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We’z Movin Up!

October 12, 2009

Our little ranching town is becoming downright sophisticated. Metropolitan even.

We gettin a McDonalds AND another traffic light. This brings the number of fast food restaurants up to one and the number of traffic lights up to two.

It’s funny how the long time residents see this as an encroachment of urban development on their rural community. I sympathize. I really do. I’ve seen my own little sub-ural? rurban? hometown turn into a full fledged southern california suburb and I’m sure that that transition also started with a traffic light and a McDonalds. Still, it’s hard to imagine this little town with a winter population of less than 2,000 and cows on the highway as anything more than middle of nowhere rural. And I totally understand why people want to keep it that way. Still, interesting to see people get up in arms about how this place is getting “citified”.

That said, I certainly hope these new developments aren’t a glimpse of things to come. I hope it’s not a slippery slope of McDonalds-AppleBees-strip mall. That would be tragic.

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