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Jun. 21st, 2014 08:48 am
basingstoke: crazy eyes (Default)
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People, nobody who lives in Lawrence, KS would consider it a small town. It's a small city comprised of 70,000 people, several music venues that attract all the tours in the area, a few museums, a rad downtown area, and two colleges.

Plus it's surrounded by ACTUALLY small towns. I'm thinking in particular of a town I visited with my mom when she was antiquing, which was a crossroad. With a stop sign. Period. It also had, for some reason, three antique stores; don't ask me. And we had lunch in a diner that was on the first floor of someone's house, that had shelves everywhere displaying the poop ducks* they sold.




*poop duck: crocheted duck toy where you raise the wing or pull the tail or something and it poops out candy; don't ask me.

Date: 2014-06-21 01:09 pm (UTC)
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
From: [personal profile] twistedchick
I've been to Lawrence; it has significant traffic, some good restaurants, and a good-sized small-city population. Who is calling it a small town?

(And I totally believe you about the poop ducks.)

Date: 2014-06-21 03:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] malkingrey
Television comes from Hollywood and New York, and as far as those people are concerned, anything with a population under six digits is a small town. I was amused, back in the day, by the way that the BtVS writers always had the characters referring to Sunnydale as a small town -- the place had a nearby military base, a seaport, both a public and a private college, and a business-industrial district, not to mention a plethora of graveyards and the ability to support a successful art gallery.

I live in an actual small town -- there are big-city high schools with larger populations than we've got -- and I can tell you right now that we don't have any of those things.

Except for maybe the graveyards, and that's mostly because of all the families around here who have been burying their dead in their own family cemeteries for a couple of centuries.

Date: 2014-06-21 05:07 pm (UTC)
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
From: [personal profile] twistedchick
Yes. Television has trouble with Kansas, I've noticed -- it wants to either make it Dances with Wolves or The Day After Tomorrow or The River or some other agricultural or small-town movie that is from somewhere else. Smallville, for instance, always looked to me like southern Illinois -- too many trees, too many rolling hills.

I come from flattish farmland near the Great Lakes, a town of 3000 near a city of 450,000.

Date: 2014-06-21 01:31 pm (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
Poop ducks. Poop ducks. *shakes head slowly*

Date: 2014-06-21 11:17 pm (UTC)
laurajv: Don't give me any wild ideas! (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurajv
and those little squeezy frogs and farm animals and whatnot where you squeeze them and a rubber bubble sticks out its butthole

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