You know you live in a small town when. . .

Town Hall

Town Hall (Photo credit: F H Mira)

  You know you live in a small town when. . .

1. four police cars respond to a rear end accident.

2. you go to pick up a food order when you realize you forgot your corporate card back at the office.  You explain this to the cashier.  He then hands you the order and tells you to come back later when you have the card.

3.  you head to the hole-in-the-wall office space that serves as your police department and you find a sign taped to the door that says: “Be Back in One Hour after Foot Patrol Round.”

4.  people you don’t know stop you on the street because they can tell who you are just by your appearance so they ask you how your Grandmother is getting along.

5.  you, your siblings and your parents all had the same high school math teacher.

6.  you are a teenager, you just broke-up with your boy/girl friend and your pissed.  You speed away in your car and two cop cars pull you over.  You finally get home not over five minutes later and your Mom/Dad is standing there and ask, “exactly how fast were you going?” 

7.  you can count the number of stop lights in your town on one hand and still have enough fingers to bowl a ball.

 8.  the weird “man on the corner” is nicknamed Smiley by the entire town.

9.  there is one high school for the entire county.

10.  you and your friends drive the ‘strip’ on a Friday nights and have bonfire parties on Saturday nights just for fun.


Bonfire (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn_BE_BACK_on_10th_OCT)

11,  the girls who make up the basketball team are also the ones on the softball and volleyball squads.

12.  you have a town drunk.

13.  everything closes by 8 pm, even on the weekend.

14. there are more bars than gas stations or grocery stores.

15.  you have to drive at least thirty minutes just to get to a theatre or mall.


4 thoughts on “You know you live in a small town when. . .

  1. Sounds like you are quite familiar with small town life. It’s amazing that any can still survive with Wal Mart seemingly so intent on taking over the world….Entertaining post. Thanks for sharing your perspective.


  2. Yes, I am familiar; grew up on a farm outside of a small town in the third smallest county in the state and now I find myself in a small quaint town. Although we don’t have a Wal Mart, we did get a Starbucks earlier this year. Thank you again, glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂


  3. Ditto to your post! Thanks for sharing. You only have one town drunk? 🙂 There’s around 1000 people in the town in Oz where I live, and there are several town drunks here that I’m aware of! haha Having people you don’t know asking you about your family or something else in your life is a bit disconcerting, but I’m used to it now. It’s really funny though isn’t it. You also know you live in a small town when you can’t walk anywhere without running into someone who wants to stop and chat – really nice most of the time, but on those blah days where you want to keep to yourself it can be really annoying! And then there’s the gossip factor… I make a choice to not engage with that at all and not respond to the rather creative rumours that go around about me periodically. It’s quite funny really. Just gotta be yourself at the end of the day. Thanks for putting a smile on my face.


  4. You’re very welcome and glad you enjoyed the post. Your town is smaller than I’m used to. . .never thought I would say that to someone. 🙂


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