What do people (esp. gays) in small towns and rural areas do?

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    Jul 27, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    I have always lived in a big city and grown up next to Washington DC, with all its amenities. So I have often wondered what the hell do people in small towns and stuck out in states like Nebraska do? What kind of activities do you all do?
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    Jul 27, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    I work, teach class or workout, then go home and eat. I'm busy throughout the day and not near a computer, so I'm rarely online. When the sun goes down and it's dark, everything disappears into the blackness and we all cease to exist until the sun rises again in the morning. Such is rural life.
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    Jul 27, 2008 5:05 PM GMT
    Forgive me if this doesn't fully answer your question.

    Yesterday, I met a gay Anesthesiologist yesterday whose partner came from a small Missouri town and would drive to the nearest city that had gay venues -- in this case, the college town the doctor and I live in. As per the discussion we had, networking was important (through the internet, friends from gay bars, etc) and allowed him to be part of a wide, accepting social group and get invited to various social gatherings/functions. These two met at a party hosted by the doctor in his household, and are now living with each other, happily ever after (so far).
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    Jul 27, 2008 5:29 PM GMT
    I did go and visit the Ashfall fossil bed that is not far from where I live. There are fossilized Rhinos there. Yes that's right, rhinos in nebraska 11 million years ago. We had them first, ha ha.icon_rolleyes.gificon_twisted.gificon_question.gif|

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    Jul 27, 2008 6:21 PM GMT
    Well, I work a lot, so I don't have time to get bored. I roller blade and go on long runs in the countryside, and get together with friends for barbecues and beers. I hang out at coffeshops and my favorite pub-style bar, wander around our tiny downtown, go to the movies now and then, and have a nice healthy home life. I have a pretty yard, and I've been remodeling my house. When I have time, I read and write. I get up early and go to the local farmer's market now and then, and the boyfriend and I are going to a benefit dinner for a local organic farming community tonight. And, well, there's a boyfriend. How easy is it to get bored with one of those around? icon_wink.gif

    And when I get the itch to get out and do stuff I can't do around here, I go on vacation. Spokane's close enough for shopping in a pinch, and Seattle's fun too. I'm headed to Arizona for some hiking and visiting with old good friends in a month or so.
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    Jul 27, 2008 6:24 PM GMT
    Aside from work and workout, we meet friends for dinner, drinks or more ;) Sometimes we go to movies and plays... other times we like a quick trip over to Houston (80 miles).

    Without the support of a "gay community," you pretty much form your own little groups of friends. It is difficult at times in a small town because very few people are out.

    Living in a small town has its challenges, but where else but Beaumont, Texas can you buy a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, 1700sq ft, on almost an acre for $107k?

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    Jul 27, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    Absolutely nothing...

    I'm dying. Someone send me a plane ticket nao!

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    Jul 27, 2008 8:26 PM GMT
    They MOVE to the closest city or large area where there are more gay people! icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 27, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    fitguymike saidI did go and visit the Ashfall fossil bed that is not far from where I live. There are fossilized Rhinos there. Yes that's right, rhinos in nebraska 11 million years ago. We had them first, ha ha.icon_rolleyes.gificon_twisted.gificon_question.gif|

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    You sure they're rhinos? Maybe they're uintatheres or something?

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    EDIT: Never mind I googled Ashfall, they're Rhinos alright. icon_razz.gif
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jul 27, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    We have sex all day.
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    Jul 27, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    zdrew saidWell, I work a lot, so I don't have time to get bored. I roller blade and go on long runs in the countryside, and get together with friends for barbecues and beers. I hang out at coffeshops and my favorite pub-style bar, wander around our tiny downtown, go to the movies now and then, and have a nice healthy home life. I have a pretty yard, and I've been remodeling my house. When I have time, I read and write. I get up early and go to the local farmer's market now and then, and the boyfriend and I are going to a benefit dinner for a local organic farming community tonight. And, well, there's a boyfriend. How easy is it to get bored with one of those around? icon_wink.gif

    And when I get the itch to get out and do stuff I can't do around here, I go on vacation. Spokane's close enough for shopping in a pinch, and Seattle's fun too. I'm headed to Arizona for some hiking and visiting with old good friends in a month or so.


