Friday, September 13, 2013

I Was Born in a Small Town

I grew up in a small town.
Now, I live outside of a small town.

Nothing says small town like petitions circling to keep a Family Dollar out of our town.

The city council sold an old baseball field to the corporation and it is scheduled to open a store next summer.

The outraged range from not needing a dollar store in my town because they can drive out of town to go to Walmart or Target OR because we must support local businesses.

Number 1- why would you drive a half hour if you could find something right in town.
Number 2- What local businesses? Have you people looked at this town lately?

Other reasons include the name of the field.
It's named after an old coach.
And there are the memories.

From what I hear, the coach was an ass wipe on the butt of humanity. But, he could win games.
So, he is kinda like the Patriot's head coach.
And memories are in your head.
I remember lots of things that are no longer there.

I really am for local businesses over big corporations.
But, the town doesn't have much of any kind of business.

I'm tellin' ya.
It's just like when the grocery store started staying open on Sundays.
OR
Like when Subway came to town.

Cause we don't need none of those new-fangled fast food places.

14 comments:

  1. I like all the small town businesses and indie shops, though I like Subway too.

    Have a great weekend, Ruth.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Robyn, I like small businesses too. The only indie shop I could say we have is a mat shop. If we don't have anything, no matter what kind, the town is going to die. Oh, there is the ice cream shop.
      Have a good weekend.

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  2. Threatened by a Family Dollar? Oh my, what's next? Gunfire in the streets? It's anarchy, I tell you.
    Love me some Subway, though. Although those frikkin' commercials get on my nerves.

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    1. Al, I hate those commercials too. Can they even make a Subway ad that isn't annoying?

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  3. small towns always struggle. I don't think I could live in the big cities, but I like living in a small city.

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    1. Adam, A big city like New York or LA would drive me insane. But, to me Des Moines is big and with suburbs it's about 200,000 people.

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  4. People are objecting to a shop that sells stuff for one dollar? Have you told them to get a life yet?

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    1. Gorilla Bananas, my opinion doesn't count because I don't go to church and I am broke and live in a crappy house in the country.

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  5. Subway is good for you and I love small businesses. I end up buying things that I don't need from family owned small stores.

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  6. Are you kidding me? I live in a small town too, and we just got a Dollar General last week. I am beside myself with joy, to the point where I wrote a chapter about it for my upcoming book. No more will I have to take a flight and pay $6 for a gallon of milk. The other day, I was out of coffee, so you know what? I drove to DG and got a can of coffee - for $2.95. Took me 10 minutes instead of 1.5 hours.
    It.Is.Awesome. Hope you get it, Ruth.

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    1. Dawn, I know. I thought it was a good thing too. I don't think they will get enough signatures. As of yesterday there were 43 and they were trying to get to 1000. I like it being a chapter in your book.

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  7. Here in our small town at the local sports arena we had a bronze monument erected for a guy who died of the flu. He played baseball in high school, and did kind of okay at it, so they figured they should just make a statue of him. Even though at the time of death he was practically obese and probably couldn't run upstairs without being winded (he was my age). Makes sense, right?

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    1. ABFTS, Maybe they just wanted to give something else to the birds to shit on. Kind of an environmental gesture.

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