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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: mahannie57
2006-11-20 03:15 pm (UTC)
Your mom is dead on with her insights about small-town politics, which can be extrapolated into small towns in general. The population in my hometown was about 550, with the same 5 or 6 families ever expanding and taking over the town board, the fire department, the maitenance department (all of the town jobs).... I dearly love going back to visit but I couldn't live there again, but since DIA was built, the population is up to 1500!
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