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Old 08-20-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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This is how the day went--wasn't great, but, suuuuure could have been crummy, and it reminds me why I like small towns.

I'm coming home this morning from picking up a tractor part and my truck quits running close to my house out in the country. I get it into a neighbor's drive into one of his pastures off of the road. I'm fidding with the truck and another kind of neighbor pulls up and gives me a ride home.

I have car insurance with roadside service. I call and they want to set up a tow for me. They have no one in their national data base for my town (which is a stretch to call it that). I tell them to call Andy at ***** Towing and give them the number. I tell them the keys are in it and have them take it to Rockin P Diesel. The insurer asks who to leave it with. I tell them Bubba. She is kind of amazed--"I didn't know anyone was really called that."

She calls back and tells me she has the tow arranged--said that Andy knew where I lived and I didn't need to sign anything for him, and (of course) he knew where Bubba's place was.

Bubba calls awhile later , said he's got it fixed. I can come get it, or he can send someone after me, or I can get it this evening, he'll leave the keys in it. I can pay him when I see him, or leave the money in his mailbox.

I go get it. While there, there are a couple of deputies there drinking coffee--we know each other. So we visit for awhile. After a bit, one gets a call about a theft from a particular address--scrap metal. We all look at each other and say the same name...

Later in the day, my wife is driving home from work and it's pouring rain. We're talking on the phones and she says she just passed a man with one leg on crutches walking down the road. She tells me she's stopping to give him a ride. I tell her to at least leave the phones connected so I can hear when the psycho goes, well, psycho. What I hear is this..."Hey, do you need a ride? Aren't you *****? Isn't ***** your momma? Get in."
She gives him his ride no problems.

Sorry for the long post...no real point to all this except that it's these types of connections that make living in a small town special.

I like it here, even when my truck breaks down in the rain.

Last edited by skinem; 08-20-2009 at 07:07 PM..
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Old 08-21-2009, 01:24 AM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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Small towns do have their advantages.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Lovely story..yes, there's more trust and kindness in a small town "where everyone knows your name." It's one of the wonderful benefits of living in one.

Thanks for telling us your story.. I enjoyed it, nicely told...
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