1. It’s good to live in a town where our contractor, putting up a privacy fence around our newly extended back yard, can leave his trailer parked outside it overnight, with materials and tools in the back, in the confident expectation that everything will be as he left it in the morning. Petty theft isn’t something anyone worries about around here.
2. It’s rather nice to live in a small town where people get to know you. To get cheery waves while walking or driving down the street, along with a “Hello!” and a smile, is very pleasant. (Sometimes you’ll get those from perfect strangers, too!) So is walking into the post office, or the bank, or a local store, and being greeted by name.
3. It’s fun to be told by the mailman that “You’ve won the Amazon prize this week” for the most parcels delivered from that vendor to a local address. (Said, I might add, with a friendly grimace through a layer of perspiration, as he lugs the latest batch of boxes to our door. Hey, northern Texas in high summer is hot. What can I say?)
4. It’s amusing to watch local cyclists training in preparation for the Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred race, held in Wichita Falls at the end of August. The name describes the race very well: 100 miles through high summer heat, usually around 100 degrees (Fahrenheit) or even more. Locals giggle at the more dedicated cyclists as they go rushing past them, Spandex dripping with sweat – and sometimes running smack into the rear of vehicles ahead of them, because the riders have their heads down and aren’t watching for road hazards. I think it’s the local version of light entertainment! Whizz . . . zip . . . whoosh . . . CRUNCH! “Thar goes another ‘un! You gotta new dent in your tailgate, buddy!”