Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Where I be From....

I already made my Labor Day plans. I have decided to visit my hometown. *Gasp* I know. This marks the first time I will have visited The Quad Cities without being told to by my mother. To add to the excitement, I'm bringing Casey. This should be interesting because although my mother has met a few of the people I have dated she probably never thought she would see them again and the rest of my family has not met anyone ever (that I can recall) and I am pretty sure they never expected to. Okay, I'm really just talking about my dad here.

Anyway, I'm a little confused because I have not lived in my hometown for almost 6 years. I was 18 when I left and I don't really know the life there anymore. I also didn't keep in much contact with any old friends that are still in the area. Casey, however, lived in the QC last summer and one of his best friends lives there. He might be entertaining me in my hometown. WTF? Honestly I'm a little excited. This has got to be amusing.

So I felt like in honor of these new plans I would share a little bit of info about where I grew up. When I say I'm from The Quad Cities (there are 5 cities) nobody knows what the hell I'm talking about. Especially when I say more specifically Moline, IL. So basically I grew up by the Mississippi boarder between Illinois and Iowa. It's the only place where the Mississippi River runs East - West instead of North - South. In all, the Quad cities has a population of about 400,000 people. Not all that small. Moline is home of the John Deere Tractor. I went to John Deere middle school but I I couldn't tell you crap about a tractor and I don't think I have ever been on one.

People ask me such odd things like:
Did you grow up on a farm?
How much land do your parents have?
Did you have any animals?

If you have ever spent more than 10 minutes with me you will find that I couldn't have possibly grown up on a farm. I'm terrified of animals. I know nothing about farm life in the least bit. My parents have a yard on a hill with trees. Do you refer to that as land? I don't have the good, wholesome, loving nature that you usually see from girls that grew up on a farm. I'm evil remember?


GMEyster said...

Oh, so many things to comment on.

First off, I thought you were Doodle's neighbor in Paris, not a girl from the home of the John Deere, or what my family likes to refer to as: "all that makes life worth living." My brother may not like to travel, but he's been to JD's headquarters. Twice.

Secondly, I love that you are suddenly returning home, and have no idea why. I used to go to my hometown every few months, and I haven't been there now in a year. Reverse. Hmmmmm.

Also, "good, wholesome, loving nature that you usually see from girls that grew up on a farm"??? Oh, did THAT make me laugh!

p.s. riding a tractor can be fun - unless you have to do actual work with it. :o)

Darla said...

I have rode, quite frequently, on John Deere tractors. Why? I have no idea...but it's true.

Carly said...

G: Your brother has been to the John Deere commons? I had my senior homecoming pictures taken there. Also, I totally believe the wholesome, loving nature thing.
D: Where were you? Farm? Lawn?

GMEyster said...

C: You had your senior homecoming pictures taken there. LOVE it. Yes, my brother has been twice. It's like his Disneyland. My dad sees the colors green and yellow and like a Pavlov dog, his mouth starts to water.

You're sweet...though I think some would argue that I am not wholesome and loving!

jack mehoff said...

so youre not a big city chick - youre a midwesterner too. i have taken many a roadtrips to burlington with the fam.

say do they have electricity or plumbing there yet?

So what is there to do in the QC anyway ? Well theres the late night pitch and putt, we could go cow tipping, throw stuff off the bridge or we could go to the livestock auction and cruise the 4-H babes.

Knight said...

Jack- Where is Burlington? The QC isn't actually a small town so I'm not familiar with any of the things you listed. I don't actually know what 4-H is. Being close enough to a cow to touch it would scare the shit out of me. Why would you throw things off of a bridge? What is pitch and putt? Some sort of baseball golf mutation? How do you know these things?

jack mehoff said...

it was a tommy boy reference - forget it

burlington is on the other side of the river, just south of there

you live where you live and you consider 1/2mill to 1mill people not small?