Where does the 'country' begin?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Torch, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. Torch

    Torch Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2004
    In the piney woods of the great state of Texas.
    What is your definition of 'country' in the following sentence?

    "I live in the country"

    I'm sincerely curious because I honestly don't know whether I live in the country or not.
  2. Gayle in KY

    Gayle in KY Gadabout

    May 13, 2002
    You might not live in the country if...

    ~you ever say "depending on the traffic" when estimating how long it takes to get somewhere

    ~you never say "but I can't come if the road is muddy" when estimating how long it takes to get somewhere

    ~you never say "but it'll be later if I get stuck behind a tractor" when estimating how long it takes to get somewhere

    ~you have known some of your neighbors for less than 20 years

    ~no random strangers give you a (friendly!) wave as you drive down the road

    ~you think "the road" is an ambiguous phrase

    ~mail addressed just to "Your Name, Town" might not get to you as fast as usual

    ~you can't remember what church someone goes to

    ~you'd never consider someone that lives 2 miles away to be a neighbor

    ~you think an auger is something unpleasant at the dentist's office

    ~you think "imporoving your irrigation" means buying a $2 attachment for your garden hose

    ~you think "your beans are weird" is probably an indecent joke

    ~you wouldn't be seriously insulted if someone told you "your beans are weird"

    ~when looking for a house, it never occured to you to avoid the highway so you don't get so many comments about whether or not your crop's rows are straight

    ~you have no idea where your nearest gravel supplier is

    ~you don't have to install anything on your roof before you can watch TV

    ~you think a lagoon is something from Scooby-Doo

    ~when driving down the road, you can't identify some of the crops alongside it

    ~you've never driven down a road with crops next to it

    ~your indoor plumbing still works when the electricity is off
    alternative test for Amish: the nearest phone is less than a mile away

    ~you moved to the area from out of state last week, and you haven't met any distant relatives (or at least made any distant connections) yet

    ~when people refer to "the Old Country", you wonder which country they mean

    ~families whose native language isn't English have probably lived in the United States for less than 100 years where you live

    ~something more than 30 years old would never be considered "new"

    ~you know less than 10 that can remember a time when electric service wasn't available in the area

    ~you've never lamented the invention of touch-tone dialing, since you don't miss getting updates on the local news from the operator

    ~when doing genealogy research, you start somewhere other than the church archives

    ~when someone suggests having dinner together, you ask "at which restaurant?" instead of "your place or mine?"

    ~"at which restaurant" isn't a stupid question where you live because there's more than one good choice within 20 miles

    ~less than half of the radio stations in your area have a noontime ag report

    ~your high school sports teams have winning seasons periodically

    ~your graduating class had more than 25 people

    ~you think "the fifth grade teacher" is ambiguous because there are several 5th grade teachers at the local elementary school

    ~you don't think traffic is heavy if there's someone ahead of you at the stop sign

    ~you don't think that the mere presence of stop signs is a scary indicator of urban sprawl

    ~as you stroll through a parking lot, there's a car you don't recognize

    ~fresh horse droppings on the road might cause the city to send out a street cleaning team

    ~you have no connections with people that can give you a discount on beef because it was alive on their farm last week

    And the #1 way to tell you might not live in the country:

    ~The waitress at a restaurant explains they're out of chicken, and you think that means something other than your fried chicken will arrive 20 minutes late, but extra juicy

  3. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    If I'm saying that 'I live in the country', this literally means to me that it's a rural district that is not living on a city, town, or village lot.
  4. Fire-Man

    Fire-Man Well-Known Member Supporter

    Apr 29, 2005
    South Carolina
    Country---------no side walks, no street lights, no city sewerage or city water, maybe even a dirt road, a little distance between you and your neighbor---------sounds like country to me!! Randy
  5. ibcnya

    ibcnya Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2004
    South East Iowa
    Knowing if you live in the country is as simple as this. If you can step out your door and pee anywhere around the house and no one can see you, you live in the country.
  6. Jen H

    Jen H Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2004
    "when looking for a house, it never occured to you to avoid the highway so you don't get so many comments about whether or not your crop's rows are straight "

    Aaaah! You've been by my place!
  7. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

    May 12, 2002
    In beautiful downtown Sticks, near Belleview, Fl.
    Country starts when the 4 wheeled mowing machines come equiped with 3 point hitches. Or you would have to shout for your neighbor to hear you; or there are things growing between houses that you can eat.