Small Towns Suck? I Beg To Differ...

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Many of you may know that I grew up in a small town...and I know small is a relative term to most.  I am talking less than 1,000 people when I graduated high school.  My graduating class had 29 kids in it.  Im talking small town. 

I can remember:

-- having to go to the doctor...walking into the office and being seen right away and leaving without paying for anything because they knew they could send a bill to my parents house.

-- going to the drug store and getting perscriptions for pain medications for my dad and they actually gave them to me knowing I wasnt going to go sell them to 3rd graders.

-- going to the local burger joint (The Circle) after school to get soft-serve ice cream and being able to put it on a tab that got paid weekly.

-- knowing everyone in the entire town by first name...or them knowing me by first name.

-- spending my summers diving off of the bridge into the Clark Fork River and crawling out on the sand never once having to worry about getting stabbed by broken beer bottles and used needles.

-- spending my winters going into the mountains behind my house and sledding on old man VonHeeder's property until the cows came home (small town expressions are great) and not having to worry about someone sueing him for not having a safety rail on the sledding run.

-- working my butt off to get my first car...nothing was ever handed to me just because I turned 16.

-- having only 3 TV channels...."and if the President was on, your night was shot!" as Jeff Foxworthy so elequently put it.

-- weeding in my dad's garden growing our food and hunting to get meat for the family; fishing; and trading work for baked goods and milk with other families in town.

In today's fast paced world of Trios and palm pilots, satelite TV, spoiled kids that get new cars at 15, instant gratification at every turn, HIPPA regulations, dope dealers taking advantage of the innocent, and everyone on the planet having some form of political agenda....I sure miss that place.  Thankfully, I only live 70 miles from there.  I visit every chance I get.  

My advice on making your business better....      Take the time to enjoy the simple things in life...Work for what you want...Pet a puppy...Smile at a stranger...Pay it forward.  In short: Be the person that people remember at night for all the right reasons.


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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


With the exception of old man VonHeeder, I could have posted this...and I share many of the same feelings!!! Thanks,   Fran

P.S. Did we grow up in the same town??? LOL

Aug 25, 2008 01:20 AM #1
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Fran -- thanks for sharing in my  Im not sure we grew up in the same small town...But, then again...arent all small towns pretty much the same?

Aug 25, 2008 01:22 AM #2
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

I grew up in a small town that has become a suburban bedroom community.  I think we are all hoping to find a place we can feel the way a small town makes us feel Clint. The simple life is hard to find anymore anywhere.  Good post Clint

Aug 25, 2008 01:38 AM #3
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

I grew up in a small town on Lake Erie in Ohio.  It was a great experience and certainly much different from the community I presently reside.  I don't regret one bit having grown up in a small town and look forward to going back whenever I can.

Aug 25, 2008 01:59 AM #4
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Paddy -- Thanks for the compliment.  Agreed on the sentiment also.

Jon -- Yeah, my little parents still reside there.  So, I visit whenever possible.

Aug 25, 2008 02:15 AM #5
Becky Cook
EXIT Realty Services- New Paltz, NY - Highland, NY
Ulster County, NY- New Paltz, Highland, Marlboro, NY Real Estate

Clint- I grew up in a small town town (not as small as yours).  I missed it so much when I moved to South Florida.  The first time I brought my husband back he couldn't believe I couldn't walk down any aisle in the grocery store without having to stop to talk to someone.  I now live in the next town over- but it's grown so much in the 15 years since I graduated high school.  I hope my kids grow up loving their home town like we do!!!

Aug 25, 2008 07:59 AM #6
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Becky -- My town was one of those places also.  I cant go back without giving updates to everyone about how my life is  Despite the fact that I havent lived there since 1989, my parents are still quite the social

Aug 25, 2008 08:01 AM #7
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

You bite your tongue! ;) I wouldn't give up my small town for ANYTHING!!!!!

Aug 25, 2008 10:44 AM #8
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Leesa -- Ive been in small towns most of my life...spent some time in Seattle...and in Portland.  Nearly went  Love my small towns.

Aug 25, 2008 11:07 AM #9
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I like this post about small towns, and have featured it in the group "Whacked!!!"

Aug 25, 2008 04:20 PM #10
Laura Watts
Positive Properties, LLC - Laurinburg, NC

Clint-I love this post. It is probably one of my favorites. I live in a relatively small town and I wouldn't trade it for any thing. I love being able to go to the grocery store or Wal-Mart and see friends. Thank you so much for sharing this.  It really is the little things that matter in life.....

Aug 25, 2008 04:48 PM #11
Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

I lived in a town of 165, now that is too small!  But I do miss the small town life.

Aug 25, 2008 04:56 PM #12
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Richard -- Two in a row!  Careful now...I will develop a reputation I need to uphold...LOL!  Thanks, man!

Laura -- Awww, thank you, my dear!  That means alot.  Im very happy that you like it.

Sherry -- 165???  Thats not a town...thats a family  We had 989 when I graduated from high school.  Its about 1,200 now. 

Aug 26, 2008 12:31 AM #13
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Clint - I grew up in a small town of 3,000 - sounds pretty much the same.  Only my graduating class was about 100 - from 4 small towns!

Pay it forward and be nice to everyone! It will return twofold!

Aug 26, 2008 12:53 PM #14
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

April -- I think all small towns are pretty much the same.  Only, my town was so small, we had to combine 3 towns to make an entire football team...LOL!  My highschool was small enough we had to bring kids in from neighboring towns to make an entire team.


Aug 26, 2008 02:49 PM #15
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