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Describe the town or city you where you were raised.

[c=800000]Be as specific or general as you feel comfortable doing. [/c]
imagine if the planet needed an emergency enema..
toronto west would be where the space Dr would jam the hose!.
robb65 · 56-60, M
I grew up surrounded by cow pastures, hay fields, and woods. Town was about 8 miles away. We got a Hardee's sometime around '75, before that the only fast food I remember was a couple of locally owned hamburger stands.

When I was young there were two drug stores and from what I remember they took turns staying open on Sundays. Other than that all the stores closed on Sundays. My grandmother and great aunt would sometimes go riding around Sunday afternoons and that often meant parking an walking up and down the street. There was a furniture store downtown that had swing sets sitting out in front of the store and we would stop and swing for a few minutes.

We bought groceries at my great aunts store. There was a rack of account books with customers names on them next to the cash register (an old National with the hand crank) and a lot of customers charged groceries and gas and would pay at the end of the month. There wasn't a big selection as in there might be two brands of Ketchup, two brands of tooth paste, etc. The first time I remember going in a grocery store I was probably 5 or 6 and spent the day with a friend and his mom took us to town. I was a bit shocked at the selection.
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@robb65 Very interesting, especially the last paragraph .
robb65 · 56-60, M
@ProfessorPlum77 There's no telling how many laps I made (and later my younger cousins) around the isles of that store on a tricycle. In the front corner near the window was a desk and some chairs where the man who pumped gas sat. In the afternoons some of the locals would drop by for some ice cream and to hang out for a while.
In the back there was a kitchen (and living quarters that were no longer in use) and the lady who lived across the road would come over and cook lunch. Any of the family who weren't working or happened to be in the neighborhood around lunch would drop by to eat. Lunch was served at 11 AM and my aunt would get seriously pissed about customers showing up or calling during lunch.
On the back porch (behind the kitchen) there was a wringer washing machine when I was really young and my aunt had someone who came to do laundry a day or two a week. I can remember just standing back there and watching, I guess that's the only wringer washing machine I ever saw in use.
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@robb65 [c=800000]I remember those old washers. We might have had one, or maybe my grandmother did. [/c]
smiler2012 · 56-60
{@professorplum77] the town i was raised was a thriving town when i was small in the sixties and seventies in the united kingdom . it was quiet self sufficient and only needed to go out of town for some things .was alright in the eighties then a sort of slump set in shops closed and now it a ghost town to what it use too be no butchers or fruit and vegetable shops now one supermarket sad really🤷‍♂️just a sign of the times
smiler2012 · 56-60
@ProfessorPlum77 it is really
Nimbus · M
@smiler2012 Is that Analfield?
smiler2012 · 56-60
@Nimbus 😆nope nimby
JustNik · 51-55, F
We were the “city kids.” With a population of 11,000, we were the biggest town within a two-hour drive. Big enough not to know everyone, small enough your mother always heard the gossip. lol It was peaceful, quiet, stable. You locked your doors, but you weren’t afraid. There wasn’t a lot of turnover in the schools; the teachers were usually lifers and important parts of the community. They added to the sense of stability, and you knew them on a personal level. There wasn’t a lot to do, so the movie theater was special, the bowling alley was a treat. Both always clean and well ordered. The teens cruised grand avenue from the South T to the Gateway North, parked at the old Hy-Vee or SMU to get out and chat. If you pooled your cash and found someone willing to buy you booze, you gathered in someone’s basement and hung out. You knew where to park out in the country if you wanted to canoodle. lol All in all, it was slow and laid back. Easy and simple. It wasn’t perfect, but I was pretty lucky.
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@JustNik Very interesting!
4meAndyou · F
I was raised in two places, 2000 miles apart. Every summer we would spend in far western Nebraska.

The town had a bank and two movie theaters on the main drag, and a five and dime store with a lunch counter, and a JC Penny store. My grandfather's farm, 3 miles outside of town on a rural dirt road just past the sugar beet factory was so boring that just being in town was big excitement. 🤣🤣🤣

The other town was about 20 miles west of Boston, where I spent every school year. It was typical of a small New England town. It had two ice cream shops, and there used to be a drug store on the corner where my brother worked. He worked the lunch counter. There was a mural on the wall in the town post office of enslaved American Indians in chains. Apparently their entire tribe was killed by the English.

The library was a lovely old brick building, and I used to love to go there. It was almost the only time we ever drove into the town proper.
exexec · 61-69, C
Georgia cotton mill town. 25,000 people. Stores and churches on Main Street. Beautiful in spring with azaleas, dogwoods, irises. Lots of old homes, some antebellum since Sherman's guys decided to go around the city during the war.
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@exexec [c=800000]After his march to the sea, any Georgia resident probably had to move out of the state for several decades. [/c]
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@exexec [c=800000]I have driven through the southern part of Georgia up to the Macon/ Warner Robbins area many times. There is a town between Albany and Colquitt (I think) with a literal town square that I used to drive through on my way to the Interstate. [/c]
exexec · 61-69, C
@ProfessorPlum77 Most of them just rebuilt.
Nanoose · 61-69, M
Old and dirty with mercury laced drinking water. Now I live on a tropical island in Canada drinking glacier fresh water. Cheers!
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@Nanoose A "tropical island" in Canada? Isn't that oxymoronic?
Nanoose · 61-69, M
@ProfessorPlum77 Not in central Vancouver Island. Because of the surrounding mountains and ocean warm air steams we have our own special micro climate. Cheers!
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@Nanoose [c=800000]Seriously? Even in mid-February? [/c]
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
[c=800000]My hometown had a population of under 10,000 people.
It had two Catholic schools and churches.
A major river ran through the town.
It was home to one manufacturing plant. [/c]
Heaps of blue gum trees, wattle trees, a flowing river and a shit tonne of snakes in the summer.
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@AwakeningConfession221122 I am unfamiliar with blue gum and wattle trees.
@ProfessorPlum77 you’ll only find them in Australia.
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@AwakeningConfession221122 I thought you might be on a different continent.
It used to be prettier. There was a major creek filled with sailing ships at one time. It was covered so a highway could take its place.
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@SW-User That is so sad what they did to the creek.
caPnAhab · 26-30, M
A town in a land-locked desert state, full of lights, gambling and debauchery.

And some pretty great hiking spots
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@caPnAhab [c=800000]Great description. [/c]
BananaBrown · 41-45, F
A beach town. Southeastern US. Smaller when I was young, but I’ve heard it’s a booming metropolis these days.
ProfessorPlum77 · 70-79, MVIP
@BananaBrown [c=800000]I think all of the Southeast is booming. [/c]

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