Here's a little background: I just moved from a VERY big city (Phoenix, AZ) to small town, small, small, small town USA.
These people wave to each other when they are on the street and if your in the car.
I swear someone will say at some point during the trip "oh there goes "so and so" I wonder where she's headed to. Did you hear about her sister's husband's dog? blah, blah, blah."
This town is sooo small.
In Phoenix you never saw someone you knew, even if you really did. In a big town, you DO NOT make eye contact, because that is always taken as a threat. In a big town gossip doesn't happen on your way to the store to buy bread.
But, this entry is really about the little diner my sister-in-law works at.
We go there a lot. Been here for 12 days and I've eaten there 3 times. Once was more than enough for me but because this is how she makes her money we get to go often.
My Mom raised me to be a bit discerning (translation: fussy) and this place is not one of those places you'd eat at willingly. Think diner on the side of a freeway where the sign says "next services 180 miles" and you are really, really hungry. Go in, wipe off the table in front of you and pray that the fries are clean.
I mean hot grease kills everything right?
Recall the most surly waitress you've ever had serve you...Now consider that she is your sister in law and doesn't feel like being nice to you is a part of her job description.