Posted 07-07-2003 at 00:38:25
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i get in trouble with this every time, but i never learn.
a. animals also live in the country, sometimes a lot of animals, like cows. they smell, they make noise, they sometimes get out of their place (just like kids) think of the problems you have controlling your teenagers and multiply that by the number of cows and you get an idea of the problems a cattle farmer faces. if you purchase a plot near a pasture, there will be times that a hundred or more cows will be against a fence next to your property. its not personal, it may the temperature is better there.
b. what is a beautiful hay field today may be a pasture tomarrow.
c. roads are bad, narrow and agricultural traffic will be present. thats means you will sometimes have to stop or follow slow (12mph) equipment with no room to pass for long stretches of road. it is bad form to drive these roads at speeds of more than 35mph. there will be mud on the roads at wet times of year. there will be dust during dry times of year. in some areas the roads will not be clear of snow or ice for weeks at a time. while the use of the horn may the be answer for all problems in the city, it is ONLY used to say hello in the country, you are expected to wave at all traffic and people on the local roads. country people serve to miss wet potholes in nonpaved roads. the potholes get bigger if you drive through them.
d. services in the country will be meager as compaired to city life. your trash will probably be your trash to get rid of. in other words, you will probably have to bag and transport your own trash to a dumpster or dumpsite. fire protection will be in the form of underfunded, volunteers who are working a full time job and offering their time to help the community. (they could use your support, by the way). police (Deputy Sheriffs) will be some distance away and at times (nights) there may only be one or two on duty to serve several thousand citizens. your water/sewage is yours. you will have a well and tank systems to maintain. electrical power and land line phone service will be lost during some ice and wind storms and will stay out for days or even a week or so at at time. it will be your responsibility to weather these times (be prepaired)
e. most places do not appreciate always on outside security lights. (it reminds country folks of city life and is therefore an insult)
f. realize that the little 25 acreas you purchased was probably part of a larger farm that had been in your neighbors family for over a hundred years. your neighbor farmed it since childhood, and worked a full time public/industrial job at a third of the pay you received at your job to keep it. he failed, it had to be busted up and sold. thats where you enter. there may be some misplaced hostility towards you. someone will have to overcome that hostility, you are the outsider. it would help for you to make the first move by humbling yourself.
g. endear yourself by helping the local farmer with a couple hours of manual labor (showes him that you are not too good to get dirty and proves other things about your nature). beware that is most areas of the south you will have to offer your services three times during a conversation for it to be accepted or even considered a valid offer.
h. realize that at your job, after 8 hours you leave it and go home. in the country (farm) the farmers whole day (24/7) since childhood is immersed in the job.
i. the country is not for the weak, just like the city is not for the weak. but for different reasons.
j. entertainment will not be of the type or intensity that you are use to.
with all that said i would not trade country life for any reason. to me, its the only way to live.
well its too late to continue and my blood sugar level may make me even more negative. so i'll stop for now. i have given you alot of negatives, thats what i'm good at. but you have probably seen the positives sterotyped on tv or movies or at least in your imagination. just something for you to give some consideration to. i'm sure not all of them will apply to where you are planning to move to.
oh by the way, the ultimate olive branch is to be offered an invitation to attend the local church. this is a critical point, don't take it lightly.
i have not been skillited at this site for some years, and just remember, i'm probably an idiot and best ignored. best wishes to you.