Yes, I Really Live In A Village.......................

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Yes, I Really Live In A Village.......................

Post by Donald Isler » Tue May 20, 2008 2:20 pm

of just 6500 inhabitants, despite being only a dozen or so miles from the border of New York City, population 8,000,000. And in such a village people know you, and what you are, or are not doing.

So today I went to vote for the local school budget. An older lady who works at the polling place said "I don't think you came to vote in the last village election!"

A bit suprised, I responded "Well, I usually DO vote, but maybe I missed once. Do I need a note from my mother next time?"

"Well, SHE came last time!" said the lady.
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Post by Febnyc » Tue May 20, 2008 3:01 pm

Agreed, it's true - and that's what I like about the small-town living.

We, too, had a school budget vote today and my wife and I walked the two miles or so to the elementary school voting venue. Of course we had our dog with us.

When I entered the school, leaving my wife outside with the dog, the woman on duty said, "Well, where's Lucy?" "Outside," I replied. "Bring her in," I was commanded. In she came, barking and generally carrying on. Since there were no other voters at the time, only the election monitors were there to enjoy her antics.

On the way home we stopped off to see the two llamas which live down the road and then rubbed the muzzles of Star and Roger, the two lovely horses who reside next door.

Who cares about gas prices, wars, politics - give me the peaceful village life - that's all I need.

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Post by Ralph » Tue May 20, 2008 3:08 pm

Voting in the local school election for the budget and board is one of my few contacts with the non-NYC world. The old people who man the polling site are pleasant enough and the candidates, as usual, were waiting just beyond the legal line to ask for my vote.

That said I'll take Gotham any day.
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Post by Harold Tucker » Tue May 20, 2008 9:22 pm

Ralph,
As one of the old people who mans a polling site, I thank you.

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Post by Evelyn Laden » Wed May 21, 2008 12:15 am

Donald,

I enjoyed the amusing story of your school board voting experience. I think that lady at the polling place was on to something. Seems to me her implied message was: Always follow your mother's good example!
Knowing your mother, I entirely agree with those sentiments.

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Post by Madame » Wed May 21, 2008 4:02 am

Febnyc wrote:Agreed, it's true - and that's what I like about the small-town living.

We, too, had a school budget vote today and my wife and I walked the two miles or so to the elementary school voting venue. Of course we had our dog with us.

When I entered the school, leaving my wife outside with the dog, the woman on duty said, "Well, where's Lucy?" "Outside," I replied. "Bring her in," I was commanded. In she came, barking and generally carrying on. Since there were no other voters at the time, only the election monitors were there to enjoy her antics.

On the way home we stopped off to see the two llamas which live down the road and then rubbed the muzzles of Star and Roger, the two lovely horses who reside next door.

Who cares about gas prices, wars, politics - give me the peaceful village life - that's all I need.
Now that I've stopped laughing and my shoulders no longer shake -- I can type -- at first I thought Lucy was your wife's name -- and had this funny visual!

You have a lovely home and gorgeous surroundings. I live in a town of 100,000+ -- but within a community of 400+ -- and it has the feel of a village -- quiet, beautiful, safe. If I want big city, it's but a half hour away. The best of both worlds!

Our winter storm viewed from my front windows. Progress to date of recent make-over -- 20+ yr old sofa needs some TLC! http://photoshow.comcast.net/watch/Bf7Aw8XQ

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Post by Febnyc » Wed May 21, 2008 7:10 am

Well, Madame, you're right - I am sorry and should have been more clear about names. I can assure you that my wife isn't in the habit of "barking and carrying on" - well, sometimes at me - but surely not in public places. 8)

Anyway, we, too, live in a rural town of about 6,700 but, like you, within hailing distance (50 miles drive or an hour train tide) from a good-sized city - New York. So, both worlds, indeed!

Thanks for the picture show - although on this unusually cold late spring morning I got chills watching the snow fall!

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Post by Donald Isler » Wed May 21, 2008 9:11 am

Evelyn Laden wrote:

"Donald,

I enjoyed the amusing story of your school board voting experience. I think that lady at the polling place was on to something. Seems to me her implied message was: Always follow your mother's good example!
Knowing your mother, I entirely agree with those sentiments."


Oy veh!
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