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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

1000th post - Compare and Contrast

For my 1000th post... wow, that's a lot of posts!  I've decided to do a bit of a comparison between city and country life. 

Construction in the country often involves one, sometimes two people and both do the work. As a general rule there are no traffic delays and nobody has to be rerouted or go out of their way to get to where they'd like to be. It's kept pretty simple, the only breaks are for meals and the work gets done in no time at all usually.The pay is the joy of having the job done.

On the other hand, construction in the city involves massive manpower, there are many employees who stand around, breaks are generally in half hour increments with one hour lunches. Traffic is rerouted often creating traffic jams and a person can add in excess of a half hour to get to where they want to be... if they're lucky that is. The job is always behind schedule and tax payers pick up the tab. 

Country roads...

City roads...

City mud...enticing but expensive

and country mud... free and brings out the kid in me!

Is it any wonder this is my favorite way to view the city? my rear-view mirror!

All truth be told I would miss certain aspects of the city if I moved away permanently, I'd definitely miss my children and my beautiful granddaughter. I think the ideal lifestyle for me and my country bumpkin heart would be about 1/2 hour outside of the city, close enough to visit and shop, but far enough away to be rid of the hectic lifestyle. Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely grateful to be where I'm at in life, I have the best of both worlds... the other world is just a few short hours away. 

I hope you all have a wonderful day and thank you for being a part of my journey. I'm amazed and never even noticed until tonight how many posts I've added here, that's a lot of blogging... and very unlike homework, I'm not sick of it yet! lol



    I'm just over a tenth of the way to catching up to you! But the problem is you keep pulling farther ahead. :)By the time I reach 200 you'll probably have hit 4000! :) I'm not complaining though, as I have said a hundred times already, I don't know how you keep up the insane pace you do! You really are a real life Wonder Woman! :)

    I love the construction comparison! I've often thought that the city's projects would get done just as fast even if all the workers quit and went home! I have always been mystified by how long these things seem to take. I think it's a secret you only learn if you are part of the SSOCW (Secret Society Of City Workers) and the members will never tell us!! :)

  2. Congratulations, Darleen! I hope it will be many more blogging years.

  3. Andy thank you. I know a fella who once worked for the city, he was a hard working man and was either working or finding things to do. After a while, not very long, a foreman had a chat with him. He was told that he had to slow down, not do so much, because he was making the rest of them look bad! What the heck kind of operation is that? I've posted that photo of the city employees in a prior post and there was quite the discussion around it. It's not only here where city employees are slow moving, it appears that all over the place it's the same thing. I'd be rather embarrassed to say I was a city employee doing construction if this is the case. I realize I am stereotyping but I have yet to see a city crew ALL working at the same time, one (or a few) are on the phone, many hold up shovels, and others just chat. To each their own I suppose but it's odd that taxpayers don't say anything or do anything about what we witness time and time again. We just sit back and allow people to get paid that don't work for a full days pay. K enough from me, I'd best save some words for this essay! lol Enjoy your day!

    Irina thank you. I'm sure that I'll be blogging for some time yet, I hope you do as well. I feel as though I've experienced a piece of Moscow through your blog and I love it! Enjoy your day!

  4. WOW 1000 posts that is something!! Loved your comparison's!!

  5. Flora thank you, it is a lot of posts! I've ordered all of 2010 through a book offer I spotted on someones blog, there's 192 pages in my book! I'm so excited to be getting it, I hope it's here soon. I'm like a kid at Christmas when I order something online, I'm checking my mail as soon as I hear the mailperson open up my mailbox!

    Have a wonderful day!

  6. 1000 posts? That's just ridiculous. I was just commenting to a friend today that I clearly don't have much of a life because I've run out of things to say. Great comparisons in this post, by the way...

  7. Robin, thank you. 1000 posts and it is an insane amount of blog posts. This has been over the past 2 1/2 years and I always seem to find something in my day to take a photo of and make a few comments on. I've learned to view the world differently, I now see the beauty which surrounds me and what I have to be grateful for in my life. Or the smart alec side of me comes out to play once in a while and I can laugh at what I find in my day.

    My suggestion if you ever run out of things to talk about is to go out for a walk, take your camera with you, and see what you can find in your corner of the world.

    I'll be over to check out your blog when time permits, have a great day and thanks for stopping into my corner of the world!

  8. Wow, I bow to the master! 1000 posts. Humbling. Love the contrasts. How nice that you get to live in both worlds. I do love my little cabin in the woods, but it is a weekend place, not a place to live, like a farm. Congratulations!

  9. Congratulations to you! I had no idea how many posts I'd written, so I had to check. Much to my surprise, between my two blogs I'm almost to your level--978 posts!

