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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 02:46 PM
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29. NY Times is not exactly an expert on what "country" really is.
Sorry, but I doubt the NY Times has an unbiased opinion about "country" or rural life, and I doubt they'd recognize it if it bit them on the butt.

Ten years ago We bought a house in a very small rural (read as FARM) town with a population of about 250 on a good day. I drive 30 minutes door to door and my gas expense is getting larger all the time. I just traded cars and we shopped for one that had a decent MPG (30 avg reported.) It is a compact wagon and I love it. People where I live drive pickups because they haul farm supplies--not because they haul boats. These are WORK vehicles, not fun toys. There is a big difference in hauling seed corn and pulling a camper--ya know?

I resent it being implied that I am some kind of racist for living where I do--I grew up there and chose to move back there when my daughter was born because it was a mile from the Grandparents and because I knew she would go to one of the schools in the state with extremely high academic standards (and test scores to back that up.) My back yard opens up to the same school yard where I went to grade school, and I have a pretty good idea of both the merits and failures of the school system there. She also can run at will outside and be a kid in ALL ways--something that I was not confident she could comfortably do in a metro area.

I also want to add that my house cost between $50 and $30K less because it was 18 miles outside of a major town. By the standards of the NY Times, we live in a "suburb" because in NY anything within 18 miles of the city center IS a suburb. If the beans and corn I drive past every day are any indicator, I'm living in small town America--NOT a metro area.

YMMV, but some of you can kiss my entire fat "elitist" ass. You haven't got a clue.



Laura
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