The days are sure getting longer!
We notice this kind of thing when your regular bed time is prior to sunset.
Unless you happen to have a months’ supply of groceries and haven’t had to drive anywhere this week ... it’s difficult to not notice that “tourist season” has officially opened in this part of Wyoming.
Every visitor is valued in this local economy. This is the “make it or break it” time of year for a many local businesses.
Most of us are more than willing to “look the other way” when a few of these “pilgrims” show up with the idea that a town this small probably has no reason to bother with traffic laws or rules.
Speed limits seem to be “suggestions” and parking might be a-la-carte at best.
The winner this week was probably the small white SUV with Utah plates that was parked on Main Street while pointed south on the northbound side of the street.
Living east of town, we get to travel about three miles with the flow headed into the village after exiting I-90. And we know it’s best to assume they ignore the stop sign and pull right in front of anyone headed west on US 16.
We never honk the horn to demonstrate any displeasure, and if they decide to drive 18 mph in the 45 mph zone while looking for cheap gas or a place to eat ... just remember they are helping this town to keep going for another year.
Meanwhile back down at the early morning coffee gathering a contest developed over who knew the location of some very small towns in Wyoming. Places like Van Tassle, Otto, Ralston, Milburne, Veteran or Alva came into the conversation.
It’s amazing one geography expert knew that Van Tassle was the least populated town in the least populated county in the least populated state of the nation.
And it’s always interesting when someone who really doesn’t know anything about Wyoming will write an article proclaiming “The best small towns and the worst small towns in Wyoming.”
All the data is about things like average income, home prices, cost of living, crime rates and number of bankruptcies per capita.
These people seem to believe they can judge a book by its cover. The secret to being happy is to never read one of those articles.
Many years ago a large book was published about the 100 safest places to live in the United States. Two young writers did their research the right way. They got in the car and drove all over the country, stopping to talk to people, ask the right questions and not pay too much attention to the standard socio-economic data tables.
It was interesting that Buffalo made that list. But at the time we may have had a little different definition for some of the major offenses, and a more forgiving attitude toward people who were making the first big mistake of their life.
And finally this week one of the Bench Sitters claims he overheard a conversation at the counter in the Prescription Shop. It went something like this . . .
“Here’s a new prescription the doctor gave me this morning.”
“OK, we’ll get this filled right away.”
“Thanks. This getting old is for the birds. The doctor says I’ll have to take this stuff for the rest of my life.”
“Sorry to hear that. (pause) Did you notice it says ‘no refills’ on it?”
“Oh great. That’s a lousy way to tell someone they have a “check-out-date”.
We hope you have lots of “renewals” left on your calendar of life. Be good and we’ll write again next week.