  10. Congratulation on reaching 1000! Wow, that's an accomplishment. I share your love of the country. But like you, neither do I like to be too far away from the amenities of the city. Sigh, life is all about compromises isn't it?

  11. Galen, thank you and I'm no master, I just need a life! lol Between family, books, photography, gardens and this house I have in the city I don't have much time for anything BUT I make my "me" time each and every day, or almost everyday! A cabin sounds so romantic, maybe I need to talk him into a cabin next! lol

    Kathy, thank you. And you're right behind me, you do two blogs? My goodness some nights it's a challenge to keep up to one!

    Mustang, thank you. I agree that sometimes life is about compromises and choices, but I have chosen this education which requires me to be in the city. I don't know what my future holds and that's what keeps life so interesting. What is my next compromise going to be?...hmmm that I'm uncertain of. Right here, right now it really doesn't matter, what matters is that I get post 1001 done and off to bed! lol

    Have a wonderful day everyone!

  12. Oh I loved this. You DO have the best of both worlds....but i sure like your take on the city in your side mirror:))))

  13. Congrats on 1,000 posts Darlene - that's amazing ! (after I read that, of course I had to add mine up - 599 !).

    Loved your city/country comparisons - right on the money ! You couldn't get me to live in the city (although we're in a city in Florida but that doesn't count because it doesn't snow there ;-) And you're SO right about city crews - my brother worked there briefly (< 3 months) but quit due to boredom !

    Look forward to the next 1,000 !

    [my internet is intermittent and killing me with frustration; sometimes a blog loads quickly, other times it's soooo slow !]

  14. Dawn thank you, I sometimes wonder how ideas just pop into my head. I was going to post the city MUD photo and link it back to my farm mud but then I sort of took off with the idea.
    Sometimes that is the best way to view the city, that's when I know I NEED a break and often don't even want to come home but I have to, I'm too close to this degree to allow it to slip away on me now! Have a fantastic weekend!

    Rick, thank you. As for posts you're not far behind at all, isn't this blogging fun? I still love it even after 1000 posts!
    I sometimes wonder what type of a person can stay "working" (I use that term loosely) for the city for years and years, it would be the most boring job ever! That shows sign of good character for your brother to quit doing nothing and getting paid for it. My sister did the same thing, she had a govt. office job and had to leave, she was getting way to bored!

    As for another 1000 it's all one day and one post at a time. The song kay sera sera, whatever will be will be, the futures not ours to see, kay sera sera. I hope that song gets out of my head before I put my head on my pillow! lol

    Didn't they come out to take a look at what the internet issue may be caused from? What's the number, I'll call them and straighten them out for you! ;-) I noticed your swear symbols on Dawn's wall and told her that we'd best do something to help you out and quick! lol

    Have a fantastic Friday and may your internet issues be resolved soon!

  15. Congratulations on your 1000th post! (:

    I think living in the country is so much more peaceful and better then living in the city (As I've done both. ;) ).

    I would love to go back to the country, but I'd need the money to afford to and stuff. I'll just marry a rich man. :P

  16. Saz, thank you! You're still young and have tons of time, if you put your mind to something you can make it happen! :-) Cheers!

  17. I love the contrasts you have shown them so well. Wow on a thousand posts, god nows how many I am up to but it is not quite 1000. Well done you.

    Si x

  18. Thanks for the offer, Darlene. (btw - those weren't cuss words, just frustration words ;-) I actually have level 2 and 3 engineers working on my issue, and even got them to acknowledge that others in my area have similar issues. The worst part is that it's intermittent - right now it seems to be 'reasonable' - compared to the totally unreasonable speeds I get at other times. I had another call with the supervisor today and further speed tests showed I was only getting about 20% of the throughput I should be. By nature I'm fairly calm, but when I get my teeth into something, I don't let go - and my teeth are into this !

  19. Rick and rightfully so, I'm the same way when I get determined, there's no stopping me until the issue is resolved.

    That's unreal to only be getting 20% of the throughput (which I am guessing to be the rate of speed which the internet is picking up on). I'm glad to hear that they're on it finally, it's about time in my opinion. I sure hope they're not charging you for this past few months!

    I use frustration words as well, you don't want to see one of my essays when I get writers block, especially before my edits! lol

    Have a great Monday! It's good to see you back... now to venture over to see if you posted today. I look forward to your posts, I love reading them as well as admiring your photos.

  20. Si, thank you! It's not the quantity, I think that it's the quality of a persons word choices and photos they post. If it comes from the heart then it's one heck of a good post. As for the 1000th post, I had no idea that I was at that mark, I noticed it out of the corner of my eye the day before and I was shocked. I guess it just shows how much I love blogging, I sure wouldn't have posted more than 1000 posts if I didn't love doing this! Cheers my friend, have a fantastic week!


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