Country Girl in the City
This article was originally published on April 15, 2012 on the old blog
Okay, I'll admit it, I'm a country girl
born & bred. Where I live in east Tennessee, our city life isn't
exactly "big city", but there are so
many differences in county (country) life & city life. Although,
I'd listed #102 on my bucket list, I never really thought I'd accomplish
it. Yet, here I found myself living away from the swamp. #102 was: move
away from the swamp.
Living in the county, I wouldn't be woken up
after midnight to the sound of sirens nightly. Actually, I very rarely
ever heard sirens in the suburbs. Tonight though, I am awake listening
to the sounds of sirens. A neighboring home or apartment has had an
emergency again after midnight...again. I pray for the people, hoping
all will be well...again.
This episode does make me draw a few
comparisons. In the city, we are no more than 5 minutes from many
national retail stores, businesses, local rescue services, and big name
eateries. In the county, we have these things as well, but they are
mostly mom & pop owned & operated eateries or fast food, and the
emergency services are located in the city about 20-30 minutes away.
So, everyone knows if you need serious help quick, Joe Bob can drive
like Earnhardt...call him instead! Why else do you think NASCAR is so
popular in the south? To get to the hospitals we drive 100 MPH around
the base of a mountain, making only left hand turns ;-)
are several luxuries to city life though. Instead of loading the car
with trash once a week and driving it off to the local dump, we get to
carry our trash to the curb! How cool is that?? In the county, if we put
our trash outside on the curb, 20 wild dogs would rip into the bags, no
one would pick it up, & the neighbors would call the beautification
board on us!
In the city the parks are small, quaint, clean and
hidden. In the county, the parks are littered with trash, large, and
right off a main
county, everyone has a septic tank & neighbors pull up a chair to
watch someone dig up their yard to have it pumped when the toilet stops
flushing. It's neighborhood entertainment & occasionally, someone
pitches in a helping hand to dig. In the city, toilets flush with no
issue!! Everyone has sewer. It's a fascinating thing that uses gravity
and suction to grab ones mounds of toilet paper and shoot it into the
underground abyss of the unknown!
Then there are garbage
disposals. In the city, there's no dog in the back yard to eat dinner
scraps. (Dogs are like people, they live inside.) After dinner, the
scraps are raked from plates into the sink. A Langolier type monster
that lives in the drain pipe chews all the left over stuff and burps
when it's done! If we had garbage disposals in the country, could you
imagine all the starving K9s?
Another difference is
the yard. A yard in the country can take anywhere between an hour &
all day to mow. Country yards are much larger & hilly. One can
easily entertain the neighborhood by attempting to push mow the side of a
mountain sideways or by dangling vicariously from a riding mower while
holding on for dear life shouting "I Will Win!". In the city, the yards
are so small & level they can be easily trimmed by using an
electrical appliance in as little as 5-25 minutes! Where's the
entertainment in that?
There are many more differences, but I'll
have to tell y'all bout 'em later. The sirens have stopped now & I
may be able to go back to sleep.
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