Small towns > *
Most of the folks on IRC already know that I live in a really small farming community in West Texas, and I have no family or old friends here. When I left the Corps, I pretty much threw a dart at the map of Texas and it landed here.
Anyway, I opted to work the harvest season (sorghum) for the money and I was pretty lazy pretty much this entire year. It's been 16 hour days for the past three weeks, with no days off, but that overtime stacked up like you wouldn't believe.
Anyway, tonight we had over fifty harvest trucks in line waiting to unload at our grainery, and things were going really slow considering machinery breakdowns and stuff. So all these drivers were basically stuck in their trucks waiting and hoping they can unload before closing time.
Then there was the surprise of the evening, one of the local Baptist churches surprised us - literally - by spending the day fixing up enough turkey, dressing, mashed taters (the real kind, not that instant shit), stuffing, green beans and pumpking pie and handed out to-go plates to every driver in line and everyone working at the grainery. Not only was this fresh hot food, they loaded down every to-go tray with more food than I could possibly eat. We had no idea they'd do this, they just did it on a whim. Wow. Every got a hot, free homecooked meal tonight.
I've lived in this small town for about a year and it's wonderful. Even my job was awesome, the hours were long but it was laid back with none of that corporate bullshit you see everywhere nowadays. Everyone including management was relaxed and nothing was ever a big deal. Just show up, work hard, and everything was cool. There was no office drama, either. That was nice.
I'd like to return here once my college is done - I can't ever imagine moving back to California or living in a place bigger than this. There's not much here, but the people more than make up for it.
The only thing that could make this town better was if the Wal-Mart closed down and the mom and pop shops returned but that's another story.