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Sunday, March 28, 2004

Sunday March 28, 2004 I took another bunch of books to DreamHaven, and traded them in for credit. (Except for some which they turned down.)

Ran into Denny Lien there.

On to Rainbow and Lunds for groceries.

***Writing: "Well Met, Well Met, My Old True Love" was intended as a short story. I now think it's going to end up as a novella, or perhaps a novelette. The plot is simple enough not to take up much room: Boy meets girl, boy destroys civilization, boy loses girl. What I think will take up room is the background, particularly as reflected in the characters.
What's described here isn't only happening in Colorado. It's been happening for decades in the area where I grew up (Ulster County, NY; recently in the news because the mayor of New Paltz was performing marriages guaranteed not triggered by unplanned pregnancies.) It's probably happening in much of the US, and elsewhere.

The new pioneers of sprawl
Population growth causes culture clashes in Colorado. By Amanda Paulson

Pagliotti is prepared for the compromises of rural living. Electricity often goes out, and when a freak snowstorm hit last year, six days passed before anyone could get into or out of their driveways.

But not everyone who moves here is as ready for the inconveniences. Highways, cellphones, and Internet access have encouraged commuters and former urbanites to go after a slice of the West, but the reality doesn't always match the ideal.

John Clarke, a former commissioner of Larimer County, remembers new residents complaining that the county hadn't plowed roads that were their own responsibility, or that the mailman wouldn't drive three miles in to a house. One man complained the county graded his road only once a year. "I did a calculation - we were getting $800 a year in property taxes from the properties abutting the road, and spending $7,000 to maintain the road once a year," says Clarke. "But he wanted more."

"People say they want to move into rural areas," says Jim Reidhead, director of Larimer County's Rural Land Use Center. "What they want to do is superimpose an urban lifestyle on rural America. They get upset when they're on the way to Hewlett Packard and they're caught behind a combine. They don't like the smells, and God forbid their neighbor's out haying at 3 a.m. We have truly a clash of cultures."

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