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This weekend [Nov. 15th, 2006|06:39 pm]
Went up to Radium this weekend. Mom & Larry will be heading back to Nebrasker before too long (Larry's quitting the DoW job because he can't stand working for his boss any more), and I wanted to get up there one last time. They're not going to live in NE all the time. Instead, they'll travel a lot and use the place in NE as home base. They just don't want to deal with the small-town politics. Mom explained it this way, which I found illuminating and scary: the folks up there have lived there all their lives. Hardly anyone moves in, and when people leave, they don't come back. So nobody ever gets a chance to go off and reinvent themselves. They're all operating off the same relationships they've had since high school. Or 8th grade. Or 4th grade.

It was a good visit. Quiet. It snowed a little Sunday night. Mom sent me home with a ton of food so she doesn't have to move it. Plus some stuff they brought back from Connecticut. I read a little of a memoir my Mom had that was written by my great-grandfather's brother, who was born in like 1898. It was interesting, although he talked a lot about cows.

[User Picture]From: zalena
2006-11-16 04:56 am (UTC)
Is she talking about Radium or Nebraska?

Will the place in Radium still be with your family?

Where in NE?

Heck, sometimes I feel like I moved back to a smalltown, though Squaresville is now filled with strangers, and pushing 70,000.

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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-11-16 05:56 pm (UTC)
Nebraska. Radium is population, like, 12, so it's too small to have politics (or be a town, really), there are just individuals.

The place is Radium is on Division of Wildlife property; it's for the use of whoever is caretaking the land.

Nebraska is Harrison, population about 300, up in the extreme upper-left-hand corner of the state. There's literally nothing between there and the state line in both directions...
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2006-11-16 07:17 pm (UTC)
Today I spent the morning reading a manuscript in a coffee shop. I ran into five people I knew, but only one of them recognized me, and she said, "Sarah, I barely recognized you!"

Have I changed so much, or is it just that I am quiet and now blend in where I used to be unmistakable?
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