Sunday, July 20, 2008

MORE SMALL TOWN LIFE

After witnessing the spontaneous parade, you would think that I would remember to take my camera whenever I venture into town. But, alas, I didn't. And I wish I had.

This weekend was the big, annual tractor pull and monster truck rally. I, personally, have never seen the point of tractor pulls and monster truck rallies; but, apparently, I am in the minority out in the country. Our little town of 933 people swelled to over 25,000. I could hear the trucks and tractors in the distance every time I stepped out of my house.

Last night, Bean and Cakes were craving ice cream. It was hot, so I accomodated them. We hopped in the car and headed to town. I was surprised to see more than five cars on my drive there, especially on the winding, one-lane back roads. As I neared Main Street and the houses started getting closer together, I noticed that many of them had their yards partitioned off with police tape and rebar. Colorful, construction paper signs fluttered in the breeze. These signs read, "Parking $5." And people were actually parking on the townspeople's lawns! ("Where else are they going to park?" said Tanya matter-of-factly, when I told her about it later.)

When I got to the stoplight at Main Street, I noticed that all five cops on the town's police force were out, directing traffic and maintaining crowd control. And the people! I felt like I was in a foreign country. And it was so crowded!

As I continued down Main Street to get to the grocery store, the line of traffic headed toward the center of town stretched to the horizon. I began to wonder how I was going to get the ice cream home before it melted. I've never encountered traffic here. There were big, monster trucks, winnebagos, clusters of Harleys, pick-ups, little sports cars. A lot of them were from out of state.

Fortunately, by the time I was done shopping, the tractor pull and monster truck rally had begun. The roads were empty, making my drive home effortless. Every square inch of parking in our entire town, plus many lawns, were filled with vehicles. The high school sports field was overflowing with the sounds thousands of screaming people and big engines revving.

I just don't get it.

6 comments:

Muthering Heights said...

That's awesome! I would SO sell parking space on my lawn, LOL!

Natalie said...

DD - 7 and DS - 4.5 LOVE monster trucks. There are 2 female drivers so that helps it appeal to little girls. And we are NOT monster truck people. TiVO knows to record Monster Jam for them.

Karen said...

Natalie - I must admit, I just don't see it. But my girls are fascinated every time we drive by a construction zone. Maybe it's just the sheer size of the vehicles ...

Julia said...

Well speaking as one who has been to many a monster truck rally - you really aren't missing much. I know my boy would love them, but construction sites are pretty close. It IS fun to dress up in skin tight 80s jeans and put fake tattoos on your boobs...just to see how many guys hit on you.

Karen said...

Julia - Ha! I'll have to try that next year when the monster truck rally rolls around.

natasha said...

i wish your cell had a camera because i would have died to see pictures of that. i thought it was bad that the park at the end of my street does the fireworks on the fourth and they get the police out for that but on lawns...never!