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I'll relate a conversation that took place on another forum:
(I had just mentioned Tim Hortons.) Other Poster: Are you from Canada? Me: Yes. Other Poster: Are you from a province that's easy to draw? Me: Yes, it's a rectangle. Other Poster: Are you from the biggest city in the province? Me: No, the other one. Other Poster: Are you from the south side of the creek? Me: No, the north. Other Poster: Good, then you're not my next-door neighbour.
Although I lived in Connecticut for most of my tenure at EvC, for the past two years I have lived in the village of Dolgeville, NY, population ~2,000.
Dolgeville was named for Alfred Dolge, that rare creature: an enlightened 19th century humanitarian industrialist who attempted to apply his social ideals to his employee community.
He introduced a form of social security: disability insurance, pensions and profit-sharing for his employees, as well as programs to promote physical fitness and education. He brought rail service and electricity to the community.
The town was renamed Dolgeville (nee Green's Bridge) by the acclaim and petition of the residents.
He was, unsurprisingly, bankrupted by the connivance of bankers and businessmen in the area who objected to his philosophy. He later achieved considerable financial success in California.
He was a great man. We have not often seen his like.
And, yes, that history was the primary reason I chose to move here--that, and Dolgeville's location as a gateway to the southern Adirondacks.
Unfortunately, most of the current residents would not now offer acclaim: they'd probably lynch the man. Oh well. Ironically, the location of Green's Bridge still boasts a bridge--where a millionaire, who bought one of Dolge's original mills, refuses community access to it.
So, I vocally differ but I'm a readily shrugged off downstater.
But my neighbors are good, kind, narrow-minded people in that infuriating way only small town folks can be.
Edited by Omnivorous, : clarity re bridge
"If you can keep your head while those around you are losing theirs, you can collect a lot of heads."
Tempe, Arizona. only about four miles from ASU's main campus, in the heart of the Valley of the Sun.
Very suburbanite here....after all originally from Joliet, Ill.
The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. - Richard Dawkins
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If you removed all the arteries, veins, & capillaries from a person’s body, and tied them end-to-end…the person will die. - Neil Degrasse Tyson
What would Buddha do? Nothing! What does the Buddhist terrorist do? Goes into the middle of the street, takes the gas, *pfft*, Self-Barbecue. The Christian and the Muslim on either side are yelling, "What the Fuck are you doing?" The Buddhist says, "Making you deal with your shit. - Robin Williams
It's a beautiful sunny day here just about 3/4 km south of YYJ the Victoria airport, which is near Sidney which is just north of Victoria British Columbia on Vancouver Island. I grew up in Alberta and call Medicine Hat my home town. I lived in both Montreal and Toronto before moving to out here to warmer climes.
He has told you, O man, what is good ; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God.