders once wanted the town to put up 45 mph speed signs...at tax payer expense and the natives quickly pointed out that there was no need to post the speed limit as it was already established.

We had no wheat fields here...this is dairy farm country, but neighbor loved to get the wheat subsidies that mid-west farmers got, so he raised a hundred acres of wheat just to fleece the government. I peed in his fields often as we tilled and drilled it for him in a custom farming sort of way!
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:55 AM
Location: SA
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Thank you for posting this and you were right on. I miss the small town I grew up in and now living in San Antonio and my son has no point of reference on how easy he has it (or hard depending on point of view). I joke that I am a country boy from NY that married a city girl from TX.
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:25 AM
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There is a saying that says: You can leave the farm, but the farm will never leave you. Oh how true.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:55 PM
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Dynimagelv, did we grow up in the same town? Well, almost--we had no golf course or stop light.

Our party place was usually in a natural amphitheater on BLM land.

I once put my car in a wheat field after losing it on a curve, and was more worried about hurrying and getting it out and back on the road before someone saw us (and told mom or dad) than I was about whether anyone or the car was hurt. I knew if someone saw us it was all over!
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:08 AM
Location: Middle America
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Everything on there applies to me except for the wheat fields...we peed in cornfields. Illinois' main crops are corn and soybeans and soybeans don't provide enough cover.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:24 AM
Location: West Michigan
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No golf course in the little place I grew up, but everything else is spot on (and still is ).
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