You know you live in a small town when…

Someone pulls into the coffee shop parking lot and parks across the spaces.  And no one says boo.

Someone, in a daze, sits at a stop sign for a full twenty seconds while others wait and NO ONE beeps or does anything other than wait for the offender to move her ass.  (yes that was me…the offender, I mean.)

Guy working at the coffee shop says to girl sitting there, “I’ll be right back.  Would you mind waiting on anyone who comes in?”

Where do you live?

7 thoughts on “You know you live in a small town when…

  1. Wow, that IS a small town! I grew up in a town of about 100,000, so I consider the town we’re in now (about 70,000) kinda small….but we have been known to honk at each other and leave the occasional note on the windshield of a poor parker. 🙂 Is it THAT hard to get in between the lines?? SHEESH!!

    Going back to your last post, no novocaine IS crazy! But I agree with you on the religion thing — everyone (and I do mean *everyone*) here goes to church, and they look at us like we’re freaks because we don’t. Someday I’ll do a full rant on religion and religious zealots in general, but I agree with you 100% — going to church seems like more of a status/I-know-I’m-going-to-heaven thing these days. I’m glad I’m not alone there!

    Only 5 more days…. 😉

  2. Hey CC,
    do you have the menu ready for the big day? Pittsburgh in general is easy on people who sit at green lights or stop signs. I mean, rarely, do people beep at each other in that situation. I used to do a lot of work in NYC and we always had drivers to take us from school to school. People would start beeping before the light was even green, as though they knew the guy in front of them might just hesitate for a milisecond too long. NOt that I dislike NYC, but I am glad we always had drivers.

  3. I’ve only been here for 10 months, so I’m not sure I have the complete feel for my city yet. But it’s a place where people go to Kroger in their pajamas, and where I can walk to the pharmacy, post office, liquor store, a number of restaurants, interesting retail shops, and, of course, the aforementioned Kroger.

    I like it here.

  4. Hi Kathie, how are ya?

    I live in suburbia…the sort of place with SUVs (okay, I have one too, but I bought it before I moved to the suburbs), cul-de-sacs, homeowners associations and community picnics. The main part of the township is crowded with retail shops and chain restaurants, but fortunately I’m just far enough away to enjoy some peace and quiet while still being only two miles from the grocery store.

  5. Alison, your town sounds a lot like mine, though my MIL would beat my ass if she saw me in krogers in my pjs…
    Kristine, sounds like you’ve got the best of both worlds. I love city so Oakmont is a great compromise.

  6. I grew up in an insanely small town and while it sounds so nice, it totally set me up for failure.

    I mean, I feel completely ASSAULTED when someone beeps at me. I feel like I am getting away with murder when I beep at someone myself. I’m being a meanie! I groan because I can’t wear my jammies or slippers out in public now.

    Where I live now, a safe 3,000 miles away from where I grew up, I feel SO free not having everyone know everything about me — so much so that I cringe and hide when I have to visit home. When I am visiting home, I go to a store 30 minutes away just so I won’t run into anyone who knew me back when I was NOTHING like I am now. I can never escape my past in my small home town.

    So all of it – the whole thing – just ruined “real life” for me!

  7. Gina–a glimpse into my children’s futures. I grew up in the burbs, but much much bigger than this town I’m in now. So, I see what you’re saying. I’ll have to give my kids big town boot camp when they get older. Or they’ll live at home while going to college, then move back in until they marry and move down the street…hehehe

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