Small Towns

Anyone from a small town will relate to this.  I have no idea who wrote it but they were raised in a small town also.


Those who grew up in small towns will laugh when they read this.

Those who didn’t will be in disbelief and won’t understand how true it is.

1) You can name everyone you graduated with.

2) You know what 4-H means.

3) You went to parties at a pasture, barn, gravel pit, or in the middle of a dirt road. On Monday you could always tell who was at the party because of the scratches on their legs from running through the woods when the party was busted. (See #6.)

4) You used to ‘drag’ Main ..

5) You whispered the cuss word and your parents knew within the hour.

6) You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers, because you knew which ones would bust you and which ones wouldn’t.

7) You could never buy cigarettes because all the store clerks knew how old you were (and if you were old enough, they’d tell your parents anyhow.) Besides, where would you get the money?

8) When you did find somebody old enough and brave enough to buy cigarettes, you still had to go out into the country and drive on back roads to smoke them.

9) You knew which section of the ditch you would find the beer your buyer dropped off.

10) It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.

11) The whole school went to the same party after graduation.

12) You didn’t give directions by street names but rather by references. Turn by Nelson’s house, go 2 blocks to Anderson ‘s, and it’s four houses left of the track field.

13) The golf course had only 9 holes, if there was one.

14) You couldn’t help but date a friend’s ex-boyfriend/ girlfriend.

15) Your car stayed filthy because of the dirt roads, and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason.

16) The town next to you was considered ‘trashy’ or ‘snooty,’ but was actually just like your town.

17) You referred to anyone with a house newer then 1925 as the ‘rich’ people.

18) The people in the ‘big city’ dressed funny, and then you picked up the trend 2 years later.

19) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station or the dairy bar/Queen .

20) You saw at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town or one of your friends driving a grain truck to school occasionally.

21) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.

22) Directions were given using THE stop light (sign) as a reference.

23) When you decided to walk somewhere for exercise, 5 people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride.

24) Your teachers called you by your older siblings’ names.

25) Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.

26) You could charge at any local store or write checks without any ID.

27) There was no McDonalds.

28) There were no Malls in those days.

29) It was normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn mower.

30) You’ve pee’d in a cornfield.

31) Most people went by a nickname.

32) You laughed your butt off reading this because you know it is true, and you forward it to everyone who may have lived in a small town.

I would not have wanted to have been raised any other way!!!!

Tough times don’t last… Tough people do!!!!

It’s the same mattress

I was recently doing some research on buying a mattress when I ran across this review.  It really turned a light on for me.  I found it extremely informative.   It’s up to you if you trust his review but he will certainly make you think.
From an ex-mattress salesperson
Nov 26 ’00  by  lakeshire

(lakeshire I tried to find you so hope you don’t mind being a guest post?)

Epinions-Unbiased Reviews by Real People

Once upon a time I sold mattresses. All the major brands – Simmons, Serta, Sealy, etc. The brand is not important. I am not going to discuss brands, but tell you how to buy a mattress in the real world.

All of the major companies make a decent mattress. They each claim to have some sort of system that makes theirs a better mattress, but they all make a decent mattress.

To start, even before I explain how to choose a mattress, I should tell you that the system is designed to confuse you. Most of the major brands have a system wherein they change the names of the SAME mattress at each different chain store so that you can not price shop. What is the Simmons “Royale” at Macy’s will be the “Regency” at Penny’s. You can not price shop by name or color of the cover. You can only price shop by specifications. If the “specs” of one Simmons mattress is that it has a wool cover and a certain number of coils, then that is all that you can use to comparison shop.

Now, as a mattress salesperson for almost 10 years, I could never keep track of this coil count stuff and I don’t expect you to, either.

Each company makes certain “levels” of mattresses. There is the cheapo, the decent cheapo, the good one and the better one. With each company, they usually have 2 tiers. With Simmons, the “top line” is the Beauty Rest. With Serta, it is the Perfect Sleeper, for instance.

Well, who cares? Here’s the deal: with mattresses, you get what you pay for. A cheapo mattress is about 10% material – foam, steel, padding, whatever and about 90% air. A middle of the line mattress is about 40% material and 60% air. And so on.

Go in the mattress store and start lifting up the corners. Some are heavy, some are light. Now look at the price tags. Surprise!

Weight in a mattress is directly proportional to how well it will hold up in the long run. Weight ON the mattress is also proportional to how long it will hold up. When I slept alone and weighed a 100 pounds, I could not wear out a cheapo mattress.

Buy a cheapo, lightweight mattress for the guest room, if it is not often used. Buy it if you are a student and going to throw it out in a year or two. But, if you are heavy and have a heavy spouse, you head right over to the heaviest, most solid mattresses in the place.

But don’t buy a pillowtop. I shock everyone by saying this. A pillowtop mattress is a normal mattress with a layer of extra padding on top. It will wear out and flatten down, long before the actual mattress will begin to show a dent. But it is sewn on! And you pay an extra hundred bucks for it! Buy a mattress pad instead. Pay 40 bucks and throw it away when it mashes down. And get another one. Cheaper than a new mattress.

Now, for the rest of it. Lie down on the mattress in the store. Roll around. If you sleep on your side, lie on your side. Hang out for awhile on it. Now lie on your back. Place your hand under the curve of your back. There should not be a space. The mattress should be conforming to the curve of your back. Very hard mattresses will not and there will be this big gaping space between your back and the surface.

You will toss and turn all night. A too hard mattress will cause you to lose circulation in parts of your body and your sleep will be broken due to your turning to alleiviate this. Each company makes an outrageously hard mattress, but even the companies themselves tell the salespeople to discourage the sale of these to anyone over 60 or with circulation problems. But there are those who feel that they can’t sleep on anything else. So, don’t blame me if you are always tired.

Determine what level of mattress you need. Do you need the one that will hold up for 10 years? Are you heavy? Is this for your 60 pound child? Are you going to get married one of these days and dump the twin-sized?

This gives you your price range.

Now go try a few. Some you can reject immediately, the too expensive, the pillowtops or the ones too obviously hard or soft. This will give you 4 or 5 to truly test. Spend an hour on them. One or two will feel right.

Then you can go ask about coil counts or warranties, if you must. But, trust me, you can always tell by the weight of the mattress.


To color or not to color…..

 This is a post to the older generation.  The grey ladies mainly.  You gentlemen may enter into this post if you want to but that probably would mean very few.  OK ladies I want to give you some peace of mind, the ability to sit back and give a great big sigh. How you ask, can I do that.  Forget that color on your hair.  For  almost 45 years I have put color on my hair.  I was getting prematurely grey in my 20s.  I would worry about “the grey showing” and the more I colored the more I hated to have to go through all that trouble.  Then all of a sudden I found that the more I colored the more it made me feel dizzy to spend all that time upside down rinsing the color off, then the soap, etc.  I see several spots of dark brown color in my bathroom where it should not be and it makes me mad.  Finally one day about 3 months ago I said to my beauty operator, to give me a short haircut (my hair is naturally curly) and lets get that color out.  It didn’t take as long as I thought and it didn’t look bad being a “little bit dark and a little bit light”.  I cannot believe just how white I really am.  It is beautiful and now my beautician puts a little mousse (Chocolate Kiss) and my hair looks a little like it has been streaked.  It is so pretty I can’t believe I didn’t do this years ago.  Also think of the money I will save not having to purchase color. My daughter wasn’t the happiest person with grey but who cares and my son just never even mentioned it.  If you have been knocking the thought around and can’t decide, well GO FOR IT.

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