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you know you came from a small town when...

Those who grew up in small towns will laugh when they read this. Those who
didn't will be in disbelief.

1) You can name everyone you graduated with.
2) You know what 4-H means.
3) You went to parties at a pasture, barn, gravel pit, or in the middle of a
dirt road. On Monday you could always tell who was at the party because of
the scratches on their legs from running through the woods when the party
was busted. (See #6.)
4) You used to "drag" Main.
5) You said the "F" word and your parents knew within the hour.
6) You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers
because you knew which ones would bust you and which ones wouldn't.
7) You could never buy cigarettes because all the store clerks knew how old
you were (and if you were old enough, they'd tell your parents anyhow)
8) When you did find somebody old enough and brave enough to buy cigarettes,
you still had to go out into the country and drive on back roads to smoke
9) You knew which section of the ditch you would find the beer your buyer
dropped off.
10) It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.
11) The whole school went to the same party after graduation.
12) You didn't give directions by street names but rather by references.
Turn by Nelson's house, go 2 blocks to Anderson's, and it's four houses left
of the track field.
13) The golf course had only 9 holes.
14) You couldn't help but date a friend's ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.
15) Your car stayed filthy because of the dirt roads, and you will never own
a dark vehicle for this reason.
16) The town next to you was considered "trashy" or "snooty," but was
actually just like your town.
17) You referred to anyone with a house newer then 1965 as the "rich
18) The people in the "big city" dressed funny, and then you picked up the
trend 2 years later.
19) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station or the town
20) You saw at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town or one
of your friends driving a grain truck to school occasionally.
21) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.
22) Directions were given using THE stop light as a reference.
23) When you decided to walk somewhere for exercise, 5 people would pull
over and ask if you wanted a ride.
24) Your teachers called you by your older siblings' names.
25) Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.
26) You could charge at any local store or write checks without any ID.
27) The closest McDonalds was 45 miles away (or more).
28) The closest mall was over an hour away.
29) It was normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn
30) You've peed in a cornfield.

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Man, lots of those apply to me. Still live in the same small town. Oldest daughter has my 6th grade teacher from 1977 next year...

Been all over the world several times over (well, never Africa or Antarctica but the other 5 continents, at least 5 times each), lived overseas for a bit, and prefer my small NH town to any place I have ever been. It's a nice place to live. If I had to choose another place to live, a small coastal village in Brazil would be my next choice. Nice there too

I own license2ill
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the tractor thing is funny because riverside high school in pa would drive there tractors to prom every year its tradition and that aint no shit

Valiant Poultry
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Hahahaha...that's pretty funny.

I don't live in a small town, but I know about them because they're all around here...

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the only thing I can realte ot is driving the "Maine" becaus eI was stationed in a small town of 60,000 in Montana

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item 1 - there were 20 people in my graduating class and I will all through school with most of them.

itme 4 - no drag races but we used to cut some hellacious do-nuts when it snowed.. Just take it up to about 40 mph, turn the wheel to the left and hit the e-brake..

For more examples, watch the movie called "Doc Hollywood" with Michael J. Fox.

And remember, it's all in the brochure..

Official SBN Party Pooper
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lol...alot of those applied to me as well. One guys car broke down on the way to school so he went back and drove his John Deer Tractor to school

Another item for some in the PA, Ohio area. If you had to pass a horse and buggy on the way to where ever you were going.

The local grocery store still had the wooden post that they lash the horse reigns to (not sure what they are called, but we had them).

Driving 30mins to the local pizza joint because you are outside their delivery area.

Having to wait 3 days to plowed out from the snow because the road you live on takes that long to get to.

When the one traffic light goes out and makes front page news for the traffic jam it caused

I miss small town life, espically the fresh meat you got from the Farmers Market..the meat was still breathing when they gave it to ya.
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