This Town is Sooooo Small!!! (Part 4)

This Town is Sooooo Small!!! (Part 4)

We recently heard a story about a neighbor who served time in prison several years ago. What he did was extremely offensive so I won’t share it with you here. Trust me. You don’t want to know.

I had lunch with a church friend this week. She’s lived here her entire life so I asked if she had any recommendation on someone to do some work for us on our property. She mentioned that neighbor’s name! She then said, “Did you know he was in prison?” I told her I’d heard the story. She said, “When I was a teacher, he was one of my students.” She said he married a good woman and that she set him on the right path.

And, last week, Brian needed to do the registration for his little hunting trailer. He called the 10-digit phone number on the top of the form. The lady who answered the phone said, “Dade County 9-1-1. What’s your emergency?”


Ten minutes later, a cop showed up at our door. No, not because of the odd 9-1-1 call but because they actually come to your home in this town to verify the V.I.N. for registrations. I have NEVER lived in a town where they do that for you!

I was glad the officer showed up in a truck. Nothing gets the neighbors’ tongues wagging like having a cop car pulling into your driveway.


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2 Responses to "This Town is Sooooo Small!!! (Part 4)"

  1. Linda G  February 4, 2023 at 8:16 am

    Hi Angela,

    Considering the story about the redeemed prisoner in your area (although I assumed that) could it be the police had suspicions and used your call to check it out. Or am I making story?

    I lived in a teeny tiny coal town in BC’s Kootenays and yep I know all about how small towns work. Let someone birth a baby and right away Missus W– would do her town crier circuit and announce Mrs. Whosit had a baby girl, eight pounds four ounces, and off she would go to the next house.

    Small towns are so nosy I made up a poem using the tune of “Rock, Rock, Rock Around The Clock”(written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, 1952) to depict idiocy in my apartment building which I also named “Little [name of town]” after another small town I lived in:

    The neighbours lurk, / The neighbours stalk, / All round the neighbourhood, / Gawk! Gawk! Gawk!

    Have fun over there.

  2. Pamela Allegretto  February 4, 2023 at 7:59 am

    I love it!