Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Falling in Love again, what am I to do

It is Hillsdale, the object of my love. A little town. A very little town. I've been riding my bike around it and just enjoying the fun and the flatness. I'm amazed these towns haven't become thriving meccas for the overly-stressed city dwellers. I think these towns are the future. With computers connecting us every which way, there is no need to be surrounded by the city's chaos. Such little gatherings of buildings, and railroads, and sky and fields just get my creative juices flowing, and clear the senses. So does riding my bike. If I didn't hate cars before, I loathe getting in my car now.

We'll see what happens come winter.


Oh, I also had the joy of eating our own, home grown sweet corn last night. Finally, though the Japanese beetles did descend upon it, they were too dang late! The deed was done, the silks, by the time they were eaten, were no longer needed. Looks like we'll have some pumpkins and a watermelon this year too.

Anyone else for small town, and farm living? Let's leave the cities and head back to the country. A few good hippies could take over a town like Hillsdale.

16 comments:

thescoundrel said...

Hillsdale Illinois? Been there done that. Invest heavily in sump pumps and sandbags(you need them in spring for the floods and in winter for weight in your vehicle when you drive anywhere). You can also wave at the local cop as he sits at his speed trap location above I88. Plus it is at least twenty minute drive to anything and anywhere. It does have a claim to fame though. Home of one of the most famous QC scams in recent history, the lonely hearts club scam.

Socialist Christian Hippie said...

Actually, the cop is pretty cool. And my land is out of the flood plain. I did get bogged down once in spring, but a friend came and pulled me out. Most places were quite boggy this spring

thescoundrel said...

Depending on the area one lives, bogged down can be the least of your concerns. I have seen times when people in that area were cut off for a week or two at a time during spring. And during winter the drive to the QC can be a real pain even after they plow the roads. Going under the overpass and coming out the otherside by Joslin the wind change is often like getting sideswiped. Going under the pass after a snow storm is a real trick sometimes. I still stop at the hillsdale truckstop at times and grab a bite when traveling out that way.

Socialist Christian Hippie said...

my land is on the opposite side of the Interstate from the truck stop.

So far, no real problems. Of course, we're pretty close to the interstate too.

I more concerned about how expensive it may be to put in a decent driveway that I could plow in winter.

As long as 88 is open, we should be ok.

Flooding must be pretty awful out there, though. Most buildings don't look like they were built with flooding in mind.

It's great for biking out there too. I've ridden from my land nearly to Joslin. All flat, pretty much, a lot of it by the river. Not much traffic.

Quiet. Would love to retire to a job at the Library there. In about 30 years or so. Would love to put an art space/performance space downtown, but would have to make sure of decent flood protection.

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