    This sounds enjoyable than crazy city life--to me, anyway.
  • Timbales

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    Jul 27, 2008 10:00 PM GMT
    Oh gosh, well there's cow tipping, the weekly polka fest, bingo and watching the one traffic light in town change.
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    Jul 27, 2008 10:08 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidOh gosh, well there's cow tipping, the weekly polka fest, bingo and watching the one traffic light in town change.

    Your dance partner is here...

    funny pictures
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    Jul 27, 2008 10:32 PM GMT
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    Jul 27, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    Nothing. I know no one in this town aside from my parents so I dont do much on my college breaks.
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    Jul 27, 2008 11:00 PM GMT
    Timberoo said

    funny pictures
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    Jul 27, 2008 11:31 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidOh gosh, well there's cow tipping, the weekly polka fest, bingo and watching the one traffic light in town change.


    Cow tipping is a myth that we country folk tell the naive city folks.

    YOU HAVE A STOPLIGHT?!?!?!icon_eek.gif

    Pretty soon they'll be installing flushing toilets too, then there goes the neighborhood.

    All joking aside I love living in the country. I live in the family home so I am in charge of all the ghosts here and also keeping the homestead up. I too have been remodeling and yardwork takes some time. If I need a gay fix I go into Omaha and hang out with friends, but more often they'd rather come here and enjoy the peace and quiet. Plus if you've ever had food from a small country grocery store, you will never want that fake stuff in the big city supermarkets again--I'm talking fresh veggies, chicken, beef, and seasonal fruit.
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    Jul 27, 2008 11:38 PM GMT
    we smoke an ass load of tree
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    Jul 27, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    i work a lot... work out... eat... sleep... M-F

    and then get the hell outta dodge on the weekend... raleigh, the beach, DC... anything but my little shitty town

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    Jul 28, 2008 2:43 AM GMT
    I've grown up in the city but spent my weekends and summers on the farm.

    I have never been at a loss for something to do. It all depends on whether you choose to socialise exclusively with gay people or not. I have a good mix of gay and straight friends, granted there are fewer gays in a small town.

    Most small towns have the same amenities that I utilise, as the big cities. There are restaurants, movie theaters, fitness facilities, coffee shops but on a smaller scale.

    The pace is slower, sincerity is standard because we all know each other, and point a to b is only 10 minutes away.

    However, big cities are definitely a must to immerse yourself in gay culture and replicated amenities to serve the masses. Independence is golden but sometimes lonely too, in the cities.

    Just my take, one is not necessarily better than the other depending who you are.
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    Jul 28, 2008 3:37 AM GMT
    Fuck sheep and cow tip. What the hell do you think we did!!!??? ;-)
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    Jul 28, 2008 3:52 AM GMT
    VineyardHmo saidFuck sheep and cow tip. What the hell do you think we did!!!??? ;-)

    In truth, I thought you did nothing, cuz there was nothing to do.
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    Jul 28, 2008 4:02 AM GMT


    Well, there's the toy box and we check the windows first #*&@^^^%@$

    THIS is BILL. SHUT UP DOUG!!!!
  • metalxracr

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    Jul 28, 2008 4:08 AM GMT
    Actually I lived in a really small town! Most of my fam does, but property is really cheap! That's what I like about it.

    In high school, we would cruise around town and hang out at certain spots long the main street. People of the few different cliques would gather at different spots. We would just sit there and talk and sometimes drink.

    Another thing we would always do, is go out of town and take some small hidden roads that were for the oil fields and hang out hidden in the pastures and mountains to shoot, drink, and party. Even have sex haha.

    But mostly what my group of friends did is go and stay on one guys ranch and on his land it was full of artifacts from native americans and along the cliffs there are a lot of caves where they lived in. We would stay in those, and we'd go out at night and shoot all the coyotes and wild bores we'd find.

    But my favorite part was seeing all the indian artifacts and finding pits full of burnt stones where they made fires. Also lots of arrow heads. on large slabs of rocks there are carved holes clustered together where the indians ground their spices.

    Hiking was another part of our activities. we did a lot of that. It sounds boring but it was a lot of fun.
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    Jul 28, 2008 6:30 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidOh gosh, well there's cow tipping, the weekly polka fest, bingo and watching the one traffic light in town change.


    As art_smass has mentioned, I live in the self-proclaimed lentil capitol of the world. The national lentil festival is held here every August. I kid you not.

    Yee-haw.