[FoRK] New Divide in American Death was Re: FoRK Digest, Vol 150, Issue 8

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Fri Apr 15 05:45:54 PDT 2016

Well in California, that dog definition don't hunt.


On 4/15/2016 12:07 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> Exactly.  Culturally, those don't seem rural.  Or not completely rural.
> Rural-ish.
> Rural to me means farm houses every mile in every direction, where
> people actually live on their farms and do 4H for entertainment and
> socializing (along with church).  Where the address is: Williams Family,
> Rural Route #25.  Where, other than a nearby highway, the roads are
> called: "County Road 35".  People who live in small towns aren't rural -
> that's the area between towns.  I grew up in a town of 11,000, that has
> 10,000 now, which was the largest town in the county.  But us "city"
> kids had our own high school and we didn't really know anything about
> rural living except when we somehow interacted outside of the normal
> sphere, which seemed rare. One of my few experiences there was being a
> surrogate "father" / big brother to my best friend's little brother for
> a 4H small engine repair class, held in a barn out in the country.
> Once, I went to Farm Focus, which was a big farming convention, held in
> my county each year, that we didn't know anything about.
> The only consistent connection between cultures was the county fair each
> year.
> Other than some back streets in Auburn with horses or wine grapes, I
> don't think I've seen real rural living in California yet. Farmland
> isn't "rural" unless people are living in farmhouses on the farmland.
> Between SJ and LA, either on 101 or I5, I haven't seen any rural living
> other than wineries.  And much of the time, it doesn't seem like the
> owners are living there; it's usually just fancy wine stores.
> sdw
> On 4/14/16 8:19 PM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>> Stephen's from Ohio. I guess he's got a diff def of rural. :-)
>> On 4/14/2016 8:15 PM, Kevin Marks wrote:
>>> On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 6:57 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Nothing within 50-100 miles of the SF Bay Area is rural.
>>> Depends where you draw the boundary of the Bay Area - Gilroy,
>>> Watsonville, Hollister etc are all farmland, and a lot of the Half
>>> Moon Bay area is too.
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