Sunday, May 31, 2009

Barbeque

This picture was taken in 1940, and shows a group of men at at Barbeque in Pie Town, New Mexico. Funny thins is, it looks pretty much like a Barbeque would today in Small Town, America.

It is interesting that our unscientific poll is indicating that people think that life is better in small towns. If this is the case, one wonders why so many people live in the city. I think for many people there choice of profession creates a situation where they have to live in a city. I have lived in big cities, and small towns, and find small town life to be much better.

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  1. I think your observations are right on. I, too, have lived in urban areas all my life but now live on the ever expanding edge of a large city.My family still lives in the small town they moved to in the late 1800s. Proximity to high level health services will necessitate my staying here, but my heart lies in the country.

    I envy your decision and ability to live in such a quiet and friendly town (oops, community).

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  2. This has to be a special occasion. All the guys have on their "sunday-go-to-meetin' " hats.

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  3. Squatting is passe, today they would be sitting on folding chairs or a pickup truck.

    It seems the smaller the population where you live, the larger your circle of friends.

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  4. I looked at your Page Source and understand why I can only occasionally see your poles correctly: they're written specifically for Internet Explorer. Too bad. Lot's of folks use Firefox, Mozilla, or some other type of browser. It really chaps me that there is an excellent standard out there from the World Wide Web Consortium, but not everyone (Microsoft!) feels compelled to follow it.

    Totally agree with Al. We just changed a decimal point in the population of the city we live in and love it. Wish we could drop another decimal point or two, but then the cutting edge health care disappears. <sigh>

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  5. I grew up on a farm, and have the privilege to now live in an agriculturally focused city. There's lots of cross-over between small town living and city life here.
    Also, it helps that I work at a country radio station, so that sort of sets the standard

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  6. Bruce, that's not "squatting", that's "hunkering", which is an entirely different matter.

    As far as medical care in a small town goes, many local hospitals are every bit as good as big ones. We live near Hopkins, which has a great (and well deserved) reputation, but when we go to Upper Chesapeake, we are a name, not a number, and chances are the nurse is a gal (or guy) from church or the Lions Club. Good care is not always a matter of fancy machines, but friendly people.

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  7. That is a proper hat culture. I assume still going strong in Texas, NM.

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  8. Lady Anne, Be assured I have no problem with rural hospitals and yes, they are friendlier and coincidentally somewhat less expensive. The issue becomes where do you want to be treated over a long period of time for a life threatening illness that requires frequent visits with top doctors and the best examination/diagnostic equipment avaiable.

    My wish was that I could have the best of both worlds, alas, that is not to be.

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  9. Lady Anne,
    Agreed. Depending on your proximity to the cutting edge of medicine, small or smaller towns are more than adequate. On the other hand, the technical care, as opposed to the empathetic, social or psychological care, simply is not available in the town of 4,000 where I grew up.

    Re the hats: Interesting that there's only one "fedora" crown in the bunch. About the time of the picture, that was about the only type crown you saw where I grew up. With a gentle curl to the brim. Some of the tight curls you see nowadays just remove the hat's effectiveness as a parasol or umbrella. All show, no go.

    PJM: Thanks for the OPOD.

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  10. "Bruce, that's not "squatting", that's "hunkering", which is an entirely different matter."

    I stand corrected. :o)

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  11. In a way, I couldn't answer that poll based on personal experience. I grew up in the country 10 miles from town. Then I lived in that small town for 10 years, in a quiet neighborhood at the city limits, close to the ocean and open farm land. I was still very unhappy. I moved back to the country and felt so much better. I simply don't want to be near people. My nearest neighbors and I cannot see each others' houses due to our various rows of hedges and sufficient acreage. We only hear each other when running heavy equipment. (Like TRACTORS PJM, everyone has a tractor, there are two tractors and a trencher at my place, my next door neighbor works for a tractor dealer and has lots of equipment, and the other three neighbors each have one tractor) But I'd like to live even further away from people.
    So for me, small town is definitely better than big city, even if I didn't want to live in town.

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  12. Notice the gentlemen are also wearing ties.

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  13. Small town - hands down. Wonder why small towns are mocked? Johnny Carson used to slam my small town - Bakersfield, Ca.

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  14. People pick on small towns because it is so easy. I make fun of town and city people, usually because they are squeamish about things that are common place in rural areas.
    It's a two way street, but there are more people in cities to make fun of small town and rural people.

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  15. I absolutely love this picture and can imagine the conversation.

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