You Know You're From A Small Town When…

I used the
following list when I did up a “mini-yearbook” for our 10 year high
school reunion and came across it recently in a new Facebook group dedicated to the topic.  So I thought I'd re-post it here.



You Know You're From A Small Town When…

1. You can name everyone you graduated with.

2. You know what 4-H is.

3. You went to a party that was held about 20 miles down a deserted dirt road.

4. You used to drag “main.”

5. You said the 'F' word and your parents knew within an hour.

6. You schedule parties around the schedule of  different police officers since you know which ones would bust you.

7. You ever went or thought about going cow-tipping.

8. School gets canceled for a sports team going to Provincials

9. You could never buy booze cause all the store clerks knew how old you were.

10. When you did
find someone old enough to buy booze  for you, you had to drive down
country backroads to drink it then drive home again after since there
were no cabs, buses or contracts with parents to “come get you”. 


11. Your stereo was worth more than the car you put it in.

12. You go the local bar every Boxing Day to see who's home. 

13. It was cool to date someone from a neighboring town.

14. You had a senior skip day.

15. The whole school went to the same party after graduation.

16. You can't help but date a friend's ex.

17. Your car is always filthy from the dirt backroads.

18. You think that kids who ride skateboards are weird.

19. The town next to you is considered “trashy” or “snotty” even though it is exactly like your town.

20. Getting paid minimum wage is considered a raise.

21. You refer to anyone with a house newer than 1980 as the “rich people.”

22. The people in the big city dress funny and listen to weird music – then you pick up on the cool new trends two years later.

23. You bragged to your friends because you got pipes on your truck for your birthday.

24. On Fridays,
anyone you want to find can be found at Main Street, the gas station
parking lot or eating fries and gravy at the local restaurant.


25. Your biggest excitement in life was a trip to the city.

26. There is a very real possibility that someone drove a grain truck to school. 

27. You decide to walk for exercise and 5 people pull over and ask you if you need a ride.

28. Your teachers call you by your older sibling's name.

29. The closest “cool stores” are at least 45 miles away.

30. You laugh your head off reading this because you know it's true!

Comments 6

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    That is all too familiar, reminds me of home, getting the homesick blues! How do I miss it!?!?!?! The Friday night comment was funny, but missing seeing the young teenagers in their cars doing the ups and downs on the Main street. And the comment #3 is pretty close also, but ours were usually in a “pit” somewhere or on the beach. The good ole days, and how I long to be home. Ah well, back to work for now.

    Posted 11 Apr 2007 at 1:54 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    You know you're NOT from a small town when:
    you decide to go cow tipping and you choose the field with the bull in it and the farmer comes running out of his house yelling “get outta that field, there's an f'ing BULL in there!”
    Yeah, that's how you know you're a city kid.

    Posted 11 Apr 2007 at 2:33 pm
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    I am not from a small town:
    1. You can name everyone you graduated with. –> Nope, but they are finding me on facebook, all the same.
    2. You know what 4-H is. –> I guess I could look it up…
    3. You went to a party that was held about 20 miles down a deserted dirt road. –> dirt roads are dangerous
    4. You used to drag “main.” –> Again, the danger…
    5. You said the 'F' word and your parents knew within an hour. –> I don't use that kind of language…or at least…I didn't used too…
    6. You schedule parties around the schedule of different police officers since you know which ones would bust you. –> the police are our friends…aren't they?
    7. You ever went or thought about going cow-tipping. –> I saw a cow once, on a barn tour…at school…
    8. School gets canceled for a sports team going to Provincials –> school got cancelled for bomb treats and snow storms
    9. You could never buy booze cause all the store clerks knew how old you were. –> I don't so much 'drink' or 'buy booze'
    12. You go the local bar every Boxing Day to see who's home. –> we go to the mall on boxing day or the movies or both.
    19. The town next to you is considered “trashy” or “snotty” even though it is exactly like your town. –> change 'town' for 'city' and it's exactly the same.
    20. Getting paid minimum wage is considered a raise. –> but min wage is only legal and correct!
    25. Your biggest excitement in life was a trip to the city. –> Your biggest excitment in life is going to a Bigger city.
    27. You decide to walk for exercise and 5 people pull over and ask you if you need a ride. –> you decide to walk and no one talks to you, looks you in the eye or stops at crosswalks for you.
    I think I've made my point… đŸ˜›

    Posted 14 Apr 2007 at 5:40 am
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Ah, “You Know You're From A Large Metropolis in Southern Ontario (But Not *The* Large Metropolis in Southern Ontario When)” list.

    Posted 14 Apr 2007 at 5:51 am
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Yeah, I think everybody – city, rural, prairie, maritimes – will have slight variations on some of these. It'd be interesting to read a side-by-side chart of what different regions/areas do. We cruised main, city kids I know would park at 7-11 and hang out in the parking lot. Things like that…

    Posted 14 Apr 2007 at 3:36 pm
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Hilarious! I'll resist the urge to make an uncouth joke about telling city kids to try to “milk a bull”.

    Posted 14 Apr 2007 at 3:37 pm
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