So I live in a small town. Most of the time I love it. There are times, though, that it gets a little more than frustrating. My reasons are below. Stay tuned next week for my top ten reasons I love living in a small town!
1. If I want to go shopping at a mall, I have to drive an hour…one way. Not that I love shopping, but every now and then I just like to go somewhere other than Wal-Mart.
2. Speaking of Wal-Mart, I avoid it like the plague, but there are times where I have to venture out that direction. Like in the event that my fridge is empty or I need new underwear or makeup or diapers (for my friends baby showers…not for me) or milk or a new case for my iPhone or…
3. There are only about 5,400 of us here in this small town. It kind of seems that everyone knows everyone else’s business. And it’s not like I’ve mentioned before on how I’m grateful that my friends KNOW me. A lot of these are strangers, and a lot of it is talk. Fortunately I’m perfect and no one ever talks about me.
4. Being that there are just a handful of sit-down-and-enjoy-your-friends restaurants in town, every one of them is full on a Friday night. If you want to go in and not have to weight, you have to go at like 8:00 or 9:00. Not prime eating time for my digestive tract. However, for good food and friends I will make those sacrifices.
5. The nearest Starbucks is also an hour away. ‘Nuf said.
6. We have a movie theater. Sometimes you can hear it. Sometimes you can’t. Sometimes the picture is centered on the screen. Sometimes it’s not. On the upside, it is a movie theater, and we can go and watch new movies a whole lot cheaper than driving, you guessed it, an hour to get to another one and pay twice as much. All in all I’m totally grateful for it.
7. If I want to go to any sort of professional sporting event, I have to make the two-hour drive over to St. Louis, MO, to watch the (gag) Cardinals or the Rams or the Blues. Granted, two hours isn’t bad, but it makes for a long day. And I’m not cut out for the late nights like I used to be. Besides, I’d rather be watching the Cubs…as horrible as we are this year. It’s only five hours up to Wrigley Field!
8. One day I’d like to be able to find an awesome conference I want to go to and not have to drive 8 hours (like I’m doing for Catalyst) or fly somewhere. While St. Louis offers great conferences, it was just labeled the most dangerous city in America. I’ll take my chances in Atlanta.
9. Did I mention the nearest Starbucks is an hour away?
10. I pay a lot of shipping costs to avoid travel. However, most of the time it is worth it to me to not have to go into a store and physically shop. Pay $10 shipping? Does that mean I don’t have to drive an hour and burn $15 in gas to go get it? Heck yes, I’ll pay $10. I’d even pay $20 to avoid having to deal with crowds.
Do you live in a small town or a city? What are your frustrations about where you live?