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Old 07-31-2019, 02:44 PM
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My sister, who lives in a northern suburb of Chicago - “We all wanted Starbucks but no one wanted to go get it, because the closest one is ten minutes away.”

Me, living in Forgottonia, looking for hay: “Oh, no problem! Your house is only 30 minutes away - see you soon!”



Do you ever experience these moments?


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Old 07-31-2019, 03:25 PM
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Country mouse spending the summer in LA.

Me: It is only 2.4 miles away. We’ll be right there.

Google maps laughs and says: 48 minutes. And if you think you can shave 30 seconds off that trip think again. We will put speed bumps every 5 feet on every street that isn’t 8 lanes wide.

Seriously at home that is a 3-5 minute trip depending if you hit the 1 traffic light in town.
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Old 07-31-2019, 03:28 PM
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Haha- yep to all of those experiences! Having lived in rural and Urban areas, I can relate.
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Old 07-31-2019, 03:48 PM
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Teddi- I live outside DC and hate the question, “How far are you from ____?” Um- depends on traffic- and rush hour lasts from like 2pm-8pm 😂
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Old 07-31-2019, 04:49 PM
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This thread is so funny.
When I moved into my house 33 years ago, this area was pretty sleepy. People in my town said everything was less than 15 minutes away. That was then, and this is the reality now: morning rush hour is from 7-10 am and afternoon rush hour is from 3-6:30 pm. Places that used to be 15 minutes away are 45+ minutes during those hours. Driving 1 mile to my YMCA in the morning takes 10-15 minutes. Not so funny.


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Old 07-31-2019, 06:37 PM
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This post is really funny and points out the differences in life depending on where you live.

I am in a very rural area. I call traffic jam if I have to wait for more than 2 cars to get on the highway. The highway is a 2 lane road, one lane each direction. Usually I won't meet a car on this road for miles.
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Old 07-31-2019, 07:00 PM
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My big city friend and I have these moments a lot.
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Old 08-01-2019, 04:42 AM
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Well, this is when I say thank you that I live in a rural area. When I do drive to the city, the traffic is SO annoying. None of that here!
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Old 08-01-2019, 04:52 AM
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Totally...I live across a 24 mile bridge and I hardly get visits from family, but I'll go over there in a heartbeat.


HOwever, I thought this would be a different country/city.


I'm a city girl moving to a country school and there are snakes, spiders, wasps, etc. It's going to take me a while to get used to critters
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Old 08-01-2019, 05:07 AM
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YES! We live in the middle of nowhere. Rush hour is when 2 cars going the opposite direction pass our house at the same time!

Thanks for sharing everyone! I laugh at my sister all the time - she grew up in the same place I did, after all. I think she’s gotten impatient, while I can still “enjoy the natural pace of life.”


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Old 08-01-2019, 10:22 PM
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I live in a small town, but in the Mid Atlantic, so a rural area here is probably more densely populated than some of you elsewhere. Though our area is growing, and trying to grow a county bus system to meet the needs of the people here it is very inconvenient for someone who must take the bus to work. For example, I had to leave my house at 9:30 to take a ten minute ride to the school I worked. Then I got off the bus at the library next door and stayed there until 11:30 when I would walk next door to the school. Then in the afternoon I went back to the library to wait on the bus. The bus was often late, and the bus route takes 70 minutes to run one loop, so I was getting home anywhere from 5:15-6:15. I know of a man that lives nearby that walks about 4-5 miles to.catch the bus. There is a bus stop closer to him that could save him that long walk, but taking that bus would cause him to miss the bus he needs to take to work, so he walks instead. Then with the bus he does take he has to pay extra for a deviated route. He does this because the bus stop is on the highway and the road his work is on does not have a shoulder to walk on despite a lot of tractor trailer traffic. The bus turns off the highway and takes him the 1/2 mile to the entrance of the company. We also don't have train service without going to the terminal in the city.

I don't have experience with this in America, so I will compare to Tokyo. Tokyo has probably the best train system in the world. When we visited my son, we walked about five minutes to the train station, waited about ten minutes tops, got on the train and went wherever we wanted. If we missed the train, it was okay because another train would come in ten minutes. I was that country mouse who went to the city and saw things to be much different than at home.
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